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

What’s going ‘on’:

Fiscal cliff negotiations stall: House Speaker John A. Boehner says discussions with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and President Obama made “no substantice progress” toward an agreement.

Small business owners down after election: Small employers are less than pleased with the outcome of the presidential election, reporting a significant drop in optimism and hiring plans, a new poll shows.

Small firms paying lower wages: The wage gap between large employers and small businesses is growing, as is the one between new and old companies, which may make it tough for small firms to compete.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Entrepreneurship rising:One out of every eight U.S. adults is now involved in an entrepreneurial endeavor, up 60 percent over last year and marks the highest rate since 2005, according to a new study.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to entangle your employees (Upstart)

How to land funding on a college campus (YE)

How to better evaluate your employees (Huff Post)

How to save money with leaner operations(Intuit)