Last month was an odd sort of anniversary at Microsoft. In the summer of 2015, Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood and Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again topped the charts while speculation about the iPhone 6S was running wild. 

And that July, Microsoft announced one of its most spectacular fails — ever.

Satya Nadella, just a year into his tenure as Microsoft CEO, announced a $7.6 billion financial loss for Microsoft because of the company’s failed acquisition of phone giant Nokia, announced in 2013. Worse, 7,800 workers would lose their jobs. Nadella pretty much said they’d step back from the smartphone market in the near future.

“We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem including our first-party device family,” Nadella said in an email to Microsoft employees at the time. “I am committed to our first-party devices,

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PORTSMOUTH — Kate Beland has seen downtown businesses and restaurants rally after city officials, residents and business owners came together and formulated a plan to create a safe, socially-distanced atmosphere in the past two months.

The mother of two student-athletes at Portsmouth High School would like to see the same type of compromise resonate in terms of the upcoming school year, when it comes to whether or not fall sports can be played.

“Our community has done an amazing job coming together to think outside the box to help save our local downtown businesses … all ideas supported and implemented by our city government and citizens,” Beland said. “Shouldn’t we be coming together to do the same for our youth/young adult community?”

Beland, along with fellow Portsmouth High School parents Monica Zingariello and Meegan Sciretto, started a petition “Let Us Play Portsmouth” on Monday night.

“There is a deep need

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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / August 14, 2020 / Believing in yourself is something that is difficult for most people. We lack confidence in ourselves for a number of reasons, but the outcome is still the same, which is an inability to achieve our …

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / August 14, 2020 / Believing in yourself is something that is difficult for most people. We lack confidence in ourselves for a number of reasons, but the outcome is still the same, which is an inability to achieve our …

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / August 14, 2020 / Believing in yourself is something that is difficult for most people. We lack confidence in ourselves for a number of reasons, but the outcome is still the same, which is an

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  • Whether it’s a side hustle or a full-time gig, a successful online business requires a carefully crafted strategy, strong relationships, and time, among other things. 
  • These guides show you exactly what it takes to launch a profitable business on some of the top online platforms, including Amazon, Etsy, Depop, Poshmark, and eBay.
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Check out the guides below if you’re thinking about launching your business on an online platform like, say, Amazon, where more than 15,000 American businesses surpassed $1 million in sales in 2019, according to Keri Cusick, head of small business empowerment. 

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Get your shop set up: The 6 key steps to launching a successful

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By the year 2021, worldwide retail eCommerce sales will reach $4.9 trillion. Nasdaq found that by the year 2040, as much as 95% of shopping will be facilitated by eCommerce. Think about it, eCommerce has grown into one of the most profitable online business ventures, which can make starting an eCommerce store enticing.

With over 1,000,000 eCommerce store in 175 different countries created by Shopify alone the competition in the eCommerce space is fierce. The best place to start is finding a niche that works for you and working on being a key player.

Finding a good eCommerce business idea and niche can help you to get started on the right foot. You don’t want to start an eCommerce business in a niche that’s too crowded or hard to break into the market. Simultaneously, if you choose an eCommerce business idea with little to no market, you’ll end up selling

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Donna Hager seeks opportunity wherever she can–for her firm, of course, but also for her people. Founded in 2015, Hager’s architecture and engineering firm, called Macan Deve, is certified as a Section 3 Business Concern. That means when she works for the New York City Housing Authority, she agrees to hire people who live in the housing projects to help her execute those contracts. Then she and her firm do their best to mentor them, so they can advance within the construction industry. 

I’ve been an engineer my whole career. I worked for Aecom, the world’s largest construction company. I had really great mentors, I had a corner office, I was a VP. 

Then in 2010, I noticed an increase in opportunities for minority- and women-owned business enterprises. The MWBE program had been around for a long time in New York, and it required state agencies to allocate a percentage

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