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 Dow partly recovers from a 560 point drop.
- U.S. stocks open slightly higher as oil stabilizes.
- The Consumer Price Index dropped in December and the cost of living is declining in the United States.
- CEOs are venting their concern over the impact of a Chinese slowdown.
- A study from a popular job site concludes that fast growth and attrition will drive small business hiring in 2016.
- 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.
- Here’s what happens when a very unlucky valet takes a $400K Lamborghini for a joyride.
- If you’re using temp workers then you could be on the hook for how they’re treated.
- The Chief Content Officer of a digital media company says that this is the number one conversion killer in your copy.
- A study finds that that visualizing goals will influence your financial health and happiness.
- Six tips for managing your product inventory.
- How to build a business to last a century.
- IBM’s revenue slid but its cloud business grew.
- Microsoft will donate $1 billion in cloud services to nonprofits and researchers.
- A report says that U.S. franchises are set to grow in 2016.
- J.C. Penney says it will sell home appliances again after 33 years.
- Sweetgreen expects to receive half of its sales through its mobile app.
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.
- Why this is the best month in years to buy airfare.
- After flying Delta’s new business class, a business writer thinks that for some it is “more than worth” the investment.
- Airbnb’s “super hosts” generate 39 percent of revenue in their major markets.
- The Pope-mobile is for sale.
- American Express is preparing for plastic’s inevitable demise.
- An e-commerce start-up for Costco-sized orders nabs $100 million from investors.
- A start-up that uses a software-as-a-service approach to make it as seamless as possible to crawl a website and give its customers insights into their search engine optimization strategy raises $7.2 million.
- The sexy new start-up sector that’s disrupting human resources.
- If you move your start-up to Ohio you could earn $500,000.
- Microsoft is recalling some of its overheating Surface Pro chargers.
- InfoWorld recognizes 31 innovative tech solutions.
- Microsoft makes inroads with Skype for Business.
- Chrome is set for a major speed boost thanks to a new compression algorithm.
- A technology executive shares six tips for stirring your online community.
- Twitter is suddenly monetizing periscope.
- Facebook is aggregating your TV discussions for Nielsen ratings.
On This Day in 2008
- Worldwide stock markets suffered Black Monday.
Around the Country
- Small businesses in a San Fernando Valley California community are being pinched as residents flee a massive gas leak.
- Some New England fishermen are putting “trash fish” on the menu.
- Outdated regulations in a California city shackle both recreation and business.
- An Illinois town considers a new business district.
- Pennsylvania’s Governor announced the next step in the development of Philadelphia’s port.
- A pizza franchise is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs in Jackson, Mississippi who want a slice of the action.
Around the World
- Why markets are anxious about Iran’s reentry into the global economy.
- The IMF says Russia will remain in recession until at least 2017 but its financial system will probably not implode.
- Apple plans to set up stores in India.
- U.S. firms are finding it harder to do business in China, a survey finds.
Around the Universe
- A massive, unknown planet may be hiding in our solar system.
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