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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.


  • Electric vehicle sales have fallen far short of President Obama’s goal.
  • U.S. illegal immigration has fallen below 11 million, continuing a nearly decade-long decline, according to a report.

The Economy

The Elections

  • Marco Rubio asks for support from Millennials in a new ad.
  • How much  higher taxes would be under President Bernie Sanders.
  • The run-up to the U.S. presidential election is like a “reality TV show” but will boost business, according to the boss of one of the world’s leading advertising companies.




  • A report says that U.S. franchises are set to grow in 2016.


Sales & Marketing

  • Pitney Bowes is launching its first major advertising campaign in 20 years to re-introduce itself and what it does to information age businesses.
  • An ad-blocking firm is unceremoniously dumped from an ad industry conference.
  • CRM company Infusionsoft releases its 2016 Small Business Marketing Trends report.
  • Email volume rose 25 percent year-over-year during the 2015 holiday season.






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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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