Oct. 10 — To the Editor:

This summer, the City Council supported the creation of the Citizen Response Task Force. The task force brought us some great things: expanded on-street dining, PopUp NH, and regular updates on the local challenges of dealing with the COVID pandemic. It’s hard to imagine it being more successful and it’s safe to say that some businesses were saved because of the work the task force accomplished.

The challenges the task force faced are not going away; if anything, they will become tougher. Our restaurants and retailers may well face the toughest winter business conditions they have ever experienced. However, new emerging challenges are making themselves felt in the broader community; many of our citizens will soon, if not already, experience intensified needs around child care and schooling, financial stress, and eviction forbearance.

The Council now has an opportunity build upon its earlier support and

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  • Rural communities are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, as limited access to high-speed internet makes it difficult for people to work from home, access healthcare, and homeschool their kids. 
  • Brian Whitacre and Roberto Gallardo, experts in economic development, examined initiatives and restrictions from rural state governments to determine which policies impacted the “digital divide.”
  • Many states, including Minnesota, Tennessee, and North Carolina, dedicated funding, resources, and policies that have, on average, increased broadband availability and helped get rural Americans connected.  
  • However, Whitacre and Gallardo say access solves only one part of the issue — factors like affordability can also hugely impact municipal policies. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The current public health emergency has shown just how critical adequate and affordable broadband infrastructure is for communities and individuals trying to work, access healthcare, and attempt to teach kids from home.

Yet millions of rural Americans lack access to

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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 12, 2020 / With a vision to increase conversion rates, secure customer retention, and simplify the ways for businesses to connect with potential clients, a team of professionals in Chicago who are seasoned in developing websites and online marketing services established a groundbreaking tool called Callback Tracker.

The software was conceptualized and built to address a recurring problem encountered by its founders and creators in their years of developing websites and providing marketing services online. The team of professionals saw that most tools designed for lead generation purposes possessed only a single method of communication, which made these tools ineffective and inefficient in many ways. With that in mind, the creators of Callback Tracker were determined to build a tool that will significantly improve the marketing communication systems of businesses and, ultimately, increase the conversation rates of their leads.

Callback Tracker is a

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By Birgit Starmanns, Global Head of CEO and CFO Thought Leadership Strategy and Programs, SAP

When reflecting on the underlying financial risks of running a business, there’s little difference between small and midsize companies and their larger competitors. The stress of fluctuating demand, evolving customer expectations, and financial and operational compliance are ever-present for both. And so is the pressure to maintain fiscally responsible business continuity in times of economic uncertainty and disruption.

What truly differs among businesses is the availability of resources to monitor and mitigate risks swiftly, strategically, and efficiently. According to the Oxford Economics report, “The Great Connector,”37% of surveyed finance leaders from small and midsize businesses indicated that their teams expect to increase the time spent on such day-to-day tasks. Meanwhile, only 17% use finance and risk management software at scale, and even fewer leverage predictive analytics (9%) and automation technology (8%) such as artificial intelligence,

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