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Here’s what’s affecting my small business, my clients and other entrepreneurs today.


  • The Obama Administration steps in to help end the Verizon strike.
  • Three states are down to just one Obamacare insurer and Massachusetts’ insurers are suffering red ink because of the legislation.

The Economy

The Elections


  • Why even if your employee is a skinhead, you cannot be not the judge of his personal beliefs.
  • A flight attendant is charged with taking 1,500 mini-bottles of liquor.
  • An employment lawyer tackles whether employees should be banned from sending emails after-hours.
  • Bossbabe’s Alex Wolf demystifies what Millennials really want.
  • An injury impact report details the most frequent workplace accidents.
  • Why working at a wastewater treatment facility is as gross as you’d think it would be.
  • Why unprecedented overtime expansion is likely to send business leaders into payroll damage control.



  • A once homeless business owner gets $5,000 to expand her company.



Sales & Marketing






Social Media

On This Day in 1792

Around the Country

Around the World

  • A rival to Uber in China considers a U.S. IPO.
  • Saudi Arabia owns $117 billion of U.S. debt.
  • The world’s longest-serving orchestra musician collapses and dies performing “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

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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