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

What’s going ‘on’:

Small business lending edges higher: Small business borrowing inched up a modest 3 percent in July after falling five of the previous six months, accoring to the latest monthly figures released by Thompson Reuters and PayNet.

Manufacturing grinding to a halt: American manufacturing activity declined for the third consecutive month in August, mirroring a slowdown taking place across the globe. In China, August marked the first month of manufacturing decline this year.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Democrats laying out their platform: Democrats kicked their convention into gear on Tuesday night, and for political analysts, the question is whether the president will more clearly define a second-term agenda. For voters, quite simply, it’s whether they are better off that they were four years ago.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to prevent a data breach (Fox Small Business)

How to create your firm’s LinkedIn Page (Entrepreneur)

How to market using Instagram (Network Solutions)

How to search for a business coach (Indie Business Blog)

How to attract press attention to your firm (PaySimple)