It’s the Best, and Worst, of Times for Business in Florida, Survey Finds | Investing News

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(Reuters) – Florida is one of the five best states in the nation in which to do business, according to a new survey. It’s also one of the five worst, according to the same survey, thanks to COVID-19.

Every three years, Development Counsellors International, an economic development marketing firm, surveys executives to rank business climates in the various U.S. states. For the first time since they began doing the survey in 1996, a single state landed in the top five in both categories: Florida. The DCI report was released on Tuesday.

“The rationale for Florida being on both the best and worst lists was

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Triple G Ventures, Agile Business Growth Firm, Expands To Help Entrepreneurs Navigate Tough Times

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Triple G Ventures LLC, a transformational business management consultancy obsessed with delivering pragmatic business growth acceleration, today announced its expanding portfolio of strategic partners and clients.

Gregg Stein’s Triple G Ventures, Agile Business Growth Firm, Expands to Help Entrepreneurs Navigate Tough Times

Triple G Ventures expanding client portfolio now includes partnerships with, Artiphon Inc. – designing new instruments to empower the next billion musicians, ASI Audio x Sensaphonics –  bringing active ambient in ear-monitoring audio technology to performers, Caravan Interactive – solving business problems with design, data, and software, Centralized – an AI manager for music artists, to solve the problem of 10s of millions of artists needing guidance and only a few thousand qualified and available managers, DAR.WIN – a personalization engine powered by AI and machine learning to increase sales and ad views for online retailers and online publishers,

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Business Development Fund set to reform financing policy for SMEs | The New Times

Reforms in the provision of credit guarantees by the Business Development Fund (BDF) are likely after the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) poked holes in the funding extended to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

During two virtual public hearings with BDF on the public finance mismanagement cases exposed by the Office of the Auditor General’s report for the 2018/19 financial year, PAC concurred with the AG that the Fund was not doing enough to support the growth of SMEs.

 

Yet, they said, large enterprises that are not eligible for BDF financing received support they did not deserve.

 

In the first hearing held on September 17, PAC was not satisfied with the explanations given by BDF officials for the mismanagement cases, prompting the committee to adjourn the session.

 

The hearing resumed on October 7 and lasted more than eight hours, during which more holes were poked in the way the

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Cap Times Idea Fest: Bob Woodward assesses Trump, Biden and the state of journalism | Local Government

Woodward said during his discussions with Trump, Trump consistently emphasized that Biden is impaired and has slowed down. Woodward agreed, in part.

 “He has slowed down a little bit. He’s hesitant on some things,” Woodward said. Conversely, “Trump just goes right to the throat.”

When asked about similarities and differences between President Richard Nixon and Trump and the impeachment proceedings earlier in the year, Woodward was unequivocal: “Nixon was a criminal and a proven criminal. No one has pinned a crime on Trump.”

A big difference, Woodward said, was the component of premeditation.

“A crime, as we know, required premeditation almost always. Particularly political crimes, you have to plot. Trump doesn’t plot. He doesn’t premeditate. It’s all the impulse,” he said.

When Robert Mueller began his special investigation, Woodward said he was pretty confident there would be no smoking gun because “Trump doesn’t think or act that way.”

When it

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6 Steps to Starting a Business Successfully During the Worst of Times

I successfully started and grew two coaching businesses during the 2008 economic recession and 2020 pandemic, respectively. Although I wish the world’s circumstances were better when I chose to start these businesses, the truth is sometimes those harsher conditions make a better business. 



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How do you create and grow these brands when all warning signs are telling you to wait? I asked three other people who started or grew their companies under seemingly dire circumstances and used our collective stories to give you a six-step plan for starting a business at any time.

Take advantage of forced conditions

Although we can never control outside conditions like a pandemic or economic recession, we can choose how we respond to them. In 2008, I started my business because I needed to get out of my parents’ house after graduating college. I didn’t choose the circumstances, but

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Cap Times Idea Fest: The economic downturn is hitting Madison Latinos hard. Here’s what the city can do. | Neighborhoods



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Eugenia Podestá, senior director of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship at Vital Voices Global Partnership and co-owner of Synergy Coworking is seen here at Synergy Coworking in 2017. 




Ramon Ortiz, vice chair of the Latino Chamber of Commerce, said the pandemic has “peeled back the veneer of civilized society,” highlighting disparities across the country. In Wisconsin, where Hispanic and Asian or Asian American residents are among the fastest-growing populations, he said, those fighting for equality must understand the backdrop for their struggle. 

Wisconsin “has one of the greatest racial disparities between Black and white,” Ortiz said. “It has yet to even grapple with that, let alone try to address the complexity of Latinos and Asians within this new milieu of race and politics.”

[After paying off its mortgage, Mt. Zion partners to offer mental health services]



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Ramon Ortiz, shown here in a 2016 file photo, is

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After being laid off 3 times, woman teaches herself to sew and starts a booming bow tie business

Nisha Blackwell was putting herself through nursing school when she was laid off for the third time. Adding insult to injury, she was set to attend the first birthday party of a close friend’s daughter just a few days later. Now, she wouldn’t have enough money to buy a gift.

“That’s when I looked around and I said, ‘What do I have?’ I had a sewing machine still in a box, still sealed,” she told CBS News. “And I had this bag of thrifted clothes.”

Nisha had fabric and a sewing machine, but she didn’t actually know how to sew. So she took to YouTube, and video by video, taught herself.

“I was literally typing into YouTube: How to turn a Brother sewing machine on. How to thread the bobbin,” she recalls. “I probably didn’t make a stitch until midnight and this was in the hot summer when my house

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