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Sourdough baking during coronavirus lockdown sparks bakery business in Jackson

JACKSON, MI — When much of the U.S. started staying at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, and baking sourdough bread became the hobby of the hour, Aaron Cole was ahead of the curve — his culture was already going strong.

In fact, he’d baked enough for he and his wife to wonder if they should slow their carb intake. Not wanting his sourdough to go to waste, Cole asked on Facebook if anyone wanted the bread. Interest was garnered in minutes. People soon asked how he got his sourdough to be that good — they couldn’t even get their starting cultures right.

So DoughNation Bakery was born.

Six months later, a passion for baking and an entrepreneurial spirit brings Cole and his new bakery business to Fortress Coffee and Cafe in Jackson three days a week to sell whatever comes out of his garage-turned-bakery. Beyond sourdough,

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Plan to send LNG trains through Philly to S. Jersey port sparks outrage from residents, environmentalists | Business

Environmentalists have stepped up alarms about a major fuel export terminal in South Jersey that they say will accelerate Pennsylvania fracking, worsen climate change, and attract 100-car trains carrying dangerous liquefied natural gas across Philadelphia.

A plan to build the Gibbstown Logistics Center in Gloucester County, N.J., just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia International Airport, appears to be coming to a head by the end of the year. A hearing examiner and the staff of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) have recommended approving permits to dredge the river and to build a pier for the $450 million private port, which is being built on the site of DuPont’s former Repauno Works in Greenwich Township, N.J.

The DRBC, an interstate agency that regulates river development, voted on Sept. 10 to delay a decision at least until its next business meeting in December. But the commission will be hard-pressed to

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Deal between big business and Australian unions sparks fury from employer groups

Christian Porter wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Four employer groups will tell Christian Porter the deal is discriminatory against non-union workers and their employers, infringes on freedom of association and creates pressure on employers to strike union agreements.

© Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian
Four employer groups will tell Christian Porter the deal is discriminatory against non-union workers and their employers, infringes on freedom of association and creates pressure on employers to strike union agreements.

Big business and unions have struck a deal to prioritise union agreements in Australia’s workplace system, provoking an angry reaction from some employer groups.


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A coalition of four employer groups will write to the attorney general, Christian Porter, warning him not to accept the deal struck between the Business Council of Australia and Australian Council of Trade Unions, in a major setback for plans to produce a consensus position on reform.

In June, the Morrison government set up five industrial relations roundtables to identify job creating reforms, promising to ditch union-busting legislation as a sign of good faith before the talks.

On Thursday, the Australian Financial Review first reported, and Guardian Australia

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Should I start a business in 2020? COVID sparks new startups

Entrepreneurs are carpe dieming it through 2020: A new survey of 428 entrepreneurs by JustBusiness found that more than 1 in 5 entrepreneurs are starting businesses that were not planned before the pandemic. Surprisingly, treacherous industries and in-person business models are not deterring entrepreneurs:

  • Nearly 40% are launching into industries facing tough times, including accommodation, food services, retail, and arts/entertainment/recreation
  • Nearly 70% will have an in-person component to their businesses, despite huge consumer shifts to virtual products and services

For entrepreneurs who had projects in the works last year, the pandemic has put on the brakes: Nearly three-quarters have delayed their launch dates due to the outbreak, and most have been forced to alter plans. Some watched investor funding disintegrate as states closed their sectors, while others repurposed their startup funds for household necessities.

[Image via Just Business]

Overall, entrepreneurs are decidedly making lemonade: A third said that they’re motivated

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Proposed development moratorium sparks tree debate in South Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council is considering a controversial six-month development moratorium, spurred by two multifamily housing proposals on wooded parcels that threaten to destroy hundreds of trees.

One proposal is a 13-unit condominium on Surfsite Road, near Willard Beach and Southern Maine Community College. The other is a 12-unit apartment complex at Evans and Hill streets. Both have preliminary Planning Board approval.

City leaders are responding to development pressure that coincides with a growing desire to preserve the city’s dwindling green spaces, in keeping with recently updated climate action and open space plans.

Exactly what types of development would be halted, what would be accomplished during the moratorium and whether the temporary ban would be retroactive have yet to be determined. Still, the vast majority of councilors have voiced strong support for an idea that appears to conflict with the city’s affordable housing development goals and has sparked

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