What’s going on:

SEC to mull small business exchange: The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to entertain the idea of a new stock exchange designed specifically for small public companies.

Tech teens take the spotlight: A growing number of tech-saavy adolescents are breaking into the software and app development space, some helping large technology firms lure younger customers.

Construction industry surges: American construction firms in 2012 enjoyed their busiest year since the housing crisis and started more new homes in December than they have in more than four years.

Keep an eye on:

Health care costs coming into focus: Newly proposed regulations answer some of employers’ most pressing questions about health care reform, and some businesses are looking for new ways to grow.

Economic growth slow domestically and internationally: The World Bank has trimmed its expectations of global economic growth and the Fed is reporting only moderate growth in the United States.

Helpful advice on:

How to use big data in a small business (OSB)

How to pick between start-up and small business (YEC)

How to know when to quit on a start-up (CNN)

How to boost your social media SEO (Open Forum)