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

What’s going ‘on’:

Small employers approve of tax hikes: Most small business owners believe raising taxes on the wealthy would have a less detrimental affect on the economy than spending cuts, according to a new poll.

Obama emphasizes taxes, immigration: The president promised that his tax proposals would not hurt most small firms and renewed his call for targeted immigration reform during a news conference Wednesday.

Fed considered publishing unemployment targets: But minutes from the last meeting show the group couldn’t agree on which inflation and unemployment levels would call for lower interest rates.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Community banks push back over regulations: Small banks fear they will be squeezed out of the residential mortgage market because of new rules requiring lenders to have more capital in reserve.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to franchise your small business (Forbes)

How to kickstart your business next year (Entrepreneur)

How big businesses can help small businesses (NY Times)

How to deal with an angry customer online (The YEC)