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Small Business Report: RV Nation bullish in Trump Country. @genemarks @washingtonpost

"Unemployment’s low. The stock market is at all-time highs. Economic forecasts are up. The economy seems pretty good right now doesn’t it? It is. But it’s not those metrics that should convince you. It’s this one: sales of recreational vehicles.

Ask any economist and you’ll be told that when luxury items are selling it’s an indication that the economy’s good. The RV industry got hammered during the last recession, of course, because who had the money to buy one? But now, RV sales are good. How good?

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, shipments will reach 472,000 vehicles this hear, the highest annual total since data has been collected and a 9.6 percent increase from last year. Projections are even higher for 2018....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-small-business/wp/2017/07/31/this-one-metric-proves-just-how-good-the-economy-is/

Acquisitions of tech start-ups have fallen dramatically this year

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-small-business/wp/2017/08/07/acquisitions-of-tech-start-ups-have-fallen-dramatically-this-year/

Trump plans to impose tariffs up to 81 percent on Chinese aluminum

https://upi.com/6617087t

Butter prices spark 'major crisis' in Europe — with costs for cakes and pastries expected to skyrocket

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/07/butter-prices-spark-major-crisis-in-europe--with-costs-for-cakes-and-pastries-expected-to-skyrocket.html

Business Is Booming on 125th Street. So Is the Trash.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/nyregion/harlem-125th-street-litter.html

@nytimes

Startups:

This start-up has promising marketing technology … but it’s only for Democrats

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-small-business/wp/2017/08/03/this-start-up-has-promising-marketing-technology-but-its-only-for-democrats/

A Melbourne cafe is charging an 18 percent ‘man tax’

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-small-business/wp/2017/08/08/a-melbourne-cafe-is-charging-an-18-percent-man-tax/

A woman runs camps to get girls away from the non-stop pressures of perfect celebs and social media

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/woman-runs-camps-girls-away-13446997

Student runs sock business for homeless out of his dorm room

http://college.usatoday.com/2017/08/07/college-student-socks-homeless/

@usatodaycollege

This Harvard MBA grad is building a luxury weed business — 'the Hermès of cannabis' — that he expects to bring in $50 million a year

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/07/this-harvard-mba-grad-is-building-a-luxury-weed-business.html

Google Introduces New Single-Page Website for Business

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/08/google-sites-small-business.html

The Witty

Inside the world of Silicon Valley 'coasters' — engineers who get paid tons and barely work

http://read.bi/2ffCksL

Why owning a laundromat is not what it used to be

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2017/08/04/why-owning-a-laundromat-is-not-what-it-used-to-be/

The secret to office happiness isn’t working less—it’s caring less

https://qz.com/1048352

Rita's Italian Ice to test name change

http://www.nrn.com/marketing/rita-s-italian-ice-test-name-change

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