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Could a Recession Be A Golden Opportunity for U.S. Small Businesses?

Operating smoothly one minute, going through a pandemic the next and now a slowing economy – it’s safe to say business owners have been on a roller coaster these past couple of years. Most small business owners say they see that the economy is starting to slow and are doing their best to prepare.

Many experts and analysts have recently and repeatedly warned that an economic storm is coming. After the unknowns and challenges of the pandemic, this is devastating news for the businesses still standing. Goldman Sachs, for example, has said there is a one-in-three chance of a recession in the next 24 months. 

Likewise, Deutsche Bank has warned that a “major” recession is at our doorstep and will hit in the coming months. Elon Musk has claimed that we’re already in a recession and we will continue to sit in the middle of it for another year and Read more

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Ten Skin Problems of Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings with it many changes, emotionally, physically, and mentally. From a mental and emotional standpoint, you’re preparing to adopt a new role of parent, with all its accompanying responsibilities. Physically, of course, you’re dealing with changes in the shape, function, and movement of your body. While we have a society-wide belief that pregnant women are always glowing, that, unfortunately, is not always the case. No where is this more evident than in the skin problems of pregnancy.

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “the eyes are the window to the soul”. If this is true, your skin is the window to your current state of health and the changes taking place on the inside. During pregnancy, aside from all the other issues, you may also have to deal with a variety of skin changes, including rashes, acne, stretch marks, breaking nails, hair growth or loss, and dark blotches on the … Read more

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Island Park Showcase brings out hundreds to promote small businesses

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) – On a sunny, Sunday afternoon in downtown Fargo, hundreds of people packed the area of Island Park for the weekend showcase. Many vendors lined the walkways, finally getting a chance to get back out in the public after last summer was impacted by COVID-19.

“This show is really important to us, we’ve been doing it for probably about 10 years now and after last year not being able to participate in shows like this, it’s to see the turnout that they’ve gotten out today.” said Jen Wionarowicz.

For vendors, event like the showcase are important to them. The air was thick with music, food and people enjoying the weather outside. Michelle Nemati, the owner of Windsor Waffles, started her business in 2019 and has seen the difference between this year and last year.

“The biggest thing, so last year a lot of the

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Draughtsmen Aleworks Named Small Business of the Year for 37th District

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Source: Office of Rep. Steve Bennett

Assemblymember Steve Bennett (D-Ventura) has selected Draughtsmen Aleworks as the 2021 Small Business of the Year for the 37th Assembly District.

Draughtsmen Aleworks opened its first taproom in Goleta, CA in 2015, focusing on craft beer. Since then, not only has the brewery expanded locations to Santa Barbara and continued to grow its beer selections, but its products have also increased to offer innovative cider and hopped tea brews. Most recently, Draughtsmen Aleworks ventured into wine making, becoming one of the first breweries to cater to both beer and wine fans.

Since the beginning, building community has been a top priority for Draughtsmen Aleworks. Its five founders have sought to engage and partner with community efforts to advance the wellbeing and advocacy of educational opportunities, environmental, and social justice. This is reflected through their ongoing “good karma tap,’ where a percentage of the

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San Anselmo mandates paid COVID sick leave at small businesses

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San Anselmo is requiring small businesses to offer paid sick leave for employees with coronavirus-related absences.

In a special Town Council meeting on Aug. 16, the council voted 4-1 to pass the temporary urgency ordinance. Councilmember Ford Greene voted no.

The ordinance follows the 2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a federal law mandating paid sick leave for employees unable to work or telecommute because of COVID-19. It includes a tax credit for reimbursing employers.

On March 19, Gov. Newsom signed Senate Bill 95, which requires employers with more than 25 workers to provide COVID-19-related paid sick leave through Sept. 30. Although smaller businesses may take advantage of federal tax credits under the bill, they are not required to provide paid sick leave.

To close the gap, the Board of Supervisors passed an urgency ordinance on June 8 to establish the same paid sick leave requirements for businesses with

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Small Business Job Growth Continues to Accelerate in August

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Small business employment growth driven largely by recovery in the leisure and hospitality sector

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — National job growth continued to rise significantly in August, according to aggregated payroll data of approximately 350,000 clients provided by Paychex. The data released in the latest report of the Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch shows the Small Business Jobs Index gained 0.45 percent in August. At 99.80, the national index has increased 5.74 percent during the past 12 months, representing a record-high year-over-year growth rate. Hourly earnings growth increased to 3.42 percent in August, its third consecutive gain.

National job growth continued to rise significantly in August, according to aggregated payroll data of approximately 350,000 clients provided by Paychex.

“The Small Business Jobs Index reached its highest level since January 2018,” said James Diffley, chief regional economist at IHS Markit. “The

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