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.
- President Obama will unveil his last budget tomorrow and here’s why it matters.
- The President asks Congress for $1.8 billion to tackle the Zika crisis and $300 million for water security.
- The Obamas say Wi-Fi service in the White House is “sketchy.”
- A hacker posts information on thousands of Homeland Security employees.
- Why a business-tax overhaul is so tricky.
- An increasingly important gauge of U.S. inflation tumbled last month.
- Donald Trump believes that markets are in a “big, fat, juicy bubble.”
- John Kasich says he’s a good middle ground between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
- Chris Christie gets down on one knee to woo an undecided New Hampshire voter.
- An intern falls asleep at work and wakes up an Internet meme.
- The Vice President for Global Executive Talent and Organizational Development at Cisco Systems explains why you should hire the best people, and let them work from wherever they are.
- How Intel eliminated its own gender pay gap.
- Why baby boomers should plan their business’ exit strategy now.
- Apple is under pressure as lawyers pledge action over its “Error 53” codes.
- Yelp’s revenue rises 40 percent.
- After disrupting the taxi industry, Uber is now crushing the bike-courier business.
- How these two In-N-Out Burger employees climbed the ladder to become franchisees.
- These are the truths that entrepreneurs never tell you about failure.
- Michael Kors has identified a huge weakness in its business – and it should terrify Macy’s.
- Chipotle closes for the day and offers customers a “raincheck” free burrito (after blaming its sick employees for its Novovirus outbreak).
Sales & Marketing
- These are the advertising winners and losers from the Super Bowl.
- Google says that 82 percent of Super Bowl ad searches happened on mobile, which was up from 70 percent the year before.
- Pizza Hut set a record in Super Bowl sales.
- But Quicken Loans is having to respond to a backlash over its Super Bowl ad.
- This year’s $250,000 Oscars swag bag will include fancy toilet paper and a sex toy.
- A Royal Caribbean cruise ship takes its passengers for the ride of their lives.
- Kickstarter hits 100,000 successfully funded campaigns.
- A health-centric food delivery service raises $5 million.
- Software maker SAP is investing in travel start-ups.
- A non-profit is formed to help businesses through art.
- Actress-turned-entrepreneur Sarah Michelle Geller shares her recipe for start-up success.
- An application will let you legally notarize a document straight from your phone.
- How technology will force lawyers to do more for those billable hours.
- A company raises $7.4 million to develop new drone technology for the agriculture industry.
- These are five add-ons that make using Facebook way better.
- Instagram confirms that multiple account support is coming this week.
- The Twitterverse pounces on Tim Cook’s blurry Super Bowl photo.
- A waterless toilet turns poo into power.
On This Day in 1969
- The Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight.
Around the Country
- An Ohio county works to hire more minority-and women-owned businesses.
- The FBI arrests nearly every single top official for running an insanely corrupt tiny Texas town.
- Maine receives more than $600,000 in Federal funding for entrepreneurs.
- A crafted deal would give Virginia’s growing distillery business more to pour.
- A business group sees benefits to a proposed sidewalk requirement in their Pennsylvania town.
- An Illinois food truck owner is ready to go brick and mortar.
Around The World
- Facebook loses a battle in India over its free Basics program.
Small Business, Big Impact
- A New York City construction mogul dies at 90.
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