CFED Scorecard

Main Street Morning

Gene Marks
The Washington Post
Jan 26, 2016

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 Supreme Court upholds the government’s efforts to control peak power use and prevent blackouts.

The Economy

  • Dallas’ economic activity falls to recession levels.
  • An analyst predicts that oil could jump 30 percent or more in 2016.
  • There’s a sense that San Francisco’s excess is poising it for a fall.
  • Business economists are more pessimistic about their firms’ future sales and profits than they were last fall, and more predict slower economic growth, a survey found.

The Elections

  • Trump gains 15 points on Cruz in just two weeks in Iowa.


  • Lawsuits claim that the Walt Disney Company colluded to replace U.S. workers with immigrants.
  • Nearly half of Twitter’s senior leaders are leaving.
  • New data shows that business failure rates and the fraction of American employers that go under each year is actually in a long term decline.
  • African-Americans were more likely to open a new business in the years during and after the recession than white entrepreneurs – but the white-owned businesses were generally much more successful, according to a new report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development.
  • Volkswagen has been given a deadline to come clean by its number two shareholder.

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