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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Melbourne business owner Sabina Vitacca has a new business plan thanks, in part, to a free mentorship program being funded by the state government.

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Vitacca is the owner of Meditate Now, which she has been running since 2008 as a sole trader. 

A mindfulness and meditation coach, speaker and facilitator, Vitacca is based in Moonee Ponds, where she runs virtual programs and offers one-on-one coaching for executives and professionals. 

But back in March, when the coronavirus took hold in Australia, Vitacca says her corporate workshops offering took a hit as would-be participants shifted their priorities, reduced spending and saw their workplaces change overnight with the move to remote work. 

“Some businesses migrated online, but I found this wasn’t at the same fast pace I’m used to, and instead decided to focus on supporting our community to build resilience, reduce overwhelm and

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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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The founder of two startups shares tips for coming back from Covid from his new book.

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Covid-19 is a global health crisis. But the pandemic has also presented significant business challenges, particularly for small business owners.

“There’s an overwhelming sense of confusion and concern for the future,” says Evian Gutman, founder of the service provider marketplace for vacation rental hosts Padlifter and engagement ring etailer Ringcommend. “Many things are outside of our control, so the focus should be to double down on those things we can control that yield the greatest impact for returning to a state of predictability and business sustainability.”

Gutman spoke with Jessica Abo about his book Coming Back from Covid. He shares tips for how businesses can recover,

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GoDaddy teams up with Canadian Olympic Athlete Andre De Grasse to showcase Canadian small businesses

TORONTO, Oct 13, 2020 /CNW/ – GoDaddy, the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, today announced its new marketing campaign profiling the inspirational stories of Canadian small business owners.

The campaign showcases how easy it is for small business owners to create an online presence with GoDaddy Websites + Marketing. For the campaign, GoDaddy partnered with real Canadian small business owners and customers to highlight their stories of success, showcased by Canadian Olympic athlete Andre De Grasse.

GoDaddy has always supported small business owners and entrepreneurs by providing them the tools and help they need to succeed online. This campaign speaks directly to the everyday entrepreneur and demonstrates how creating a website can help their ventures grow and succeed. GoDaddy Websites + Marketing pairs an easy-to-use website builder with a suite of marketing tools

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In November, millions of Americans will cast a vote for either President Trump or his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden. But that’s not the only decision at stake. This election cycle, voters in more than 30 states will decide on more than 100 statewide ballot measures, ranging from marijuana legalization to campaign finance reform and tax policy. In my own state of Florida, a ballot measure would raise the state’s current minimum wage of $8.56 to $15 per hour by 2026, with a jump to $10 an hour as early as next year. This ballot measure is one of many that would affect millions of entrepreneurs and even more employees.

With Election Day around the corner, more small business owners may be considering educating workers about public-policy changes that could

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There’s still no progress on another round of coronavirus relief coming from Washington, around 25 million Americans are still on unemployment and it appears that COVID-19 is resurging in many parts of the country. So this may come as a surprise: The National Federation of Independent Businesses just released their “Small Business Optimism Index” for September, and it’s back to pre-pandemic levels after tanking in the spring.

NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said the index found “a lot of good things have been happening in a lot of parts of the country.”

“We’re opening the economy up, people are going back to work, sales have been definitely rising,” Dunkelberg said.

But that’s not the case everywhere. NFIB’s membership is concentrated in small towns and cities, and primarily in industries that have rebounded the fastest, like manufacturing and construction. 

The NFIB optimism index includes fewer respondents from the service sector, like

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NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Well-planned financial goals, whether they’re for the next week or 5 years from now, are integral to a person’s financial growth. These goals are what drive us to make savings plans, budget, and investment strategies in order to reach them. Without a proper plan in place, achieving these goals is nearly impossible. This is especially true when it comes to retirement planning. Zoe Financial understands that a comfortable retirement is one of the top financial goals a person will have in their lifetime.

Everyone’s retirement plan will differ depending on their financial situation, age, and goals. For instance, retirement planning for small business owners will be much different than employees of big corporations. Since business owners won’t have as much access to traditional retirement accounts, they should familiarize themselves with the different options available. It’s essential to choose the retirement

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While a small business can potentially thrive on a strong local reputation and the favorable effects of publicity through word of mouth, most new companies will be reliant on a strong digital presence. An optimized business homepage is instrumental in generating traffic towards the brand, while an attractive company website and effective social media accounts work together to expand and then consolidate a client base.

Small businesses are hit the hardest in tough times for the economy, but an effective website is a permanent advert for a brand that can generate custom when business is slow elsewhere. Many small businesses are still getting to grips with the idea of a coherent digital presence, so an owner that is proactive in developing website conversion rates may be able to get ahead of the competition.

A website conversion rate is the proportion of site visitors that complete a specific action while browsing,

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ORLANDO, Fla. – With no new stimulus package in sight, small business owners are still waiting to learn more about the forgiveness loan application which is part of the Paycheck Protection Program.

“It’s very stressful, it’s very scary to see that ‘Hey, you might need to be liable for that money,’” Owner of Too Much Sauce in Orlando Evan Dimov said about the loan PPP loan he received in April to help him stay afloat during the pandemic shutdown.

The PPP was part of the $350 billion handed to the small business administration as part of the CARES Act. It provided forgivable loans to cover payroll and overhead expenses, intended to keep mom-and-pop shops from folding.

“Right now, I’m just waiting to fill out my forgiveness application,” Greg Granda, owner of Shaker’s American Cafe said. “We don’t really know for sure. But I think it’s just gonna be a simplified

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