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    I am the proud owner of 36th & Lyn Refuel Station, an independently owned, community-focused refueling station and convenience store located in the heart of South Minneapolis. Last week, I read an article published in MinnPost that highlighted efforts at the State Capitol to change Minnesota liquor laws during this year’s legislative session. However, I couldn’t help but notice this “deal” leaves out businesses like mine. It is the year 2022, almost 100 years since the prohibition ended in America, and Minnesota continues to ban gas stations, convenience stores and grocery stores from being able to sell full-strength beer and wine as if it were 1922. Minnesota is long overdue for modernizing its liquor laws. We are one of the only few remaining states in the country where you are unable to buy a six-pack of your favorite beer while at a convenience store like mine. Article continues after advertisement As an owner of a small convenience store, today’s laws prohibit me from selling regular beer and wine my customers want. I am only allowed sell 3.2 percent beer, but...
    by Alfredo Ortiz and Brad Anderson   Recent images from the Los Angeles railyards of a sea of cardboard wreckage, the remnants of thousands of stolen packages, have made national headlines. Union Pacific railroad said criminal rail theft in LA has increased by more than 2.5 times since December 2020. Yet while most media coverage focuses on this third-world scene, little has been made of the consequences for the small business sellers ripped off by this grand theft.Whether it comes in the form of widescale package theft by criminal enterprises or organized smash-and-grab robberies at brick and mortar stores, theft has become a big problem for small businesses. A new survey finds that nearly all small business owners experienced an increase in theft in 2021.This isn’t the shoplifting of your parent’s generation. Elaborate criminal networks steal and resell goods at below-market rates on internet marketplaces such as Amazon, Facebook, eBay, and Alibaba. The cost of lost inventory and ensuing cut-rate online competition puts tremendous pressure on small business margins that are already strained by the highest inflation in 40 years and severe supply chain disruptions.  Bipartisan...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — To all the last-minute holiday shoppers across the Tri-State Area, there’s a way you can still get gifts to your door — avoiding supply chain issues and shipping delays — while supporting small businesses in the Big Apple. From headwear to houseware, Georgie’s Five & Dime has gifts galore. READ MORE: Shop Local Saturday“It’s just your neighborhood everything,” owner Michelle Pullen told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis. And it means everything to Pullen, who opened the general store four months ago in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, her neighborhood of 14 years. She’s thankful to all those who shop small. “You’re becoming a bit of a shareholder, a little bit of a stakeholder in your community, versus a big box or versus an Amazon,” Pullen said. But if you prefer that type of shopping, Georgie’s is among dozens now on a similar online platform. “It has 100% helped my customer base,” Pullen said. It’s called ShopIN.nyc, a way anyone who lives in the Tri-State Area can shop the city’s small businesses, like Woods Groove, from home for same-day or next-day...
    Cannabis shops across the San Francisco Bay Area have been thrown into dire straits as gangs of thieves broke into more than 15 shops throughout November during the series of 'smash-and-grab' robberies plaguing California.  Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong told reporters that 'hundreds' of vehicles targeted marijuana stores in Oakland last month, firing 175 shots and stealing about $5 million worth of products.  Alphonso 'Tucky' Blunt, owner of Blunts and Moore, told MJBizDaily that his store lost about $25,000 during a November 22 raid, where more than a dozen burglars ransacked the store.  'I know 25 or so businesses that got hit … and out of all those, the percentage I know that told me that they may not be able to reopen is about 50 percent. That's scary, Blunt said.  'I was safer, and had more money, (selling) on the street, illegally.' A gang of thieves broke into Blunts and Moore on November 22, making off with about $25,000 worth of product as the ransacked the store  Alphonso 'Tucky' Blunt, owner of the Blunts and Moore cannabis shop, said...
    New York (CNN)New York's local businesses were hit hard by the pandemic, so one Israeli immigrant, now a Brooklyn resident, created an online marketplace to bring life back to the city's struggling stores.When Covid-19 hit the United States last year, Maya Komerov saw shoppers flock to Amazon (AMZN) at the expense of the small businesses in their neighborhoods. So she used her background in tech and previous experience working with local shop owners to build ShopIN.NYC, an e-commerce platform for local shopping in New York City.How it beganShopIN.NYC is the newest iteration of Cinch Wallet, a company Komerov founded in 2017 to drive shoppers to local stores where they could get personalized discounts and offers through the Cinch Wallet app. But once the pandemic hit, Komerov focused on restructuring her business strategy. "When Covid started, we couldn't send people to the stores," she said. "Stores told us they couldn't compete with Amazon even if they had e-commerce." Read MoreSo Komerov transformed Cinch Wallet into ShopIN.NYC, an online marketplace that connects with nearly 100 local shops in Brooklyn and Manhattan, aggregating...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot is introducing a bevy of proposals geared toward helping Chicago restaurants and other businesses as they seek to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as new protections for consumers and workers. The package of ordinances the mayor dubbed the Chi Biz Strong Initiative includes proposals for cutting down on red tape for various permits and licenses, a 15% cap on third-party delivery fees charged by services like GrubHub, $10 million in grants for businesses hurt by the pandemic, and allowing shops to advertise on sidewalks using A-frame signs. READ MORE: 2021 Chicago Pride Parade Returning In October The mayor’s proposal also would set up a payment plan for businesses that have city debt to make it easier for them to renew their licenses. “In order to recover from this pandemic quickly and holistically, we must take bold action and reimagine how we do business here in Chicago,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “Over the last fourteen months, we have learned so much—including that the way we typically do business does not work for...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City theaters, stores and businesses will 'fully reopen' on July 1 as he confidently proclaimed 'this is going to be the summer of New York City.'  Bill de Blasio says restaurants, salons, gyms will operate at full capacity on July 1on Thursday during an appearance on the Morning Joe morning show.  According to de Blasio said the city is ready to reopen because of 'extraordinary' vaccination rates.   'The data and the science are saying out loud, it's time to come back,' he said.  'What we're seeing is that people have gotten vaccinated at extraordinary numbers,' de Blasio added.  6.3 million vaccinations have been administered in New York City to date with roughly 36% of the city's adult population is fully vaccinated, according to city data.        'I think people are going to flock to New York City because they want to live again,' he said.  “Our plan is to fully reopen New York City on July 1” [email protected] pic.twitter.com/2CqSC9XqJr— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) April 29, 2021 Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City set to...
    At least a hundred underwear, lace and bras of different styles have arrived at the office of French Prime Minister Jean Costex. Why? Silk or cotton, tang or classic style: The office of the Prime Minister of France, Jean Costex, has come up with pieces of all kinds of feminine underwear. But not all of these favor Costex, but because of a certain type of opposition, Axion Brogas (Action in Glotti, in French), a group of underwear retailers, seeks help in the midst of the economic crisis. The group derives its name from a play about words that can be taken to mean “bold action” in Spanish. These stores are concerned that their businesses will continue to be affected by French government restrictions, especially now facing a third national lockout within a year. When underwear retailers are closed, supermarkets open and sell underwear, monopolizing all sales. That’s why they ask Costex to investigate the situation and declare lingerie stores as essential businesses. It should be noted that in contrast to this type of business, bookstores, log shops and candy stores...
    Big brand stores have closed their doors in New York City after months of coronavirus lockdowns. At least 1,132 chain stores closed their doors in the city during 2020. The stores closed include 70 Duane Reades, 54 Starbucks, and 22 Papyruses, with Manhattan most affected, the New York Post reported. “If the national chains are scaling back like this, I have to imagine it’s twice as bad for mom-and-pop stores, who don’t have the same ability to weather a storm or get access to financing,” said Jonathan Bowles, the executive director for the Center for an Urban Future. Manhattan saw 546 stores closing because of lockdowns that shut out tourists and people who worked in the borough and because many people left the city. Victoria’s Secret closed 10 stores, Old Navy closed six, Shake Shack closed five, GNC closed 51, Subway closed 48, and MAC Cosmetics closed 25. The news comes as people have fled the city amid strict lockdowns and an increase in crime. “In the best of times, NYC is a hard place to live,”...
    New York City saw a record one in seven chain store branches, including Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, close this year with Manhattan suffering the biggest blow as nearly 600 businesses shut their doors.    According to the Center for an Urban Future’s 2020 State of the Chains that was released Wednesday, the number of chain stores in the Big Apple declined by 13.3 per cent, which means some 1,132 businesses closed.  Two per cent have closed temporarily and 11.3 per cent haven't indicated whether the closures are permanent or temporary.  Dunkin Donuts, which is New York City's largest retail chain with 608 locations, lost 18 stores. The coffee chain's competitor, Starbucks, lost 49 of its 391 branches.  New York City saw a record one in seven chain store branches, including Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, close this year with Manhattan suffering the biggest blow as nearly 600 businesses shut their doors According to the Center for an Urban Future’s 2020 State of the Chains that was released Wednesday, the number of chain stores in the Big Apple declined by 13.3 per cent,...
    Texas star high school football player body slams ref after being ejected How to spot a cheater in the first three dates Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/7 SLIDES © Steve Skjold / Shutterstock.com Retailers and businesses have a lot to contend with this winter. On top of the usual flu season — which means employees may be taking more sick time than usual — businesses have to keep their employees and customers safe in the middle of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They may also have to deal with added health regulations, including limits for how many people can be inside at a time or unexpected shutdowns. See: 30 Ways Shopping Will Never Be the Same After the Coronavirus With all that going on, changes are going to have to happen. Take a look at how stores and businesses are preparing for the winter season amid the pandemic. Last updated: Dec. 3, 2020
    "Politicians say more taxes will solve everything." — Lyric from the prophetic 1970 hit "Ball of Confusion" by the Temptations. Thanks to the virus lockdown's economic collapse, state and local governments everywhere are experiencing a perfect storm of plunging tax revenues and increasing expenditures. Closed businesses don't generate much in sales taxes, permitting, licensing and many other fees. Same with torched and looted stores. Laid off or terminated workers have zero state income tax withheld. Many of those businesses deemed "essential" have seen their sales drop, along with the taxes collected by those businesses, with one notable exception: the sin taxes. The sin and many other types of taxes are used for social engineering, rewarding some economic behaviors while penalizing others. Governments have learned that sin tax increases usually face less opposition than boosting other types of taxes. In 1773, Bostonians dumped 342 chests of tea into the harbor in response to King George's onerous taxes, eventually leading to the War of Independence. Fast forward to 2020, where we face a bewildering web of taxes and fees — just ask...
    March and April weren’t great months for Chad Moore. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of Colorado’s restaurants and bars were ordered to close their doors on St. Patrick’s Day, with in-house service forbidden and only to-go and delivery allowed. That was particularly tough on Moore and Jordan Fink, who own Woods Boss Brewing. Not only had they built their three-year-old brewery’s reputation on community get-togethers and live events in a gorgeous taproom, but their only means of selling beer to go was with Crowlers, 32-ounce aluminum vessels that are labor-intensive to fill. With no on-site customers and no way to get their beer out the door in large-enough quantities to make ends meet, the public-health crisis looked like it could put them out of business. But in May the clouds cleared a bit. The brewery began working with a mobile canning company to package its best-selling beers, which it could then sell in greater quantities, not just from the taproom, but to liquor stores, which had remained open. Then in June, the brewery — which was now allowed to...
    California has moved to a new color-coded tier system to track the latest COVID-19 trends across California counties.Gov. Gavin Newsom said 38 counties, which are home to 87% of the state's population, are in the Purple tier, where COVID-19 is still considered "widespread." Those counties are:Alameda, Amador, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo and Yuba counties.Most non-essential businesses cannot reopen in these counties, but here's what can, effective August 31:NOTE: The following businesses can reopen under state guidelines, however, counties and cities could have stricter rules for certain business sectors.Appliance repair shops: Open with modificationsAquariums: Open outdoors only with modificationsAuto repair shops: Open with modificationsBanks and credit unions: Open with modificationsBars (where no meals provided): ClosedBody waxing studios: Open outdoors only with modificationsBookstores: Open with modifications, Max 25% capacityBreweries (where no meals provided): ClosedBrewpubs (where no meals provided): ClosedCardrooms: Open...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom was still collecting his full paycheck of $17,479 every month after vowing to take a ten percent cut  California Governor Gavin Newsom did not take the pay cut he promised three months ago when he cut his workers' wages by 10 percent and is still collecting $17,479 every month.  Newsom, who is already a millionaire businessman with a chain of upscale wine stores, wineries, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and retail shops, is paid $210,000 for his work as Governor.  He is the second highest paid governor in America after New York's Andrew Cuomo, who takes home $225,000.  Newsom's office told The Sacramento Bee, which accessed details of his pay over the last three months, that it was an 'oversight' that had led to him continuing to collect a full salary.  He then wrote to the State Controller asking for his pay to be retroactively docked.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Rudy Giuliani slams 'corrupt' Bill de Blasio over rising... First images show inside $17.5m NYC condo in world's tallest... ...
    More than 150 new companies filed to do business in Hartford in July, according to the most recent state data. The companies include over a dozen restaurants and food merchants, a jewelry store, a pet shop, a machine manufacturer, and several daycares. Here is a sample of businesses that registered to get to work in Hartford: RESTAURANTS AND FOOD 200 Franklin Inc, Full-service restaurants, 200 Franklin Ave. Fogata Mexican Restaurant, Full-service restaurants, 580 Farmington Ave. Hartford Poke Co, Limited-service restaurants, 1400 Park St. Hollywood LLC, Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars, 1605 Park St. Jamx, Full-service restaurants, 3395 Main St. Las Tortas Mx, Limited-service restaurants, 1400 Park St. Mercado 27, Full-service restaurants, 1400 Park St. Nana's Front Porch, Takeout, Caterers, 2 Franklin Ave. Peaceful Intentions Cafe, Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars, 157 Charter Oak Ave. Rico Chimbote, Full-service restaurants, 446 New Britain Ave. Sanchez Grocery 1, Convenience stores, 584 Franklin Ave. Simply Betta, Full-service restaurants, 160 Westland St. Stella Brown, Limited-service restaurants, 461 Capitol Ave. The Ralph's Kitchen, Caterers, 360 Main St. RETAIL El Rincon Boricua Ii, Direct selling...
    Lowe's customers wear masks as they load building supplies into their truck during the coronavirus pandemic in New York.Mark Lennihan | AP Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison said the retailer had unique advantages that helped it weather the pandemic in its early months: More stores in rural areas and a large base of do-it-yourself customers. As the pandemic stretches on and Covid-19 cases spread beyond big cities, however, the home improvement retailer said it's seen the struggles of small businesses in rural areas. It's looked for new ways to serve and market to customers in a time of social distancing. On Thursday, Lowe's pledged $25 million towards grants for small businesses in rural communities, including some home professionals and contractors that shop at its stores. It will also turn a few of its parking lots into drive-in movie theaters, an idea that may expand to more locations. Lowe's Chief Brand and Marketing Officer Marisa Thalberg said like businesses owned by minorities and women, rural businesses face certain challenges like limited access to capital and fewer nearby services. "As we started recognizing where...
    Apple’s Independent Repair Provider Program, which allows businesses to purchase genuine Apple parts to perform iPhone repairs without having to become a full-fledged Apple Authorized Service Provide (AASP), is expanding to Canada and 32 countries across Europe, the company has announced. The program launched in the US last year, and Apple says that 140 businesses with a total of 700 locations have signed up since. The program is important because it gives independent shops access to certified Apple parts at the same cost as AASPs, without having to agree to that program’s stricter requirements, according to iFixit. Genuine parts ensure “safety and quality” according to Apple, but in some cases its products aren’t shy about warning users when non-genuine models are used for repairs. The program also gives shops access to resources such as Apple’s library of training courses and repair manuals. 140 businesses have signed up to the program in the US Joining the program is free, but Apple says that businesses need to have an Apple-certified technician to perform the repairs. A full list of requirements for...
    As the US clamors to restart the economy following devastating coronavirus shutdowns that left millions of Americans out of work, a third of small businesses are struggling to hire people who could be making more on unemployment.    Thirty-two percent of business owners surveyed in the National Federation of Independent Business' June Jobs Report indicated that they have openings they can't fill, up nine percent from May.   Of the 51 percent who said they were 'hiring or trying to hire', a whopping 84 percent said they could find few qualified applicants, or none at all.    The hiring woes come as businesses like supermarkets, retail shops and restaurants are overwhelmed with unemployment claims as some workers have found they can make more money off federal and state benefits than they earned previously.   Some owners and policy experts are blaming people's perceived reluctance to look for work on the federal government's coronavirus relief bill.  The CARES Act gives unemployed workers $600 per week on top of state benefits, which average about $348 per week, per the Labor Department.  Businesses like the Morton...
    Coronavirus — The CdMx government secretary indicated that there will be sanctions for businesses that do not respect hygiene and social distancing measures, which are up to 15 days suspended. Regeneration, July 3, 2020. Through a press conference, the head of the Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, reported that the opening will be postponed until next Wednesday. Likewise, she indicated that Mexico City will continue at an orange light. Sheinbaum indicated that efforts should be made to avoid the overflow of people in department stores. Likewise, it seeks to rethink some more restrictive measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The local government secretary, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, pointed out that the Historic Center will remain closed this weekend. As indicated the capital official will be to review the operation of the reopening. This is due to the fact that in previous days the influx of people overflowed in the first square of the Mexican capital. Likewise, Isela Rodríguez reported that a decree will be published today specifying the sanctions against establishments that do not respect sanitary measures. As...
    With coronavirus cases on the rise yet again, I knew it was only a matter of time before the sign appeared on the door of my favorite coffee shop. “PLEASE NO CASH PAYMENT AT THIS TIME. CREDIT CARD AND CONTACTLESS PAYMENT ONLY.” None of the baristas want to handle wads of potentially contagious dollar bills that customers pull from their pockets, especially with some counties halting or reversing their reopening plans and officials from other counties openly worrying that California is starting to lose the battle against COVID-19. Early on, in fact, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration advised retailers to install systems that let people pay from afar to minimize opportunities for the coronavirus to spread. And in response, cash wasn’t accepted when public golf courses reopened in the city of Los Angeles, nor when a smattering of businesses opened their doors again in Manhattan Beach and Pasadena. All of this has renewed talk about a “cashless society” potentially being within reach. According to a recent survey commissioned by Square, the San Francisco-based mobile payment giant, small business...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico announced on Friday that it will allow more businesses to resume their activities in some parts of the country despite the increase in cases and deaths of coronavirus. The federal Secretary of Health reported that 5,441 more coronavirus cases were registered on Friday, for a total of 208,392 since the pandemic began. Deaths from COVID-19 increased by 719, to a cumulative 25,779. Mexico City said that starting next week it would allow the reopening of stores, street markets and sports complexes, but with limited capacity and hours. Based on a four-color alert scale, in which red is the worst and green the best, the Mexican capital said that it would decrease the entity’s level to “orange”, despite having the highest number of infections and deaths from the country. Hotels and restaurants in the city will reopen next week at a capacity of approximately 30%. And despite the announcement of reopening of markets, many of these did not close during the pandemic. Malls and department stores will be allowed to reopen their doors from July...
    SAN ANTONIO – Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Texas, some major grocery chains are saying they will not disclose infections among staff. Walmart and Target told KSAT.com they will not release a positive employee’s store location, date of positive result or date last worked, citing the worker’s personal safety and privacy. Costco has not responded to requests for comment by KSAT.com. San Antonio-based grocery giant H-E-B has made public cases at dozens of stores, including details about when the employee was last in the store, on its website. Walmart — the largest private employer in the nation — said it has seen cases in “some” stores across the country, but leaves confirmations up to local health officials. Target made similar comments, adding that when a positive case arises, they inform team members of the infection and deep clean the store. “We’re informing team members who work at a location where a case of the coronavirus is confirmed and we’ll continue to be transparent in the process, along with the measures we put in place to address it,” according...
    The Big Apple is boarding up — just as it was preparing to reopen. After three days of violence and looting in cities across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death while in police custody, many Big Apple retailers — including Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Uniqlo — have boarded up their storefronts for an undetermined period of time ahead of additional protests planned for this week. The Midtown Manhattan retailers covered up shop windows to avoid the destruction that has ravaged other major cities, like Los Angeles, where blocks upon blocks of stores were smashed and robbed. Target’s Lake Street store in Minneapolis was so badly damaged that it will not be able to reopen until the end of the year, the company said. Retailers in other parts of NYC, including Soho, have also suffered graffiti attacks, smashed windows and looting of high-end stores, which cops have warned may be part of a separate organized crime effort. “Most of the stores on Fifth Avenue have boarded up their windows,” Jerome Barth, president of the Fifth Avenue...
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