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Get started: Small retailers enjoy a big boost from Small Business Saturday

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

What’s going ‘on’:

Local retailers get a boost from SBS: Early reports point to another successful Small Business Saturday. From New York to California, and from West Virginia to Missouri, small business owners say they welcomed more customers and saw a jolt in sales on Nov. 24. Even the president joined in the celebration.

Politicians still at odds over tax hikes: Democratic and Republican leaders agree that taxes must go up to avoid the fiscal cliff, but they still can’t reach an accord over how and for whom to raise rates.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Shoppers shift attention to the Web: On Cyber Monday, consumers across the country turning away from the brick-and-mortar holiday shopping in favor of online deals — and small firms can tap into the Web frenzy, too.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to thank your customers this season (Newsday)

How to learn from small business failures (CNBC)

How to attract attention from the press (Entrepreneur)

How to scale your staff for the holidays (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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