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Best Pick selections highlight the solutions that help small business owners continue to adjust and grow in the face of COVID-19.
Best Pick selections highlight the solutions that help small business owners continue to adjust and grow in the face of COVID-19.
Best Pick selections highlight the solutions that help small business owners continue to adjust and grow in the face of COVID-19.

WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today business.com, a trusted source of information for small to medium-sized business looking to start, run or grow their operations, announced the formal launch of its “Best Picks” program. Driven by business.com’s extensive product reviews section, the program evaluates the industry’s best tools and services specifically designed to help small businesses grow. Reviewed and selected by a team of independent researchers, today’s newly released Best Pick selections highlight the solutions that help small business owners continue to

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



a woman holding a cup: Sabina Vitacca Meditate Now


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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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Help is now available for small business owners who have taken an economic hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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The Erie County Business Task Force and others were on hand Tuesday to announce details about the Erie County ‘Back to Business’ grant program. The money is available thanks to $20 million in CARES Act funding and business must have 50 or fewer employees to be eligible. 

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Priority will be given to those who have not yet gotten any COVID-related assistance, minority and women owned businesses, those in highly-distressed zip codes, those seeking to hire back laid off or furloughed workers and those businesses that have yet to reopen.

“We have all seen the devastating effects of the COVID-19 shutdown on our local economy. Minority-owned businesses in Highly Distressed areas have been especially hard-hit, and the

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Millions of Americans on low-income, including those receiving unemployment benefits amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, may qualify to receive a free smartphone, in addition to free cell service, under a new government partnership with TruConnect, a nationwide wireless service provider.

TruConnect has partnered with Lifeline, a government program offering affordable wireless service to low-income customers launched by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, which most Americans don’t know about, according to the co-founder and chief executive officer of TruConnect, Matthew Johnson.

TruConnect’s free service includes “talk, text, and 3GB of data each month plus free international calling to select countries. You may even qualify for a free 5″ LTE Android smartphone,” the company website states.

Johnson told California’s KTLA: “Currently, there are roughly 30 to 40 million people who don’t have access to high-speed internet and that’s only increased recently with the issues due to COVID-19.

“Across the U.S., the

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Low-income Iowans struggling to pay their electric, natural gas and water bills can now receive up to $2,000 to help them avoid disconnected service. 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday she will use federal CARES Act funding to launch the Residential Utility Disruption Prevention program, which will help Iowans who have lost income due to the coronavirus. 

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“For Iowans who lost their job or saw their paycheck shrink as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program will help them keep the power on and their water running,” Reynolds said in a news release. 

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The program is open to Iowa homeowners whose primary residence is in Iowa,

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U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (L) in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.


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Faced with the prospect of a massive rise in unemployment by the end of the year, the U.K. government announced on Friday another significant job-support program to supplant the more ambitious one set up earlier this year to counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement came on the day the Office for National Statistics said that gross domestic product grew 2.1% in August, less than half of what was forecast by a Reuters poll of economists. The U.K. economy remains more than 9% smaller than its pre-pandemic February level, and most of the August bounce was due to the government restaurant-subsidy program, now expired, known as “Eat out to help out.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, just three weeks after announcing his “winter economy plan,” had to

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As the COVID-19 pandemic gathered steam, US lawmakers moved to protect newly unemployed Americans from evictions. But now, eviction freezes are set to expire on various dates before the end of the summer.

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Low-income Iowans struggling to pay their electric, natural gas and water bills can now receive up to $2,000 to help them avoid disconnected service. 

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday she will use federal CARES Act funding to launch the Residential Utility Disruption Prevention program, which will help Iowans who have lost income due to the coronavirus. 

“For Iowans who lost their job or saw their paycheck shrink as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program will help them keep the power on and their water running,” Reynolds said in a news release. 

The program is open to Iowa homeowners whose primary residence is in Iowa, as well as to renters

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Community-focused investing has funded local small businesses and startups across the US. Since 2016, half a billion dollars has been raised from investment crowdfunding, generating $2 billion in economic activity and supporting 100,000 jobs.

According to Regulation Crowdfunding by Congressional District: A Report Card by Crowdfund Capital Advisors, Congress can encourage this more by creating the Main Street Recovery Co-Investment Fund. The United Kingdom has already done this to great success. It worked so well that Fund was re-upped twice, including to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

A critical lesson from the 2007-2009 financial crisis was that access to capital for small businesses matters. Small businesses were hit harder than large companies by the Great Recession. During and for a period after the

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HOMER expands beyond proven learn-to-read app with comprehensive essential early learning program for children aged 2-8

Today, HOMER, the essential early learning program for young children, introduced its completely reimagined comprehensive learning platform, HOMER Learn & Grow. Building on the success of HOMER Reading, the only app proven to increase early reading scores by 74% with just 15 minutes per day, HOMER Learn & Grow takes kids on a personalized learning journey that grows with them as they boost their confidence across vital subject areas including reading, math, social-emotional, creativity and thinking skills.

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“This has been an extremely challenging year for parents as they were thrust into the role of teaching and grappling with how to ensure their kids aren’t missing out on critical developmental skills. Nearly 60% of parents polled said they were equally terrified

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