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As stimulus discussions heat up in Washington again, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters Wednesday that President Trump is prepared to sign a new stimulus proposal put forth by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday.

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“The President will sign the McConnell proposal that he put forward yesterday,” Mnuchin said, according to Reuters. 

McConnell’s proposal is similar to two $500 billion bills he has already attempted to pass in the Senate (Democrats blocked both on the grounds that they were too small), and includes $257 billion in spending for the popular Paycheck Protection Program for forgivable loans, a one-month extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, and liability protections for businesses and healthcare providers. 

The plan

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Buy Local Gift Card website helps Region residents support local businesses

When doing your holiday shopping, it’s easy to grab gift cards from Starbucks, Target and other big corporate chains.

But if you’re looking to support local businesses rooted in your own community — the business owners who are your neighbors, who sponsor your kid’s Little League team, and who you ask to donate to your church’s fundraiser — there’s now an easy way to do so.

Lee Enterprises, which owns The Times of Northwest Indiana and other daily newspapers across the country, rolled out Buy Local websites in all its markets this year to help people support local businesses in their own communities. The platform showcases local shops and merchants that are selling gift cards that would make perfect gifts this holiday season.

It includes gift cards from locally owned stores and restaurants from across the Region, including Gamba Ristorante in Merrillville, White Rhino in Dyer, Revolution Valparaiso, Dixon’s Florist

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SKOKIE, IL — Village officials are seeking donations from the community to help Skokie families with limited financial resources celebrate the holiday season.

Skokie’s annual Assist-A-Family program provides support through gift cards to local businesses that can be used to buy food, household items and other necessities.

Last year, the program provided gift cards to 439 members of 145 Skokie households, which included nearly 250 children, according to village staff.

This year, there is more need than ever before amid the coronavirus pandemic. In recent months, social workers with the Skokie Health and Human Services Department have helped support and offer connections to numerous residents.

According to village staff, they include: a single mother of two who lost her job and fell behind on rent due to delays in receiving unemployment insurance benefits, a family where the sole income earner died from COVID-19, a senior citizen who began missing payments

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The market brings together a community of 60+ vendors from the Portland-metro area, featuring local BIPOC and women entrepreneurs and businesses.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Friends always knew Komi Nugloze had an eye for fashion design. “Every time we would go somewhere they’d say ‘Oh, you like to dress up, you need to be a designer and create some clothes for us’ and it started like that,” said Nugloze.

His business started in his homeland of Togo in West Africa. At 18 years old, he started sewing and traveled all over West Africa to sell his designs. Five years ago, Nugloze brought his passion for fashion to downtown Portland with N’kossi Boutique. 

“I’m trying to use African fabric to adapt to the regular clothes everybody can wear,” explained Nugloze. He uses African fabric to make custom one-of-a-kind pieces and also sells jewelry made in Togo.

This year his business suffered a

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With more consumers opting to shop online this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, industry experts are predicting Cyber Monday to be the largest day for internet sales in history.

Locally, sales reported by some Spokane-area businesses during the weekend into Monday appeared to be following the trend.

Industry analysts are predicting consumers will spend between $10.8 billion and $12.7 billion on Cyber Monday, amounting to a 15% to 35% increase compared to last year, according to Adobe Analytics.

“Cyber Monday is on track to break all previous records for online sales,” Taylor Schreiner, director of Adobe Digital Insights, said in a Monday morning statement.

Spokane-based spice and rub company Spiceology saw a 400% increase in sales over the past five days, compared with last year, Spiceology CEO Chip Overstreet said Monday.

“Black Friday was very strong, and I’m expecting Cyber Monday will beat that,” he said. “All five days have

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s a holiday shopping season like we’ve never seen with a Cyber Monday expected to break records. It’s clear the pandemic is changing the way people shop with more than ever getting those gifts online.

“It was actually our best sales day with the store and online to date,” said Rory Gale, Owner of Hartford Prints, referring to Small Business Saturday.

Coming off a busy Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Connecticut’s small businesses are grateful for the support at this critical time.

“If you love us and you want us to be here today, tomorrow once we get through the pandemic, you have to make an effort. It’s not as easy as shopping on Amazon and it’s better than going to the mall. The gifts that you can find here are unique because they’re handmade, they’re one of a kind and they’re really special,” said Gale.

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Tudor Montague, owner of Sprit Mountain Roasting Company, pouring beans. Photo courtesy of author.

If the pandemic and the election have taught us anything, it is patience. Assume nothing; nothing is stable, and anything can change at any moment.

The one thing I do know for sure is that the pandemic and election season have shown us why systemic change is so necessary. Both President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris named systemic racism in their acceptance speeches as a top concern. The pandemic itself has revealed enormous cracks in our economic, social, and healthcare systems, exposing those most vulnerable to COVID-19: businesses, employees, essential workers, students, teachers, families. The list of impacts goes on.

What does all this mean for local business? We need to examine systems and how locally owned businesses and social enterprises participate in, contribute to, and evolve the system. As the pandemic traversed the

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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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Hurt by pandemic, local retailers say shopping local this season more important than ever

Tee Mart Decorated Apparel owners Michael Trailer and Renee Matsushima pose for a photo inside their shop, which is located at 1445 W. Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2020.
Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

Small business owners feeling the pain of the pandemic in their bottom lines say it’s never been more important to shop local this holiday season.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are considered the biggest shopping events of the year for big-box and online retailers, but local entrepreneurs look forward to the day wedged between the two — Small Business Saturday.

The event encourages shopping local and supporting independent operations, and it’s usually one of the busiest days of the year for these retailers.

While the day is important, local business owners said they were counting on strong sales all season

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