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

What’s going ‘on’:

Obama to pitch tax hike on wealthy: The president plans to open budget negotiations with House Republicans with a plan to raise $1.6 trillion in revenue by raising taxes for high-income earners.

Start-ups strapped for cash: Companies equipped with small amounts of early-stage capital are finding it increasingly difficult to secure larger expansion-stage deals, according to new research.

Canada’s aging population impacting small firms: Canada’s small businesses are grappling with a swiftly aging population; a fifth of business owners with employees are now over the age of 55.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Small businesses poised to invest: Once Washington’s elected leaders find a way to avoid the fiscal cliff, small business owners are ready to start investing again, according to one economist.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to market a small business on a budget (Sac Bee)

How to promote your not-yet-ready product (SBT)

How to keep seasonal business going year-round (CNBC)

How to wow customers with your packaging (Entrepreneur)