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It’s Small Business Week. And Democrats Blocked Effort to Reopen PPP.

It’s been 47 days since the closure of the Payment Protection Program, preventing small businesses for applying for CARES Act funding. House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Steve Chabot has a piece of legislation that would re-open the PPP to start funneling that money to businesses in desperate need during the pandemic. 

“Real people’s jobs continue to be in jeopardy through no fault of their own,” Chabot said on the House floor on Wednesday. “This is just unacceptable…This is unacceptable because small businesses play an outsized role in our economy.”

Nearly one out of every two people in this country are employed by small businesses, he explained. And small businesses create two out of every three new jobs. 

“We have an option before us today – this very day – if we defeat today’s previous question we can move directly to my legislation to re-open the Paycheck Protection Program,” the

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At Campbell’s Pruneyard, team effort keeps businesses afloat

CAMPBELL — It’s not back to pre-pandemic normal but the Pruneyard Shopping Center is bustling again these days, thanks to some outside-the-box thinking by many of its 44 tenants.

Until the hiccup caused by smoke and soot belched into Bay Area skies for days on end by raging wildfires, Campbell’s signature shopping center was seeing an 18% boost in foot traffic from one week to the next, according to Traci Markel, the Pruneyard’s marketing director.

On top of adjustments made in a new world of face masks and social distancing, tenants have banded together on social media and through marketing partnerships, shared tables, chairs and patio space, all in the name of survival, she said.

“I was doing my monthly marketing meetings via Zoom with them (tenants) and we talked about the importance of just liking each other’s posts and sharing each other’s Facebook — things to help get the

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Illinois businesses targeted by Chinese ‘crypto-jacking’ effort

CHICAGO (WLS) — It takes 19 hours to fly from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Chicago. But for “crypto-jackers” in Southeast Asia, stealing data and money from victims in Illinois required only a few seconds and a couple of computer keystrokes.

The ABC7 I-Team has learned that Illinois businesses were among the targets of corporate thievery by hackers who appear linked to Chinese intelligence.

Five Chinese nationals and a pair of Malaysian businessmen were charged in a years-long hacking scheme that U.S. prosecutors say used a worldwide video game-maker as the bait and the cover for the lucrative criminal operation.

The wide-ranging hacking scheme targeted 100 companies in Illinois and other states, including software development firms, computer manufacturers and telecommunications providers, social media companies, gaming firms, charity organizations and universities.

The Illinois victim-corporations are not named and neither is an Indiana university that is referred to as a target of

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