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How South Florida’s businesses adapted to COVID-19

Tucked away from the sweltering Miami sun, children splashed in a small indoor swimming pool with bright goggles and big smiles glued to their faces. Their swim instructors at Ocaquatics Swim School sported smiles too, but theirs were carefully protected behind a plastic face shield.



a child swimming in a body of water: Instructor Karen Lavarde works with a young swimmer at Ocaquatics Swim School on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Hialeah Gardens. Ocaquatics is one of many local businesses that has had to implement safety measures due to coronavirus concerns.


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Instructor Karen Lavarde works with a young swimmer at Ocaquatics Swim School on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Hialeah Gardens. Ocaquatics is one of many local businesses that has had to implement safety measures due to coronavirus concerns.

Businesses in this year’s Top Workplaces survey are finding creative ways to keep camaraderie and company culture alive and set new standards for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Some utilized technology to move their offices completely online. And some, deemed essential, pushed forward with new safety regulations and standards. To stay open, they had to adapt

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The gourmet snack business that adapted to selling online during lockdown

In our 30 Second Interview, we are talking to businesses which have either been built during the pandemic or changed their business model to cope. This week, founder Laura Jackson answers quickfire questions on Popcorn Shed.

How and when did the business start?

My cousin, Sam Feller, and I launched Popcorn Shed in 2016.

We came up with the idea for Popcorn Shed during a trip to the US, where we discovered gourmet popcorn. On returning to the UK, we realised that great tasting and high quality popcorn was not easy to source – and spotted a gap in the mainstream market.

Both of us gave up high-flying city jobs to pursue our passion for baking and creating, something we’ve been doing together since we were old enough to reach the magimix.

Taking this risk has certainly paid off, with us seeing big

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Kiwi businesses that adapted for online shopping fared better amid Covid-19 | 1 NEWS

Kiwi businesses that adapted for online shopping fared better than those that didn’t in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new figures.

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Xero’s Global CEO Steve Vamos says technology is the key to connecting customers in different ways.

Source: Breakfast


Xero’s Pandemic Insights Report is made up of data from 300,000 small businesses across the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

It suggests small business is doing it tough right now. 

Steve Vamos, global chief executive of Xero says the critical thing now is how businesses move forward, and that technology is key. 

“The critical thing now is supporting small business is to reach out and get help. In 40 years in the tech industry I’ve seen a lot of change a lot of ups and downs in our economy. 

“In terms of what we’re seeing you can’t characterise the way forward

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