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Get started: Small business sales keep slipping, hiring decisions based on likability

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

What’s going on:

Small business revenue falls: Small business sales dipped 0.3 percent last month, according to the latest report from Intuit, marking the eighth consecutive month of decline.

D.C. region home to fast-growing firms:The Washington suburbs are home to eight of the 100 fastest growing smallest businesses, according to new rankings published by Inc.

Obama shoots down Republican proposal: The president remained hopeful the two parties can come together on a “fiscal cliff” deal but said his opponents’ latest offer was still “out of balance.”

Hiring decisions not always about best candidate: Business owners don’t always select the top job candidate, new research shows, often opting instead for individuals with whom they expect to be friends.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Immigration reform slow despite agreements: Most lawmakers agree that the U.S. must attract more high-skilled foreigners, but disputes over broader reform are blocking targeted measures.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to create an employee-friendly workplace (OSB)

How to keep track of your business ideas (Entrepreneur)

How to woo a venture capitalist (Yahoo Small Business)

How to motivate workers with holiday perks (CNBC)

How to borrow money from your family (Open Forum)

J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he runs the On Small Business blog.
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