HOLLAND, MI — A dispute between a Hudsonville business owner and a Holland-area resident over a controversial political sign is gaining attention in West Michigan.

Marla Drost, 73, who lives north of Holland, said she was recently pursuing the anti-President Donald Trump Facebook page Nasty Women of Michigan when she noticed a picture of an anti-Joe Biden political sign.

The sign, planted in the yard of Hudsonville business owner Douglas Smith, said, “Joe & the Ho: Vote No 2020.

Drost told MLive she was upset when she saw the picture because the sign is demeaning to Biden and his vice-presidential running mate, Calif. Sen. Kamala Harris.

Frustration with the sign prompted Drost to send a Facebook message to Smith’s business, Smitty’s Truck Wash, that stated: “Despise your political sign! Hope you lose business because of it!”

She then received an expletive filled reply stating, “Go **** yourself **** we won’t

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Ada Rojas is the powerhouse voice behind the lifestyle blog Allthingsada.com. She is also is the owner and founder of haircare brand Botanika Beauty.

If you look at pictures of me when I was a toddler, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between my brother and I since we had the same tapered haircut. The reason for that was that I had a head full of curly hair that my Dominican mother with straight hair did not know what to do with, so her remedy was to keep my hair as short as possible because it was low maintenance.

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Sadly, this is a story most Afro-Latinas are familiar with. We all had a short curly cut at one point in our youth and have the pictures to prove it.

PHOTO: Blogger and business owner Ada Rojas highlights her transformational hair journey and how she is empowering other Latinx women to embrace their curls. (Courtesy of Ada Rojas)
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FRANKFORT, IL — Four former employees have filed a lawsuit against a Frankfort business owner who faces unauthorized recording charges amid charges he filmed female employees without their knowledge. Michael Papandrea and his corporation Parmesans Station Inc., are both named in the suit. Parmesans Station Inc., operates two restaurants; Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza in Frankfort and Parmesans Station in Tinley Park.

According to the complaint filed in Will County, the former employees learned a computer contained hundreds of video recordings of employees. The employees then reported the videos to police.

Papandrea was charged earlier this year with unauthorized video recording after police say he filmed up-skirt videos of several of his employees without their consent. Illinois State Police launched an investigation after receiving a tip about the alleged video recording, and during a search of the business, police said they found and seized electronic devices containing several unauthorized “up-skirt” videos

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a group of people standing in front of a store: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, gesturing, speaks with small business owner Kristy Zimmerman and her husband, Jake, about the challenging business environment during the Covid-19 pandemic at the Uptown Curl hair salon in Stillwater, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. At left is DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)


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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, gesturing, speaks with small business owner Kristy Zimmerman and her husband, Jake, about the challenging business environment during the Covid-19 pandemic at the Uptown Curl hair salon in Stillwater, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. At left is DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, Kristy Zimmerman had to shutter her Uptown Curl hair salons in Stillwater and Minneapolis. They remained closed for 2½ months.

“It was pretty awful,” Zimmerman said. “The bills were still due, and I wasn’t getting unemployment. It took about eight weeks to get unemployment. I had some savings, thankfully, but that was really hard.”

Since June 1, Zimmerman’s salon in Stillwater has been back in business, but operating at 50 percent capacity. Her Uptown Minneapolis salon opened a week later due to the protests and unrest in

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A group of Black business owners say they are struggling with qualifying for a city assistance program created to soften the economic blow from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their plea for help on Tuesday coincided with the Oklahoma City Council adding $9.25 million in CARES Act funding to the business continuity program, and the unveiling of a plan by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber to address economic inequality and racism.

Oklahoma City launched a rapid response effort two weeks after the pandemic hit locally, plowing millions of dollars from an economic development fund approved by voters for job creation into a business continuity program.

The city council approved adding $6 million of CARES Act funding to the program, bringing the total to $22.5 million. That figure is expected to allow all qualified applications to date to be paid.

Quintin Hughes, one of several east side business owners addressing the council, said

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sep 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
A majority of small business owners say in the wake of the pandemic, they need one-to-one business advice. This is just one of the main findings in the first of a four-part study, “Small Business Recovery Series,” by H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) tracking the trends of pandemic-related impacts, attitudes, and issues surrounding small business recovery and reopening.

“H&R Block has a long history of helping small business owners manage their tax and financial needs,” said Jeff Jones, president and CEO of H&R Block. “The pandemic has had a devastating effect on small businesses, and we want small business owners to know they don’t have to navigate these challenges alone. We’re committed to providing the resources and guidance they need for their businesses to survive and ultimately

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Many of Ohio’s bars and restaurants have a grim outlook as business lags from COVID-19 health restrictions.

Monday, the Ohio Restaurant Association released its latest results from a business impact poll. ORA president John Barker said one of the most striking revelations from the survey was the potential long-term effects on businesses.

“The limitations on restaurants and bars have just caused such economic impact because you cannot generate enough revenue,” Barker explained.

According to the poll, 80 percent of respondents do not anticipate breaking even in 2020. More than half say they’ve lost 20-70 percent of their business during the pandemic. Fifty-six percent of restaurants believe they’ll be forced to close within 9 months if they continue operating at their current capacity. Less than one quarter of restaurants think they can stay open indefinitely.

“We have people that we know that had to fire staff or

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BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — It’s been an especially tough few days for Boulder restaurants, with new last call and age guidelines within city limits.

“We saw Saturday night—someone flew out from Florida and wanted to take their 21-year-old out, who just graduated from school. We could not take care of them. It’s so unnatural,” Frasca Food and Wine Owner Bobby Stuckey said.

Stuckey’s staff were preparing to move heat lamps out in their temporary patio space, while he interviewed with FOX31 on Monday.

He says small businesses face a much bigger issue, as they head into the colder months.

“Right now, it looks like over 50% of independent restaurants in Colorado will close by February,” Stuckey said.

He co-authored a bill—the RESTAURANTS Act—which would establish a $120 billion dollar fund for non-chain restaurants, that haven’t received any short-term coronavirus aid yet. Stuckey says he’s been laboring the bill, and its

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