The Columbus Dispatch

It has been six months since the routine of our daily lives came to an abrupt end and ever since we have been adapting to the changes thrust upon us by an invisible enemy. Individually we have adapted our routines as we try to protect our neighbors, our families and ourselves from this virus. But, our communities continue to bear the financial burden that has accompanied the onset of this pandemic. So long as this virus continues limiting Ohioans’ ability to do business, it is government’s obligation to do its part to ensure those Ohioans aren’t financially ruined.

When COVID-19 first appeared, much of the nation shut down to stop the spread and flatten the curve and the federal government took action to assist the millions of Ohioans who lost their jobs and business owners who were forced to close. The $600 pandemic unemployment assistance and the

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45% of businesses said they would implement AI technologies in the next 12 months. Photo: Getty
45% of businesses said they would implement AI technologies in the next 12 months. Photo: Getty

Artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace has long been a sensitive topic. Many people see it as robots taking over their jobs, while some firms remain sceptical about the technology due to the costs.

While COVID-19 saw global lockdowns introduced and work patterns change amid a shift to remote work, firms closed as revenues dropped and wreaked havoc on the travel and hospitality industries.

In the face of adversity, it forced business leaders to make “smart investments” on the spot to prevent their businesses from collapsing, which saw them “roll-out digital technologies” to keep the workflow going, while keeping their customers satisfied.  

However, as the coronavirus crisis saw many people lose their jobs, or put on furlough it has brought about a change in attitude towards AI in UK business leaders, according to a

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Digital marketers often identify social media as one of the best forms of content marketing, but it can often feel like we’re just going through the motions. If the social media content isn’t attracting leads, what good is it? It’s likely you just need a quick boost in strategy to make sure your content is appealing to your target audience and getting inbound requests and messages. 



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In fact, 90 percent of social media users have used the platform to communicate directly with a business before. So if none of your customers or followers are reaching out to you, it’s a telltale sign that something should be changed. Ideally, you’ll post a picture or video with a robust caption that offers value and the floodgates will open: direct messages, likes, comments and queries should start coming (or even just trickling at first) in, proving that

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(Bloomberg) — New York business leaders are pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to consider ways of ensuring that the nation’s biggest city retains its economic dominance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.



a group of people walking on a city street: Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy's Inc. flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose last week to 44.9 from 44.3 a week earlier.


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Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy’s Inc. flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose last week to 44.9 from 44.3 a week earlier.

In a letter, 177 business leaders, including executives from Citigroup Inc., Squarespace Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Macy’s Inc., called on Cuomo and de Blasio to formulate a strategic plan for New York’s economic recovery.

“New York should step up to chart the course for recovery of urban centers everywhere,” the letter read. “We urge you to convene a multi-sector leadership initiative which can call upon the

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WASHINGTON — Private consultants to the federal official who oversees Medicare billed taxpayers almost $6 million in less than two years to bolster her personal image, including efforts to win awards, place her on lists of powerful women and arrange meetings with influential people, a report by congressional Democrats said Thursday.

The consultants, many with Republican Party ties, billed taxpayers up to $380 per hour on work largely aimed at polishing the profile of Medicare administrator Seema Verma, the investigators wrote.

One contractor, Pam Stevens, who’s done extensive work for the GOP, charged up to $330 hourly to pursue ideas like asking publications including “Oprah Magazine” and “Garden and Gun” to write articles about Verma. Stevens also seemed to bill at least $1,117 to arrange an interview that resulted in a Verma profile in AARP The Magazine, the report said.

The contractors were “handpicked” by Verma’s aides, the report said,

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a store in a brick building: Elegant Touch is a Cheshire gift shop that has been open for 26 years. Officials with the town's Economic Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce are conducting an online survey seeking ideas on what can be done to help businesses like Elegant Touch recover from the economic downturn brought about by the pandemic.


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Elegant Touch is a Cheshire gift shop that has been open for 26 years. Officials with the town’s Economic Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce are conducting an online survey seeking ideas on what can be done to help businesses like Elegant Touch recover from the economic downturn brought about by the pandemic.


CHESHIRE — The town’s Economic Development Commission and its Chamber of Commerce have begun circulating an online survey asking business owners and consumers what can be done to help the local economy recover from the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The seven-question survey began circulating last week , said Jerry Sitko, the town’s economic development coordinator. It will remain online for several more weeks, Sitko said.

“I think there are a lot of businesses in town that are under tremendous stress and some are doing better than others,” he

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Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket chain, has said it will create 16,000 new permanent jobs to bolster its rapidly growing online grocery business.

The FTSE 100 company said the new roles would include 10,000 “pickers” who assemble customer orders and 3,000 drivers to deliver the goods to British households. The 16,000 permanent jobs were in addition to 4,000 created since the crisis started, the retailer said.

Tesco, other grocers and delivery services like Ocado have recorded vigorous growth in their digital businesses as the pandemic has prompted consumers to order their groceries rather than travel to supermarkets to purchase them.

The group said on Monday that online sales now accounted for 16 per cent of the total, up from 9 per cent before the pandemic. It expects internet sales to jump by two-thirds in the current year to £5.5bn.

This trend has been replicated across the industry, with online market

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