Building Main Street, not Wall Street: The financial case for small business | News

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Albert Einstein made the following observation: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” 

As a community determines how to spur growth during these challenging times, there are many things they should consider as they strategize their future. Some communities are great at tackling the usual issues, but many are unaware of many hidden expenses and stresses that will ultimately determine their future. Decisions made today will impact their community for generations to come. Let’s discuss a few considerations needing to be part of every community conversation regarding growth, strategy, and the future. Here are four that are oftentimes missed:

First, a study by Tischler & Associates a few years ago had some interesting findings. They found that specialty retail establishments made up of primarily locally-owned small and medium-sized businesses generate a net yearly return to their

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Annual Lions Club fundraising dinner set for this week – News – Austin American-Statesman

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While most other fall events around the area have been canceled in recent weeks, one perennial event, the annual Lions Club Spaghetti Fundraiser, will go on Thursday.

The event will again take place at the Bryan County Community Building but with a different twist, according to club President Mark Swearingen.

Although there will be an opportunity to dine in, the group is focusing more on takeout orders and even delivery.

“It’s going to be somewhat different with the pandemic situation,” Swearingen stated. “People can still eat at the Community Building, but there will be limited seating available. We are encouraging people to take orders to go but this year, if someone wants to call in an order of 10 or more dinners, we will be glad to deliver.”

Serving times will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. for dinner. Cost is $10, which include spaghetti,

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Sky Broncos’ fundraising efforts yield more than 100,000 happy returns | WMU News

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Photo of Sky Bronco members standing at the back of an open truck of returnables.

Members of the Sky Broncos precision flight team raised $10,000 by collecting and returning more than 100,000 bottles and cans this summer.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—When faced with funding challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, members of Western Michigan University’s precision flight team, the Sky Broncos, launched a campaign to collect and return bottles and cans for cash.

About 15 students, head coach Marty Coaker and faculty advisor Ryan Seiler saw an opportunity last spring when stores were not accepting recyclable returns, anticipating people would be eager to unload the mounting piles accumulating at their homes. And, they were right.

Coaker and his team put the word out on social media in April and began traveling across the state for pickups. A few months later, the group netted about $10,000—or more than 100,000 returnable bottles and cans—for their efforts.

“It snowballed. The response was

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Oklahoma Legislature among worst in fundraising gender parity | News

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma ranks among the worst states nationwide in fundraising gender parity in the state Legislature, according to a new study by the National Institute on Money in Politics.

In Oklahoma, male lawmakers outraised their female counterparts by a median $24,253 from 2016-19, the analysis found. Female lawmakers raised a median $84,396 while male legislators raised a median $108,649.

Oklahoma had the 11th worst disparity.

Male candidates in Texas, New Jersey, California, Ohio and Georgia were the Top 5 states where male lawmakers most outraised female lawmakers. Meanwhile, female lawmakers in Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Colorado outraised their male counterparts by the widest margin.

The analysis looked at campaign contributions to lawmakers who currently serve in the Legislature and have operated at least one campaign from 2016-19. Lawmakers who haven’t yet run for reelection were excluded from the analysis. The analysis also omitted self-financed contributions.

“That sounds

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WATCH NOW: Fundraising for newspaper digitization project is complete | Grand Island Local News

Stofer, who passed away in 2017, started at The Nebraska Signal in Geneva and Clay County Sun in Sutton while in high school.

He worked for several Nebraska newspapers, and later purchased the Genoa Leader Times.

With his wife, they together served as its co-owners, publishers, editors and reporters.

“Gordon believed in balanced, honest and thorough coverage, good research, good sports and good writing,” the Historical Society posted on its Facebook page. “His family knows how much he would believe in the Hall County Newspaper Digitization Project and are honored to join all the other supporters by completing the fundraising goal.”

Setlik called the project a “grassroots, community, countywide” enterprise.

“Every community in Hall County, businesses, individuals and organizations gave to this effort,” she said.

Through the archives, people are able to enjoy discovering the past, Setlik said.

“Newspapers are really the first record of community,” she said. “One of

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AIM organizes The 2nd HK Digital Advertising Start-ups X Publishing Promotion Support Scheme Awards Presentation Ceremony and Winners’ Sharing Seminar, Business News

Recognizes Outstanding Digital Advertising Campaigns’ Indefinite Innovation and High-Quality Design

HONG KONG, Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — To further promote the collaboration between digital advertising and publishing industries, the Hong Kong Association of Interactive Marketing (“AIM”) organizes the 2nd “Hong Kong Digital Advertising Start-ups X Publishing (Writers) Promotion Support Scheme” (the “Support Scheme”), with Create Hong Kong (“CreateHK”) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) as the lead sponsor. To recognize the outstanding digital advertising campaigns launched under the Support Scheme and the teams behind them, AIM held the online Digital Advertising (for Publishing) Awards Presentation Ceremony and Winners’ Sharing Seminar today. AIM is honored to have Mr. Ralph SZETO, Chairman, AIM, and Dr. Elvin LEE, Chairman, the Hong Kong Publishing Federation, to join the live streaming of the event. 

Mr. Victor TSANG, Head of CreateHK, thanked AIM for organizing the 2nd

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Agendia Expands Management Team to Meet Company Momentum, Appoints Brian Dow as Chief Financial Officer | News

IRVINE, Calif., July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Agendia, Inc., a world leader in precision oncology for breast cancer, today announced the appointment of Brian Dow as Chief Financial Officer in the continued buildout of the Company’s leadership team. In his role as CFO, Dow will be responsible for developing and leading the Company’s global financial operations, including investor relations. Dow has more than 25 years of experience advancing privately-held and publicly-traded technology and life science companies with a focus on financial operations and accounting.

As Dow joins Agendia at a time of accelerated business growth, Chief Operating Officer Kurt Becker’s role will expand to bolster vital R&D and operations groups, adding to his many long-standing contributions to the Company. The Agendia management team is committed to bringing in and utilizing strong executive and operational talent at all levels to align with the superior execution and focus propelling the Company’s

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Advertising Technology Pandemic Report Card At OTT News Summit

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Streaming audiences continue to grow among homebound pandemic viewers, but has OTT ad tech met the moment and enabled the platform to reach its optimal monetization potential? A panel of executive experts from major news organizations will grade its performance at TVNewsCheck’s OTT News Summit.

The panel, Ad Tech Pandemic Report Card, will feature Chris Garcia, VP, ad ops at CBS Local Digital; Tony Katsur, SVP digital strategy and corporate development at Nexstar Media Group; and Blake Sabatinelli, CEO of Newsy. The panel, which will be moderated by Michael Senzon, SVP and GM of Local Now, will be at 1 p.m. ET on Sept. 24.

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“OTT’s ad tech is the critical tool to unlock its ability to be a viable monetization stream for news organizations,” said TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp. “Whether technology like dynamic ad insertion has delivered on its promise, especially as pandemic streaming

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Facebook warns that iPhone software changes will hurt its advertising business | US & World News

(CNN) — Facebook says its ability to serve ads to iPhone users will be significantly curtailed by Apple’s latest software update.

Apple’s new operating system, iOS 14, places additional restrictions on user data that make it harder to serve them with targeted ads, Facebook said in a note to developers Wednesday. The biggest impact from the changes will be on Audience Network, Facebook’s service that allows advertisers to target users even when they’re using non-Facebook apps. Facebook did not reveal how much of its business the service comprises, but cited tests showing that removing personalization led to a more than 50% drop in revenue from the Audience Network.

Facebook says it will stop collecting identifiers for advertisers on devices that use iOS 14 and limit the data apps can collect using its services, making it harder for advertisers to track Apple users.

“This is not a change we want to

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Japan Automakers Post 12% Slide in July Global Vehicle Sales | Investing News

TOKYO (Reuters) – Global sales at Japanese automakers slipped 12.2% in July from last year, the fifth straight month of losses, as demand for cars remains sluggish after factories and dealerships reopened following coronavirus-related lockdowns earlier this year.

The country’s seven major automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> and Nissan Motor Co <7201.T>, sold a combined 2.01 million vehicles last month, according to Reuters calculations based on sales data released by the companies on Friday.

The decline in monthly sales has slowed significantly since a 50% drop posted in April, and compared with a 21.3% fall in June. Sales in China increased on the year for most automakers, while Toyota, the country’s biggest automaker, also saw growth in Europe.

Total global production at Japan’s seven major automakers fell 14.4% year-on-year to 1.99 million units last month, improving from a 26.1% tumble in June.

Global demand for cars has been weak since

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