Our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.

What’s going ‘on’:

Senate hits dead end on student loan measures: Senators held two votes Thursday on bills to stop loan rates from soon doubling for millions of college students, but they couldn’t reach an accord on either. Each failed to reach the 60-vote threshold necessary to move forward, as the parties cannot agree on how to pay for the $6 billion loan subsidy.

Unemployment claims dip: New claims for jobless benefits fell slightly last week to 370,000, according to the latest data released Thursday by the Labor Department, suggesting that the job market’s spring slump may be ending.. The average for the past four weeks has also moderated after a spike in April.

Small business panel talks crowdfunding, contracting: Karen Mills and Scott Case were among those talking immigration policies, marketing strategies and new technologies at The Washington Post’s small business event earlier this week. Here are the highlights from their session, including video from their discussions.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Land-use policies hurting Silicon Valley: The stretch running from San Jose to San Francisco is the one of the most prosperous places in the history of humankind, but controversial land-use policies are restricting the area’s housing growth and holding back the potential of some of the firms based in Silicon Valley, according to a new report from Slate.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to prepare now for the JOBS Act (OSB)

How to prepare to hire a consultant (Fox Business)

How to get to most out of daily deal sites (Open Forum)

How to keep your business neat and tidy (Entrepreneur)