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Wichita working on getting more development aid to small business

After years of trying to hit home runs with its economic development efforts, Wichita City Hall is aiming for smaller plays.


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The City Council last week previewed a plan that will make city economic development aid available to more and smaller businesses, along with revisions to sales tax policy to fund a “land bank” to help put abandoned homes and businesses back into productive use.

For years, the city has relied on development “matrix” to evaluate tax breaks for businesses.

The matrix essentially consists of data collected from developers and businesses to determine how their projects would benefit the city — and whether those benefits are sufficient to justify public investment in private for-profit ventures.

Under the current matrix, size matters.

The biggest tax breaks and other financial aid went to big companies that could claim to be making millions of dollars worth of new investment and creating

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The realities of the four-day working week

Many publications have recently covered the news of how 500,000 new jobs could be created through a four-day working week. 

While the reality of this extensive job creation remains to be seen, there are certainly those across the nation who can comment on the general effectiveness of a four-day working week. Most UK employers still work under the traditional Monday-Friday regime, but my PR and marketing agency, VerriBerri, operates differently. 

I implemented the four-day working week well over a year ago, and both my team and I couldn’t be happier with the results. This extends to improved motivation, creativity, mental health, work-life balance, and the overall atmosphere in the workplace. 

Many employers will approach the issue of poor morale with a one-off solution in hand. Perhaps some sort of team-building exercise or the suggestion of drinks after work. While this may have some positive effect in the short term, it’s

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When Business as Usual Isn’t Working, Look to Nonprofits for Inspiration

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The business world can learn a lot from nonprofits, especially in a moment when it’s being asked to be more inclusive, more considerate of social impact, and to make do with fewer resources. There are three interrelated strategies that are relevant to businesses seeking to add societal value in the Covid era: 1) pursue intermediate goals; 2) embrace seemingly contradictory tensions; and 3) do more with less. The Christian Medical College (CMC) Hospital in Vellore, India, is a good model for how to put the ideas into practice. To achieve its longterm goal of better health care outcomes, CMC pursued an intermediate jobs program that dealt with people’s immediate felt need — more stable income — and built trust with the hospital. While CMC’s goal of providing high-quality care to low-income patients seems contradictory, its good reputation allowed it to charge wealthier patients more and subsidize those in

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Biden’s Scranton vs. Park Ave. appeal targets working class

The strategy goes beyond the headlines from Democrats’ 2018 midterm success, when college-educated whites in metro areas swelled the congressional ranks of suburban Democrats and handed the party a House majority, new governorships and scores of state legislative seats around the country. Now Biden and his advisers believe his profile, combined with Trump’s liabilities, allows Democrats to capitalize on their new base without forsaking their old one.

“There are so many people in our party who have just said, ‘screw the white working class, they don’t matter anymore and we can’t get them because they’re all racist,’ blah, blah, blah,” said Paul Maslin, a Democratic pollster based in Wisconsin. “But thank God Joe Biden is not running that kind of campaign. He knows better.”

Trump advisers, for their part, see the president as having enough of an upper hand among the white working class to be reelected. Still, it wouldn’t

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Biden’s Scranton vs. Park Ave. appeal targets working class


Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden tours the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Wis., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.


Joe Biden stood on the floor of a Wisconsin aluminum plant this week, shed the trappings of his decades in national politics and then took aim at the billionaire New Yorker he wants to evict from the Oval Office.

“I’ve dealt with guys like Donald Trump my whole life, who would look down on us because we didn’t have a lot of money or your parents didn’t go to college,” Biden said, recalling his boyhood roots. “Guys who think they’re better than you. Guys who inherit everything they’ve ever gotten in their life and squander it.”

Biden has long cultivated his persona as “Middle-Class Joe” with “hardscrabble” roots, but as he turns to the closing stretch of his third presidential bid, the Scranton, Pennsylvania, native is personalizing

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South Africa: Small Business Development On Working With Unilever to Increase Investment in SMMEs

Unilever Southern Africa has agreed to partner with the Department of Small Business Development to increase investment in Small, Micro and Medium Enterprise development. This commitment was made by Unilever CEO, Luc-Olivier Marquet, during a meeting with Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni on Friday, 18 September. Present at this meeting was a board-level delegation from Unilever, a senior delegation from the Department of Small Business Development as well as representatives from the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA).

The meeting follows the publication of a racially offensive advert on the Clicks website by Unilever hair brand, TRESemmé. “We were shocked to discover that we had supplied images for the Clicks website that portrayed Black hair as inferior. This was racist and we apologise unreservedly. We immediately began an investigation to understand what happened. At the same time, we began reviewing all the marketing campaigns and images

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The 8 best executive MBAs that let you get a prestigious degree from anywhere in the world while working full time

SMU Cox School of Business’ Executive MBA building.
  • While many seek a traditional full-time MBA program to master the business basics, those already in a leadership role may opt to build their management skills through a different type of program: an executive MBA, or EMBA.
  • The main reasons people pursue an EMBA include “the ability to stay employed while earning a degree and the opportunity to gain new perspectives on the business enterprise,” Michael Desiderio, executive director of the Executive MBA Council said.
  • Business Insider compiled the best programs out there based on their curriculum, prestige, and overall experience and tapped former EMBA students and staffers for their input on what makes these programs so great.
  • The list includes Cornell Executive MBA Americas, NYU Stern’s Executive MBA Programs, Kellogg’s Executive MBA program, and The Texas McComb’s Executive MBA Program, among others.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.


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Microsoft Has a Remarkably Simple Way to Help Your Team Avoid Burnout While Working Remotely

Working from home wasn’t supposed to be a thing that most people did for more than a few weeks. It was just a temporary situation in response to what most people thought would be a short-term circumstance. That was the idea, at least at first. Now, six months later, there’s very little end in sight, and it’s starting to take a very real toll on both individuals and organizations. 

One of the biggest problems is that the boundary between work and everything else in our lives has blurred considerably now that we do almost all of it in the same space. People who used to commute for 20 or 30 minutes (or in many cases even longer) now walk from the bedroom to the kitchen where they set up their laptop on the dining table. 

As a result, Microsoft’s latest  Work Trend Report shows that people are spending, on average,

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One Fort Wayne haunted business makes plans to open, working with health department

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As the Halloween season arrives, one haunted business has prepared to open, with help from the Allen County Health Department. Hysterium Haunted Asylum has made adjustments in anticipation of welcoming guests beginning Friday.

While some Halloween themed attractions like the Haunted Castle have decided not to open this year because of the pandemic, Hysterium has laid out a plan for guests. Group sizes will be restricted and social distancing will be enforced. Temperature checks and hand-santizing stations have also been planned.

According to a spokesperson for the Health Department, any haunted house-type business that plan to open must follow the guidelines for entertainment venues in the Back on Track plan. Those guidelines include operating at 50% capacity with masks being required for guests.

The people with the health department reviewed Hysterium’s plan and have asked that any similar type of business that expects more than

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Working from home is BAD for business: Bosses accuse WFH staff of skiving off

Business leaders are railing against Government proposals to impose a second national lockdown as they claim that working from home is bad for productivity, fuels loneliness and would finish the UK economy. 

Bosses grappling with the shift by millions of people towards working from home fear the model could stifle creativity and wreck productivity over the long-term.

Some chief executives have reported being able to save money on rent for office space in expensive cities like London, while office staff who hate commuting enjoy working from the comfort of their own homes – or back gardens.

But there is a general concern among industry leaders that the model of work could lead to increased feelings of isolation and loneliness, and in turn hurt Britain’s productivity – already lagging behind other advanced economies.

Business leaders are now looking to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to soften the Prime Minister’s attitude towards coronavirus restrictions

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