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.
- Small business owners are coming to Washington today to lobby Congress for regulatory relief.
- A Senate panel votes to renew dozens of expired tax breaks.
- Democrats are preparing to introduce a historic LGBT civil rights bill in Congress.
- This is the effect of the strong dollar on U.S. growth.
- Ohio Governor Kasich announces a presidential run and here are seven things you need to know about him.
- 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 gun shop declares its store a Muslim-free zone.
- One of the most beloved clothing stores of the ’90s is reopening.
- Ashley Madison had a serious data management problem and the data breach is entirely its fault, according to an expert. But here’s why the data breach will be a good thing for the company.
- Costco and Sam’s Club shut down their photo sites after hackers break in.
- Twitter’s new Safety Center explains how to deal with online abuse.
- Apple’s Beats1, iTunes and App Store services go down.
- Social Media rallies around a fired toll worker.
- A study confirms that men who harass women online are literally losers.
- 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.
- How 3-D printing is expanding the opportunities for creativity and professional exposure for this artist-entrepreneur.
- With 40 people spread across 20+ countries, this start-up wants to make physical offices irrelevant.
- A new customer experience management platform raises $150 million.
- This start-up wants to help small businesses sell smarter and faster.
- This application is like Salesforce for the engineering team.
- Why the best shot at success for indie developers is to go work for The Man.
- HP plans to power its Texas data centers with wind energy.
- A new report predicts that the global mobile payment transaction market is anticipated to witness a plethora of growth opportunities.
- 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
- Twenty-five thousand French farmers facing bankruptcy block roads and dump manure.
- The generosity of some Australian businesses is helping the victims of Cyclone Pam.
- How India’s booming economy is becoming a rich playing field for young entrepreneurs.
- Stephen Hawking joins a Russian entrepreneur’s search for alien life.
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