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

What’s going ‘on’:

Businesses pulling back on investments: Shipments of core capital goods, a common measure of business investment, dropped 0.4 percent last month as firms remain hesitant to spend ahead of the fiscal cliff.

Obama consults small businesses: The Obama administration welcomed small business owners to the White House on Tuesday to discuss tax policies and the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

Small firms get export aid: A number of small business export assistance programs have sprouted across the country in recent months, helping business owners find new markets and revenue streams.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Politicians remain divided on tax increases: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.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to craft a cybersecurity emergency plan (OSB)

How to harness the power of storytelling (SBL)

How big firms benefit from helping little ones (NYT)

How to know when to sell your company (Inc.)

How to learn from small business failures (CNBC)