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Holiday Auto Group owner Matt Johnson has vowed to give back to the communities which support his businesses. Recently, he decided to ask the local communities to nominate someone they knew that had experienced an exceptionally hard year in a contest he called “You Deserve A Holiday” car giveaway. After reading stacks of local stories submitted by nominations, both heartbreaking and heartwarming, choosing the winner was not an easy task.

While the requests for nominations indicated there will be one lucky winner chosen, Holiday had so many deserving nominations they decided to give away two.

“I felt like there are so many people who have had even worse situations this year and they don’t get any attention because everybody is going through hard times. A new car won’t change what they are going through, but it’s one small thing we

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Rodriguez grew up in Longview, Washington, and came to the Spokane area to attend Eastern Washington University, where he earned a degree in marketing. He decided to stay in Spokane because he saw its potential, he said.

He graduated in 2018 and though only 24, he’s already launched several businesses. When he was 17, he started a business repairing iPhones. Then came a clothing company that specialized in socks, which failed. He owned his own residential landscaping company and has regularly done digital marketing consulting. He also owned a private property management company that he shut down to devote his time to Speak Studio.

“I’m a serial entrepreneur at heart,” he said.

Rodriguez decided to rent space in downtown Spokane for his newest venture because he wanted to help bring life to the area. “We love being in the

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Otis Gillespie, a salsa dance instructor for the MacKinnon Dance Academy in Oxnard, uses a scissor lift to remove the studio’s sign on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, as it prepare to close after more than four decades due to loss of revenue from COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo: ANTHONY PLASCENCIA/THE STAR)

Joy MacKinnon opened up a post on her Facebook page and started to type.

The words didn’t come easily. She didn’t want the message to be too wordy or a sob story or “woe is me” at all.

Mostly, she just kept thinking: “Oh my gosh, I really have to say this now.”

In March, the coronavirus pandemic hit California and soon public health officials ordered closures and people to stay safe at home. The 45-year-old MacKinnon Dance Academy canceled its classes and had to close its doors, like thousands of other local businesses.

MacKinnon expected to weather the closure,

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“My Economy” tells the story of the new economic normal through the eyes of people trying to make it, because we know the only numbers that really matter are the ones in your economy.

Celene Navarrete first met her business partner Chiara Arroyo at a book fair for their children’s school.

“Chiara is from Spain and I’m from Mexico, and our children go to a bilingual program here in Los Angeles,” said Navarrete.

They both expected to find many books in Spanish at the book fair.

“But that was not the case. And it was very disappointing for us,” she recalls. “So, we decided to take action.”

That is when LA Librería, a Los Angeles bookstore that specializes in imported children’s books from Spanish-speaking nations around the world, was born. Navarrete and Arroyo travel to Latin American countries and Spain to find authentic Spanish-language children’s books. They carefully select books

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Financial advisors who serve business owner clients know how critical it is for these clients to have an exit strategy from the business. The business is often their largest asset or at least a significant component of their wealth. It’s also a key part of the business owner’s identity in many cases. 

Here are some considerations in crafting a business exit strategy.

How will the ownership of the business be transferred?

There are a number of alternatives for transferring the ownership of a business. Your help can be essential to your client in deciding the best course of action for their situation. 

Outright sale to a third-party

This entails selling the business to an outside entity. It will typically be a cash sale. The owner will generally exit the firm immediately or after a transition period. 

Transferring ownership within the family

This might be appropriate if there

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Life Upended. The coronavirus outbreak has had a devastating impact on our nation, and it has touched Staten Islanders in countless ways. In this series, reporter Tracey Porpora will share the stories of those who have been thrust into situations that were unimaginable just a few months ago — those who have seen their life completely upended. This is the nineteenth story of “Life Upended.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Heather Pastore, 45, owner of the Castleton Corners-based Manhattan Greeterz Walking Tours, found success offering unique excursions of Manhattan skyscrapers and monuments over the last five years.

Two of her most requested tours were of Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, where she would reveal the transportation hub’s nine “secrets,” and a “9/11 downtown tour.”

In addition to her tourism company, Pastore, a Castleton Corners resident, had a successful private tutoring business for 25 years where she would give students private

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The federal government’s election promise to ban single-use plastics will come to fruition next year — and the heads of two Saskatchewan businesses say it’s a welcome move.

Six items were identified when the federal government made its announcement earlier this week: grocery checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, plastic cutlery, six-pack rings and food takeout containers made of hard-to-recycle plastics. 

Moni Minhas, the president and CEO of Minhas Sask. Distillery, Winery and Brewery, says he wishes the government had made the move even sooner.

His company has been using single-use plastics in some products as a temporary measure, Minhas said.

“It will impact our business, and guess what? That’s called progress,” he said. 

“I think we can cope with it. In the larger interest of the communities we live [in] and serve, it is absolutely vital that we take care of the environment.”

Minhas said his company hasn’t used six-pack

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a group of people sitting in a parking lot: Rendering of the Satori Village project, which promises to break ground on 198 units of blended “market quality” and affordable apartments by the spring of 2021.

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Rendering of the Satori Village project, which promises to break ground on 198 units of blended “market quality” and affordable apartments by the spring of 2021.

Tim Baylor, a former Vikings football player and Northside business owner, is moving forward with a $60 million project in north Minneapolis designed to bring a mix of market-rate and affordable apartments to W. Broadway.

Crews are expected to break ground by next spring on the Satori Village project, which falls in federal designated Opportunity Zone, and includes 198 units of blended “market quality” and affordable apartments. Demolition for one of the existing buildings on the site will begin next month.

The combination of affordable and market-rate rental options is badly needed in north Minneapolis, said Baylor, the chief executive of the JADT Development Group, which is developing the project.


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Baylor noted that Minneapolis’ Northside absorbed

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(Reuters) – Boston Red Sox owner John Henry is in talks with RedBall Acquisition Corp to take his famed sports holding company Fenway Sports Group LLC public, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters late on Friday.

The deal being discussed would merge Fenway Sports Group with RedBall Acquisition Corp and will value the owner of the Liverpool Football Club at around $8 billion including debt, the source said, asking not to be identified.

The talks were reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal newspaper, which said the discussions are in the early stage and could still fall apart.

The newspaper also said RedBall, which raised $575 million in August to buy businesses in sports and sports-related media and data analytics, plans to raise an additional $1 billion to buy a stake in Fenway Sports Group that will not exceed 25%.

RedBall, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), is

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