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.
- A small business owner is called to Congress to testify.
- Elon Musk fiercely defends the $4.9 billion in government subsidies his three companies received.
- The IRS says 2.7 million taxpayers had their identities stolen last year.
- 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.
- 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?
- One way to close the wage gap: Stop asking about salary history.
- These are the most influential business executives of the past 35 years.
- JPMorgan Chase & Co. cuts the cord on its employees’ voicemail.
- Why everyday leadership starts with “hello.”
- These are the top ten emerging markets for retail.
- Wal-Mart plans to raise wages for 100,000 U.S. workers in some departments.
- Here is a guide to dining etiquette around the world.
- The activist investors who loudly complained about Olive Garden’s food had to work shifts in the kitchen and wait tables before rolling out the restaurant’s bold new reboot.
- A BBQ restaurant owner says he’s being harassed by a goliath donut chain.
- Restaurants across the country are turning to a pre-paid meal reservation system.
Sales and Marketing
- How to create a data-driven marketing.
- What guacamole can teach us about content marketing.
- Marketers are doing their best to figure out the bounty of information contained in emojis.
- Why India’s biggest start-ups recruit engineers from Silicon Valley.
- Office space is so scarce in San Francisco that start-ups are fighting to work at the mall.
- How customer relationship management applications are entering the SMB mainstream.
- The Apple-Samsung trial that recently concluded could put small businesses at risk.
- Tesla’s co-founder seeks to electrify commercial trucks.
- How to build customer loyalty through technology.
- Intuit plans to educate and help small businesses prepare for the upcoming EMV switch with new tools.
- Scientists may have just figured out how to preserve memories.
Around the Country
- Wisconsin lawmakers advance proposal to end tenure for professors.
- Business owners in Wausau, Wisconsin brainstorm how to stop aggressive behavior downtown.
- Some of Minnesota’s small business owners are reluctant to share in a national survey’s optimism.
Around the World
- Greece challenges its creditors with a new proposal to break their debt impasse.
- A Toronto woman claims a store owner tried to kick her out because of her wheelchair.
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