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Get started: Small businesses hiring, firing and swapping hands at accelerating rates

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Small businesses swapping hands: New data from BizBuySell suggests businesses are changing hands more quickly, with the company reporting a 43 percent jump in business sales during the final three weeks of 2012 compared to the same period 2011.

Hiring and firing still common at small firms: Small businesses hired 3 million people in the second quarter of 2012, accounting for more than half of all hires, according to the Labor Department. However, they also accounted for more than half of all job losses.

Senators unveil immigration reform plan: A bipartisan group of eight senators outlined a proposal to reform the current immigration process — this includes creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and increasing border security.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Do big businesses drive small business growth? A new Walmart in Los Angeles sparked fears that the big box retailer will wipe out local businesses, but some argue that those type of large firms actually help small, locally-owned companies when they open new locations.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to secure a trademark (SB Trends)

How to find alternative business funding (Inc.)

How to avoid basic blogging mistakes (Mashable)

How to hire a Webmaster ( Entrepreneur )

How to improve your Facebook marketing (SN)

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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