Wrightspeed CEO Ian Wright drives an electric-powered truck at the company’s headquarters Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in San Jose , Calif. Wright helped bring electric cars to market when he co-founded Tesla Motors a decade ago. Now he’s targeting trucks that deliver packages, haul trash and make frequent stops on city streets. His company, Wrightspeed, makes electric powertrains that can be installed on commercial trucks, making them more energy-efficient. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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.


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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