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Here’s what’s affecting my small business, my clients and other entrepreneurs today.
- Obama’s difficult first job scooping ice cream inspires his proposed new jobs bill for young people.
- The White House steps up aid for financially ailing Puerto Rico.
- A GOP bill seeks to block “midnight regulations.”
- Tennessee’s governor endorses Rubio.
- Rubio is victorious in at least one election.
- This is an analysis of everything that Donald Trump said in the debates, and what one writer learned.
- Why Reddit is Bernie Sanders country, but Trump is catching up.
- Twitter users call out Clinton for hypocrisy on racism, Wall Street and war.
- A study finds that Conservatives prefer nouns.
- Why big business is brushing off all that campaign trail rage.
- A bank’s survey finds that small business owners are more pessimistic about the national economy in 2016 than last year, yet remain hopeful about the future of their own businesses.
- A report shows that 35 percent of oil companies could face bankruptcy.
- U.S. jobless claims are up, but the trend points to a firming of the labor market.
- Weaker holiday sales are now forcing retailers to shrink – and rethink the web.
- Manufacturing in the Kansas City region falls to 2009 levels.
- A new report says that “far too many teens” can’t find summer jobs.
- More than 50 million Americans are living in economic distress, according to a study.
- Here are five indisputable warning signs your company will fail.
- An infographic reveals that business is not as much of a boys club as some may think.
- The world’s two largest aerospace defense business are now run by women.
- Hugo Boss’s CEO steps down after weak China and U.S. sales.
- Mark Zuckerberg is not happy with the Facebook employees who defaced “Black Lives Matter.”
- SeaWorld’s CEO admits that its company employees posed as animal activists to spy on opponents.
- Yes, even you can be a “best-selling author” in just five minutes and for just $3.
- This 12-year old is a proud business owner.
- Why it appears that the great customer service after the recession was just a blip.
- Volunteering in America is at its lowest level in over a decade.
- This is the impact of technology on human resources…and what’s ahead.
- The U.S. IPO market has almost completely dried up.
- A public storage service raises another $17.5 million and unveils a strategy to become the next Blockbuster Video.
- How Expedia relentlessly tests the science of user experience and vacation planning.
- The cheapest time to buy a plane ticket has been revealed.
- How to squeeze a little vacation into your next business trip.
- The chief marketing officer of YP (formerly Yellow Pages) explains how the company is handling change.
- Zappos is campaigning to make Leap Day a federal holiday.
- A new website is tracking start-ups’ falling valuations.
- Facebook officially launches canvas ads that load full-screen rich media pages in-app.
- Reports are that Apple is working on an iPhone that even Apple couldn’t hack.
- A shift is under way that will lead to widespread adoption of electric cars in the next decade.
Around the Country
- How one American city is dealing with its significant budget woes.
- In Alabama, this is proof that “buy America” works.
- A Georgia business owner explains why he’s requiring all his employees to carry guns.
Around the World
- Canada coincidentally makes it easier to apply for citizenship as Trump wins primaries.
- Britain’s small businesses are split over Brexit.
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. ws we should know about? Email us here.