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The way we learn has changed. Over the course of the last year, circumstances have driven more and more people to turn to online learning. Whether it be taking academic courses or diving into a new creative skill, everyone is slowly adjusting to using their computer to fulfill their needs. This opens up a huge opportunity for those who want to share their knowledge. Luckily, teaching online is easier than ever thanks to the numerous online learning platforms now available.

Learning management systems (LMS) used to be reserved for big corporations or universities, but that’s no longer the case. As an increasing number of people are creating online courses, more learning platforms have cropped up at lower prices. But

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You don’t need official statistics to know there has been a spike in independent (mostly online) businesses since the pandemic struck. Just take a quick look at your Instagram feed. You’ve probably noticed your friends kickstarting their own ventures, whether that’s selling handcrafted goods or starting a freelance writing venture. Challenging economic times are at least good for the entrepreneurial spirit, right?

If you happen to be inspired to start something but have no idea how to go

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3, 2020

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If you are a college student or recently graduated, you might wonder, Do I have what it takes to become an entrepreneur? Zack Leitz, the 24-year-old co-founder and chief operating officer of Modl Outdoors, says you do. He started his first business as a sophomore in high school and launched a nonprofit called the Backpack Project as a college freshman. He started a nonprofit think tank called Wethink before starting his fourth business, Modl, during his senior year.

Leitz says he has always been drawn toward being an entrepreneur and never subscribed to the notion that he was a “kid” and businesses were for adults. “I believe in the tremendous power of young people to dream and innovate, and I think many young people underestimate their ability to start and scale a business at any age.”

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The first crewed launch was a test — a demonstration mission to prove that SpaceX’s capsule could safely transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and back home again.

Sunday‘s launch is supposed to be the start of a new era in spaceflight.

On Sunday, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon craft is set to carry three NASA astronauts and one Japanese astronaut to the space station for a six-month mission. The launch, originally scheduled for Saturday, was delayed until Sunday because of weather.

That flight is intended to be the first of many; this week, NASA certified the Crew Dragon capsule for regular flights to and from the space station, a first for a commercial craft.

That milestone is expected to usher in new and additional commercial opportunities in low-Earth orbit. There are movies to be shot, beauty products to be promoted and tourists to be welcomed to the space station.

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According to investor Kevin O’Leary, you’re never too young to start a side hustle and grow a business – and now, while social distancing due to Covid-19, O’Leary says it’s the perfect time to do so.

Kevin O’Leary: Here’s what high schoolers should be doing right now

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“Say you’re in high school … why don’t you start a business while you’re sitting around the house? Barriers to entry are very low,” he tells CNBC Make It. “Why wait?”

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The pandemic shouldn’t be a deterrent, as “some of the greatest businesses are founded in times of extreme stress,” he says, using the example of crowdfunding platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter, which both started during the Great Recession, in 2008 and 2009 respectively. “These were businesses started out of necessity that are now global.” Super successful companies, like Airbnb, Uber, NerdWallet, Venmo and Square, also came

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Sagar Sethi is the Managing Director and founder of Xugar, a digital growth agency. 

As we turn into the final stretch of 2020, it’s not hard to look back and see how everything has changed over the year. The world is more digital than ever before, and if you’ve been following the SEO space, no doubt you’ve seen articles on how SEO isn’t dead or how implementing SEO for your business is now critical for marketing.

But a lot of that is based on what we already know: tried-and-tested SEO strategies that have exploded this year as online shopping grows. But which strategies are actually working for businesses? And what’s the next logical step for SEO, digital marketing and online business? 

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the number of people shopping online has increased considerably this year. According to Adobe Analytics, online sales were up

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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) banking platform FISPAN announced in a press release Thursday (Nov. 12) that it has joined Mastercard’s Start Path accelerator program.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to take part in the Mastercard Start Path program and to be recognized alongside a global network of innovators,” said FISPAN Founder and CEO Lisa Shields in the release. “Participation in this program will allow us to leverage Mastercard’s expertise, technology and channels.”

Start Path connects FinTechs from around the world to support innovation in the payments and financial services industries. The six-month program gives startups access to the knowledge of Mastercard experts and technologies to support their continued business growth, the release stated.

“We see a roadmap of engagement, where each step in the partnership can deliver clear value to Mastercard, FISPAN and our mutual bank customers,” said Shields in the

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TEMPE, AZ — Downtown Tempe has pushed back the start date for a public outdoor dining patio due to the rise in coronavirus cases in the community and across Arizona.

Downtown Eats would have allowed Tempe residents to bring takeout from nearby restaurants to Sixth Street Park to enjoy outdoor dining and drinking during select hours of the day. It will also provide extra support to Tempe’s small business community. The partnership between the Downtown Tempe Authority and the city of Tempe has not revealed a new start date.

“Right now, we have to do what we can to help curb the impacts of COVID-19 to ensure the health of our community,” Tempe Mayor Corey Woods said in a news release. “While we have implemented many creative approaches this year to help our local businesses prosper during these difficult times, we feel compelled to pause this particular effort while we

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I remember when news of the pandemic first hit in early 2020. Businesses locally and abroad were shutting down, and at O2E brands, we weren’t immune — in fact, we were faced with the possibility of revenue being cut roughly in half. It was a scary time on multiple levels!

There was a moment during all the madness in which I took a step back to evaluate what it all meant for us when it came to adding new Franchise Partners to our business. Given all the layoffs happening across so many sectors in North America, would people want to take the chance to dive into business ownership? If you’re losing your job, surely the last thing you would want to do is to spend money to invest in a business…right? 

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

At the time, instinct told me that everyone would protect their income by

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If you’re interested in growing or starting your own business, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce will be operating a four-week online business boot camp to get you prepared.

The free Black Business Boot Camp will run from November 17 to December 1. In a partnership with Comerica, the chamber will walk attendees of the virtual program through the basics of owning, starting and growing the business including customer acquisition, growing your team, debt, working with banks, streamlining the business and more.

Program participants will have access to DBCC business advisors, industry experts, as well as Comerica Bank representatives, who will provide financial information, according to the Facebook event for the program.

DeSoto ISD administration building in DeSoto, Texas on Thursday, September 5, 2020.
  • November 17, 2020, 6-7 p.m. Overview/Business Model Canvas
  • November 18, 2020, 6-7 p.m. Customer Acquisition & Sharpening Your Value Proposition
  • November 24, 2020, 6-7 p.m. Obtain and Retain Quality Talent
  • December 1, 2020, 6-7 p.m. Using Technological Tools
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