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A daily roundup of small-business developments.

What’s affecting me, my clients and other small-business owners today.

The Economy

• Food prices are up 19 percent in 2014.

• A survey finds many small companies expect the economy to improve along with the weather.

• Manufacturing orders soared in February.

Management

• Here is how West Elm solved its biggest problem by collaborating with Etsy.

• Up for debate: What can bookstores do to survive?

• The 25 most annoying things that bosses do.

• Pope Francis fires a high-spending bishop.

Employees

• Connecticut’s Senate approved a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10.

• A mandatory three-day paid sick leave bill progresses through the California legislature but doubts remain over the costs to small businesses.

• In a ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency said that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation’s first union of college athletes.

• A majority of older workers in the United States have told pollsters that they want to keep working because it keeps them mentally and physically fit.

Finance

• Here is how to find the right accountant for your business.

• Why the crowdfunders who backed Facebook’s latest billion-dollar acquisition aren’t happy.

• A year after introducing its marketplace pairing M.B.A. students with small businesses seeking project work, Boston-based HourlyNerd Inc. has raised around $4 million in venture backing.

• ABC’s “Shark Tank” will be holding open casting calls during the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo in Columbus, Ohio.

• Citi and four other banks stumble in Fed stress tests.

• Initial public offering shares of the maker of the Candy Crush mobile app fell more than 15 percent in their first day of trading.

Entrepreneurship

• An interviewer goes inside the mind of Yahoo’s teen sensation, Nick D’Aloisio.

Marketing

• Funny billboards are turning heads and gaining attention for a septic company.

• No joke: plumbers are doing well.

Cash Flow

• This is how to negotiate your office lease.

• If you use this start-up, you may never ship a package again.

Online

• The rise of mobile bandwidth and local search optimization are reasons to invest in search engine optimization.

• Pennsylvania is celebrating “Get Your Business Online” week.

• This infographic explains how Google determines where to rank your website.

Ideas

• An entrepreneur is making money toilet-training cats.

• The National Transportation Safety Board wants pilots to try to land at the right airport.

Around the Country

• A business owner says bridge tolls will devastate Indiana businesses.

• Business owners near the site of Harlem’s building explosion told city officials that they need an immediate infusion of cash.

• An Illinois business owner loses a battle in a longtime parking war with nearby residents.

Technology

• A Google executive believes the company’s cloud business will be bigger than its online advertising. And here’s how to choose the right cloud service.

• In response to Google, Amazon announces huge price cuts for its cloud-based services.

• Some Subway restaurants are testing mobile ordering and payments.

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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