What’s affecting me, my clients and other small-business owners today.
- Factories turned out more cars, appliances and home furnishings in August, propelling the biggest increase in industrial production in six months.
- Conditions for New York State manufacturers improved modestly for the fourth straight month, Chrysler could file for a public offering by the end of the month and even sales of vinyl records have increased 17.7 percent since 2011.
- But we’re still 8.3 million jobs away from a full recovery.
- As the debt ceiling debate looms, here’s a guide to how the government shutdown could affect you.
- Two new polls tell us Americans are very confused about the new health care law.
- Here’s a guide for small-business owners looking to hire an information technology project manager.
- A new service can give you an instant, detailed snapshot of the current market value of any product, based on a deep trawl of the eBay auction site.
- Payment company Bill.com introduced an App Center with a “software as a service” platform that focuses on combining the financial systems of small businesses.
- Martha C. White reports that loyalty to your bank could cost you money: “We have a big blind spot when it comes to how much we pay in fees. While roughly two-thirds of people think they pay next to nothing, this rosy perception doesn’t match up with the actual data.”
- Brother International reports that over 50 percent of small-business respondents are spending money on business travel that they believe could be conducted virtually through Web conferences.
Sales and Marketing
- Patrick Lange shares three business tips he learned while shopping for school supplies: “Your customers can sell your product for you if you do a good job. My daughter was on her phone texting all of her friends before we even left the mall.”
Around the Country
- Sirius XM Radio is starting a new channel that will offer business advice from professors and experts in business education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
- A new poll says America’s best age is 50.
- There’s a small-business event in New York Tuesday night featuring Seth Godin.
- Forbes announces the richest 400 people in America.
- Huffington Post joins up with Shopify’s Build-A-Business competition, which pairs small businesses with mentors like Mark Cuban to provide guidance in a quest to win $50,000.
- A new motion-sensor chip inside the iPhone 5s lays the groundwork for wearable-computing products, while a fingerprint sensor opens more opportunities to make the smartphone a tool for making purchases at stores, according to technology analysts who study Apple.
Gene Marks owns the Marks Group, a Bala Cynwyd, Pa., consulting firm that helps clients with customer relationship management. You can follow him on Twitter.
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