With more Americans running one-person businesses than ever before, Silicon Valley is paying attention. The latest sign is the launch of Collective, a provider of back-office services for freelancers. 

Collective, which launched yesterday, offers an online management dashboard providing one-stop access to banking information and third-party software like Gusto and QuickBooks; assistance with S Corp. formation, accounting, bookkeeping and tax services; and access to advisors and its entrepreneurial community.

Members pay monthly for the services, with fees starting at $199 per month. Many freelancers already use these types of services, but they generally purchase them from separate providers. 

Hooman Radfar, CEO and co-founder, says Collective is a response to the “Passion Economy,” where many people are rethinking how they

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After months of remote work, many organizations (and employees) are eager to return to the office. But reopening a physical workspace during a pandemic is not as simple as swiping a keycard and walking through the door.

Variables that were once not of concern to businesses are now major considerations. How do your employees get to work? Do they take public transportation? That creates an additional point of contact that could expose other employees. Are there multiple tenants in your office building? That could mean more exposure as well.

Those things may not be within your company’s control, but others are. How should you position desks around the office? Should you open the staff cafeteria? What about personal protective equipment and training people on safety precautions?

Too often, IT stakeholders might be running behind on these kinds of discussions, with human resources teams and building management departments taking the lead.

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Fast Company is looking for the best products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that pursue innovation for good for its World Changing Ideas Awards, now in their fifth year. We want to honor clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, creative works that help drive change, the ways companies are responding to the pandemic, and so much more.

The winners will be featured in the May 2021 issue of Fast Company and online on Fastcompany.com. Among the honorees for 2020 were a new kind of thread made out of trees, glasses that talk to the visually impaired, a solar-powered fridge to keep things cold in communities without an electrical grid, and many more. We’ll also be naming an all-around general excellence winner and a world-changing company of the year for anyone who submits multiple entries that show a record of innovation. To get a sense

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Last week, we celebrated our local female entrepreneurs. Today, I’d like to celebrate our newest entrepreneurs.

Got an idea for a business that is keeping you up at night? Want to live the glamorous life of an entrepreneur? That’s a joke by the way …

The Creative Coast is a proud sponsor and partner of the SCORE “BizPitch SavannahTM” Entrepreneurial Competition, an annual event that allows local aspiring entrepreneurs and owners of newly launched small businesses in the area to pitch their startup ideas for a chance to win more than $10,000 in cash and free professional services to help them launch and grow their new businesses.

All types of new businesses are encouraged to apply.

To participate, interested parties must apply before midnight Friday and submit a non-refundable $25 application fee. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and an announcement will be made Oct. 14 regarding the top

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OPINION: Many years ago I discovered a simple business success strategy.

Talk to successful business people and ask them two things: What did they do to build their successful business and how did they handle the many challenges along the way?

Whenever I do this I’m amazed at the terrific ideas I get and that’s the purpose of this new series, Real Life Business Lessons.

I’ll be interviewing a wide range of successful business people around the country and finding out what worked well for them and how they solved big problems along the way, with the goal of uncovering some helpful ideas that you can use in your own business.

* Bookkeeper of the year Haylee Wrenn shares her top tips to help your business survive
* Voices of Auckland: Kiri Nathan is carving a path for Māori fashion
* Voices of Auckland: Maru Nihoniho tells traditional

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Citizens Bank today announced that it has awarded 100 grants of $15,000 each totaling $1.5 million to minority-owned small businesses across its service areas as part of its previously announced $10 million investment to help drive social equity and economic advancement in underserved communities across its footprint.

Through a short essay, applicants shared insight on how they would use the grant to both strengthen and sustain their business and help their community.

The program also includes an opportunity to partner with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. For recipients who opt in, SCORE will match the business with a mentor to help build and sustain success.

“Citizens is highly committed to helping promote social equity and drive economic advancement in underserved communities and this is one of several ways we are bringing that commitment to life,” said Jack Murphy, president

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The 2019 pandemic has led to massive changes across industries writ large and no stranger to these changes has been the brand consulting industry. Prior to the coronavirus, the industry faced favorable conditions economically with boosted spending to meet consumer demand. However, following the national crisis striking, this trend reversed leading the industry’s projected growth to decrease. And with this decrease, has also come a transition within the industry to a more predominant focus on digital services than ever before.

Realizing this transition, international brand consultant Cimone Key has risen to meet the increase in demand by supporting clients seeking to leverage their web presences in the new normal. “Now more than ever, we are seeing a transition where most companies are fully embracing the technology scene. This includes: updates to websites to make them mobile-friendly, digital business cards to

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This is the second in a series of columns that provides helpful business topics for new small businesses. It is based on one of SCORE’s recent projects developed with the help of and in partnership with FedEx. This project is called “Startup Roadmap” and outlines every step in starting a business. A SCORE mentor will use this program to help you reach your goal smoothly.

Does the thought of being your own boss make your heart beat faster? Whether you dream of founding the next McDonald’s, starting a family business to pass on to your children, or simply making a comfortable living doing something you love, it’s never been easier to start a business than it is today.

You don’t need an office — you can work from home and use technology to serve clients across the country. You don’t need an expensive brick-and-mortar store — you can set up

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Integra LifeSciences (IART) announced a small divestment. This transaction and the fact that this stock is undercovered on this platform are enough of a reason to create an investment thesis on the stock. This reveals quite modest valuations given the activities of the underlying business, organic growth and valuation multiples. A drawback is the large and consistent gap between reported and adjusted earnings.

The Business

Integra claims to be a leader in neurosurgery, holding leading positions in plastics and reconstructive surgery, including regenerative and wound care markets. The company generated $1.5 billion in sales from these markets, split across a roughly 2/3 of revenue contribution from Codman Specialty Surgical and the remainder from the Orthopedics & Tissue Technologies.

The company’s largest Codman unit generated just shy of $1 billion in sales in 2019, with the vast majority coming from neurosurgery, complemented by precision tools and instruments. Growth is driven by

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Business leaders have welcomed Moray Council’s “encouraging” multi-million-pound package, which aims to help the region’s economy recover from the financial damage caused by the pandemic.

Councillors will consider a detailed report on October 28 that seeks to agree the investment of £3.84 million over the next three years to kick-start the economy.

The council is looking to take the lead on the road to recovery with its “vital” plan, and business leaders have stressed the need for it to move “quickly”.

Moray has been hard hit by the pandemic, with 34% of the workforce furloughed – the second-highest percentage in Scotland after only the Highlands.

The proposed plans include a pop-up shop scheme in Buckie, Elgin, Forres, Keith, Lossiemouth and Speyside and grants of up to £10,000 for individual start-ups.

There is also a Town Centre Fund aimed at encouraging people to convert empty spaces to living spaces and large

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