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    In his first year in office, California Gov. Gavin Newsom had a $21.5 billion surplus to spend. In his second year, he had to make up a $54.3 billion shortfall.But his third budget - which Newsom will reveal on Friday - could be his most challenging yet.The governor is set to reveal his budget at 11 a.m. Friday. We'll stream the press conference live here. Check back to watch and read updates. Since California's progressive tax structure relies mostly on wealthy earners, the pandemic has led to a strange contrast in the nation's most populous state: High unemployment coupled with strong state tax collections. The state has lost more than 1 million jobs compared with last year - the most in the country - yet it has collected $74.4 billion in taxes, or $13.7 billion more than it had anticipated.The result is what the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office calls a...
    EULESS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act. “The historically successful Paycheck Protection Program served as an economic lifeline to millions of small businesses and their employees when they needed it most,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “Today’s guidance builds on the success of the...
    Louisiana’s state government should not implement a strict crackdown on businesses that misclassify their employees as independent contractors, business advocates said Thursday. Rules regarding worker classification are confusing, particularly for small-business owners, advocates said. “A lot of these employers are small, mom-and-pop outfits,” said Jim Patterson, vice president of government relations at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. “They’re not deliberately trying to run afoul of the law. They just don’t know any better.” The issue has drawn attention from lawmakers who said businesses that break the rules gain a competitive advantage over those that don’t. Businesses that misclassify workers also can get out of paying taxes to support unemployment benefits for Louisiana workers, forcing businesses that follow the law to shoulder more of the burden. “When you have all of these people who are not paying in, you have a higher tax base for...
    MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (WABC) -- A New Jersey man launched a campaign to help small businesses struggling amid the pandemic and the response has been overwhelming.Morristown has made itself a vibrant and inviting destination full of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants - but pandemic restrictions have financially choked many businesses.Now members of the community are stepping up to help."We said these businesses are going to struggle for at least six months so we all came together and settled on this model and said let's go out and help these businesses," resident Tom Ferrara said.Some local customers have created a website alongside those businesses where anyone can donate to help shops stay afloat.The money can help them pay rent and keep employees employed.ALSO READ | Sandy Hook massacre 1st responder dies of COVID-19EMBED More News Videos Patrick Dragon, one of the first Connecticut state troopers to respond to the 2012 Sandy Hook...
    WESTFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Thursday the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020. The focus is to provide small businesses support to help recover from the coronavirus pandemic and prepare for the future. Outta Hand Pizza in Westfield is fighting to hold on. “We have to adapt to new ways,” owner Burim Regjaj told CBS2’s Meg Baker. With state aid, Regjaj said he was actually able to hire more employees, like delivery drivers. FLASHBACK: New Jersey Business Owner Discusses Decision To Close For Good, Workers Prepare For Unemployment More funding will help then and others get through what is sure to be a long winter. The new main street recovery finance program provides $50 million for small businesses, with resources to upgrade websites and advertising. “We can’t stress enough how important it is for the citizens of New Jersey to shop local,” said Bob...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Here's how newspaper front pages across the world looked after mobs stormed the Capitol MORE has tapped Isabel Guzman to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA), a transition source confirmed to The Hill.  Guzman is director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, a post she has held since April 2019. Previously, Guzman worked the SBA under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJimmy Carter calls Capitol violence 'a national tragedy' Obama calls mob scene a moment of 'shame' but not surprise Mayorkas would prioritize FEMA when the nation needs it most MORE as deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to the administrator. Small businesses have been hit particularly hard due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the SBA under President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies...
    A baker places long molds of freshly kneaded sourdough dough onto racks for baking inside of Reineckers Bakery in Macedonia, Ohio, Oct. 7, 2020.Ty Wright | Bloomberg | Getty Images Small businesses hit by the pandemic recently got some good news – the $900 billion relief act signed into law by President Donald Trump granted additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, a forgivable loan program established by the CARES Act. The $284 billion allocated gives those that weren't approved for the first iteration another chance to apply and allows businesses that have exhausted previous PPP money and have been significantly impacted by the pandemic to apply for a second draw. It also makes forgiveness easier for businesses that use the majority of the money for payroll and makes the loans tax-free. Further guidance is set to be released from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and while there is no...
              Pete Snyder’s Virginia 30 Day Fund has a new partner, the Barstool Fund, which is funding businesses who are still paying their employees even though they aren’t making enough to stay open. “I’ve been ranting and raving lately about the plight of small businesses in the United States,” Barstool Sports Founder David Portnoy said in a video. “New York City just shut down in door dining. It’s like, ‘How do you expect these people to survive? How are restaurants going to survive?'” Portnoy said his fund would help businesses who are still paying their employees who need money to make it to the next month. He said the funds weren’t a one-time gift — as long as the businesses still need help and were still paying their employees, the money would still be there. “Each month we will continue to cut you a...
    Pandemic-related tax relief described as an economic stimulus package is now in place for some small businesses and self-employed people in Maryland. Extensions for certain tax filing and payment deadlines were announced Wednesday by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who described the move as essentially a 90-day, interest free loan. “What we’re talking about — a zero-interest loan and economic stimulus to Maryland businesses and independent contractors that total more than $1.5 billion,” Franchot said. “They can keep that money in their pockets.” Emphasizing that the taxes still will eventually be paid, Franchot noted that similar relief offered early on in the pandemic ended up being budget neutral to the state, but enormously stabilizing to people who were struggling. “We need to get money in people’s pockets so that they can avoid suffering, and additionally, they can use that money to lubricate the economy,” he said. Businesses and self-employed people or...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A webinar program was announced on Wednesday to assist Los Angeles County businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic financially. The BizHelp Program collaborates with three local technical assistance providers Acelera Advisory Group, the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment, and the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation. They will offer help for businesses in navigating pandemic concerns and preparing for post-pandemic economic recovery. Some of the services offered will include improving credit and understanding the basics of accounting and bookkeeping. The BizHelp Program is one of several local initiatives targeted at helping struggling businesses, including boosting pay for some essential workers who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic. California and the federal government is also offering help to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19, such as tax relief and extensions, debt relief, halting evictions, and more. Registration and further information on the webinars for local...
    Tesla SuperchargerGetty Images Tesla and other electric vehicle makers stand to benefit handsomely if California passes Governor Newsom's proposed $4.5 billion 2021 budget for economic stimulus in the state. The 2021 proposal, which Newsom previewed on Tuesday, includes $1.5 billion earmarked to help people and businesses purchase electric or hydrogen vehicles and equipment, and to invest in construction and maintenance of charging and fueling infrastructure, which would be needed to support expanded use of these vehicles in the state. Newsom's proposal also dedicates $300 million to maintenance and "greening" of state infrastructure, and would allow installation of electric vehicle charging stations at all state-owned facilities. That could include charging stations from the likes of Tesla, ChargePoint, Electrify America (part of the Volkswagen Group) and Volta Charging. After a year of extreme wildfires harming his constituents and the California economy, Newsom has said many times over that he views pollution and...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is extending tax filing and payment deadlines to April 15, 2021 as businesses and individuals continue to struggle financially during the pandemic. The extension is for certain business taxes and quarterly estimated income tax returns and payments that would be due in January, February and March. It also will be provided for withholding and estimated income tax filings and payments. It follows a similar extension granted in 2020 during the beginning of the pandemic. Maryland’s comptroller calls for more relief for struggling families during the pandemic; he will push deadlines for tax payments by 90 days—zero interest, zero penalties @wjz pic.twitter.com/TGuFHSr62w — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) January 6, 2021 The comptroller’s office said no interest or penalties will be assessed and you do not need to file a request for the extension. “My directive for a tax forbearance that is interest and penalty...
    Colorado's public health order has been amended to include the state's 5-star variance program designed to help businesses reopen amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) amended public health order took effect on Monday, just as numerous counties across the state moved from Level Red, or severe risk, to Level Orange, or high risk, on the state's COVID-19 dial framework, loosening restrictions on businesses. The 5-star program "encourages businesses to implement safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders and guidelines." Under the variance, businesses like gyms, restaurants, and professional services can begin operating at 25% capacity again. High risk populations are still recommended to stay at home while schools are recommended to prioritize in-person learning. Nine counties – Broomfield, Jefferson, Douglas, Denver, Elbert, Arapahoe, Summit, Larimer, and La Plata – have been approved for 5-star variances...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Small businesses make up nearly half of California’s total workforce, but many are frustrated by the COVID pandemic economic relief application process and say there still is not enough money to go around. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that in his 2021 budget, he is proposing another $575 million to add to the state’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant, which would bring the total to more than $1 billion. The office said the program offers grants up to $25,000 to micro and small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “$500 million sounds like a lot of money to anybody, because it is a lot of money, but when you spread that out to 4.1 million businesses, that’s $122 a business,” said Rory Cox, Founder and President of the San Francisco Small Business Alliance. “Now they say it’s going to be $5,000...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. California exodus has benefits for residents There has been a lot of doom and gloom about big companies like Oracle and Tesla moving their HQ’s out of the Bay Area. And with the COVID virus, many people are moving away and working from their new homes. I think these are good things. Why? Well, there are too many people living here. Our roads are congested and we don’t have enough housing for workers to live nearby. Our cities don’t want to build more housing because of the traffic that will be generated. And let’s not forget that we are maxed out on our water supplies. We don’t need any more new businesses to attract more people to tax our resources. Whatever space remains from businesses and people leaving will be filled by new and expanding...
    Ybor Cigars Plus, which includes Mojito House, in Ybor City, Florida, which has received three citations according to officials from the City of Tampa.YborCigarsPlus/Facebook With COVID-19 cases on the rise statewide—and local hospitals beginning to see more admission related to coronavirus—the City of Tampa has announced plans to begin pursuing the suspension and revocation of the alcoholic beverage permits of businesses which repeatedly violate city and county COVID-19 emergency orders regarding face coverings and alcohol sales. In a 3:26 a.m. press release sent on Wednesday morning, the city wrote that “repeat offenders (2 or more citations)” will be affected and that notices of intent to suspend and/or revoke permits will go to both the business and property owner. “The City is authorized under Section 27-318 of the City Code to take action against alcoholic beverage permittees and owners of property from which alcoholic beverages are sold and/or consumed,” the release...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Santa Clara County small businesses have a new lifeline to ring in the New Year — a low-interest loan program of up to $100,000 now available for qualifying establishments. The loan program, proposed by county Supervisors Joe Simitian and Susan Ellenberg, provides three- or five-year term options with a 4.25 percent interest rates for small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees. Qualifying businesses also require revenues of under $2.5 million in 2019 and at least a 25 percent reduction in revenues compared to a prior one-year period, among other guidelines. The loan program is designed to quickly provide financial support. Approved applicants can get their money as soon as two to three weeks after submitting their application. “These funds are available now and are relatively easy to apply for,” Simitian said. “I know people are hurting, and these funds are a step in the...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will make remarks Wednesday focusing on delivering relief to small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic with a focus on helping minority-owned businesses, a transition spokesperson tells CNN.The planned speech in Wilmington, Delaware, the details of which were shared first with CNN, will come as a group of Republicans in the House and Senate mount a futile effort Wednesday to block the counting of the electoral votes that delivered the presidency to Biden.A source close to the transition said the president-elect's plans to keep the focus on the coronavirus pandemic amid these attempts highlights a longtime strategy from Biden and his advisers to keep their eye on the tasks at hand and not give oxygen to President Donald Trump's baseless attempts to undermine the election. Biden Transition Biden inaugural festivities to feature national day of service on MLK Day Biden says electing Georgia's Ossoff and Warnock would...
    Rocker Kid Rock has chipped in $100,000 for the Barstool Fund to help the small businesses that have been financially deviated and many of them struggling to survive the various coronavirus lockdowns across the country, as COVID-19 continues to grip the nation . The Detroit rocker took to Twitter to announce his donation to the fund, saying, “THIS IS THE AMERICA I LOVE!” and adding, “Put me down for 100k. And I only post this in hopes others as blessed as me may be moved to help out. -Kid Rock.” THIS IS THE AMERICA I LOVE! https://t.co/j6ZgJWURlmPut me down for 100k. And I only post this in hopes others as blessed as me may be moved to help out. -Kid [email protected] @stoolpresidente — Kid Rock (@KidRock) January 4, 2021 The Barstool Fund was created last month by Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy when he became frustrated with the wanton destruction...
    KYLE Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to killing two people at a Wisconsin protest after claiming he would have died if he hadn't fired. The 18-year-old entered his plea in a brief hearing conducted by teleconference on Tuesday. 1Rittenhouse entered his plea on TuesdayCredit: Reuters Prosecutors say Rittenhouse, who is white, left his home in Antioch, Illinois, and traveled to Kenosha. Rittenhouse allegedly learned of a call to protect businesses in the wake of the August 23 shooting by police of Jacob Blake. Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back and left paralyzed. Rittenhouse opened fire with an assault-style rifle during protests two nights later, killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse has argued he fired in self-defense. His attorney, John M Pierce who has represented Trump's associates, previously said the teen "exercised his God-given, Constitutional, common law and...
    AN ILLINOIS teenager who fatally shot two people and wounded a third amidst sometimes violent summer protests on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges including intentional homicide. Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, entered his plea in a brief hearing conducted by teleconference. 1Rittenhouse entered his plea on TuesdayCredit: Reuters Prosecutors say Rittenhouse, who is white, left his home in Antioch, Illinois, and traveled to Kenosha after learning of a call to protect businesses in the wake of the Aug. 23 shooting by police of Jacob Blake. Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times in the back and left paralyzed. Rittenhouse opened fire with an assault-style rifle during protests two nights later, killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse has argued he fired in self-defense. Conservatives have rallied around Rittenhouse, describing him as a patriot who took up arms to protect people...
    The EPA has been one of the most active agencies in carrying out Donald Trump's mandate to roll back regulations that conservative groups have identified as burdensome to industry. The Environmental Protection Agency has completed one of its last major rollbacks under the Trump administration, changing how it considers evidence of harm from pollutants in a way that opponents say could cripple future public health regulation. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is expected to formally announce completion of what he calls the "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science" rule in an appearance before a conservative think tank on Tuesday. The EPA completed the final rule last week, but so far has declined to make the text public. The new rule would require the release of raw data from public health studies whose findings the EPA uses in determining the danger of an...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Businesses in more than 30 counties in Colorado have been seeing red, now the COVID-19 dial has moved to Level Orange due to improving statistics regarding the spread of the coronavirus. (credit: Colorado Department of Public Health And Environment) Gym owners can now breathe a little easier. Capacity going from just 10% to now 25% or 25 people whichever is fewer. “Certainly we are hopeful we are looking to the end of this, it certainly can’t get here soon enough and I know a lot of people agree with that,” said Jim Baraglia, one of the owners of the LoHi Athletic Club. Gatherings in Level Orange counties are now limited to groups of up to 10 people from two households. Sports remains okay in clusters of fewer than 10 people. Personal services remain at the same level at 25% and manufacturing stays at a quarter of normal....
    Thousands of minority-owned small businesses were at the end of the line in the government's coronavirus relief program as many minority owners struggled more than White owners did to find banks that would accept their applications or were disadvantaged by the terms of the program, according to an Associated Press analysis of the low-interest government loans. Data from the Paycheck Protection Program released December 1 and analyzed by the Associated Press show that many minority owners desperate for a relief loan didn't receive one until the PPP's last few weeks while many more white business owners were able to get loans earlier in the program . The program, which began April 3 and ended August 8 and handed out 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion, helped many businesses stay on their feet during a period when government measures to control the coronavirus forced many to shut down or operate at...
    Three Fairfield County businesses have been busted for selling vaping products over the last several months to juveniles. Numerous businesses in Norwalk were checked over the holiday weekend after the Norwalk Police Department received multiple complaints regarding the practice, said Sgt. Sofia Gulino. On Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, the department's Special Services Division conducted compliance checks at multiple locations with the assistance of cooperating minors. The following locations were found to not be in compliance: Vapewise: 203 Liberty Square, employee Ali Naji Murshad Al-Sadi Abdullah received fines of $200, $350, and $500 for the sale or delivery of electronic nicotine to a minor. Also charged was Adnana Mozeb. They received a $200 fine. Mohegan Smoke Shop: 82-84 North Main St., employee Felix Deleon was fined $200 for the sale or delivery of electronic nicotine to a minor. Citgo Gas Station: 211 East Ave., employee Viral Solanki was fined $200 for the sale or delivery of...
    LAFAYETTE (KPIX) — When Congress finally approved another round of relief payments for small businesses they may not have been thinking about places like Lafayette. “They’re still considering businesses with 300-500 people as a small business,” said Jay Lifson, executive director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. “In our town … half of our chamber members have one to two employees.” There are very few accounting departments here to navigate the complexities of applying for government help. On Monday, this Contra Costa County city will relaunch its Small Business Assistance Program which was shut down when the first round of COVID-19 relief funds ran out. Instead of handing out a few grants from its meager budget, Lafayette has spent its money to hire a Sacramento lobbying firm called Townsend Public Affairs to walk local business owners through the complexities of government bureaucracy. The program helped John...
    (CBS4) – Colorado counties that are under Level Red COVID-19 restrictions will be moved to Level Orange on the COVID dial Monday. Gov. Jared Polis tweeted the news on Dec. 30, less than a week before the restrictions were to be lifted. The announcement sent restaurants and counties scrambling but it’s a welcome surprise. “It’s been a rough year for everybody,” said Luc Hatlestad with Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners. Businesses all over are struggling due to the pandemic. That’s why the announcement that counties with Level Red restrictions can move to Level Orange Monday was huge for local economies like Arapahoe County’s. “It was welcome of course because we want to get our businesses open,” said Hatlestad. It’s too early yet to see if it will make up for the losses from missing out on the holiday season. Especially for restaurants who can now offer indoor dining at 25...
    Portland’s Mayor recently recognized “Antifa” and “anarchists” are a problem in the city months after consecutive protests and rioting. At least $4 million in physical damage was done to businesses downtown during the first month of protests, according to the Portland Business Alliance. The riots cost downtown Portland another $18 million in revenue, according to the PBA. It took six months of rioting and millions of dollars in property damage for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to order increase law enforcement action against Antifa. Several businesses were damaged during riots on New Year’s Eve including two Starbucks shops, a Chase Bank, a Pandora Jewelers, a Ben Bridge Jewelers, and multiple local businesses, such as the Portland Wine Company and an office space, according to the Portland Police Bureau. The riots led to three arrests. “My good faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and...
    Rep.-elect Michelle Steel saw firsthand how crushing taxes hurt her mom's Los Angeles clothing shop, and she's determined to stand up for small businesses in Congress. Steel got her start in politics in 2006 by successfully running for the California State Board of Equalization that hit her mother with an "unwarranted" tax bill years ago. She prides herself as being a taxpayer advocate who worked to return security deposits owed to small businesses worth $400 million in that role.  Now, she's focused on repealing the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions -- part of President Trump's tax-cut bill in 2017 -- which has hit Californians hard. She also wants to cut taxes and regulations on small businesses that she calls the "backbone" of the American economy.  "When they prosper, the economy is going to grow," Steel, 65, told Fox News in a recent interview.  Rep.-elect Michelle Steel, R-Calif., will be sworn in Jan. 3 as the...
            by Judah Torgerud  Minnesota Sens. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, and Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake, sent a letter to Gov. Tim Walz asking him to reopen bars and restaurants. In their letter, the two senators urge Gov. Walz to reopen bars, restaurants, and other “vital economic engines” by January 11. The letter also asks Walz to let businesses know of his plan by Jan. 4 so they have time to prepare. Sen. Pratt, who is the chair of the Jobs and Economic Growth Committee, said the timing could be the deciding factor of some businesses staying open or closing permanently. “Anyone who runs a restaurant knows it’s not just flipping a switch to re-open. The industry needs time to order supplies and schedule employees at least a week in advance,” Sen. Pratt said in a press release. “We wanted to urge the Governor to make his intentions clear...
    ARDMORE, Pa. (CBS) — Gyms across Pennsylvania are preparing to reopen for the first time in weeks under revised COVID-19 restrictions. Gyms in the commonwealth can reopen on Monday. One of the top New Year’s resolutions is to get back in the gym. Although they’re currently closed in Pennsylvania, that wish may come true in just a few days. Now that 2020 is in the rearview mirror, there’s no turning back. Instead, there is something to look forward to. “We’re really looking forward to showing that businesses can safely reopen,” Life Time Fitness Senior General Manager Miklos Horvath said. “We can put these measures in place.” Fitness centers were first targeted by the state for a four-month closure at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. After reopening with additional safety restrictions in June, they were hit unexpectedly with another near-month-long closure mandate in December amid rising cases. “We’ve done more...
    By Aftab Ahmed NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's federal territory of Jammu and Kashmir plans to attract investments worth up to $4 billion in the next two three years and would provide security to businesses setting up shop in the insurgency-hit region, its chief said on Saturday. Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was India’s only Muslim-majority state until August 2019, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi carved out a Buddhist-dominated enclave and designated both as federally-administered territories. Tens of thousands of security forces guard the region where India has been fighting an armed-insurgency for decades, especially in the disputed Kashmir valley that is also claimed by Pakistan. J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said his administration was identifying 6,000 acres (2,400 hectares) of land for businesses and that they would make companies feel secure. "We have an annual budget of 1 trillion rupees ($13.68 billion) for the region and a good amount of...
    DEAR HARRIETTE: I keep in touch with my first ex-boyfriend. We have both gone on to build families and have great lives. Harriette Cole  Recently, he asked me to be a guest speaker at one of his classes, and I’m excited to do it. I’m wondering how I should identify myself. We are middle-aged people who have known each other for almost our whole lives, but he also holds a very special place in my heart because he was my first love. His class is a group of high schoolers, the same age we were when we dated. Am I traveling too far down memory lane to want to bring this up when I meet his class? Should I just keep it professional? What is appropriate? Who Am I? DEAR WHO AM I? Why not take your friend’s lead? Let him introduce you to his students and state who you are...
    DENVER (CBS4) – A series of laws intended to help employees took effect as 2021 began. Family medical leave for state employees, sick time for even part-time employees, and new requirements of employers all began Friday, Jan. 1. (credit: CBS) New rules around job postings will play an important role as Colorado looks to recover from COVID-19 job losses. “This is a significant change and it is also something that is long overdue,” said Andrew Hudson, the CEO of Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List. “For both internal and external job postings Colorado employers are required to list the salary range and a general description of the benefits for the position.” Hudson’s popular website has thousands of posts each month, and newsletters reach tens of thousands of Coloradans each week. “The biggest frustration I hear from job seekers is putting the blood, sweat and tears into a job and not knowing what...
    What started as an effort by Virginia business leaders to help small businesses battered by the COVID-19 crisis has gone nationwide. The nonprofit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides $3,000 forgivable loans to business owners. Its goal is to keep Virginians working while small businesses waited for federal aid money to come through. At the start of the pandemic, technology entrepreneur Pete Snyder was well aware of the economic impact it would have on small businesses. “We also saw what was happening with the CARES Act coming out of Washington,” Snyder said. “Two trillion dollars being pumped into the economy, all with good intentions, but we all know the federal government sometimes doesn’t work so quickly.” In April, Snyder and his wife Burson launched Virginia 30 Day Fund. Eligible businesses must be at least one year old, based in Virginia, and owned and operated by a Virginia resident. “We focus on...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The new year comes with a new round of support for struggling small businesses, but this time there are stricter rules to ensure publicly-traded companies don't get the money.RELATED: Stimulus update: Congress finalizes agreement on $1 trillion COVID-19 relief billThe COVID-19 relief bill signed by President Donald Trump consists of $285 billion available for the Paycheck Protection Program.How do I know if I qualify for the new round?According to the legislation, in order to qualify for a second loan (or a first) business owners have to prove: The business was operating before February of 2020. The business has fewer than 300 employees. Your gross income must have dipped 25 percent or more from any quarter in 2019 to 2020. If I already received a loan in the last round, am I allowed to apply for a second one?Yes. If you previously received a PPP loan, you...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County has been at the center of several recent fights over COVID-related restrictions Restaurants sued to overturn the indoor dining ban, and the county executive changed course this week and decided to allow diners inside at 25% capacity. It followed a judge’s tough questioning. #BREAKING Indoor dining can remain open at 25 percent capacity in Anne Arundel Co. https://t.co/HiGi9tQvNd @wjz pic.twitter.com/ZGYPc93MkG — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) December 30, 2020 Now, several sports complexes are suing the county, asking that they be allowed to remain open for organized sports practices, which make up a large amount of their business and are currently prohibited. Gyms can still remain open for workouts with a mask mandate. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The same judge in...
    NORTHPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island woman is starting a movement to save restaurants and feed her neighbors — all at the same time. It’s called “The Takeout Project.” So much of the charm in downtown Northport comes from its small businesses, like Main Street Cafe. “Place used to be packed with people day and night,” owner Darin Parker told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis recently. But that all changed this year, down to about 30% of normal business. “It’s just so stressful every day, literally every day, hoping that … if we have a bad day those are the days you’re like, oh my God, is this it?” Parker said. He is thankful for customers who take part in traditions, like filling little stockings with cash, which the owner turns into supermarket gift cards for a food pantry. “Any time there’s a cause, they always rise up and do the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The federal government is backing off a plan to charge distilleries thousands of dollars – all because they made hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic. Two Chicago area businesses were told they would have to pay more than $14,000 – Koval Distillery in the Ravenswood neighborhood, and 28 Mile Vodka in north suburban Highwood. Both started making sanitizer instead of spirits back in March. On Thursday night, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services held a meeting and decided to ditch the tax. “2020 has been hard enough for businesses already. I’m in a town of all small businesses that are family-owned, and they’re living day-to-day, literally,” said Eric Falberg of 28 Mile Vodka, “and for something like that where you’re just treated like a huge corporation like Purell- we’re not them. we’re a small craft distillery.” HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison also released a...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that Colorado’s counties in Level Red on the COVID-19 dial are going to Level Orange on Jan. 4, 2021. It’s welcome news for struggling businesses. However, many won’t be operating with the fewer restrictions they hoped after applying for the Five Star Program. (credit: CBS) “When the second shutdown happened, I had 43 employees. Now I’m down to about 16,” said Jeff Eaton, owner or Señor Ric’s. “I’m hoping that Monday, when we move to Orange, we can open up to 50 people and I can bring about half of the remaining staff back. If I get my Five Star Certification, I can bring the rest of them back.” Depending on where a business’s county falls on the COVID-19 dial, Five Star Certified businesses are eligible for less restrictive capacity caps. Now that Red Level counties are moving to Orange, businesses were...
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown issued a warning to Oregon businesses Thursday that defy her executive orders meant to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The warning comes as some business owners say they plan to reopen Jan. 1. Brown said she has directed Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to deploy all available resources to ensure businesses are in compliance. Businesses could face fines or closure notices. Some Oregon mayors are also appealing to the governor to change how she categorizes counties by risk and backing the plans of business owners to reopen, KATU-TV reported. “It’s unfortunate and irresponsible that some local politicians are choosing to willfully mislead business owners into jeopardizing public health and risking fines, instead of working with their communities to help stop the spread of COVID-19 so that we can reopen businesses, schools, and more quickly return...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Maureen McCormack and Ron Corey’s Maine home is not a dental office. “Neither of us are dentists,” McCormack said. The retired couple recently found out their names, Social Security numbers and home address were used to get Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for a fictitious dental practice. “It would take all of 15 seconds on Google to show that these businesses don’t exist. I really don’t understand what the SBA looks at to approve business loans if they are not looking to see if there’s a business,” Corey said. Ron Corey and Maureen McCormack (WBZ-TV) “Generally, banks don’t give loans to people who don’t have incomes,” McCormack said. “Neither one of us have an income,” Corey said. The couple said they are now getting bills for interest on more than $50,000 in loans. “I don’t have to pay it right now, but they are charging me interest....
    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved Arapahoe County’s variance request to launch the Five Star Recovery Partner Program. Businesses in the county can begin applying for the program on Thursday with inspections scheduled to start next week. Arapahoe County businesses that pass the inspection can operate at 25% capacity up to 50 people. CDPHE granted the variance after reviewing the county’s COVID-19 data, which shows a decrease in positivity, hospitalizations and the incidence rate over the past two weeks. Colorado counties by level on the state’s COVID-19 dial dashboard. (credit: CDPHE) “We’re pleased that our COVID case numbers have decreased enough to enable Arapahoe County to be granted the variance that will allow us to launch the Five-Star program while the County is in the Red Dial Position,” said Nancy N. Sharpe, Arapahoe County Board Chair. “This will provide a consistent method...
    ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he agrees with progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when it comes to expanding the state’s eviction protections to include small business owners struggling to pay rent amidst the coronavirus pandemic.  The liberal darling cheered the Empire State’s newest law passed by the state Legislature during a special session and signed by Cuomo earlier this week.  It freezes nearly all ongoing eviction-related and residential foreclosure proceedings impacting tenants, homeowners and small landlords for the next two months, and can be stayed even further until May 1 if an application of hardship is filed.  Formerly, the governor’s executive order was set to expire before Jan. 1. But AOC took to Twitter Wednesday, arguing Cuomo should expand the measure to also include rent protections to small businesses.  “Proud of the strides that New York has made in passing one of the strongest anti-eviction laws in the country...
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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new expansive testing plan to safely reopen businesses, and it will launch at the Buffalo Bills‘ first playoff game in January. In an agreement with the NFL, 6,700 fans will be allowed to attend under strict guidelines. For the first time this season, fans will be allowed to watch an NFL game in that stadium. Watch Gov. Cuomo’s press conference — “They’ll be socially distanced, masks required, but every fan will be tested before the game. Obviously, if they test positive for the virus, they won’t be attending the game,” Cuomo said. “And then post-game, they’ll be contact tracing, so we’ll find out exactly what happened, was there any spread at the game.” The governor also says vaccination is a massive undertaking, but the economy cannot remain closed until the immunizations reach 70%. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK ...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf discussed businesses reopening amid the pandemic in during an interview Wednesday on ABC7's Midday Live."Reopening is not safe at this moment, and we don't know when our ICU capacity is going to get to that safer place," she said.BAY AREA ICU CAPACITY: How close we are to the 15% threshold and California's new stay-at-home orderMayor Schaaf encouraged small business owners to apply for COVID-19 relief grant money from the state.Grants are available from $5,000 up to $25,000.The deadline is next Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.Visit this page for more information and to apply.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the story in a new windowIf you have a question or comment about the coronavirus pandemic, submit yours via the form below or here.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic hereRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: From...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Ladies Who Launch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to support, celebrate, and educate women entrepreneurs, is announcing the 2020 recipients of the “Launch Program“, a grant and mentorship program for women-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19. After receiving almost 2,000 applications, Ladies Who Launch has selected 11 women to receive grants between $5,000 and $25,000 USD in addition to mentorship, advisory support, and company amplification through the next year. From across the United States, the women selected are incredible leaders who have persevered to keep their businesses moving forward. Ladies Who Launch is thrilled to support these diverse female founders and provide access to the community and the capital they need. Aaliyah Nitoto, Free Range Flower Winery, Oakland, CA Amy Peterson, Rebel Nell, Detroit, MI Elise Lindborg, Brand|Pride – Pride in a Box!, Seattle, WA Irene Li, Mei Mei Restaurant, Boston, MA Jacqueline Jones, Crystal Eikcaj Skin and Hair Care, LLC, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI Jessenia Rios, little Lola &...
    A Republican mayor in Oregon is encouraging business owners to defy the state’s coronavirus restrictions. Stan Pulliam, the mayor of Sandy, Ore., blasted Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s orders after a state of emergency was declared until March 3, 2021. The previous executive order was set to expire on Jan. 2, 2021. "I think all Oregonians should take pause, stand up and say ‘this must stop,’" Pulliam told "America’s Newsroom" on Wednesday. A salon owner also accused the Oregon governor of "retaliating" and "terrorizing" her family as she faces a $100,000 lawsuit for defying the state’s lockdown orders. Lindsey Graham of Glamour Salon argued Brown is acting like "a dictator." Both the Oregon mayor and salon owner said they continued to receive death threats for resisting the coronavirus restrictions. Pulliam called on businesses to ignore the statewide coronavirus orders and remain open. SALON OWNER ACCUSES OREGON GOVERNOR OF RETALIATING FOR...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Minimum wage workers in Maryland will see a pay increase starting Friday. Beginning January 1, the state’s minimum wage will climb to $11.75 per hour for people who work for employers with 15 or more employees. At the beginning of 2020, the minimum wage increased to $11 per hour. Before that, the rate was $10.10 per hour. Smaller employers will see a slightly smaller increase in what they have to pay employees. The current $11 per hour minimum wage for employers with 14 or fewer employees will increase from the current $11 to $11.60. RELATED COVERAGE: Maryland Lawmakers Pass $15 Minimum Wage Starting In 2025 House Overrides Gov. Hogan’s Veto On School Start Bill, Other Bills Maryland’s Minimum Wage Rises To $11 An Hour Minimum wage amounts remain higher in Montgomery County, while Prince George’s County, which currently has a higher minimum wage than...
    Operation Warp Speed adviser: Approval for AstraZeneca vaccine likely in April Joe Clark, the baseball-bat wielding principal who inspired the movie Lean on Me, dies at age 82 Whats Happening to Residential Buildings With Retail Space? © Provided by Millionacres What's Happening to Residential Buildings With Retail Space? The year 2020 has been extremely unkind to retailers, restaurants, and other businesses. Restrictions during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic put many operations in a position where their revenue dropped drastically or dried up completely. And even once those businesses were allowed to reopen, operating restrictions have created a nightmare and perpetuated that revenue crunch. The result? Many retailers and smaller establishments can't pay rent, or at least not in full, until revenue picks up or a substantial amount of government aid comes through. (To be clear, the Paycheck Protection Program mostly gave small businesses funds to use to...
    The Indiana legislature is preparing to look at several bills that would limit the governor’s power to declare and continually extend state emergencies, though it’s uncertain how quickly and to what extent legislators will act. State Reps. Curt Nisly, R-North Manchester, and John Jacob, R-Indianapolis, introduced a resolution that would immediately end the public health emergency now in place and cancel all actions taken by Gov. Eric Holcomb pursuant to that emergency declaration. Donald Rainwater, the Libertarian who challenged Holcomb in the governor’s race this year, has gotten behind the Nisly-Jacob resolution and is urging people to join him for a rally at the State House on Jan. 5, the first day of the new legislative session, to pressure House Speaker Todd Huston to bring the resolution to the House floor for a vote – right away. “We want each state representative, all 100 of them, to...
    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – People were back raising margaritas indoors at the upscale La Loma restaurant in Castle Rock Tuesday night. The restaurant met the qualifications for the enhanced Five Star certification program over the weekend, which makes more stringent requirements on operations, but allows indoor dining again. “To have people in our dining rooms is a relief, incredible,” said Mark Brinkerhoff, co-founder and owner of Brinkerhoff Hospitality. The group includes the large, La Loma and Sierra Restaurants in Douglas County and the La Loma in downtown Denver near the Brown Palace. (credit: CBS) “The first shutdown hurt tremendously,” said Brinkerhoff. “We got open a little bit in the summer, that was the relief and we got outdoor dining.” But with the change in the weather came the uptick in COVID cases and the imposition of a new ban on indoor dining. November and December began to show how...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage is relaxing coronavirus restrictions to allow indoor service again at restaurants, bars and theaters. The city had ordered such businesses to stop serving people indoors this month because of a spike in virus cases in November, and they can now reopen with limitations, Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson said Tuesday. Her new order also contains modified regulations for the hospitality industry and relaxes capacity restrictions at retail stores and gyms, the Anchorage Daily News reported. It takes effect Friday. Quinn-Davidson said a decline in Anchorage’s COVID-19 cases is thanks to the December restrictions and people's “personal sacrifices." “We’ve brought cases down. We freed up space at our hospitals, and now we find ourselves in a slightly better position,” she said. “The decisions we make in Anchorage have a ripple effect across the entire state.” She said the improvements allowed her to ease the restrictions, which drew...
    While the issues that plagued us in 2020 will still be with us in the new year, plenty of local residents were happy to show the old year the door. Community leaders are expressing cautious optimism about what 2021 has in store for Los Gatos as the pandemic wears on. “I’m looking forward to celebrating the resilience and kindness our town showed one another as we dealt with the pandemic and its detrimental effect on our neighbors, local businesses and everyone’s mental health,” says Mayor Marico Sayoc. Catherine Somers, executive director of the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, has seen these detrimental effects on Chamber members. “No one is coming out of 2020 unscathed,” she acknowledges, but adds, “Los Gatos will rebound quickly, I think. I predict we will slowly start to emerge in late spring, but we must get through January and February first … but then recovery will...
    A clothing store owner in Indiana said on Wednesday that he was moved to tears after learning his struggling business will be receiving financial support from "The Barstool Fund" amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jim Siebert and his daughter Rachel told "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday that the donation helped save the family business, which has been around for nearly a century. They said the money will go directly to the salaries of Siebert's Clothing Store employees. "The business has been a big part of my life and my family's," Jim Siebert said. "My grandpa started this store in 1922. I worked for my pop, who just passed away a couple weeks ago, and now I work with my wife and lovely daughter and some invaluable employees, other folks that do a hell of a job and that brings me to tears just thinking about it." "It's all about the people," he added. "We have got some great...
    Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday that he is directing $20 million in federal CARES Act funding to fulfill pending grants to small businesses and nonprofits seeking relief from losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic restrictions. Funding will be allocated to the Rebuild VA economic recovery fund, bringing the total funding up to $120 million. The new money will fulfill the more than 300 pending grant applications that were left after the fund’s initial money ran out in early December. “Getting these dollars to more small businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by COVID-19 is a top priority for our administration,” Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball said in a statement. “The large number of applicants still in the pipeline for Rebuild VA funding demonstrates the tremendous need for this and additional financial support.” Small businesses have been notified by mail that their...
    People working in the meatpacking industry and other such industries are just as essential as medical workers and should be among the first to receive coronavirus vaccines, Domingo Garcia, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), tells Newsmax TV. "Ive visited a lot of our meatpacking plants where our pork chops come from, our steaks, the chicken that we have in our tables, and these are frontline essential workers who work under terrible and tough conditions, to be honest with you, and they deserve the vaccine," Garcia told Tuesdays "National Report." Many meatpacking plants were hard-hit by COVID at the beginning of the year, he noted, and many have now taken precautions that have reduced infection numbers. "But we need to do more," said Garcia, represents the largest and oldest Hispanic group in America. "And I believe that just like healthcare workers, its important that these essential frontline...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — More than 600 citations have been given to local businesses, houses of worship, and other establishments by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health due to lack of compliance with COVID-19 regulations. Some major chains such as Walmart, Denny’s, and Chipotle have been cited, as well as a number of Crunch Fitness locations around L.A. The department has been issuing the citations since late August. Other businesses on the list include restaurants, hair and nail salons, trampoline parks, paintball parks, hotels, and casinos. Some businesses had multiple citations given over a period of months. Cronies Sports Grill in Agoura Hills was cited 13 times in December alone. The owner has been outspoken about his defiance of shutdowns by the state. Calvary Chapel of Downey has been cited 15 times since August 30 for lack of compliance. Grace Community Church in Sun Valley has been cited 13...
    The Swedish government has proposed a new bill that would allow the state to forcibly close businesses and shopping centres to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. The new legislation would be temporary and would go into force on January 10th and last until September of next year. It would grant the Swedish Social Democrat-led government the power to close various businesses, shopping centres, public transport and more under the Pandemic Act under serious situations. Swedish Minister for Economic Affairs Ibrahim Baylan announced the new proposal this week at a press conference alongside Minister for Social Affairs Lena Hallengren, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports. Sweden Says Relaxed Coronavirus Response Is Working, Despite Highest Fatalities in Scandinavia https://t.co/B46ExF4BsH via @BreitbartNews — Rebecca Mansour (@RAMansour) April 20, 2020 “These are certain types of trading venues, such as malls and department stores where the risk of contagion is considered high and where there is a...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the extension of the Open Storefronts program that aims to help New York City small businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The extension will go through September 30, 2021.The Open Storefronts program assists existing ground-floor storefront businesses who want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis.It allows eligible businesses to conduct activity on sidewalks, on roadways in the Open Streets: Restaurants program, or a combination of both.In addition to businesses engaged in retail trade, repair stores, personal care services, and dry-cleaning and laundry services are able to use outdoor space for seating, queuing, or display of dry goods.Under the program:- Will allow retail stores and restaurants to use sidewalk to sell pre-packed food- Expand number of restaurants that can use sidewalk for take-out- Part of NYC's economic recovery planMORE NEWS: Woman falsely accuses Black teen of stealing phone in New York...
    Taxpayer and business advocates agreed that cutting Iowa’s income tax could boost the economic recovery from the effects of the pandemic, which slowed Iowa’s economy, said Tom Sands, president of the Iowa Taxpayers Association. For the 2021 legislative session, the association will work with the governor’s office and legislators to enact more tax cuts at the corporate level. “And on the individual level, obviously, because a lot of smaller businesses have to file through or pay their taxes anyway, through the individual income tax levels,” Sands said. Matt Everson, state director in Iowa for the National Federation of Independent Business-Iowa, also plans to push lawmakers to cut income taxes. “I would say, income tax reductions as quickly as possible, would help stir and stimulate Iowa’s economy more than any other system you could set up,” he said. Everson said revenue numbers came out for the...
    An Italian business group had predicted that nearly 400,000 businesses could close due to the economic impact of the Chinese coronavirus and lockdown restrictions. The General Confederation of Enterprises, Professional Activities, and Self-Employment (Confcommercio) has predicted that over 390,000 businesses are at risk of closure, a figure that represents around 7.2 per cent of the total number of companies in the country. The lockdown restrictions, combined with a 10.8 per cent drop in consumption rates in Italy, have drastically affected businesses across the country, with some industries being hit particularly hard, newspaper Il Giornale reports. “Almost half a million companies and self-employed people could close their businesses. In addition to the indispensable health vaccine, there is a need for the economic vaccine. That is, compensation adequate relative to the collapse of turnover and using all of Europe’s resources to restart our economy,” Confcommercio president Carlo Sangalli said. Two-Thirds of Italians Fear Riots,...
    Governor Brian Kemp and the University of Georgia have launched an informational web site and webinars to help small business owners in Georgia understand the funding available to them through the new COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package and how to apply for assistance. Congress approved the recent funding on December 21, but application information will not be available until January. There are steps that small businesses can take now to be prepared to apply, however. Informational webinars will be held on Tuesday, December 29, and Wednesday, December 30. The webinars are designed to help small businesses prepare for the application process. Once application instructions are provided, consultants in the UGA Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) 18 regional offices will be available to assist businesses with this process. “We’ve been clear from the beginning of our fight against COVID-19: our mission is to...
    Making predictions about California’s marijuana industry was a challenge even before a global pandemic changed everything. It’s not just that the legal cannabis market, which launched three years ago in California, is so new. It’s also the singularity of an industry in which licensed, legal operators still compete against a much larger illicit market, even as the industry’s core consumer product — which is medicine for some people — remains illegal at the federal level. Some of the trends that were expected to shake up California’s marijuana industry at the start of 2020 were overshadowed or fully sidelined by the coronavirus. Still, California’s marijuana businesses fared better than some other sectors thanks to their “essential” designation, which allowed retailers and others in the supply chain to stay open and generate revenue during lockdowns. Will that growth continue in 2021? Experts point to four changes that figure to affect the state’s...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento County is waiving licensing fees and allowing rent relief for businesses inside the Sacramento International Airport to help with the impact of the coronavirus. The cost to county taxpayers is an estimated $8 million. But will the relief extend to employees already laid off? The unmistakable sound of jet engines taking off from the airport is in stark contrast to the sound of silence inside the airport. Travelers in the terminals are scarce. Businesses are closed, and those open have small crews. Restaurants can only offer takeout services. Employees at airport restaurants who’ve been left out of work are still waiting to find out what will happen to them when the travel business turns back around. COVID cutbacks have left Lisa Cavanaugh with no job. She was furloughed from her airport server position in March, then laid off In October after three decades of experience at...
              Live from Music Row Monday morning on a Special Edition of The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Attorney David Vicevich who specializes in telecommunications law to the newsmakers line. At the end of the third hour, Vicevich outlined the legal and insurance issues that could be directly related to a telecommunications service like the AT&T data center that was struck by a bomb early Christmas Day in Nashville. He later explained how cyber insurance is the fastest growing insurance product and although costly can support small businesses and professionals. Leahy: We’re joined now by an expert in telecommunications law David Vicevich. Do I have that right, David? Vicevich: You do, sir. Leahy: Okay, David. So you have a very interesting background. You...
    LANDOVER, Md. (WJZ) — Beginning next year, shoppers at Giant Food stores will notice a number of changes the company said will highlight products from minority-owned businesses. The grocery store chain announced this month it will start putting shelf labels in all of its stores that let shoppers know which products come from women, Black, Asian-Indian, Hispanic, LGBT, Asian-Pacific and veteran-owned companies. In total, more than 3,100 products will get the labels when they roll out next month, the company said. In addition, the labels will also be featured online and in the store’s app.
    PLEASANTON (KPIX 5) — The second stimulus bill was signed into law over the weekend, offering cash for many Americans hit by the pandemic, extended unemployment benefits and a quarter-trillion dollar Paycheck Protection Program. For some businesses, it will be a lifeline to keep them afloat. For others, it is too little, too late. News of a renewed PPP loan program offered some relief at the Togo’s sandwich shop in Pleasanton, where many of the nearby business parks have shut down. “And not having those people as customers. We’re down 65-70 percent,” said owner Teralyn Fredricks. “So being able to use this money to keep my staff working, to keep my restaurant open, would be wonderful.” PPP loans are forgiven if they’re used for essential business purposes such as salaries or rent. But businesses have to take a large financial loss to qualify. Primo’s Pizza in Danville invested a lot...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Help for Americans struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic is coming in the form of stimulus checks and loans for businesses, but the exact amount people will get remains uncertain. President Donald Trump signed a massive economic relief package Sunday night despite voicing concerns the stimulus checks were insufficient, CBS News reported. The bill Congress passed included stimulus checks of $600 — which works out to $2,400 for a family of four — for those making under $75,000, but the president called for that number to be increased to $2,000 for individuals or $4,000 for a couple. That bill also included protections for those facing eviction and a repeat of the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides help for struggling businesses. pic.twitter.com/v9Rdjz6DNu — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020 Monday evening, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would do that, but it faces an uncertain...
    JPMorgan Chase said Monday it would buy the global loyalty division of cxLoyalty Group Holdings, a third-party credit-card loyalty program service provider. The transaction, whose financial terms were not disclosed, will see the Wall Street bank integrate cxLoyalty’s technology platforms, full-service travel agency, gift card, merchandise, and points bank businesses into its Chase cards program “People across the globe want to vacation and travel again, and hopefully that will become a reality for many in the near future,” Marianne Lake, head of JPMorgan’s consumer lending business, said in a statement. “Acquiring the travel and rewards businesses of cxLoyalty will provide enhanced experiences to our millions of Chase customers once they are ready, comfortable and confident to travel.” Just under half of cxLoyalty’s employees, including Chief Executive Officer Todd Siegel, will move to join JPMorgan, said Amy Bonitatibus, JPMorgan’s chief communications officer. Stamford-Conn.-based cxLoyalty has a total of 3,100 employees....
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    After speaking with President Trump Sunday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said it "appears" Trump will agree to an emergency declaration request after a Christmas Day bombing destroyed buildings and businesses in downtown Nashville. An emergency declaration under the Stafford Act would allow federal money to flow to state and local governments to assist in the recovery. The president is required to tell Congress if more than $5 million is needed, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "It appears that that will be coming shortly and we'll have some assistance to help begin this rebuilding process," Lee told "America’s Newsroom." "So we're very grateful to President Trump for his response to that request." NASHVILLE BOMBING SUSPECT ANTHONY QUINN WARNER WAS GIVING AWAY PROPERTY, CLAIMED HE WAS RETIRING, SICK: REPORT In a letter requesting the emergency declaration, Lee said that an "effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and...
    NEW YORK (WFLA) — Barstool Sports has raised over $6 million this holiday season for small businesses struggling amidst lockdowns and the pandemic. The company announced on Christmas that its fundraising efforts, which started just over a week ago, surpassed $6 million from 57,404 different donors. Founder of Barstool Sports Dave Portnoy introduced the Barstool Fund Dec. 17 on Twitter. He said he hopes the company can “bridge gap until COVID’s done” and business owners can go back to making a living. “Is it the best plan? No,” Portnoy said on Twitter. “The best plan is the government getting off their [butt] and issuing relief, billions of dollars, to these small business owners who are losing their livelihoods and no way to save it through no fault of their own […] That’s the only solution really. But barring that, we’re going to do what we can.” Portnoy said he got the idea after...
    ​Ambassadors of 27 European Union member states on Monday unanimously approved the provisional application of the Brexit agreement struck on Christmas Eve between the United Kingdom and the EU.   “Green light,” said Germany’s spokesman Sebastian Fischer after the vote in Brussels. The deal, reached after nine months of negotiations, prevented a potentially disastrous “no-deal” Brexit on Friday and ensures that Britain and the 27-nation trading bloc will continue to trade in goods without tariffs or quotas. It will now be approved by all of the EU members on Tuesday. The UK’s House of Commons is expected to vote on Wednesday. The leader of the opposition Labor Party has urged his members to support the deal, all but guaranteeing that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have the votes to get the deal through Parliament. But pro-Brexit legislators in Johnson’s Conservative Party are scouring the agreement to see whether it...
    More than 80 states and local municipalities are slated to see minimum wage hikes in 2021, even as business owners continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic. The Employment Policies Institute, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C., that studies how public policy impacts employment growth, released a comprehensive list of the minimum wage increases that will go into effect next year and in subsequent years. “Minimum wage increases are demonstrated to cause job losses even in times of economic health,” said Michael Saltsman, EPI’s managing director. “These states and local areas are increasing the cost of labor as businesses are dealing with forced closures or a drastic drop in revenue. Employers and employees will pay the price for these misguided good intentions.” Starting Jan. 1, 2021, eight states will have a minimum wage of $12 an hour or higher, topped by California at $14. The others include...
    Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney has announced her plan to 'resurrect' a project to 'mentor small female founded businesses in Canada'. The stylist, 40, from Toronto, shared a link to a new Instagram page online, writing: 'Resurrecting The Female Empowerment Project. Our goal is helping women who starting small businesses in Canada with mentors within the tech, finance, marketing and manufacturing spaces.' The project is one of the first Jessica has announced since she found herself at the centre of a Black Lives Matter race row in June, after being accused of using her ‘white privilege’ against a black social media influencer.  The fall-out saw Jessica lose several high profile jobs, and the Duchess of Sussex, 39, was reported to have cut ties with her best friend. Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney,  40, from Toronto, her plan to 'resurrect' a project to 'mentor small female founded businesses in Canada' Meanwhile,...
    LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Britain on Monday urged businesses to prepare for Brexit, just days before a transition period designed to smooth the UK’s departure from the European Union comes to an end. Britain and the EU clinched a trade deal on Thursday – one which preserves zero-tariff and zero-quota access to the bloc’s single market but which will still cause disruption. The transition period, under which Britain stayed aligned to the EU’s trading and regulatory rules, ends at 2300 GMT on Dec. 31. “The deal is done, but with big change comes challenge and opportunity,” cabinet office minister Michael Gove said in a statement, adding that businesses need to adjust to Britain’s departure from the EU Single Market and Customs Union. “There are practical and procedural changes that businesses and citizens need to get ready for, and time to make these final preparations is very short.” The transition...
    Loading the player... Black and Mobile, a Philadelphia-based food service app dedicated to delivering meals from Black-owned restaurants to its customers, are now expanding. Launched in 2019, twin brothers David and Aaron Cabello were inspired to start their own business after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Around that same time, they began working for delivery app services including PostMates, Uber Eats, and Caviar, earning $1,100 in one 30-hour week. After discovering no Black-owned food delivery apps existed, David decided to start a business that would exclusively support Black-owned restaurants. Black and Mobile app available for iOS Photo: Blackandmobile.com Read More: ‘The Bounce Back’: How can the next president help Black businesses? “At that point, I said if I can make this much money delivering food on a bicycle, how much can I make if I actually own the company?” he said. After earning a few...
    Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey said that even though he disagrees with a number of the provisions in the bill, President Trump needs to sign the multitrillion-dollar spending package so vital relief funds can be distributed to people and businesses in need. "Look, if it were just a freestanding government funding bill, I would almost certainly be voting against that," Toomey said. "But I think the COVID relief measures are really, really important. And, you know, in my state, as in many other states, we have governors who are closing down businesses again. People are out of work, certainly through no fault of their own." Last week, both the House and the Senate cleared a $2.3 trillion spending package that included more than $900 billion in coronavirus stimulus and a $1.4 trillion spending bill for the 2021 fiscal year. A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced the compromise coronavirus bill...
    By ZEN SOO, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese regulators have ordered Ant Group, the world’s largest financial technology company, to rectify its businesses and comply with regulatory requirements amid increased scrutiny of anti-monopoly practices in the country’s internet sector. The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, summoned Ant executives on Saturday and ordered them to formulate a rectification plan and an implementation timetable of its business, including its credit, insurance and wealth management services, the regulators said in a statement Sunday. The statement said that Ant Group lacked a sound governance mechanism, defied regulatory compliance requirements and engaged in regulatory arbitrage. It also said that the company used its market position to exclude rivals and hurt the rights and interests of consumers. The meeting came after Chinese regulators last month halted Ant’s $37 billion stock debut in Shanghai and Hong Kong over regulatory changes, and comes...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese regulators have ordered Ant Group, the world’s largest financial technology company, to rectify its businesses and comply with regulatory requirements amid increased scrutiny of anti-monopoly practices in the country’s internet sector. The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, summoned Ant executives on Saturday and ordered them to formulate a rectification plan and an implementation timetable of its business, including its credit, insurance and wealth management services, the regulators said in a statement Sunday. The statement said that Ant Group lacked a sound governance mechanism, defied regulatory compliance requirements and engaged in regulatory arbitrage. It also said that the company used its market position to exclude rivals and hurt the rights and interests of consumers. The meeting came after Chinese regulators last month halted Ant’s $37 billion stock debut in Shanghai and Hong Kong over regulatory changes, and comes just days after China announced...
    Some Virginians impacted by the coronavirus are getting special deliveries this holiday season. Cakes By Happy Eatery in Manassas has been preparing and donating food to local families in need every Thursday since March. “We have all of the basic ingredients here at the bakery and we have the staffing for it,” said Victoria Wu, owner of the bakery. But for the holidays, she wanted to do something special. “We decided to join forces with some of my neighbors,” Wu said. She partnered with Action in Community Service, also known as ACTS of Prince William County, and five other restaurants in her Liberia Avenue shopping plaza for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve deliveries. The restaurants she partnered with are Famous Kabob Restaurant, Sam’s Southern Eatery, Uncle Rico’s Cantina, Bella Vita Italian Restaurant and Pinoy Market and Café. “I know that when ACTS came through to pick up the donations,...
    Beyoncé will offer $5,000 grants to help people facing foreclosures or evictions due to the housing crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. People can apply for the grants beginning January 7, 2021, the singer announced on her website Tuesday. Grants will be sent out to the 100 people selected in late January. “Beyoncé is continuing her heart of support and helping where needed most. Phase Two of the BeyGOOD Impact Fund will now help those impacted by the housing crisis,” according to a news release. “The housing moratorium is set to end on December 26th, resulting in mortgage foreclosures and rental evictions. Many families are impacted, due to the pandemic that resulted in job loss, sickness and overall economy downturn,” the release said. An estimated 9.2 million renters who have lost income during the pandemic are behind on rent, according to an analysis of Census data by the Center on...
    Loading the player... Miami Heat star Moe Harkless helped New York City families this holiday season with a monetary donation to cover rent and expenses for those in need. Read More: Michael Jordan donates $2M of ‘The Last Dance’ proceeds to food shelter According to the Queens Eagle, the 27-year-old gave to the Last Resort Emergency Response Fund which assists families in his Queens, New York hometown. The fund is managed by the organization New Yorkers For Children and is in partnership with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. The news outlet reported his donation will cover rent and other expenses for families who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic whether it be health or financial struggles. “It was something I wanted to do to give back to the community that raised me,” Harkless said to the Eagle. “A lot of people were a lot worse off, and that’s just...
    A Republican Oregon mayor penned a letter to Gov. Kate Brown blasting the state’s coronavirus orders because "small communities across" the state are "tired of the double standard." "Neighbors are able to pack into malls and support corporate America, but, for some reason, we can’t sit down and support local business owners along our main street. The double standards have to stop," Stan Pulliam, the mayor of Sandy, told "America’s Newsroom."  Pulliam's comments came after Brown extended a state of emergency declaration in Oregon until March 3, 2021. The previous executive order was set to expire on Jan. 2, 2021. JUSTICE ALITO: MAIL-IN BALLOTS RECEIVED AFTER ELECTION DAY IN PENNSYLVANIA MUST BE KEPT SEPARATE Pulliam called for the governor to release evidence to justify the lockdown orders. The mayor said he "demands answers" because he has not yet seen anything to make sense of businesses being closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. "I talked...
    Actress Madalen Mills plays Journey in Netflix’s hit release of playwright David E. Talbert's “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.” When a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for more than eight minutes, ultimately killing him, video of the brutal arrest sent shockwaves through the nation. It prompted protests for justice, an end to racism, and equity on all fronts. In response to the protest demands, major brands partnered with Black-owned businesses and started having conversations about how to better promote Black voices. Etsy and Amazon created webpages on their sites to highlight Black-owned companies. Entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey featured mostly Black-owned businesses on her cherished "Oprah's Favorite Things" list. Uber Eats announced it would waive delivery fees for Black-owned restaurants through 2020 even as it faced a lawsuit for doing so.  Following companies like Shoppe Black and We Buy Black, costume designer Zerina Akers came up with another way to...
    Giant Food will introduce new shelf labels in January for some 3,100 products sold in its stores that come from minority-owned businesses, the region’s largest grocer announced this week. Landover-based Giant said the new labels, to be present in all 164 stores, will identify products from 218 businesses across its network — all women, Black, Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Hispanic, LGBT, or Veteran owned. “We’re committed to making it easier for customers to identify product attributes that are important to them by fostering a diverse and inclusive network of suppliers that reflects the unique backgrounds and experiences of our Giant family, our customers and our communities,” Ira Kress, Giant Food president, said in a statement. The labels will also be featured on the Giant website and its mobile app, for customers who shop online. The company also plans to highlight its diverse vendors “through storytelling and product spotlights” on its website....
    CHICAGO (CBS)– The looting across Chicago came without warning and left business owners blindsided. Four months later, business owners in the South Shore neighborhood have a new plan of action to protect their store fronts from looting and robberies. The Citizen app has real time alerts, pictures and maps all showing what’s happening and where through community posts.  New technology on the Citizen app is designed to connect and protect small businesses to ensure owners are prepared.  “The reason why all this came about for me was the aftermath of the George Floyd fallout where a lot of businesses felt very vulnerable, they didn’t have a plan,” Amena Karim, community activist and South Shore resident said.     South Shore Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tonya Rice said the app allows for alerts in real time.    While app developers don’t want to get in the way of Chicago police, they hope...
    Small businesses are being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as research from Harvard shows small business revenue in November was 32 percent lower than in January. The last thing these struggling businesses need is for the banking industry to capture relief funds meant to help them meet payroll. Unfortunately, that is what Congress is doing in the latest COVID relief bill, which rewrites the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) after the fact to help banks at the expense of small businesses. In essence, Section 340 on page 2202 (hidden deep in the bill to avoid scrutiny) shifts paying agent fees from the banks who were supposed to pay small business agents, who help companies obtain and comply with PPP loans, to the small businesses themselves who hadn’t planned for this extra expense. Previous legislation explicitly tasked the banks with paying these fees, not small businesses, because the loans are meant to reduce...
    Cedar Run Brewery is offering two drinks for $10. Courtesy Prince William County Office of Tourism / Jeannie LaBella Sweet Zen7 Nature’s Cafe sells plant-based foods and desserts. Courtesy Prince William County Office of Tourism Cookies from Mom’s Apple Pie in Occoquan, Virginia. Courtesy Prince William County Office of Tourism Coffee from Roll Call Room Cafe in Dumfries, Virginia. Courtesy Prince William County Office of Tourism Assorted items at Very Thing For Her consignment shop in Haymarket, Virginia. Courtesy Prince William County Office of Tourism (1/5) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. A new digital initiative in Prince William County, Virginia, aims to connect D.C.-area shoppers with shops, restaurants and hotels across the county. The “Passport to Prince William” program provides customers with discounts and other offers, with the goal of supporting businesses...
            by Bruce Walker  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced programs aimed at assisting the state’s restaurants and bars as well as families facing evictions. The announcement came as the governor is facing mounting criticism over her administration’s penalizing businesses alleged to have violated epidemic orders imposed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Among the governor’s initiatives to support restaurants and small businesses are a reboot of the liquor buyback program instituted previously this year. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s previous buyback effort put an average $5,000 back in the pockets of restaurant and bar owners. All told, the MLCC spent $3.4 million on buying back spirits from 673 establishments. Those establishments were ordered closed by MDHHS in mid-November, and the initial order was extended past its original Dec. 20 deadline to Jan. 15, 2021. Several Michigan businesses have garnered headlines after the...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Today, Governor Charlie Baker said the state is setting up a $668 million dollar program that’ll make relief grants available for small businesses hurt by the pandemic. Many small businesses like restaurants are doing what they can right now before help arrives. Restaurants say take-out business is keeping them going during the pandemic. (WBZ-TV) Alcove in Boston’s West End is getting creative by setting up fire pits and is thankful for the influx of Christmas take-out meals. “This is the kind of thing that helps us really support more team members, and the fact that, you know, people want to support Alcove, myself and our whole team is really special,” said Alcove owner Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli. The Massachusetts Restaurant Association said the take-out model is now extremely important for businesses to survive until the stimulus is distributed. “I think we see the other side now, and that’s a...
      LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Larimer County’s Level Up Program got the green light from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Wednesday. The program is similar to the state’s five star variance program. Businesses in Larimer County can now apply to get a variance to operate at Level Orange which has fewer restrictions than the current Level Red. Businesses would need to be inspected, approved and certified before moving to Level Orange. (credit: CBS) If the county should move to Level Orange, businesses can apply to operate at Level Yellow. “This could make the difference between survival and closure for so many of our business partners. We appreciate the incredible work of our local Health Department staff and our partners to make this happen,” said Ann Hutchison, Executive Vice President of the Fort Collins Area Chamber. RELATED: 5 Star Certification Program Gives New Hope To Restaurants In...