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What’s going ‘on’:

Unemployment applications decline: Americans filed 8,000 fewer unemployment benefit applications last week than the week prior, but officials said that the figures were thrown off by Superstorm Sandy.

Skype launches small business tool: The company has unveiled a new online platform intended to help small business owners to market their products and services and build stronger business connections.

Business owners divided after the election: Small business owners and entrepreneurs are split on how the president’s victory will affect their companies and their propensity to create new jobs.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Concessions for a debt deal:President Obama and Republican lawmakers have already started drawing up plans for potential debt-reduction and tax-cliff-avoidance measures.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to find alternative lending options (Forbes)

How to find top talent for your company (Entrepreneur)

How to improve your marketing campagin (The YEC)

How to bootstrap your young business (Fox Business)

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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