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 Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves a bill to tighten sanctions against North Korea following its latest nuclear test.
- President Obama creates a cancer “moonshot” task force with Joe Biden at the helm.
- Low inflation is just as big a concern as runaway price pressure, the Fed says.
- The U.S. economy slowed to a .7 percent growth rate last quarter.
- U.S. durable goods orders slump in December.
- Manufacturing contracted in the Kansas City region during January.
- Small business optimism hits a new low.
- This 2016 candidate matchmaker will help you find your presidential match.
- Why Bernie Sanders’ income inequality statistic is very misleading.
- This business couple is following Trump’s footsteps…literally.
- These two companies want a world without job interviews.
- Mark Zuckerberg is now the sixth-richest person in the world.
- VMware cuts 800 jobs and narrows its cloud business.
- Former Wal-Mart worker wins $31 million in discrimination lawsuit.
- These are 29 daily habits of incredibly successful executives.
- Tim Cook admits that what’s good for the U.S. dollar is bad for Apple.
- A psychologist reveals the easiest ways to get out of a funk.
- How this husband-and-wife franchise team are playing it cool with their successful HVAC business.
- Why Facebook’s profits continue to soar.
- Uber wants to be an express delivery service for everything.
- A shop owned by two sisters upcycles vintage military gear for all their customers’ modern needs.
- How this entrepreneur created a multi-million dollar business from her kitchen table.
- A report finds that Hispanic entrepreneurship could mean a $1.4 trillion boost to the U.S. economy.
Sales & Marketing
- This is Apple’s new $20 billion business.
- An ad agency bans PowerPoint.
- Congrats to Death Wish Coffee Co., who won Intuit’s contest and will air this ad during the Super Bowl.
- Bank of America will be entering the cardless ATM competition.
Ideas and Opportunities
- These are seven grant-funded robotics companies to watch in the U.S.
- This microscope can detect cancer without a biopsy.
- These gloves let you climb walls like Spider-Man.
- Gun-toting women are giving rise to firearms fashion accessories.
- Samsung widens its gap over Apple in the worldwide smartphone market.
- Google will start marking non-encrypted websites with a scarlet letter.
- Facebook is now ready to broadcast live video on its iPhone app.
On This Day in 1861
- Kansas became the 34th state.
Around the Country
- Arizona lawmakers attempt to make it easier for business owners to fight regulations.
- Missouri business groups are divided on an LGBT-discrimination ban.
- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is urging small business owners to make a special effort to hire people with disabilities and individuals with a criminal record.
- Florida’s new branding campaign will be unveiled Friday backed by an initial $10 million.
- Tennessee business confidence is weighed down by national worries and hiring concerns, according to a survey.
- Twelve businesses in a Georgia town are burglarized in one night.
- More than two dozen Arizona lawmakers want to constitutionally block state and local governments from having any ties to companies that do business with the government of Iran, even as sanctions against that country are being eased.
Around the World
- Asian nations are pushing a courtship of Israeli tech companies.
- As Russian food prices spike, some winners emerge.
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