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a group of people walking on a sidewalk: Some fans stand outside the ballpark, while others with connections to the Indians sit inside on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at the American League Wild Card Series, Game 1, between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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Some fans stand outside the ballpark, while others with connections to the Indians sit inside on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at the American League Wild Card Series, Game 1, between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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CARES Act: Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday he hopes to put Ohio’s remaining $900 million in federal coronavirus aid toward helping the arts, nonprofits, small businesses, and people behind on their rent or mortgage payments, Jeremy Pelzer reports. The question now is whether Congress will give the

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Published 8:00 a.m. ET Oct. 14, 2020


Let’s say that you’ve never picked up a basketball but decided that without basketball your life was incomplete – bias alert #1!

Would you be better off learning how to shoot from LeBron James, or spending hours and hours of trial and error by yourself without any professional feedback?

The right answer is as obvious as a slam dunk. 

But the thing is, that is exactly what too many small business people do; they open their business and fail to realize that there are a lot of examples of success out there.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when you run a small business. There are a lot of ways to learn how to score from downtown – and don’t even begin to think that I have yet to tire of this metaphor!

Small business: Small business

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Business Coach and developer of Chironomics, a coaching program that provides business support, strategies, and systems for Chiropractors.  

The saying, “No man is an island,” holds true in business. After all, it is impossible to do everything by yourself. The sooner you recognize this, I believe the closer you get to achieving any goal you set for your company.

That said, while two heads are always better than one, having the right two minds is imperative. Building a dynamic team, both externally and internally, is the cornerstone of any successful business. For your company to experience significant revenue, you need help. These five tips keep me on pace in my business as I continue to build my team:

1. Create a hiring plan.

You must have an effective plan of action when building your team. Onboarding new members can be a challenging process, and hiring the wrong people

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This article is part of a Wall Street Journal guide comparing President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on issues from climate change to health care and jobs.

Aid to U.S. small businesses still struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic is certain to be a priority next year no matter who wins the presidency, and President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are both highlighting the issue while emphasizing different solutions.

Mr. Trump’s efforts would likely rely on policy strategies that have been popular within his administration thus far, including the Paycheck Protection Program and tax breaks, and the recently released Platinum Plan for Black America.

Mr. Biden’s platform on small businesses calls for reforming the PPP, including strengthening oversight of the program, creating a new investment fund and broadening provisions for minority-owned businesses.

Election 2020 Policy Issues

See where President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden stand

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he plans to bring up a bill to fund the small business loan program next week.

He said the bill will include new funding for the popular small business Paycheck Protection Program.

“There is no excuse for Democrats to keep blocking job-saving funding for the Paycheck Protection Program while other conversations continue,” Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said in a statement. “Democrats have spent months blocking policies they do not even oppose. They say anything short of their multi-trillion-dollar wish list, jammed with non-COVID-related demands, is ‘piecemeal’ and not worth doing.”

“Republicans do not agree that nothing is better than something for working families,” he added.

With Republicans having only a narrow majority in the Senate, they’d need a handful of Democrats to join them in order to overcome another filibuster on this proposal.

The last time Senate Republicans brought up coronavirus relief

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WASHINGTON ― Over recent months, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts for the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, but that’s not necessarily benefitting the Defense Department’s usual vendors.

In fact, the Pentagon contracting arm is seeing fewer small businesses in its traditional supplier base competing for contracts in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the director of the DLA’s Office of Small Business Programs, Dwight Deneal, said Tuesday.

“Our percentages [of small business involvement] are as high as they’ve ever been over the past five years, but we are recognizing that the participation level from our supplier base’s standpoint has steadily declined,” Deneal said at a small business panel at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting, which was being conducted virtually.

“So [the DLA is] looking at the gaps in there and how do we strategically attack those areas

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Conceived just four months ago to solve a very pandemic-specific problem, Aussie startup COVID Comply has clocked up more than $50,000 in revenues already. But, according to founder Ben Richardson, this contact tracing tech is no one-trick pony.

a man looking at the camera: COVID Comply

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COVID Comply

At its core, COVID Comply is a contact tracing tool allowing small businesses and other entities to quickly and safely collect the details of people coming into their venues, through a QR code scanner.


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Once a business signs up and adds its location, the platform automatically applies all the regulations required for their state — both in terms of what details need to be collected, and in terms of data privacy rules.

That also means it automatically deletes information as soon as required.

Then, the user can further configure the service in line with their own business’ needs.

“Over time, it’s evolved into

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NBCUniversal parent Comcast Tuesday went live with Comcast RISE, a program to help minority-owned small businesses hit by COVID-19 that offers grants, equipment, internet access, commercial production, free ads and marketing advice. It’s part of a broader $100 million initiative the conglom announced in June.

Comcast began testing the ‘’ portal last week and will start publicizing it today, asking for businesses to apply for help in four areas: marketing consulting, access to television inventory, creative production and technology upgrades. It will announce a group of winners each quarter. Businesses not chosen can re-apply. Winners of the first round will be announced Nov 28, Maria Weaver, CMO of Comcast Advertising, told Deadline. The goal is to touch “thousands of businesses,” she said.

Comcast is starting with U.S.-based Black-owned small businesses. The next wave of the multiyear program will expand eligibility to enterprises owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color

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MIAMI –– The COVID-19 economy has been tough for small business owners, a reality weighing strongly on them ahead of this year’s presidential election.

“There are a lot of people that are torn about opening faster and what’s a longer term, sustainable economic solution,” said Adam Gersten, the owner of Gramps, a signature restaurant in Miami. “I think if we look short-term, everyone wants to be open, especially the restaurant and bar industry. We’ve been close for so long and haven’t received relief.”

Gersten voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, but said the tough economic circumstances wrought by the coronavirus pandemic have him undecided in next month’s presidential election.

“When you see the sort of Trump camp pushing that [opening], you say, ‘Well, gee, that kind of makes sense.’ We’ve been closed for so long, and what other choice do we have? That being said,

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Tim Burgess came up with creative ways to keep his Charlottesville, Virginia, restaurants running after reopening in May, following a nearly two-month shutdown during the pandemic.

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He expanded outdoor seating at his two full-service restaurants, Bizou and Bang, by taking over nearby parking spaces and an empty lot next door. As the weather cooled off, he installed heaters and tents with roll-up sides. While restaurants in Virginia can now serve limited numbers of customers indoors, Burgess’ restaurants will remain outdoors-only, out of concern for his staff and customers.

But as Burgess thinks about how to keep the business afloat in the coming months: “We keep thinking of Game of Thrones — winter is coming,” he said. “We’re staring at winter, and we’re scared.”

It’s a concern shared by business owners across the country, as colder weather and the possibility of converging flu and Covid-19 outbreaks

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