Sat. Sep 18th, 2021


In early February, things were looking good for Practice San Francisco, a center offering individual psychotherapy and classes for children and adults that promote physical and mental well-being. Business was so good that owner Nina Kaiser, a psychologist, had just renovated and moved into a bigger space with the goal of doubling revenue.

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. In early March, Ms. Kaiser moved all her classes and counseling services online. Fairly quickly, however, video fatigue set in. “After a few weeks, we saw a big downturn in attendance across all our programs, even psychotherapy,” she said. Thus began a period of “endless pivoting and troubleshooting.”

Like many other small businesses, Practice San Francisco, which has been around for three years, has essentially become a start-up again, employing a strategy similar to the “fail fast” approach well-known in start-up culture: A change is made to some aspect of the business

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By Aditi Shah and Rajendra Jadhav

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, Nov 29 (Reuters)Manish Mehra, owner of Washex Hospitality, an industrial laundry service, recently flew from Delhi to Jodhpur, a city in north-western India, to win a contract to service a large, government-run hospital – a move essential to kickstarting his business.

“For a new relationship it is essential to know each other before you can establish the trust and confidence to work online and that need is higher in case of government departments,” said Mehra, who had to stay for a week in a Jodhpur hotel.

Increased demand for air travel and hotel stays by small business owners like Mehra, accompanied by a rise in rural incomes and spending after two good monsoons, is helping the pandemic-hit Indian economy slowly recover.

Government data released on Friday showed the economy shrank 7.5% in the July-September quarter, performing better than analysts’

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DENVER (KDVR) — The Small Business Administration reports issuing nearly $5 million in business loans within the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, many local businesses are facing new challenges during the holiday shopping season, especially the Cherry Creek shopping district, which includes a high number of boutique retail shops and restaurants.

In 35 years of nurturing the family business “Mariel,” Denise Snyder never thought she would see the day when she would lose 80% of her customers, which occurred due to the pandemic.

She tells the FOX31 Problem Solvers it is difficult and ineffective to launch online buying because the merchandise is unique.

Cheaper massed produced items are better candidates for online promotion and sales and can be kept is stock in stores and in warehouses.

“We need to keep the doors open and if they’d all just support us a little bit we’d be fine” she said.

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SINGAPORE – Customers can now choose from about 17,000 items on the iShopChangi platform, more than triple the number available before the coronavirus outbreak struck.

That is one of the ways Changi Airport Group (CAG) has moved to help retailers at the airport reach out to non-travellers in Singapore, as international travel remains at a standstill amid the pandemic.

CAG said online sales by Changi Airport retailers have surpassed pre-pandemic numbers, though it did not provide specific figures.

Said CAG spokesman Ivan Tan: “Currently, more than 90 per cent of our customers are non-travellers… Wines and spirits, beauty and electronics continue to be most popular with our customers.”

The pivot to online sales comes with barely any travellers passing though the airport. Passenger traffic remains at less than 5 per cent of what it was before the pandemic, and retail sales at Changi Airport have plunged 74 per cent this

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Small Business Saturday is arriving right on time for many business owners. But this year, it’s more than a boost to business. For some, it’s a lifeline.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Nicole Corriher decided to open a fine jewelry store in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood, she never thought her first year open would be during a pandemic.

“You’re just fighting tooth and nail to survive some extreme, extreme odds,” said Corriher, the owner of The Golden Carrot. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined having to navigate this truly bizarre environment.” 

Small Business Saturday is arriving right on time for her. But this year, it’s more than a boost to business. For some, it’s a lifeline.

“They’re putting in their blood, sweat, and tears and their passion and love,” Corriher said. “They’re thinking about it day and night.”

According to estimates from Yelp, more than 97,000 businesses across

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THE pandemic has led to a dramatic rise in the number of companies trading online, a trend which is boosting the fortunes of a major Yorkshire-based video production agency.

Dave Smith, previously the marketing director at weighing scale manufacturer Marsden, has joined Stada Media as marketing manager.
Dave Smith, previously the marketing director at weighing scale manufacturer Marsden, has joined Stada Media as marketing manager.

Stada Media has this year seen inquiries soar – part of a wider economic trend.

Research by Growth Intelligence revealed that between March and July more than 85,000 UK businesses launched online stores or joined online market places.

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A spokesman said: “Videos are now seen by many businesses as an important part of a strategy to increase their online presence, because they help to provide

easily digestible information about a company’s products or services.”

Stada Media’s CEO Danny Lacey plans to capitalise on

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Patrick Cooley
| The Columbus Dispatch

A loyal patron of the R Bar in the Arena District, which sits on North Front Street across from Nationwide Arena, started a GoFundMe page earlier this month to help the venerable sports bar stay open during the coronavirus pandemic.

The page raised more than $10,000 in its first 24 hours, and co-owner Michael Darr is grateful for the help.

“We have to do $40,000 a month just to cover our costs and break even,” he said. “We’re not even at half of that.”

The R Bar caters to fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who play at Nationwide. But activity at the arena and the Greater Columbus Convention Center a few blocks to the east has slowed to a trickle as the pandemic forced the cancellation of sporting events, concerts and other large gatherings.  

That has crippled surrounding shops, bars and restaurants, who

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Joe Biden will be his own president and is not obliged to continue the policies of President Trump but he should take a note from the Trump playbook when it comes to helping businesses thrive.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: President Donald Trump participates in a video teleconference call with members of the military on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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President Donald Trump participates in a video teleconference call with members of the military on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A main driver for business success is deregulation. As of spring this year, the Trump administration had issued more than 275 deregulation orders which cut red tape and thinned out overwrought exercises in bureaucratic compliance.

In May, as the first wave of the coronavirus raged across the country, Trump made it clear that he would endeavor to give a lifeline to businesses, in part with deregulation.

“We’re fighting for the livelihoods of American workers,” he said in a Cabinet meeting.

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American multinational company Mastercard and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have partnered under the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) to launch Project Kirana to address the inequality due to the gender gap that limits women entrepreneurs to advance in their careers and thrive their businesses. 

The project will be implemented by DAI and ACCESS Development Services in select cities of Uttar Prades — including Lucknow, Kanpur, and Varanasi. The two-year project will focus on increasing revenue streams, expanding financial inclusion and improving digital payments adoption of kirana shops that are owned or operated by women. 

Project Kirana is an extension of Mastercard’s commitment to empower and enable entrepreneurs through a suite of commercial products, partnerships and philanthropy. Porush Singh, Division President, South Asia, Mastercard said, 

“Women-owned businesses in India, especially small businesses, have tremendous untapped potential that can transform economies. Yet, India has one of

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“It is a much more mellow experience for everybody, but I think the fact that the sales have been as strong as they have the past two days, is an encouraging thing.”

BOISE, Idaho — Businesses in Boise were pleasantly surprised by the community’s turnout on Small Business Saturday. Many shops were open but required masks, social distancing and had limited capacity but people still lined up in the cold, to support small businesses.

“It’s been a pretty good day so far, we have had a line all afternoon, this morning we tried some early shopping appointments,” Said Marketing and Promotions Director at Record Exchange, Chad Dryden.

Dryden has been the marketing director at the Record Exchange for eleven years, he said that black Friday and Small Business Saturday are the shop’s busiest day of the year. This year, many local business owners didn’t know what to expect.

“It is

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