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Here’s what’s affecting my small business my clients and other entrepreneurs today.


The Elections

  • Hillary Clinton experiences her highest un-favorability ratings in 14 years and this is how awkward it is for her every time she leaves an event.
  • Chris Christie, still considering a Presidential run, heads to a town hall in South Carolina.

The Economy

  • Policymakers and economists weigh in on what’s causing the decline in U.S. public corporations.
  • A report from the Institute for Supply Management finds that the economy is well-positioned for continued growth.
  • The International Monetary fund wants people to stop obsessing over debt.
  • Factory orders are down for the eighth time in nine months, and durable goods inventories are at their highest since 1992.
  • May’s auto sales are at their strongest pace in nearly a decade.
  • Paychex sees small business employment growth slowing.


  • These top female lawyers say they are treated like assistants at work.
  • A survey finds that 57 percent of workers want their employers to increase employee engagement.
  • To avoid being known as the office control freak, here are four do’s and don’ts for tracking employee productivity.
  • A new national poll shows the vast majority of employees deal with personal matters on their employer’s dime.
  • Office employees should be on their feet for four hours of a working day, a study says.
  • Bill Gates’ greatest fear is not what you think.
  • The psychology of why so many people are anti-genetically modified organisms.
  • Would you hire Caitlyn Jenner?




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Gene Marks owns the Marks Group  a Bala Cynwyd  Pa.  consulting firm that helps clients with customer relationship management. Follow Gene Marks and On Small Business on Twitter.

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