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It’s no secret: Hotel ballrooms, boardrooms and rose gardens that once commanded big budgets for conferences, cheer competitions and wedding ceremonies have now been mostly vacant for months. For people still willing to hold events in 2020, venues are cheap and abundant. But event planners don’t expect things to stay that way for long — especially if (OK, when) coronavirus gets under control.

Event planners are imploring soon-to-be-married couples, corporate party planners and everyone else renting a hotel to jump on hotel venues now — even if the event is a long way out. Because pretty soon, finding available event rental space is going to become harder than finding a spare roll of toilet paper in March.

Demand could soon be greater than ever


While a lot of 2020’s conferences and corporate events either went virtual or were canceled completely, many weddings, family reunions and other events have simply been

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TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, CarParts.com CEO Lev Peker was named Executive of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Award for Business 2020. The organization’s annual program was advertised as the “Executive of the Year” program and rewards companies, products and people that are leading their respective industries.

Lev Peker joined CarParts.com as Chief Executive Officer and Director in January of 2019. Since then, he has executed a complete financial, logistical, and organizational turnaround of the company, aimed at building a disruptive technology-driven e-commerce platform that is changing the way consumers shop for auto parts. While it was just months from bankruptcy when he joined, CarParts.com just reported its third consecutive quarter of double digit, profitable growth and the highest gross profit in the company’s history.

“It’s been an incredible journey and a privilege to guide CarParts.com over the past year and half and

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In this week’s TravelSkills on SFGATE newsletter…

Last week I sat down virtually with Jared Kamrowski, the energetic and informed founder of one of my favorite airfare deal-finding sites and newsletters, ThriftyTraveler.com. Take a read through our lively, advice-laden conversation to learn about the airfare outlook for the holidays, spring break and next summer; “crazy good” fare deals;  how a COVID-19 vaccination will impact 2021 trips to Europe or Hawaii and lots more. Read: Expert advice on the near future of cheap travel

After years of expansion, airline growth at San Francisco International Airport hit a dry spell this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on air travel. That’ll end next month when Qatar Airways operates its first regularly scheduled flights to SFO — the only international airline to launch a new flight to SFO in 2020.  Come take a look inside the two-class A350 jet we toured in

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Between the pandemic and the U.S. political climate, uncertainty in our world seems like it’s at an all-time high. And the uncertainty doesn’t bode well for sales professionals. It makes customers skittish and grinds their decision-making process to a stop.

Don’t panic.

Instead, remember that if you love your customers, they’ll love you back. There’s no better time than the end of the year to think about great new ideas you could bring your clients.

Here’s a truth that we don’t talk much about: When as salespeople, we engage with a client and they buy something, that gives them meaningful work to do. If they’re not spending money with you or somebody else, they’re missing out on being involved in that meaningful work, which exposes them to a fair amount of risk in their careers, especially in times of uncertainty. The selling process is valuable for both sellers and

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This year saw multiple environmental disasters, from the collapse of Canada’s last intact ice shelf to record-setting wildfires ravaging the western United States. Amid such stark high-profile signs of climate change in North America, it’s no wonder environmental responsibility continues to move to the top of corporate agendas.

But caution is required for firms seeking to communicate a green message to consumers. Having your company’s environmentalism viewed as tokenism or, worse, misleading can be highly detrimental. This perceived “greenwashing” can result in degraded attitudes toward brands and an unwillingness to buy a company’s products, says Jane Webster, E. Marie Shantz chair of Digital Technology at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Considering those stakes, Webster and environmental science student Szerena Szabo, now an MBA candidate at the DeGroote School of Business, examined the influences and outcomes of perceived greenwashing. Their research, published in the

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What’s in a name? It’s a simple question, and one that President Trump was asking when it came to the Boeing 737 MAX.

The airliner has been cleared to fly again by the FAA, nearly two years after a pair of crashes that killed a total of 346 passengers. Boeing CEO David Calhoun sounded the right notes in making the announcement, the full statement of which you’ll find below.

But I couldn’t help but notice the one big thing Boeing didn’t do, since it’s what President Trump suggested back in April 2019. 

Specifically, they didn’t change the name.

“What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!),” Trump tweeted on April 15, 2019, at 6:29 a.m., if the timestamp is to be believed, “but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with

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Too many small businesses are stuck at the bottom of the economic mountain, watching in frustration as larger competitors hog the top, snagging resources and reaping the benefits.





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Bigger companies can afford to use quantity discounts to undercut prices. Banks are happy to accept small-business deposits but don’t build strong relationships with credit and loans for their smaller customers.

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Even programs marketed for small businesses, such as vendor finance programs and dynamic discounting programs, often benefit the large company that takes the discount. Even government help seems to favor the well-connected. Just see what happened with the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

But there are ways small businesses can level the playing field. We can refer to them as the 3 Cs: Competition, credit and connections. 

Completion: Don’t join ’em. Beat ’em.

If the competition feels unfair, change the rules. This

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Among the many paradoxes of 2020: as we near the end of this annus horribilis, the percentage of Americans who plan to send Christmas cards or holiday cards is greater than ever.

This a short article about how to avoid mistakes that lots of people make in them, including a big, common embarrassing grammar mistake.

Unfortunately, it’s one of those mistakes that can make people think less of you, even if they can’t put their finger exactly on what’s wrong.

First, the growth. A survey by the online greeting card company Paperless Post found that 60 percent of users think they’ll send holiday cards this year. That’s up from 38 percent last year. 

Also, the New York Times reports that Etsy, the craft site, has seen “a 23 percent increase in searches for holiday cards in the last three months, compared with last year.”

So, prepare for a fuller

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a person sitting on a table: Reminder: Please Don't Make This Big Mistake on Your 2020 Holiday Cards


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Reminder: Please Don’t Make This Big Mistake on Your 2020 Holiday Cards

It’s a great opportunity to build a more personal relationship with business colleagues. So don’t make this mistake.

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Among the many paradoxes of 2020: as we near the end of this annus horribilis, the percentage of Americans who plan to send Christmas cards or holiday cards is greater than ever.

This a short article about how to avoid mistakes that lots of people make in them, including a big, common embarrassing grammar mistake.

Unfortunately, it’s one of those mistakes that can make people think less of you, even if they can’t put their finger exactly on what’s wrong.

First, the growth. A survey by the online greeting card company Paperless Post found that 60 percent of users think they’ll send holiday cards this year. That’s up from 38 percent last year.

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