Tulip Time Festival within 10% of 2021 fundraising goal

Without a 2020 event, organizers created a fundraising campaign to raise $1 million.

HOLLAND, Michigan — For the first time in 91 years, there was no Tulip Time Festival in Holland this spring. It was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In June, organizers realized they would need financial help to make the 2021 festival happen. They set a goal of $1 million for a fundraising campaign. 

Now, a few months into the campaign, they are within ten percent of that goal. They are looking to raise $100,000 more. That money was raised through their GoFundMe page and philanthropic donors. 

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“When we canceled in mid-March, we ended with more refunds that needed to happen than what we had in our bank account, which was really a scary thought for us,” said Gwen Auwerda, executive director of Tulip Time. 

They applied for federal

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Dollarama sees summer sales spike, but Halloween brings uncertainty

Dollarama Inc. (DOL.TO) saw its sales jump by seven per cent in its most recent financial quarter as customers purchased more seasonal items, including gardening, barbecue, pool products, while they stayed at home through the summer.

But executives say the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty about the Halloween season, one that is particularly significant for the company’s upcoming financial results.

“There’s no question that the lack of international travel and reduction in domestic travel means that people are staying home a lot more,” chief executive Neil Rossy said on a conference call with analysts on Wednesday.

“Therefore, things like gardening, barbecue, [items related to] cleaning up the backyard, redoing the living room, have all been impactful and successful for Dollarama.”

In the three month period ending Aug. 2, more customers were purchasing higher margin items such as seasonal products, while impulse buys for things such as gum and candy were

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August sees record-high in gun sales compared to same month in past years, analysts say

Gun sales for August increased by 58% compared to the same time last year, the highest number reported for the month on record, according to recently released information.

There were roughly 1.8 million guns sold in August 2020, according to Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting, which compiles and analyzes the raw data obtained from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

While the percentage increase is lower than the past several months, which reported surges ranging from 71% to 145%, it remains a record-high for the month compared to previous years, according to National Shooting Sports Foundation spokesperson Mark Oliva.

THIS YEAR’S GUN SALES HAVE ALREADY OUTPACED 2019’S TOTAL, RESEARCH SHOWS

Previously released SAAF data shows:

  • July recorded an estimated 2 million guns sold, marking
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Bento for Business Leverages A.I. to Revolutionize Expense Receipt Management

New features of leading spend management platform help small and mid-sized businesses save time and money.

Bento for Business (“Bento”), award-winning SMB fintech solution, launched a suite of new platform enhancements that transforms how businesses manage and reconcile expense receipts. The most innovative of these features is AutoMatch, which utilizes A.I. to automatically match the picture of a receipt taken by any mobile device to the corresponding transaction, saving significant time normally spent cross-referencing receipts to transactions.” data-reactid=”13″Bento for Business (“Bento”), award-winning SMB fintech solution, launched a suite of new platform enhancements that transforms how businesses manage and reconcile expense receipts. The most innovative of these features is AutoMatch, which utilizes A.I. to automatically match the picture of a receipt taken by any mobile device to the corresponding transaction, saving significant time normally spent cross-referencing receipts to transactions.

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13 top advertising headhunters to know right now

  • Big advertising agencies have shed employees, but some smaller independents and in-house brand teams are still hiring.
  • As clients prioritize diversity and inclusion, headhunters are looking beyond “cookie-cutter” candidates with traditional portfolios or experience.
  • To find work again, laid-off ad pros will have to reinvent themselves, learn new skills, and diversify, recruiters say.
  • Here’s Business Insider’s first list of 13 top headhunters in the advertising industry.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit consumer spending, it also walloped advertising budgets. Agencies, many owned by holding companies, slashed staff. As Business Insider has reported, the cuts have upended the industry.

Still, some headhunters say their clients are hiring. Small and midsize agencies, often leaner and nimbler, continue to grow. Brands needing to pivot post-pandemic are relying on in-house marketing teams and agency partners. And ad pros who know how to position brands to a stuck-at-home audience

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Biden campaign raised more than $360 million in August, breaking fundraising records for both parties



Joe Biden standing in front of a flag: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on August 31 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Biden criticized President Trump’s response to protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon. Alex Wong/Getty Images


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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on August 31 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Biden criticized President Trump’s response to protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon. Alex Wong/Getty Images

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden broke monthly fundraising records in August.
  • His campaign raked in a whopping $364.5 million, the largest amount of money raised in one month by candidates from either party. 
  • More than 1.5 million people donated for the first time to the Biden campaign.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden raked in a record-setting $364.5 million in donations in August, his campaign announced on Wednesday. 

The massive fundraising haul “makes August the best month for online fundraising in political history,” the Biden campaign announced. 

 

Over $205 million — or more than half of the money raised

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Finance minister seeks investment from UAE for Rs 111 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline

NEW DELHI: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday held a virtual bilateral meeting with United Arab Emirates (UAE) minister of state for financial affairs Obaid Al Tayer and urged the Middle Eastern nation to participate in India’s ambitious Rs 111 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline.
About 7,000 projects have been identified under the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) with projected investment of Rs 111 lakh crore during 2020-25.
“Finance Minister Smt. @nsitharaman today held a bilateral meeting via VC with H.E. Obaid Al Tayer, MoS Financial Affairs, UAE.
“Both leaders expressed respect for the long standing relationship between India & UAE, and the need to take it further in mutually beneficial ways,” the finance ministry said in a series of tweets.

During the meeting, both the leaders agreed to cooperate on areas like financial technology (fintech).
“FM mentioned that with NIP, there are greater avenues between India & UAE to collaborate

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HSBC curbs sales of low-deposit mortgages | Business

HSBC has become the latest bank to restrict sales of its low-deposit 90% mortgages in a move that will leave many first-time buyers struggling to find a loan.

While HSBC has stopped short of pulling 90% mortgages off the shelf, it said it was “temporarily reserving” mortgages worth more than 85% of the value of a home to customers switching interest rates. It is meant to help the lender process a backlog of low-deposit mortgage applications.

Michelle Andrews, HSBC UK’s head of buying a home, said it was “not a decision we have taken lightly but one we will be reviewing regularly”.

The bank’s 400 mortgage advisers are currently flooded with applications from buyers, with customers forced to wait as long as three to four weeks to be interviewed by HSBC. Meanwhile, the bank has only opened a daily window of as little as half an hour in the morning

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Business Insider’s biggest advertising and media stories for August 3

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for August 3. I’m Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at ljohnson@businessinsider.com

Today: Advertisers return to Facebook, Netflix’s new CMO Bozoma Saint John, and Microsoft reportedly eyes TikTok.

 

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Chipotle Leverages New Fundraising Technology To Support Under-Resourced Students

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced it is leveraging its new fundraising technology to help support under-resourced students returning to school. Through its first-ever digital fundraising program, Chipotle will support students across the country by donating 33% of fundraiser event sales back to local educational organizations using unique promotional codes. Over nearly a decade, three fourths of the brands in-restaurant fundraisers have been school related and raised more than $50 million for education-driven causes. Due to limitations with in-restaurant dining over the last few months, Chipotle has postponed these activities and is now introducing an online component to accompany the in-restaurant option. 

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