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

Washington

The Economy

  • The U.S. housing markets are steadily improving and existing home prices have hit a new record.
  • The National Retail Federation cut its 2015 U.S. retail sales forecast after a weak first half.
  • New estimates back an uncertain outlook for Social Security and Medicare.
  • Economists say that falling gas prices are not doing much for the economy.

The Elections

People

Management

Productivity

Entrepreneurs

Finance

Start-ups

Technology

Online

  • PayPal tweaks its invoicing service so customers can make partial payments.
  • Microsoft’s cloud services are on pace to grow into the $20 billion business of Satya Nadella’s dreams.

Social Media

Ideas

  • The Mayo Clinic is offering entrepreneurs $100,000 start-up funds and expert guidance.

Around the Country

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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