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 Economy

The Elections


  • Data security firm LifeLock’s stock plunges after the FTC alleges it made false promises to consumers.
  • Bankruptcies are starting to pile up in the coal industry.
  • You (and your business) are 60 percent more likely to be displaced by disasters today than you were in the ’70s.
  • Citibank is ordered to pay $700 million to customers for deceptive marketing and unfair billing.
  • Smartphone maker Qualcomm plans to cut thousands of jobs.
  • How corporate HR departments monitor their employees’ every move even when they’re not working.

Sales and Marketing

  • Marketers are slow to adopt cloud-based solutions for video marketing, according to a study.
  • A survey finds that 75 percent of consumers are seeking environmentally sound packaging.
  • How to deal with humans (customers) who prefer a digital interface to a real face.
  • Coffee is served by naked baristas for a Nestle creamer ad.




  • A woman plans to marry a dog.
  • Even though Millennials know that job hopping looks bad, 86% would not think twice about leaving their job, according to a new survey.
  • Why productivity means knowing your employees.
  • Payroll firm Paychex explains how proposed new overtime rules may affect employers.






  • Part football, part bowling, is “fowling” the next big thing?
  • A ring light wants to make poorly-lit selfies a thing of the past.

Around the Country

  • ABC’s Denver unit decides not to run a marijuana ad.
  • There are green shoots seen for California’s dry economy.
  • It’s predicted that Massachusetts’s legislature will give a sales tax holiday this year.
  • Uber investor Ashton Kutcher says that New York City’s ”corrupt” taxi regulations are “destroying innovation.”
  • Thousands of porta-potties are being readied for the papal visit to Philadelphia.
  • A North Carolina town is home to one of the largest pottery communities in the U.S.
  • A Detroit business gives $9K to a cheer team that was ripped off by an ex-coach.
  • A Baltimore business owner uses his city’s restaurant week to focus on helping the homeless.

Around the World

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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