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    Kelly Stafford believes Michigan is a dictatorship. Stafford, whose husband is Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, took to Instagram with an impassioned diatribe railing against the state of Michigan for administering a three-week lockdown period amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. MORE: The latest NFL playoff picture Stafford’s full rant on Instagram: I’m going to be blunt: I’m so over it. I’m so over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan. I understand there’s a pandemic, and I understand it’s very scary, and I’m scared of it too. If you’re at risk, do not live your house until there’s a vaccine. But shutting down all these small businesses, things that have people worked their life for, shutting them down again is not the answer. Because they will not make it. So once we are able to leave our house, once this dictatorship decides to let us to have some...
    WEST HOLLYWOOD (KABC) -- Small Business Saturday will look a little different this year in West Hollywood."We're expanding it to the entire month of December. We're publishing, for the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, a holiday guide," said West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Chairman Nick Rimedio.In the past, this was a one day only event falling on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.But it's been a tough year for small businesses."Just going around here in West Hollywood, you can see how many places are empty and how many businesses will never reopen again since the pandemic hit hard in March," said Gelato Festival Founder Gabri Poli.According to Opportunity Insights, more than 26% of small businesses in L.A. have closed since January."We know that surviving is the key word right now and serving the community. I really feel that West Hollywood is a special place where the community is supporting the small businesses,"...
    Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, went on a rant against Michigan’s latest coronavirus restrictions in an Instagram video on Thursday. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday introduced a so-called “Three-Week Pause” in hopes to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the state reportedly broke its single-day case record over the last month, according to FOX2 Detroit. The pause started Wednesday, which affects in-person learning at schools, indoor-dining at restaurants, all organized sports except for professional, theaters, movie theaters, stadiums, arenas, bowling centers, ice rinks, water parks, bingo halls, casinos, arcades and group fitness classes. GOVERNORS BRING BACK SEVERE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS, TIGHTEN RESTRICTIONS AS CASES HIT RECORD HIGHS Kelly Stafford said in her rant that she mostly felt for the small business owners. But retail businesses, salons, childcare and gyms were not affected by Whitmer’s order. “So I’m going to be very blunt: I’m so over...
    COLUMBUS — As cases of coronavirus rise rapidly in the state and county, the Ohio House of Representatives moved Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent further shutdowns. Ohio House Bill 621, referred to as the Business Fairness Act would prevent Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Interim Director from effectively carrying out another round of shutdowns as long as the business can still follow other safety standards. State Reps Jon Cross, R-Kenton and Shane Wilkin, R-Hillsboro introduced the legislation in May a few days before the stay-at-home order was completely lifted. The House voted 77-10 to pass the act with significant and bipartisan support, including District 90 Rep. Brian Baldridge, R-Winchester. Sen. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, will represent Scioto County’s voice on the matter and he plans on joining Baldridge in favor of the legislation when given the opportunity. Praising small businesses throughout the 14th Senate District for...
    Why 1947 and 2003 were the merriest movie years ever 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer Heres what Kelly Stafford doesnt understand about coronavirus relief Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, went on an Instagram rant Thursday morning, calling Michigan a “dictatorship” in response to new coronavirus regulations put in place by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. © Provided by For The Win In her rant, for which she later apologized, Stafford lamented the closing of “small businesses” but, as she kept talking, showed breathtaking levels of ignorance and a basic failure to understand the economics of the pandemic. “I’m so over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan. I understand there’s a pandemic, and I understand it’s very scary. I’m scared of it, too. If you are at risk, do not leave your house until there’s a vaccine,” Stafford said in a...
    Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, called the state of Michigan a “dictatorship” over new restrictions meant to slow the spread of coronavirus. As ClickonDetroit reported, Stafford went on a rant in a new video posted to her Instagram stories, saying it is unfair for the state to place restrictions that could endanger the viability of small businesses that may be forced to close. “I’m over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan,” she said. “I understand there’s a pandemic, and I understand it’s very scary. I’m scared of it too. If you are in risk, do not leave your house until there’s a vaccine. But shutting down all these small businesses — things that people have worked their life for — shutting them down again is not the answer, because they will not make it.” As the report noted, the state has entered a...
    WICKER PARK — After a long, difficult year, independent businesses in Wicker Park and Bucktown are bracing for winter and asking shoppers to choose them instead of retail chains and Amazon. From rising coronavirus cases and tighter restrictions to a lack of federal aid to neighbors opting to do holiday shopping on Amazon, a confluence of factors are creating a perfect storm for small businesses already on the brink of closure, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce director Pamela Maass said. The situation is dire for many, including businesses that have been around for more than 15 years, Maass said. While the chamber does not have current data on exactly how many businesses have closed due to coronavirus, longtime neighborhood businesses Futurgarb and Nature Yoga Sanctuary have already closed due to the pandemic. RELATED: Longtime Wicker Park, Bucktown Small Businesses Honored By Chamber Maass predicted many...
    ANDERSONVILLE — Shopping in Andersonville this holiday season will support a business community in need — and might earn you a personal thank-you from Santa. Santa won’t be making it to his usual meet-and-greets on Clark Street in Andersonville this season, but he will still pay visits — virtually — to those patronizing Andersonville shops. The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Meet Santa on Zoom contest. A free virtual visit from Santa will be given to 10 contest participants, who must spend at least $35 at any Andersonville business to be eligible. The contest will run through Dec. 4. To enter, fill out an online entry form. Winners will be selected at random Monday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. Andersonville Christmas events are also being retooled to make them safer during the coronavirus pandemic. There will be no holiday trolley during Small Business Saturday....
    COVID-19 : A year ago, a simple, touching and impactful short film encouraged all of us to visit independent businesses before the Covid-19 crisis went viral. Today, the pandemic is very present and this film takes on its full meaning … According to a French survey published in June 2020, around twelve thousand cessations of activity are solely due to the coronavirus crisis. An alarming figure, which unfortunately continues to climb. In 2019, Pimeco, the Spanish association of employers of small and medium-sized businesses, produced a spotlight to alert us to this harsh reality. You have the key thus tells the story of a merchant who must face the hegemony of online commerce platforms, such as Amazon. Since the health crisis, this toy specialist has seen its sales fall, which has forced it to close its doors permanently. With great accuracy and emotion, this...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- If you're traditionally a last-minute holiday shopper, small businesses have a plea this year -- come early.With limited capacity and inventory, they can't afford the holiday rush.RELATED: Here's how you can help San Francisco recover this holiday season amid the COVID-19 pandemicInside JoeyRae boutique in San Carlos, only five customers are allowed in the store at a time.At Gump's in downtown San Francisco, ten customers."We're just encouraging everyone to shop early this year because of social distancing protocol, it's not going to be your normal holiday season," said Allie Board, who owns JoeyRae with her mom and sister."Being a San Francisco icon for well over 150 years, we survive because of our local support from our customers base here in San Francisco and across the country," said Marc Capalbo, VP of Retail at Gump's.Steffen Schebesta, CEO at Sendinblue, a digital marketing company says the holiday season...
    WOODLAND (CBS13) — The state has made it harder for businesses to operate with the more restrictive purple tier designation, but city leaders are doing what they can across our area to help financially as we head into the colder holiday season. In downtown Woodland not only is there less car traffic, but there is also less foot traffic. “Now is the busy time of the day and we are almost empty,” said Rudy Peniche. Peniche runs Las Brasas. About a month ago he opened Main Street Lounge Roast and Vine across the street. “We got excited because people supported us and now to start with the purple again. We lost 80 percent of the business,” Peniche said. The reopening reversal has hit restaurants hard. A downgrade to purple means no indoor dining and retailers are back operating at reduced capacity. Peniche is doing what he can. “We take temperatures...
    VIDEO1:1401:14Congress, President Trump have doomed small and medium businesses: CramerHalftime Report CNBC's Jim Cramer on Wednesday ripped Congress and President Donald Trump's administration for their inability to strike a deal on additional coronavirus relief this fall, contending the lack of fiscal support has caused permanent damage to small and medium-sized businesses across the U.S. "I really hate to say this, but I think that Congress has doomed so many companies. The president has doomed so many companies," Cramer said on "Halftime Report." The result is a retail landscape that has shifted even further in favor of the large, publicly traded companies such as Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Amazon, according to Cramer. For investors, he said this means that the boost in sales these large retailers have seen during the pandemic may be more sustainable than some believe. "I think a lot of these companies ... have picked up just...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday slammed Democrats for blocking narrow coronavirus relief bills in favor of what he called a “multi-trillion-dollar laughingstock” proposal — saying the gridlock could kill small businesses in the final stretch of the COVID-19 pandemic. McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor that a months-long stalemate means businesses may be unable to survive, even with vaccines produced by the companies Moderna and Pfizer nearing approval. “We might lose the hardest hit small businesses in the homestretch because Democrats have refused to let us continue helping,” he said. Senate Republicans staged a late October vote on replenishing funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, which gives forgivable loans to businesses for payroll and overhead. McConnell peeled off five Democrats who backed the GOP majority on PPP loans. McConnell, continuing a long-running blame game, quoted Democratic criticism of the more than $3 trillion HEROES Act that House...
    SCIOTO — Seeing a high need for financial assistance, a committee comprised of Scioto County Auditor David Green, Scioto County Economic Development Director Robert Horton, and the Commissioners revised its small business grant program. The relief program, made possible by the CARES Act, originally set aside 25 $10,000 and 10 $25,000 grants based on the number of employees. Those with less than 25 workers could receive up to $10,000, while those with up to 40 employees were eligible for up to $25,000. The committee took note of how more companies were in need of the $25,000 and had soon used up the 10 grants. With this revision, all small businesses can apply for the $25,000 grant. An additional change will be made to the resolution for those companies that did not qualify for the $10,000, but were still eligible for some assistance. “This fixes all of that, it makes it...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Wednesday discussed her recently announced coronavirus lockdown that will reportedly “temporarily halt in-person instruction at high schools and colleges, dine-in service at restaurants and bars, and high school athletics as well as close some businesses, including movie theaters, bowling alleys and casinos.” Despite pushback from small business owners, Whitmer told CNN’s “New Day” the decision to enter the three-week shutdown is necessary to “combat the spread” before hospitals get overwhelmed and deaths spike. She also blamed the lack of strategy on the national level for having to close businesses such as restaurants. “First, let me say, you know, the restaurant industry has really had a tough year because of COVID because there’s not been a national strategy and we have seen COVID just explode across the country in waves,” Whitmer outlined. “This is really driven by our epidemiologists and our public health experts that tell...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The 2020-21 season will mark a noticeable change for the Boston Celtics, no matter what Danny Ainge does with the roster. That’s because the team announced Tuesday that it has a new sponsorship deal with Vistaprint. Part of that deal includes the jersey patch that had previously been sponsored by General Electric. With the GE deal expired, the Celtics sought out a new sponsor, and Vistaprint — a marketing and design company — landed the deal. It runs for multiple years, with the most notable impact being the left shoulder patch on Celtics jerseys. We are excited to announce a wide-ranging, multi-year partnership with @Vistaprint. The collaboration will highlight Boston and New England-based small businesses and feature Vistaprint on Celtics jerseys beginning with the 2020-21 season. Learn more at https://t.co/GeEcgE916X pic.twitter.com/tMCgUhKgN1 — Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 17, 2020 “As a company with deep roots in...
    Meet Paul and Anthony Ramirez, a pair of brothers and bar owners in New York City's Bronx, who have been working to rebrand the borough for the past decade. The duo owns several small businesses aimed at supporting entrepreneurs and promoting positive imagery of the Bronx and Queens. Seven years ago, they opened the Bronx Beer Hall in the center of a historic marketplace where they could celebrate the community. The brothers spoke with CBS News to share how they were able to avoid shutting down during the coronavirus pandemic. CBS News: What was the Bronx Beer Hall like before the pandemic hit? Anthony Ramirez: Before COVID, our mission was to, as always, improve the image of the Bronx and help introduce people to what the Bronx has to offer in both arts and culture. We had a rotating schedule of things to keep people engaged. Anything from karaoke, and trivia,...
    Walmart CEO Doug McMillon had a few messages to impart during the company's Tuesday earnings call that didn't relate to the company's quarterly results. Among them was McMillon's view that it is "imperative" for elected officials to work together to pass more stimulus funding.  He also congratulated Joe Biden on his win, adding his name to a growing list of corporate leaders that have acknowledged the outcome of the November 3 presidential election even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede. Other Fortune 500 CEOs, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, have offered their congratulations to Mr. Biden, although few have publicly addressed Mr. Trump's refusal to accept his election loss. "I want to wrap up by saying congratulations to President-elect Biden," McMillon said at the end of his prepared remarks on the Tuesday morning call with Wall Street analysts. "We look forward to working...
    A new survey by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce details the city’s ongoing commercial rent crisis, as 50 percent of businesses could not pay full rent in November, up from previous months’ reporting and a troubling sign for businesses struggling to recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another clear signal of the stress that COVID-19 is having on the economy: 40 percent of respondents pay more than one quarter of their monthly revenue in rent and 16 percent pay more than half. According to 264 Brooklyn-based survey takers representing restaurants, bars, retail, health and wellness, professional services, and other small businesses, 48 percent said they owe back rent for previous months. As thousands of small businesses across the city are teetering on the edge of survival, this factor could bankrupt many if New York’s moratorium on evicting commercial tenants is lifted without any counterbalancing financial relief.
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Anger, frustration, heartbreak -- that's how small business owners are reacting to Governor Gavin Newsom's new orders. In one San Jose plaza, it's 60 small business tenants feeling the impacts.So many stories, each one heartbreaking."I could lose everything, it would be sad because my family, we've been here for 32 years," said Christina Bui.RELATED: COVID-19 vaccine: Leaders in hard-hit East San Jose seek priority for their communityShe's already lost 80% of her business. The Governor's announcement dashed the little hope she still had left."This is the time that we were going to hopefully bounce back," she said.This plaza is the perfect example of how hurting small businesses can cause endless ripples. For one insurance broker we talked to, those are his only clients.RELATED: Newsom considering curfew as CA COVID-19 cases spike, 40 counties move to more restrictive tiers"Are you going to survive this new lockdown?"...
    FLORESVILLE, Texas – A Floresville man is taking a chance and starting a business during the COVID-19 pandemic in his hometown. T.Y. Guevara remembers watching his mother cook and always dreamed about owning a restaurant. Guevara was filled with emotions as he spoke about his new chapter in life. “I’m not afraid of the pandemic. This was a life dream of mine, and I’m going to do it. I’m going to make it work,” Guevara said. Guevara decided to open up a small breakfast place called Sunny Side Up Cafe in Floresville about three and a half weeks ago. “I’ve hired about seven people now, so I’m looking to hire another, probably five or so,” Guevara said. Guevara found the location along Highway 181. He said from the moment the city found out he was opening this restaurant, city workers connected him to different resources. The city has also helped...
    DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned Gov. Jared Polis plans to call a special session of the state legislature on Tuesday. The move comes as Congress has been unable to reach an agreement on COVID-19 relief legislation. #BREAKING: Multiple sources tell me the Governor will announce a special session tomorrow afternoon. It will take place in the next couple weeks. Plan is to pass COVID relief bills to help individuals and small [email protected] #copolitics — Shaun Boyd (@CBS4Shaun) November 17, 2020 Sources tell CBS4 the state legislature will take up bills to help those most impacted by the pandemic, including employees who have been laid off and small businesses. (credit: iStock/Getty Images) The special session is expected to take place as early as Nov. 30. Polis and House and Senate Democratic leadership released this joint statement Monday night: “Legislative leaders and the Governor’s office have been having productive conversations on...
    MONTCLAIR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — With the holidays fast approaching, you may be thinking about getting gifts. On Monday, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis spoke to business owners in New Jersey who say shopping local is more important than ever this holiday season. In downtown Montclair, alongside holiday decor, are pictures of small business owners. They are a reminder of who you are supporting when you shop at stores like East Side Mags. “The money that you spend with us goes to pay my employees and help them buy holiday gifts for their family. It goes to me to help feed my family and pay our mortgage,” said East Side Mags owner Jeff Beck. In return, Beck promises a personalized experience to those who visit his comic book store, or prefer personal shopping at a distance. “They can call up or message us on social media and say, ‘Hey, my son is super...
    Donna Skemp of Bend, Oregon, struggled to save before she signed up for an automatic savings plan offered by her employer’s payroll services company. Now, some of her pay goes into a federally insured, interest-paying savings account that she can access any time with a debit card. “It’s painless, and it’s so easy,” says Skemp, accounting and office manager for the nonprofit Every Kid Sports, which pays sports registration fees for children from low-income families. Skemp is lucky — more than one-third of private-sector workers don’t have access to workplace savings plans via payroll deduction. Many small-business owners may think such plans are too expensive or complicated to administer. But that’s not necessarily so. PAYROLL DEDUCTION MAKES A DIFFERENCE Americans don’t save nearly enough for emergencies or retirement, but we’re more likely to save if the money is automatically deducted from our paychecks. People are much more likely to contribute...
            by Scott McClallen  The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) are giving out $3 million in weatherization grants to help some small businesses expand outdoor capacity during winter. Eligible businesses may apply to receive between $1,000 and $10,000 in funding for weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities, while eligible municipalities and local organizations may apply to receive up to $15,000. The funding is available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “There’s no question that these weatherization grants are going to make a real difference for Michigan’s small businesses this winter,” SBAM President Brian Calley said in a statement. “Fully utilizing outdoor seating and capacity has been critical to businesses across the state in their efforts to operate safely through this COVID-19 pandemic. And with winter weather diminishing that capacity, providing businesses with...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation have announced the state will get a $600,000 federal loan to provide financial assistance to small businesses in the Lakes region. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Rep. Chris Pappas said a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will go to the Wentworth Economic Development Corporation in Wolfeboro to establish a loan fund. The funds will help 16 rural businesses retain 60 full-time jobs and create 30 new jobs. Shaheen said the loan is critical help businesses weather the disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. Hassan said said the loan will help provided “much-needed support for small businesses.” “I will keep working across the aisle to help our small businesses get through this challenging time, including by pushing for an additional, comprehensive relief package that includes direct support for businesses and families,” she said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    Mayor de Blasio and I go to the same barber, but we’ll soon have to stop: After 74 years, Astor Place Hairstylists is closing. When a New York institution like CBGB or Ratner’s closes, there’s real loss and sadness. Change is a constant fact of life in this city, and it’s good to make peace with it. But this time feels different. Astor Hair is not a store that sells typewriters or top hats. Its demise is not foreordained, despite COVID. With the proper city leadership, this barbershop — and businesses like it — can endure. Instead, our leaders’ scaremongering and aggressive restrictions have crippled the economy; Astor’s closure is the result. When you first enter Astor Hair, you walk down a flight of stairs; it’s like getting your haircut in the subway. The large room is filled with cubicles decorated with personalized flair that give the shop a county-fair...
    BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston is offering more help to local small businesses struggling to stay viable amid the pandemic. Mayor Marty Walsh on Friday announced three new relief funds totaling $6.3 million. One will provide up to $15,000 to small businesses that are struggling to pay their rent. Another will make $15,000 grants available to businesses owned by minorities, women or veterans. The third will offer grants to restaurants to enable them to retain or rehire employees. Since the start of the pandemic the city has set aside more than $15 million in total to help businesses survive the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Massachusetts hit 10,015 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Thursday, nearly nine months after the state’s initial case was detected. Confirmed cases have topped 174,000 and the number of cities and towns designated as “high risk” nearly doubled over a two-week period last month....
    BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston is offering more help to local small businesses struggling to stay viable amid the pandemic. Mayor Marty Walsh on Friday announced three new relief funds totalling $6.3 million. One will provide up to $15,000 to small businesses that are struggling to pay their rent. Another will make $15,000 grants available to businesses owned by minorities, women or veterans. The third will offer grants to restaurants to enable them to retain or rehire employees. Since the start of the pandemic the city has set aside more than $15 million in total to help businesses survive the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Massachusetts hit 10,015 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Thursday, nearly nine months after the state’s initial case was detected. Confirmed cases have topped 174,000 and the number of cities and towns designated as “high risk” nearly doubled over a two-week period last month....
    A city in North Carolina is offering an attractive deal for people who have very a specific name. Elizabeth City started a “Calling All Elizabeths” promotion on Monday, which is encouraging any person named Elizabeth to visit and take advantage of freebies or discounts until Dec. 30. “We wanted a fun and exciting way to celebrate our town and invite travelers to experience this hidden gem of the South,” said Corrina Ruffieux, the executive director of Visit Elizabeth City, in a statement. “Elizabeth is the fifth most popular name in the United States, so we hope to have quite a few Elizabeths answer the call and enjoy the sights and sounds of our inviting waterfront community.” These exclusive offerings include a specialty “That Girl Liz” brew and “Elizabeth Latte” at the Ghost Harbor Brewing Company and The SweetEasy coffee shop and bakery. Or for science lovers, Port Discover is...
    Virus deaths surpass 10K in hard-hit Mass. Rep. Max Rose concedes to GOP challenger Nicole Malliotakis in NYC congressional upset Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gifts of 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/23 SLIDES © August_0802 / Shutterstock.com Some of the most successful entrepreneurs started with just an idea and very little seed funding — in some cases $15,000 or less — and scaled their businesses to make millions. Others only planned...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Many small, neighborhood retailers are bracing for a struggle this year as the holiday shopping season gets underway amid the pandemic."I am hopeful that we are going to keep getting through this," said D'Cher Whitaker, owner of Love Periodot.RELATED: Lightfoot issues Chicago COVID-19 stay-at-home advisory EMBED More News Videos Mayor Lori Lightfoot has issued a new Stay-at-Home Advisory due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Chicago. Hope is what many shop owners have been holding onto this year. And they'll be relying on that even more during what will be a challenging holiday shopping season."My concerns will probably be, if we have a mandatory shutdown, then we are no longer able to service our customers coming in the store," said Marquisha Washington, owner of Sultry Steps Boutique, a women's clothing boutique at Roosevelt Collection Shops in the South Loop."We used to be open 7 days a...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way Americans interact with their favorite shops, restaurants and small businesses. In the current environment, cashless or contactless transactions are favored for their perceived safety and ease of use. In a global study done by MasterCard in February and March, contactless payments grew 40% over the first quarter of the year with 79 percent of respondents to the study saying that they were using contactless payments “citing safety and cleanliness as key drivers.” In a study released by the National Retail Federation in August, it was found that no-touch payments increased 69 percent since January among retailers surveyed. And, of those who had implemented contactless payments, 94 percent expected that increase to continue over the coming 18 months. “Contactless payment was growing in popularity even before the pandemic, but it’s clear that now, more than ever, consumers are eager to embrace any options...
    COVID-19 : To deal with the coronavirus, France has decided to close non-essential businesses and to keep supermarkets open. Yet in Catalonia, it is rather the opposite that has been decided. In Barcelona in particular, small businesses (including bookstores) can continue to welcome customers. On the other hand, supermarkets and department stores are subject to restrictions imposed by the authorities (no more than 800m2 of space dedicated to sales). Goals ? Avoid large gatherings in department stores and allow small traders to survive. TF1 went to see how things were going on site. Look : Ramon Inglada, bookseller in Barcelona: “I think that we should not only survive, but live. In these times, books and culture are essential. “ A passerby : “Department stores can take the hit much better. Local shops are on the verge of bankruptcy. Personally, I prefer that small businesses...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Marylanders for Tax Fairness, a coalition of businesses, advocacy groups and individuals, launched a campaign on Tuesday to oppose the General Assembly’s potential override of a $350 million tax revenue bill vetoed this spring by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R). The digital advertising bill was originally introduced by Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City). In the final days of session, it was combined with other revenue-generating tax bills as part of an overall plan to cover increased costs of education reform. Ferguson and Democrats who supported the legislation said it was intended to target only a small number of massive companies. “This tax affects companies only making $100,000,000 or more a year on the free exploitation of Marylanders’ personal and private data,” Ferguson’s office said in response...
    Reform Party leader Nigel Farage warned that the UK is heading towards “mass business bankruptcies” and “massive unemployment”, while Jeff Bezos and Amazon reap the rewards of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s second national lockdown. During the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, Amazon has seen its profits in the third quarter triple to $6.3bn (£4.8bn), with a 37 per cent rise in sales globally, thanks in large part to lockdowns introduced by governments across the globe preventing consumers from visiting physical shops. In the UK, the tech giant is planning to hire some 20,000 seasonal workers during the Christmas period, while many small businesses remain shuttered and under lockdown. The founder of the consultancy firm NBK Retail, Natalie Berg told The Times: “Amazon has had Christmas handed to it on a silver platter,” adding: “It’s the hands-down winner of the pandemic.” Reform Party Leader Nigel Farage said on Monday that his email is...
    WICKER PARK — This fall you can lace up your running shoes to help small businesses. The WPB Virtual 5K fundraiser will raise money to support the small businesses in Wicker Park and Bucktown. Sponsored by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, the race is timed with Small Business Saturday, which falls on Nov. 28 this year. Racers are encouraged to run Nov. 28 and celebrate by shopping their favorite local stores with in-person, curbside or delivery. The official 5K route will run through the business districts of Wicker Park and Bucktown. Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for children. Register online. Runners will receive a t-shirt depicting Team Wicker Park or Team Bucktown, along with participants’ names listed on the back. Registrants will also receive a virtual goodie bag with special offers from local businesses in Wicker Park and Bucktown.   The registration...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis announced a new campaign on Monday to help support Colorado small businesses during the holiday season. The state launched a Shop Local Colorado website, which lists local businesses in communities across Colorado. Coloradans are encouraged to use the hashtag #ShopLocalColorado on social media to show their support for the campaign. Small businesses can also access graphics and flyers in the #ShopLocalColorado Social Media Toolkit. “Colorado’s small businesses, entrepreneurs and restaurants are an economic engine for so many communities across Colorado and while the pandemic has created unique challenges, we are resilient and will build back stronger,” said Gov. Polis. “I encourage every Coloradan to shop local this holiday season and purchase superior grown in Colorado and made in Colorado products so we can support our small businesses that create local jobs, strengthen our communities, and fuel our economic momentum.” According to Polis’ office,...
    Tens of thousands of companies may have wrongly received hundreds of millions in COVID-19 relief loans meant for small businesses, data shows.  The Small Business Administration's inspector general has identified a number of organizations who should not have been given the money, warning of 'widespread potential abuse and fraud'.  Around $525 billion in loans were given to 5.2 million businesses between April 3 and August 8 under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) scheme. The taxpayer-funded program was aimed at helping small businesses survive the pandemic. Now The Wall Street Journal reports how the federal government is dealing with increasing reports of potential fraud over the scheme. There was little vetting of companies that said they needed the cash by either banks or the government.  That meant that companies created after the pandemic began, businesses with too many employees to qualify and those already owing money to taxpayers may have wrongly been handed the...
    Loading the player... The Wall Street Journal reports that the federal government have become swamped with reports of potential fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program, a response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. According to government officials and public data, there’s evidence that others have taken advantage of the program’s “open door design” that was created to give small businesses easy access to taxpayer funds. Read More: #BankingWhileBlack: Bank calls police on Black man trying to cash his own paycheck Between April 3 and Aug. 8, $525 billion in loans were distributed to approximately 5.2 million small businesses. WSJ also reports that the inspector general of the Small Business Administration, which serves as an arm of the agency that administers the PPP, found “strong indictors of widespread potential abuse and fraud in PPP.” From July to September, there was a noticeable surge resulting in banks...
    It’s the time of year when newspapers thicken with sales circulars and holiday advertisements. Consumers looking to beat the hustle and bustle and steer clear of the crowds this year may want to pay attention to local businesses in lieu of trekking to nearby shopping malls. Every time consumers visit local coffee shops to grab a latte, pick up a dress at a nearby boutique, or patronize a farmerÕs market down the street, they are supporting a small business. The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving are some of the busiest shopping days of the season, and they also can be some of the friendliest to small businesses. Plaid Friday was conceptualized in Oakland. It may have been born in the Golden State, but the movement soon spread across the country. Plaid Friday is an alternative to big box storesÕ Black Friday bonanzas. It is designed to promote both local and...
            by J.D. Davidson   An Ohio Supreme Court ruling should help small business owners cut through government bureaucracy and save time and money, according to a Central Ohio think tank. The ruling, which could allow small businesses to file a single local income tax return, is a step in the right direction for small businesses throughout the state, according Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute. “While more reform is needed to fix Ohio’s byzantine local tax system, this ruling is good news for Ohio and its economy and will allow small business owners to focus on keeping their doors open and creating jobs,” Lawson said. At issue was what municipalities’ small businesses were required to file income tax returns. Ohio laws requires returns to be filed where a worker works and where they live. That can be challenging and substantially time-consuming...
    In the midst of the second wave of COVID-19 sweeping across the state, the Big Grants Program expands its financial aid to small business owners with only a limited number of ITIN and regardless of your immigration status. The Financial Support Program (BIG) was launched by Governor Pritzker in response to the COVID-19 emergency and its main focus is helping businesses in the industries that are most affected. The government announces that $ 175 million in funding remains available and indicates that it will be distributed with the help of community organizations. Interested merchants must meet the following requirements: Your business must have a state license to operate. The establishment must have been open at least 3 months before March of this year. If you are a small business owner, you only have an ITIN number and you want to apply for help,...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Business owners say Denver’s new home at 10 p.m. order while better than a full shutdown, is still a blow to their operations. The restaurant and music venue Roxy on Broadway went from celebrating a successful first year to surviving the next. (credit: CBS) “It’s been rough,” Yves Rhone, a host at the establishment said. He’s been there since the opening last July and while he loves his job, he says it’s become increasingly hard to hold on to. “I’m not making nearly what I used to… me just making my rent is a struggle, picking up odd jobs during the day isn’t what I ever thought I had to do,” he said. Despite having to navigate ever-changing restrictions and threat of temporary shutdowns owner Paula Vrakas says keeping her doors open has been a priority. RELATED: ‘Home By 10’: Denver Under New...
    More than 11,200 establishments have requested $290 million in relief to reimburse them COVID-19-related expenses in South Carolina’s relief program for small and minority-owned businesses and nonprofits. The amount of relief funds requested far exceeds the amount of money allocated to the programs. State legislators allocated $40 million earlier this year for the Minority and Small Business Program, and a total of $25 million to the Nonprofit Relief Program. In total, the allocated funds cover less than a quarter of the funds requested. Both grant funds are eligible to be replenished with unallocated Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds, but no plans to replenish the funds have been announced. “Small businesses are the cornerstone of our state’s economy and they were hit hard by the pandemic,” Gov. Henry McMaster said. “We knew we had to quickly get them the help they need through an easily-accessible...
    Twenty/20 When the pandemic hit in March, Kelly Kearney, owner of Pacific Fine Food Catering in Alameda, California, initially thought things might go back to normal after a couple of months. She bought the company in 2004 and built up a business with a loyal, dependable staff and long-time clients. At age 58, she wasn't intending to retire anytime soon, but she and her husband, who is 66, were starting to step back a little to enjoy the success they earned after many years of hard work. They recently bought an apartment in Italy, with a view of the Riviera, and would stay for two weeks every quarter.  Then, like for so many others, the crisis brought big changes. With no events to cater, business fell by 85%. She had to lay off most of her staff of 17. Travel restrictions meant she couldn't visit her favorite vacation spot.  "Now...
    SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Precinct 3 Commissioner-elect Trish DeBerry is gearing up to hit the ground running for small businesses struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. DeBerry said she understands what it’s like being a small business owner after more than 20 years running her own company. “It is hiring freezes. It’s salary freezes. It is cutting discretionary spending and how that looks. Hopefully, you have some sort of reserve fund,” DeBerry said. She said she feels residents see her as someone who can relate to their problems while at the same time offering ways to fix issues. “During this pandemic, nobody has suffered more than small businesses, and so when I am sworn in in January, I am going to make that a laser focus of mine,” DeBerry said. DeBerry said she would like to see what a diverse task force could do to serve small businesses in the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday will consider giving authority to business owners to refuse service to patrons who do not wear masks on their premises."Small business owners and their employees are risking their lives to stay afloat in the midst of this economic and public health crisis,'' said Councilman Herb Wesson, who authored the proposed requirement in July."Wearing a mask saves lives, and this simple, common-sense law will save lives and allow us to beat this virus sooner rather than later.''Wesson said his motion came after major setbacks'' in July regarding COVID-19 and the response to it in Los Angeles and the state of California. Since then, Los Angeles County has surpassed 7,000 deaths related to the novel coronavirus."Koreatown's small business owners should not have to choose between going to work and their safety,'' said Laura Jeon, president of the Korean American Federation Los...
    In the Gabriel García Márquez novel “Love in the Time of Cholera,” set during the cholera pandemic of the 1800s, the protagonist Florentino Ariza embarks on a river cruise with his long-lost and recently widowed lover. In order to evade prying eyes, Ariza orders the captain of the boat to raise the yellow flag, which identified ships that were transporting people afflicted with the highly contagious cholera virus. In so doing, Florentino and his beloved were allowed to float off into new horizons without being disturbed by the outside world. As we cast our votes in the 2020 presidential election, we face the worst global pandemic of our collective lifetimes. Seven months into the COVID-19 crisis, hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives and millions more have contracted the virus. Jobs have been lost, businesses have closed, and our mental health has been challenged. DONALD TRUMP: REELECT ME...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With every region of Illinois soon to face tighter COVID-19 restrictions, including a ban on indoor dining and bar service, Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday urged people to shop at small businesses and order takeout from local restaurants to help them survive the pandemic amid a second surge of COVID-19. On Wednesday, Region 2 in north-central Illinois (Rock Island, Henry, Bureau, Putnam, Kendall, Grundy, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren, McDonough, Fulton, Stark, Marshall, Peoria, Tazwell, McLean, Woodford, Livingston, and Lasalle counties) will become the 11th region of the state to face extra virus restrictions, due to rising infection rates. When the new rules take effect Wednesday in Region 2, the entire state will be facing added mitigations; including a ban on indoor service at bars and restaurants; a limit of the lesser of 25 people or 25% room capacity for public gatherings; shutting down party buses; and requiring...
    When asked about Google, Bryan Clayton voices a familiar lament among small-business owners. "You keep getting squeezed further and further down the search results page," said Clayton, CEO of GreenPal, a company that operates an app to help homeowners find lawn care. "As a startup, you don't have a million-dollar advertising budget." The Justice Department sued Google for anticompetitive behavior on October 20, saying the company's dominance in online search and advertising harms rivals and consumers. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox But owners such as Clayton have a different beef. What's unfair about Google, they say, is the way it gives the greatest prominence in search results to companies that spend the most on advertising. Companies covet the top spots in Google search results — the first page of rankings, and the top of subsequent pages. But if too many companies vie for one of these...
    RyanJLane | E+ | Getty Images Small businesses that took a forgivable loan this year — as well as their banks — can't wait to have the balance wiped out, but tax professionals are telling them to slow down. The CARES Act, which went into effect this spring, established the Paycheck Protection Program, an emergency line of funding for small businesses suffering during the pandemic. Between April 3 and Aug. 8 — the last day a firm could have applied for a loan — more than 5 million PPP loans have been approved, accounting for $525 billion, according to data from the Small Business Administration. Applicants are eligible for forgiveness if they devote at least 60% of the proceeds to payroll expenses. Firms that fall short of the amount may be eligible for partial forgiveness. More from Smart Tax Planning:3 smart tax moves, no matter who wins the Nov. 3 electionThese...
    Edward Snowden Fast Facts Election Day deals: Get a free Krispy Kreme donut, Planet Fitness workout plus a McDonalds freebie Tuesday Op-ed: Here are some action steps for small businesses that survived the Covid pandemic The pandemic and ensuing downturn has disrupted tax and retirement planning for small-business owners. Increase your compensation, tax withholding and retirement plan contributions. It's also time to get back in the stock market. And now is a good time to re-evaluate your liquidity needs. © Provided by CNBC Covid-19 has disrupted tax and retirement planning for small-business owners, especially those who focused on saving their businesses from the pandemic's fallout earlier this year. With some hard work, however, there is still time to get back on track by Dec. 31. Load Error Here's a great example. After his business tanked this spring, one of my clients didn't take a paycheck for...
    By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When asked about Google, Bryan Clayton voices a familiar lament among small business owners. “You keep getting squeezed further and further down the search results page,” says Clayton, CEO of GreenPal, a company that operates an app to help homeowners find lawn care. “As a startup, you don’t have a million-dollar advertising budget.” The Justice Department sued Google on Oct. 20 for anticompetitive behavior, saying the company’s dominance in online search and advertising harms rivals and consumers. Owners such as Clayton have a different beef. What’s unfair about Google, they say, is the way it gives the greatest prominence in search results to the companies that spend the most on advertising. Companies covet the top spots in Google search results — the first page of rankings, and the top of subsequent pages. But if too many companies vie for...
    Source: Twenty20 Unlike most retailers, which see a sales peak over the winter holidays, revenue at Potomac River Running, a chain of 10 specialty running stores in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, is highest during the spring and summer. But this year, coronavirus shutdowns hit the stores hard, with fewer runners training for big races, fewer back-to-school sales, and fewer people out shopping at all. So, owner Ray Pugsley is more focused than usual on making the most of the holidays. "The holidays are big for us, but they're usually not as big as the summer," Pugsley says. "But this year, our goal is to try to cut our 2020 losses to some degree by beating our comps in the fourth quarter." To prepare, the company has boosted its online sales, implemented touchless transactions, introduced local delivery, and created customer gift lists, along with putting in place a range of new...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook launched its "Buy Black Friday" initiative and a corresponding gift guide on Friday as a way to celebrate and support Black-owned businesses during the holiday season.The initiative is a part of a larger three-month "Season of Support" program to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19.Erica Woods is a spokesperson for Facebook, and says timing this campaign with impact was a crucial consideration."We really want to be able to help these businesses coming into the holiday season," Woods says, "because we know it is such a critical time right now."Black-owned small businesses have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, closing at twice the rate of other small businesses."Over the next month leading up into Black Friday on the 27th," Woods adds, "we will have live shows on our platform to help support small Black-owned businesses across the country.""The gift guide is in partnership with the U.S....
    SAN ANTONIO – Small business are struggling as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the state and the nation. But a new grant could help more than 50 businesses in Bexar County stay afloat. “We really, really want to reach as many of the small businesses as we can and really provide them those funds to get them through this time,” said Leslie Rangel, programs director of Maestro Entrepreneur Center. The Maestro Entrepreneur Center is currently accepting applications for the “Building Resilient Small Businesses Grant, which can provide businesses in Bexar County up to $15,000. The Bexar County Strong Initiative is funding the nearly $1 million grant. Rangel said the grant will help 56 businesses keep their doors open amid the pandemic. So far, the grant has already received 88 applications. To qualify, businesses must have been formed before August 1, 2019. They must also show a 10% loss...
    New York (CNN Business)The Federal Reserve is changing the rules of its Main Street Lending Program to help smaller businesses that have been struggling to get by while waiting for additional stimulus from Congress. The Fed on Friday announced it would issue loans as low as $100,000 and reduce the fees for the loans. Previously the minimum amount it would lend was $250,000.Businesses have been pressing for greater access to the Fed program, saying they needed money that wasn't available from banks."Banks are not in the business of lending money to businesses that are failing," said CEO David Kong, CEO of Best Western, one of the business executives who wrote a letter calling for changes to the Main Street program. "Small and medium-sized businesses are struggling and they can't get help."The Main Street Lending Program is designed to support small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound...
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    NEW YORK (WABC) -- There's some relief for small businesses across the five boroughs as NYC's Open Storefront's program begins Friday.Under the new program:- Businesses can utilize the sidewalk directly in front of their storefront.- Businesses on existing Open Streets: Restaurants can use curb lane directly in front of store.- Businesses on the same street block can join together and apply for an Open Street.One rule, there must be an 8-foot path for pedestrians to safely walk by.For information on how to apply, visit nyc.gov/openstorefronts.The mayor signed the executive order during his morning press conference on Wednesday. He said that it was important for him to get this initiative started ahead of the holidays."It's a crucial time for every small business," de Blasio said. "We can all make a difference by buying local."The program runs through December 31, 2020.RELATED: How restaurants will keep outdoor diners in NYC warm this winterMORE...
    Business owners are worried that recent spikes in coronavirus infections across much of the country could prompt another economic shutdown, and without additional aid from the federal government, many establishments might not survive it. “It's the single biggest concern for them,” said Justin Adler, co-founder and COO of NorthOne, an online bank serving small businesses and freelancers. Proprietors in sectors such as hospitality, which includes bars and restaurants, or retail, all of which were hit hard during the first shutdown, are especially worried about surviving another lockdown, according to Adler. “We've seen the majority of businesses in the most impacted industries predicting that it will be difficult for them to stay open through the winter without government aid,” he said. Vanessa Gordon, publisher of East End Taste magazine, which covers food trends and events on the east end of Long Island, said she is still recovering from the...
    WEST HILLS (CBSLA) — The coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone’s daily life, but some of those hit hardest are small businesses. Those that are still open are relying on their local communities for support, and in the West Hills area of Los Angeles that community is the Maiden Community. “You’re going to find a good network of people that are going to embrace each other and really give you a purpose,” Kimberly Maiden said. Maiden owns Pickwick’s Pub in Woodland Hills, so she knows firsthand how difficult the last seven months have been on small businesses. “The whole premise is that you support, shop and you share,” she said. “So, basically, I pick about four places a week that I ask the community, ‘Please, just go and support them.’ It’s just a group of people that have joined forces and have done really great things in the community.” And, Maiden...
    The votes of the nation’s 30 million small business owners and many of the 60 million who work for them will go to the presidential candidate who can get the economy back on its feet as fast as possible. Today’s historic third-quarter GDP growth rate of 33.1 percent is just the latest indicator that this candidate is clearly President Trump. The American economy must fire on all cylinders again. Providing good jobs and paychecks to all Americans who want them is vital for workers’ wellbeing and national cohesion. While Americans take their economy for granted, it is the envy of the world, producing middle-class incomes and opportunities for ordinary people that allow them to live productive and content lives. Returning to this economic dynamism begins by reinvigorating small businesses, the nation’s job-creation engine that accounts for two-thirds of new jobs. At the beginning of this year, the small business economy...
    Virginia’s Rebuild VA Grant program will increase the amount of money small businesses and nonprofits can receive and loosen eligibility requirements, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday. Virginia businesses that receive less than $10 million in gross revenue or have fewer than 250 employees now will be eligible for grant money. The maximum amount of money a small business can receive will increase from $10,000 to $100,000. The businesses will have to show they have been economically harmed by the governor’s executive orders designed to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Eligible businesses include restaurants, retail shops, summer camps and farmers, among others. Northam directed an additional $30 million of federal COVID-19 relief money to the program to support the expansion. The program initially launched in August with $70 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. “We started Rebuild VA to help small businesses...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With more than half the state either currently facing a ban on indoor dining and bar service, or facing those added COVID-19 restrictions by the weekend, Gov. JB Pritzker said a program to help small businesses during the pandemic is now working more quickly to get money out. Illinois has already given out a total of $46 million in relief funds to more than 1,200 small businesses – including $19.5 million for restaurants and bars – so far during the second round of the state’s Business Interruption Grants program, funded by the federal coronavirus stimulus package approved by Congress in the spring. “These types of grants that come to small businesses, they come in the size of five-, ten-, twenty-thousand [dollars], but we hope these grants are able to keep these businesses going and growing,” Pritzker said Thursday morning. Pritzker has said restaurants and bars that have...
    New York City could soon look like a giant street fair under a new plan to let 40,000 small businesses hawk their wares outside their storefronts to increase commerce during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. “Today we announce our Open Storefronts program, modeled on what worked with Open Restaurants and Open Streets,” Mayor de Blasio said Wednesday during a City Hall press briefing. The Big Apple’s well-regarded program has allowed 10,000 restaurants to use sidewalks, parking spaces and closed streets for outdoor dining. Now retail stores will get a similar chance to spill out into the sidewalks and streets. “Here’s an opportunity that’ll reach over 40,000 small businesses in this city and will allow them to sell their wares outdoors right in front of their businesses to have a lot more people able to come and buy, to be able to expand their staff, the number of people they employ,”...
    NORWOOD (CBS) – The main building of the Norwood Commerce Center has been shut down for safety violations, which were discovered by the Norwood Fire Department when they responded to a fire there on Tuesday. The Endicott Street former mill was converted into a variety of shops and businesses in 2012 and includes 14 buildings. The 150,000 square-foot main building was closed for fire, building, electrical, health, plumbing and zoning violations. Firefighters were able to extinguish the small fire on Tuesday and no one was hurt, but due to clutter, firefighters a hard time reaching the fire and needed 350-feet of additional hose to get to the fire and put it out. “A building of this size with this large number of patronage needs to be properly maintained at all times and these violations are serious and unacceptable,” Building Commissioner Matthew Walsh said. According to town officials, violations included...
    DENVER (CBS4) – With new COVID restrictions in place in parts of Colorado, many small businesses will likely need more financial help. One option is the Energize Colorado Gap Fund, which was set up by the state in August. This week, the first round of checks, totaling $6.7 million, went out to small business owners. Applications for the second round of funding closed on Wednesday, and decisions on who gets money will be made in about five weeks. (credit: CBS) The Gap Fund was created to provide more than $25 million in loans and grants to Colorado small businesses that were unable to access other loan programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program. It prioritizes four populations that historically have a harder time getting capital: women-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned and rural-based businesses of 25 employees or fewer. “The great news is in our first round, those four priority groups got 99%...
    New York City could soon look like a giant street fair under a new plan to let 40,000 small businesses hawk their wares outside their storefronts to increase commerce during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. “Today we announce our Open Storefronts program, modeled on what worked with Open Restaurants and Open Streets,” Mayor de Blasio said Wednesday during a City Hall press briefing. The Big Apple’s well-regarded program has allowed 10,000 restaurants to use sidewalks, parking spaces and closed streets for outdoor dining. Now retail stores will get a similar chance to spill out into the sidewalks and streets. “Here’s an opportunity that’ll reach over 40,000 small businesses in this city and will allow them to sell their wares outdoors right in front of their businesses to have a lot more people able to come and buy, to be able to expand their staff, the number of people they employ,” de...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new initiative aimed to help New York City businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.The Open Storefronts Program will begin on Friday, October 30.Under the new program:- Businesses can utilize the sidewalk directly in front of their storefront.- Businesses on existing Open Streets: Restaurants can use curb lane directly in front of store.- Businesses on the same street block can join together and apply for an Open Street.One rule, there must be an 8-foot path for pedestrians to safely walk by.For information on how to apply, visit nyc.gov/openstorefronts.The mayor signed the executive order during his morning press conference on Wednesday. He said that it was important for him to get this initiative started ahead of the holidays."It's a crucial time for every small business," de Blasio said. "We can all make a difference by buying local."RELATED: How restaurants will keep outdoor...
    PORTSMOUTH— With CARES Act spending deadlines fast approaching, Portsmouth City Council first added two pieces of legislation to its agenda and later passing one by waiving the three-reading rule. Typically not a fan of adding pieces late to the agenda, Mayor Kevin Johnson voted in favor of both after asking City Manager Sam Sutherland the reasoning behind moving forward at this hastened rate. “We need to make a move to appropriate so we can spend it in time,” said Sutherland, who had listed the CARES Act funds on the City Manager’s agenda before the Monday, Oct. 26, session. Requested to be passed as an emergency, the measure would be an extension of money set aside for schools, small businesses and the homeless shelter originally announced during the Managers’ session on Sept. 14. This legislation surpassed the three-reading rule and eventually passed Council in a 5-0 vote. “It seems like it...
    Many Maryland retailers and restaurants have suffered significant economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And there’s a simple way residents can give these small businesses a hand up this holiday season: Shop locally. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said people can support their communities, help preserve jobs and keep small businesses afloat if they spend locally. “Small businesses have always been there for us,” Franchot said during a virtual news conference Monday, whether it’s supporting the local Little League team or stepping up whenever there’s a fundraising request. Franchot said that of the some 170,000 small businesses in Maryland, some 30,000 have either permanently closed or will close. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Coronavirus FAQ: What you need to know Coronavirus resources: Get and give help in DC, Maryland and Virginia Maryland schools get green light for...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Now struggling in a pandemic, Claudia Towles has owned Amuse Toys in Fells Point for 19 years. She’d like to make it to 20. There’s help on the way after Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot kicked off the Shop Maryland For the Holidays Campaign. The comptroller announced it on Facebook Live Monday Morning. “We have about 170,000 small businesses in the State of Maryland,” he said. “My experts estimate about 30,000 have either closed permanently or will close their doors permanently.” The annual initiative is starting earlier because of the pandemic. To save those shops, you have to shop. Now you can get paid to do it. Nine Maryland based credit unions are offering rewards to their members that shop at local businesses from now until 2021. Those unions include: Five Star of MD Federal Credit Union Market USA Federal Credit Union Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With winter looming and confirmed viral cases rising, Bob Szuter’s craft brewery and restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, could use another government lifeline to help survive until spring. So could many restaurants and bars that buy his beer. Szuter knows of nearly 20 in the region that have folded, with many others “limping along.” As a small businessman, Szuter benefited from the multi-trillion-dollar stimulus aid that Congress passed in March after the pandemic recession flattened the economy. Countless other business people did, too, along with millions of laid-off workers, struggling states and localities and individual Americans. All that aid is gone. Yet prospects for more federal stimulus this year appear all but dead, clouding the future for the unemployed, for small businesses like Szuter’s and for the economy as a whole. Now, with confirmed COVID cases surging across the United States, so is the risk that...
    By CHRISTOPER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With winter looming and confirmed viral cases rising, Bob Szuter's craft brewery and restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, could use another government lifeline to help survive until spring. So could many restaurants and bars that buy his beer. Szuter knows of nearly 20 in the region that have folded, with many others “limping along.” As a small businessman, Szuter benefited from the multi-trillion-dollar stimulus aid that Congress passed in March after the pandemic recession flattened the economy. Countless other business people did, too, along with millions of laid-off workers, struggling states and localities and individual Americans. All that aid is gone. Yet prospects for more federal stimulus this year appear all but dead, clouding the future for the unemployed, for small businesses like Szuter's and for the economy as a whole. Now, with confirmed COVID cases surging across the United States, so...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle man has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for carrying out a scheme to defraud several COVID-19 relief programs, according to federal prosecutors. Baoke Zhang, 35, of Issaquah, Washington, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Seattle. He admitted that he submitted four fake applications to three different lenders for forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides payroll help to small businesses, prosecutors said. To support the loan applications, Zhang used fake entities for which he created fake payroll and tax records, prosecutors said. Two of the fake loan applications sought $600,000 each, a third application sought $325,000, and a fourth sought approximately $41,000. Zhang also sent in fake applications to two non-profit organizations that give grants to restaurant workers suffering economic hardship due to the pandemic. Zhang also admitted that he submitted a fraudulent application to a multinational technology...
    Top Marcus THE army of cafés, pubs and restaurants inspired by Marcus Rashford to feed poor kids for free at half term is a proud and heartwarming moment for Britain. The generosity of hundreds of businesses, many fighting for their own ­survival, has been as admirable and overwhelming as the star’s own community spirit and dogged perseverance. 3Fiona Crump, owner of the Castle Beach Cafe in Falmouth, will be making free lunch bags during half term for any child who will normally get a free school mealCredit: Cameron Smith 2020 Well done to them all, as well as big businesses like McDonald’s which have also joined the campaign. Some say the Government should fund free meals from our taxes, or by adding them to the Covid bill later generations will have to pay. Others disagree. But the issue is more complex than many make out. It should not be...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As businesses across Maryland continue to struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new dose of economic aid is coming from the State’s rainy day fund. An additional $250 million is being made available to restaurants and small business, doubling from the original $250 million already set aside, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday. “It’s not going to solve all of their problems, but it can help them stay afloat until we get the vaccine,” the governor said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Mount Washinton Tavern bartender Jason Johnson said he appreciates the funding, of which $50 million is for restaurants. “It’s a shot in the arm and we want to take that and any help is imperative,” he said. But despite the funding, Johnson said they still anticipate tough times ahead “Is it enough?...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Businesses on Lake Street that were destroyed during riots and unrest are getting some much needed help. UnitedHealth Group announced grant partnerships with five nonprofits to help with the rebuilding process on Lake Street. The total contribution is about $5 million. UnitedHealth Group made the announcement on Friday morning, surrounded by city leaders and representatives from those nonprofits. One of the businesses that is benefiting is the Seward Pharmacy, which was essentially destroyed during a riot on May 27, after the death of George Floyd. Owner Elia Usso says the pharmacy is vital to the neighborhood and delivers medications to patients. He says any help rebuilding will make Lake Street stronger. “Lake Street is our home. The city Minneapolis is our home. Minnesota is our home. We are going to come back. Lake Street is going to come back. With your help, it will be a wonderful comeback...
    The U.S. Capitol stands in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Talks Thursday between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin brought no immediate breakthrough on a deal for a new pandemic relief package, while the House prepared to vote on a Democrat-only plan.Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty Images Time is running out for millions of small business owners on Main Street. It's not just another round of cash that they need from Washington to avoid contagion. They need clarity on how to receive forgiveness on the $525 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans they received under the CARES Act. They also need to know the tax consequences that await them if they apply for loan forgiveness by yearend. The prospects for any federal relief remain murky. On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continued to work to resolve differences over...
     Presented by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Back by popular demand, it is Friday! Eleven days until Election Day. We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators, and readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe!   Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 219,674; Tuesday, 220,133; Wednesday, 221,076; Thursday, 222,210; Friday, 223,051.   President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE on Thursday night cast his challenger as a corrupt lifetime politician with a thin record of accomplishment, while Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than...
    CLAIM: Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said during the last debate Thursday night that President Donald Trump has done nothing to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. “They passed a package called PPP,” Biden said. “They need the help. These guys will not help them. They will not give them any of the money.” VERDICT: FALSE. The “centerpiece” of Trump’s coronavirus relief effort was the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provided forgivable loans to millions of small businesses across the United States. The PPP program has provided small businesses with over $511 billion of loans, with an average loan size of $110,00. Biden made this same false claim in the first debate. Breitbart’s Susan Berry reported: Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network (JCN), said in a statement following the debate that Joe Biden made “one of the biggest gaffes in debate history” by claiming Trump has done nothing to...
    President Donald Trump called out former Vice President Joe Biden during Thursday night’s debate for saying that he will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour to help small businesses. After mentioning that many small businesses are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, debate moderator Kristen Welker asked Biden if he thinks now is the right time to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, a policy that he supports. (RELATED: Cutting Staff, Spiking Prices: The Plight Of NYC Restaurants Under A $15 Minimum Wage) WATCH: “I do,” Biden responded. “Because I think one of the things we’re going to have to do is, we’re going to have to bail them out, too. We should be bailing them out now, those small businesses. You got 1 in 6 of them going under. They’re not going to be able to make it back.” The former Vice President mentioned how...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — DuPage County is planning to provide $2.5 million in grants to help keep businesses afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve helped a lot of different people in a lot of different areas, and as new problems arise we try to direct them as best we can,” said DuPage County Finance Committee Chairman Bob Larsen. Also From CBS Chicago: Indiana Family Visits Tennessee And Has A Very Close Encounter With A Bear — Yes, It’s On Video Support Grows For Man With Special Needs Fired From Jewel-Osco  Plane Slides Of Runway At Chicago Executive Airport In Wheeling Small businesses with less than $4 million in annual revenue will be eligible for $15,000 grants. The finance committee will meet Tuesday to approve the aid. Once that happens businesses can apply on the “Choose DuPage” online portal.
    (CBS DETROIT) – Comerica Bank today announced a $350,000 donation to Michigan Women Forward (MWF), a community development organization whose mission is to expand economic opportunity for Michigan women. Comerica’s contribution helps replenish MWF’s Entrepreneur Resilience Fund, established to support women-led small businesses recovery from the pandemic and re-open their businesses. These funds will provide much-needed, additional loan dollars throughout the state. “We are committed to supporting women-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs, helping them recover amid COVID-19,” said Mike Ritchie, Comerica Bank Michigan market president. “The stability and growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs significantly contributes to the economic vitality of our communities, as they provide important employment opportunities and deliver valuable resources and services. We are honored to partner with Michigan Women Forward to help businesses throughout our state.” Michigan Women Forward’s mission is to accelerate the state’s progress by advancing equality and opportunity for women and girls. MWF is the only major...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan addresses reporters during a news conference on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Courtesy Maryland governor’s office) Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that the state is doubling its economic recovery and relief efforts for small businesses by tapping into the state’s rainy-day fund. Maryland has already spent $250 million for COVID-19 relief. The additional $250 million announced Thursday includes $50 million for the state’s small business relief fund and $50 million specifically for restaurants to expand outdoor dining in the winter months by buying tents and heaters and making HVAC improvements. Hogan said small businesses are facing a “desperate situation,” with some “hanging on by a thread.” Though Maryland’s economy has rebounded faster than the nation as a whole, “it’s still really bad,” he added. “It’s not a great situation.” Hogan said the boosted funding is necessary as U.S. lawmakers and the White House remain deadlocked on...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan is providing a COVID-19 update at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon. He said he’ll be making an announcement about a “major new economic relief initiative.” He said Maryland remains one of only eight states where new coronavirus cases are low and continue to stay low. He said the CDC cites Maryland is among the lowest in the nation on new deaths, with 0.7 new deaths per 100,000. For the first time since the pandemic began, the state has had zero new deaths on some days statewide. In their contact tracing operation, social gatherings remain the most likely source of transmission. The number one activity is attending family gatherings, he said, with the second being house parties and outdoor events. Maryland was able to keep over 70% throughout the pandemic, and reopened 98% in mid-June, with 100% back open in September. The governor said the...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced a coronavirus economic recovery plan worth nearly $775 million. The plan includes nearly $51 million in grants for small businesses. Baker said during a Thursday press conference that the state was hit hard early in the coronavirus pandemic and “the Massachusetts economy was turned upside down” by what he described as “painful decisions and adjustments.” “These businesses and workers that make up our downtowns are owned and operated by many of our friends and neighbors. They need our help, and their need is significant,” said Baker. Business owners can apply for the grants through the Empowering Small Business website. The funds can be used to cover expenses such as payroll and benefits costs, mortgage payments, rent, utilities, and interest on debt obligations. “These funds will be invested to get people back to work, to assist impacted small businesses, to revitalize main streets,...
    During its regularly scheduled council meeting on Tuesday night, the Statesboro City Council voted to establish a COVID-19 relief program benefitting three funds: a rental/mortgage fund, small business fund, and utility assistance fund. The $250,000.00 program will be funded using CARES ACT funds the City of Statesboro received in August 2020. “As we navigate this unprecedented chapter in our nation’s history, the councilmembers and I want to make it abundantly clear to the people of Statesboro that they are not alone and that we are standing with them,” said Mayor Jonathan McCollar. “We are extremely thankful to be able to provide some assistance during this very difficult time for many families and businesses within our community.” The recommendation was made to the Mayor and City Council by Statesboro City Manager Charles Penny who cited the difficult times that have plagued...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan urged Marylanders Wednesday to take precautions as coronavirus cases surge across the country. The governor spoke before the State Spending Board as concerns grow about a potential economic fallout as a result of the virus. “With a potential fall and winter surge, which we hear a lot of our experts talking about, which could be devastating to the economy,” Gov. Hogan said. “Further devastation.” CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines This comes one day after Maryland released a preliminary plan about who will get a coronavirus vaccine first as soon as it becomes available. Healthcare workers and the vulnerable, like those in nursing homes, will be at the top of the list. Everyone will be encouraged to pre-register online to find out when they can get vaccinated. “Maryland is trying to...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Help for small businesses is coming from the state of Illinois in the form of a second round of COVID-19 relief grants.The grants total $220 million and those preparing for new restrictions can be first in line. While the grants will not make up for lost revenue, they may be enough for now.WATCH: Gov. Pritzker's COVID-19 update: October 21, 2020 EMBED More News Videos Gov. JB Pritzker gives the daily COVID-19 briefing on October 21, 2020. Franky's Red Hots in Addison is getting ready for a state-ordered rollback of operations due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The owners are trying to remind customers they will be open for takeout."People feel they're going to be closed," owner Maria Spano said. "They're not going out to eat, which isn't terrible, but for business owners like us, it does hurt us."Maria and Frank Spano said it's already been a...
    Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said he’s been hearing from small business owners across the state. And the message has been consistent: They need help now. Franchot said after talking with Maryland business owners, “They feel, and I feel now, that we haven’t done enough.” That’s why Franchot is pushing for a state aid package of $500 million, and he’s asking Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to authorize it. At Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting, Franchot asked Hogan to act, saying, “You and I both know that we have the money in the reserves to get this done without resorting to draconian cuts.” Hogan, who chairs the Board of Public Works, listened to Franchot, and responded by saying, “We’re going to be announcing some additional state relief” as early as Thursday, “and we’re going to continue to push for that much-needed stimulus at the federal level.” However, Hogan added he was...
    NEW YORK (AP) — After watching the explosive growth at electronic payment start-ups like Jack Dorsey’s Square, JPMorgan Chase has launched its own version to lure small business owners increasingly relying on technology during the pandemic. The bank’s new QuickAccept checking account will allow businesses to process card payments almost instantly and have the funds available the same day. QuickAccept is only available to businesses with Chase accounts and same-day funding is free if the money goes into a Chase Business account, the bank said Wednesday. Square charges 1.5% plus processing fees for same day funding, according to its website. Chase for Business, a division of JPMorgan Chase, said the new tool can be activated immediately for U.S. sales through the Chase Mobile app or contactless mobile card reader, which costs $49.95. There is a monthly service fee of $15 for the card reader, which can be waived...