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 Economy

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Sales & Marketing


  • American and United plan to join Delta in offering no-frills, stripped-down seats.
  • A survey reveals that small business owners realize the benefits of vacations, but still struggle to unplug.



  • An influential academic who helped define a new wave of networking is laying plans to unleash the next, hoping to displace chips that have long held a dominant position in the field.
  • A family-run start-up turns the hat industry on its head.


Social Media


Around the Country

  • How this little Louisville company is helping to change health care.
  • In Philly, the soda industry is on the verge of losing one of its biggest battles ever.
  • The largest crowdfunding campaign in GoFundMe’s history raises more than $3 million for the Orlando shooting victims.
  • Tallahassee, Florida weighs an end to its business license tax.
  • The birth of a child creates a dilemma for family business in Hull, Massachusetts.
  • Local businesses in Pittsburgh have profited from the Penguins championship run.
  • According to new IMF data, California is now the sixth-largest economy worldwide.

Around the World

  • Here’s what to expect if Britain votes to leave the E.U.
  • From July, London commuters will no longer have to view advertisements that “conform to unhealthy or unrealistic body images,” the city’s transport authority announced.
  • Greenland’s persistent ice melts have improved the country’s tourism prospects.
  • A business owner who was taken hostage in china in 2013 is returning with a new company.

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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