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Caring for people’s skin is not easy in a pandemic. 

“It’s been a wild, weird ride,” said Sybil Bailey, a licensed esthetician who founded her company, Afro Mermaid Skincare, in January. 

It’s the fulfillment of a 30-year passion for Bailey, 50. 

So far in year one, she’s focused on surviving. She has faced mandated closures and enacted extra precautions during the pandemic. 

What she and so many entrepreneurs need now is belief and more customers.

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Afro Mermaid Skincare owner Sybil Bailey is photographed at her treatment room located at MBK Wellness Center in Knoxville’s Bearden neighborhood on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel )

“I need my community and my clients to believe in the service that I’m providing and to lift me up by spreading the word,” said Bailey. 

Afro Mermaid Skincare is one of more

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Lawyer-turned-bagel consultant Beth George helps entrepreneurs around the world start their own bagel business

FAIR LAWN, New Jersey — Beth George, a lawyer-turned-bagel consultant, is taking her unique and exclusive bagel recipe around the world.

Through her consulting business, BYOB Bagels, George is helping entrepreneurs start their own bagel business and guiding them through a recipe she’s been perfecting for over 15 years.

“Bagels are infinite! You just have to know what you’re doing. You can’t just mix anything because there is a science behind it,” said George.

Over the years, she has developed precise techniques, formulas, and teaching methods which have allowed her to consult clients anywhere in the world.

Related: Mannino’s Cannoli Express: A family recipe hits the streets of New Jersey

“Because of COVID a lot of the consulting is done online now. The farthest we’ve traveled is the Horn of Africa, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Paris, Australia, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands,” said George.

Despite being a lawyer by trade,

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How Blacks Organizing Strategic Success helps Louisville protesters

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Incoming interim LMPD chief Yvette Gentry talks to The Courier Journal about taking over a department dealing with protests, criticism and a pandemic.

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Phelix Crittenden and volunteers with Blacks Organizing Strategic Success (BO$$), a local organization focused on empowering minorities with business resources, had no intention of marching. 

But as pepper balls cut through people scrambling for safety in a thick haze of tear gas, she realized there were no exceptions for anyone who was in the vicinity. Protester or not.  

In the final week of May, protesters had taken to the streets demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old ER technician who was shot and killed by police in her apartment in March. In support of those demonstrations, Crittenden and BO$$ volunteers spent the first few days delivering water and snacks to protesters in Jefferson Square Park.

Despite clashes between the police and protesters,  they

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Business Credit America, Inc. Helps Entrepreneurs Find Funding and Grow the Business of Their Dreams

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — October 12th 2020 – Houston McMiller at Business Credit America, Inc. has over two decades of experience helping entrepreneurs find ways of funding their business. He has advised a range of clients from individual freelancers to small start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. His expert advice on business loans, personal loans and business credit cards has helped thousands of individuals make their business aspirations become reality and find the funds they need to thrive. He also offers specialist tips and tricks on how to increase credit scores, and how to repair bad credit.

Houston’s popular eBook Insider Bank Secrets has been cited by major news associates such as ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, so you can rest assured that he has the knowledge and skills to help your credit and boost your business. The book reveals detailed blueprints on how small businesses

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How Amazon Prime Day helps build million-dollar businesses

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Come Oct. 13 and 14, Amazon’s annual two-day members-only online sales extravaganza Prime Day will bring customers over one million deals on myriad products in popular categories including home accessories, toys, and electronics. But in addition to providing shoppers with steep savings starting at midnight PST on Tuesday, the popular sales promotion will also offer thousands of small businesses opportunities to quickly scale customer awareness and revenue.

Currently, more than 500,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. sell on Amazon, and the company’s goal is to onboard an additional 100,000 vendors as new sellers to its store. Despite the ongoing pandemic, third-party sellers continue to crowd its virtual aisles, and presently account for over half of all units sold via the online retailer. In the 12-month period ending in May alone, American SMB sellers sold more than 3.4 billion products, up from

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Bright idea? Co-op helps home and business owners determine whether solar energy is a good fit

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Friday was a sunny day in Hampton Roads, just like three out of every five days throughout the year. People who are converting to solar are leveraging that fact to save money and help the environment.

The science of solar appeals to homeowner Gwyn Williams, a scientist himself. He powers his 1850 farmhouse in Yorktown with 21st century technology.

“There’s $100 worth of energy that lands on that roof every month from the sun, so the question is, can you harvest it?” Williams said.

For him, the answer to that question was the co-op known as Solar United Neighbors. That’s where he learned about solar, finding an installer, and the new meaning for the term “purchasing power.”

“They can gather about 60 customers at once, so you get volume discounts on panels,” Williams said.

Williams used to pay $5,000 a year for heating oil

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‘Good Morning America’ helps boost business for artisan company in Hershey

An artisan spice company in Hershey was recently showcased on “Good Morning America.”

Calicutts Spice Company at 130 W. Chocolate Ave. was featured Oct. 3 in the show’s ″Deals and Steals,” a segment that offers viewers discounted items from a variety of vendors.

“We received over 3,000 orders from the segment, which is more than half of what we have had come in via our website and Etsy all year,” said Jessica Hughes, Calicutts’ co-owner with her husband, Randall.

The couple took over Calicutts, known for its handcrafted spice blends made from spices sourced from around the globe. Its founder Robert Orth announced he was stepping away from the company to spend more time with his family.

About 10 years ago, Orth, who is also a full-time research professor, began tinkering with wholesale spices and a coffee grinder as a hobby. He wanted to create blends not made with MSG,

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Planful Helps Digital Display Manufacturer Planar Confidently Navigate Business Changes Amid New Normal

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Planful Inc. (formerly Host Analytics), the pioneer of Continuous Planning with its cloud platform for financial planning and analysis (FP&A), announced today that the company has helped its customer Planar successfully navigate complex financials through significant business changes. With Planful, Oregon-based digital display manufacturer Planar found a single source of truth and a Continuous Planning approach that helps the organization confidently manage forecasts and reporting for multiple operating units, while increasing revenue nearly 20% and controlling expenses.

With more than 400 employees and over ten locations across the globe, Planar points to Continuous Planning as the differentiator in helping their FP&A teams move faster, specifically pointing to the speed and efficiency Planful brought to their planning and reporting processes. “Planful’s cloud-based platform has never failed us in our ability to scale the business,” said Brian Culligan, FP&A Manager at

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