Visa Inc. V is introducing a set of programs and abundant resources in order to help recover small and micro business (SMB).
In the world of business, SMBs represent one of the worst-hit categories by the COVID-19 breakout. These small-scale units are looking for options to offset the business losses and 60% of those is already taking necessary steps into that direction.
With no certainty of the COVID -19 medication or vaccination anytime soon, there seems no time line for the pandemic to get cured. Despite the continued uncertainty on this front, 68% of the global SMBs is looking forward to the winter holiday season as an opportunity to recoup some of the business losses. Visa is handholding around 50 million SMBs by digitally enabling them to service their customers as a large chunk of shopping shifted to online.
The trend of digital payments is here to stay even after
Barilla Foundation Continues Commitments in “Fixing the Business of Food” to Support Alignment of Businesses with Sustainable Development
NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Alongside the 75th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN), an independent foundation that works on proposing concrete actions to solve issues around global food systems, will host its second “Fixing the Business of Food” event — a joint initiative in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena (SCL) and the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (CCSI).
The event—moderated by Barbara Buchner, Global Managing Director of the Climate Policy Initiative—and featuring a keynote speech from European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, will bring together representatives from business, finance, government, international institutions and academia for a discussion on the actions urgently needed to transform the current food system in order to align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2020 /CNW/ – The BMO Business Activity Index (BMO BAI) from BMO Economics, which tracks monthly business activity with information on jobs, spending, sentiment and other indicators, rose 5.0 per cent in July, and is on pace for a 2.7 per cent gain in August. That would mark four consecutive months of strong growth from the pandemic low set in April, leaving the index 4.7 per cent below February’s peak.
“Activity by this measure had sunk as much 24 per cent at one point,” said Robert Kavcic, Senior Economist, BMO Capital Markets. “Thinking of it another way, about 80 per cent of the economic hole caused by the pandemic has been filled back up.”
Almost all indicators that make up the index continued to support the rebound in July and August. Hours worked posted solid gains as the job market recovers. The upside-surprise in housing
Inflation eats away at the purchasing power of money. Commodities are the raw materials that people around the world consume daily. Energy powers our lives. Agricultural commodities provide nutrition and often provide clothes and even energy via biofuels. Industrial commodities are the building blocks of infrastructure that shelter people. The US dollar is the world’s reserve currency and the benchmark pricing mechanism for virtually all commodities.
The global pandemic has caused more than a few dislocations in markets over the past months. It sent the price of WTI crude oil futures below zero for the first time in history as demand for the energy commodity evaporated and storage capacity disappeared. Animal protein prices fell to the lowest level in years for producers but rose for consumers as processing plants shut or slowed production. Supplies tightened while ranchers were left holding inventories of animals that typically went to processors.
Those that follow my personal account on Twitter will be familiar with my weekly S&P 500 #ChartStorm in which I pick out 10 charts on the S&P 500 to tweet. Typically I’ll pick a couple of themes to explore with the charts, but sometimes it’s just a selection of charts that will add to your perspective and help inform your own view – whether it’s bearish, bullish, or something else!
The purpose of this note is to add some extra context and color. It’s worth noting that the aim of the #ChartStorm isn’t necessarily to arrive at a certain view but to highlight charts and themes worth paying attention to. But inevitably if you keep an eye on the charts they tend to help tell the story, as you will see below.
So here’s another S&P 500 #ChartStorm write-up!!
1. Key levels and triggers: September has not disappointed. Volatility kicked
Business is brisk on a weekday morning in September at the Dunkin’ doughnut and coffee shop on Whiskey Road in Aiken.
A long line of cars is waiting to go through the drive-thru and a couple of customers are inside picking up their orders.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, “all my Dunkin’s are doing great,” said Charlie Hartz, a franchisee who operates the Whiskey Road Dunkin’ along with another on Richland Avenue West and a third in North Augusta.
“We are lucky to have a business model that sort of fits right in with what you’re able to do now,” Hartz continued. “People are comfortable with the drive-thrus because it’s contactless delivery. Dunkin’ also has a digital platform called Perks, which is a loyalty deal, and they (customers) can sign up and order on their phone. It makes things really easy.”
In addition, Hartz is co-owner of The
Lubbock business briefs: Reddy Vineyards nominated for award, Chamber continues COVID-19 series – Business – Austin American-Statesman
Reddy Vineyards nominated for Go Texan award
Reddy Vineyards has been nominated for the 2020 Go Texan People’s Choice Gallery and online voting is open now through Sept. 16.
The Brownfield vineyard was founded in 1997 and is one of the largest vineyards in the High Plains with 400 acres. Reddy Vineyards was nominated this week for the Texas Works Awards.
“As an authentic, estate grown, sustainably farmed and 100% Texan wine label, we’re honored to be a member of the Go Texan program,” said Eric Sigmund, chief operating officer of Reddy Vineyards. “Grape growing in the Texas High Plains has been a lifelong passion for the Reddy family.”
Voting is open now until Sept. 16 at midnight for Texas residents. Voters can submit an entry one time every 24 hours, and the winner takes home $5,000.
For more information or to vote, visit www.texasworksawards.com.
Cotton Court Hotel names executive
Classes will take place every Saturday morning at 10 AM PST.
The Richard Lawson Studios is continuing its new Master Class series with veteran actors Vanessa Bell Calloway and Keith David, as well as award-winning director/writer/actor Lily Mariye. Classes will take place every Saturday morning at 10 AM PST.
Richard Lawson Studios (RLS) was founded in Los Angeles, California in 2005 by veteran actor, Richard Lawson. RLS uses a complete approach that includes traditional scene study, exercises, audition classes, and combines them with on-camera instruction, filmmaking, and business administration to form a whole, comprehensive course of study. The approach is based upon moment-to-moment spontaneous work, inspired by imagination, passion, and purpose.
Each week, Master Teacher Richard Lawson will be joined by a renowned industry guest. Ten actors will have the opportunity to register to submit a self-tape to be assessed and redirected by Richard and his guest for the week,