Welcome to Main Street Morning The Washington Post’s daily collection of news affecting entrepreneurs start-ups and small businesses with a special focus on policy and government.
Here’s what’s affecting my small business my clients and other entrepreneurs today.
• Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail system gets a security “F” rating.
• Clinton now admits it “might have been smarter” to use the State Department’s system.
• Still, the likely presidential candidate says she did not e-mail any classified materials.
• Some entrepreneurs are trying to cash in on the e-mail scandal.
• The Export-Import Bank’s survival may depend on its ability to court more small businesses.
• The U.S. budget deficit continues to go down… at least for now.
• A new survey says that small and mid-sized businesses continue to be optimistic for 2015.
• U.S. wholesale inventories are rising as sales posted their largest drop since 2009.
• February’s small business optimism ticked higher.
• These are the 25 most economically powerful cities in the world.
• A restaurateur fires back at disgruntled workers with a lawsuit of his own.
• In the latest sign of trouble, Target cuts 1,700 jobs.
• The shopping center industry is urging the passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015.
• A waiter receives new teeth as a tip from a customer.
• These are the 10 most engaged retailers on Twitter.
• Why this new business owner is living a sweet life.
• Software company SAP is bringing new data discovery and visualization tools to small and mid sized businesses.
• Apple’s Safari browser is being targeted by FREAK attacks.
• A pioneering technology blog closes down.
• An executive is concerned that technology is not doing enough to protect the confidentiality of paper documents.
• Cheaper sensors will fuel the age of s”mart everything.”
• This infographic explains why small businesses need mobile marketing.
• Michelle Van Slyke explains what it’s like to lead the marketing efforts at the UPS Store.
• Check out the five advanced techniques that this writer uses to make money on his blog.
• Amazon is giving consumers 25,000 reasons to check out its appstore.
• An apartment complex wants to fine its tenants $10,000 if they write a bad online review.
• These are four booming industries for aspiring business owners
• These companies think the future of wearables is wellness, not watches.
• Why field services is the next frontier for mobile apps.
• Cybersecurity companies are booming in the wake of recent corporate attacks.
• As the National Association of Women’s Business Owners celebrates its 40th anniversary
• Uber announces plans to have one million women drivers by 2020.
• How employee recruiting is being disrupted.
• Some advice on how to handle March Madness in your office.
• Apple commits more than $50 million to non-profits to get more women, minorities, and veterans working in tech.
• A personal vending machine is introduced that Richie Rich would love.
• A new product called Sprayable Sleep promises to cure insomnia.
• This is how to tell the difference between a fakepreneur and an entrepreneur.
Around the Country
• McDonald’s is suing Seattle over the city’s $15 minimum wage.
• South Dakota may be joining four other states in raising its speed limit.
• A California business owner feels threatened by the racist messages he’s receiving.
• A Pennsylvania shop owner worries that a bridge closure will drive him out of business.
• Last year more companies expanded or relocated to Chicago than anywhere in the U.S.
• These are the strangest conventions in America.
Around the World
• Barclay’s Bank launches the first ever British Twitter payment service.
• A British business owner feels punished after a bank’s error almost forces her to close.
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