Day: September 11, 2020

One-stop Goochland Business Center officially opens in Courthouse Village | Goochland Gazette

Call it a true boost for business.

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Goochland County officially opened a new one-stop Goochland Business Center at 2931 River Road West in the Courthouse Village, unveiling the new home for both the Goochland County Economic Development office and the Goochland Chamber of Commerce.

The idea behind the business center, say county officials, is to provide existing and prospective Goochland businesses with a central location for business assistance.  Goochland County Economic Development plans to use the space to provide training, seminars, and networking events.

“The Goochland Business Center is a unique collaboration between the County and the Chamber to support our vital local businesses,” said Susan Lascolette, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “Goochland is known as a

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Mastercard launches blockchain virtual currency test platform for central banks

Over the past few years, Mastercard Inc. has been working on testing a distributed ledger blockchain platform for allowing central banks to exchange currency. Now the financial services giant is ready to launch a Central Bank Digital Currency test platform for that purpose.

According to the Bank for International Settlements, 80% of central banks surveyed have engaged in some form of Central Bank Digital Currency work, and about 40% of central banks have progressed from conceptual research to experimenting with concept and design.

Mastercard’s proprietary virtual testing environment, the “Mastercard Content Exchange,” will evaluate CDBC use cases for central banks and enable the simulation of issuance, distribution and exchange of CDBCs between banks, financial service providers and consumers.

Central banks, commercial banks and advisory firms are invited to partner with Mastercard to access the CDBC models, validate use cases and evaluate interoperability with existing payment trials for customers and businesses.

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Envision-AESC Group Names Bill Williams as Director of Business Development

SMYRNA, Tenn., Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — EnvisionAESC Group is proud to announce that Bill Williams, an electric vehicle (EV) industry leader for many years, will be joining the team at our Smyrna, Tennessee, facility, as Director of Business Development, to spearhead the battery product line expansion plans into many other markets. While this facility continues to produce batteries for the Nissan LEAF, as it has for the last 10 years, these other markets include medium and heavy-duty buses and trucks, other light duty automobiles, agricultural, material handling, golf cart and marine, as well as energy storage industries. In recent years, Mr. Williams has led the adoption of electric buses at airports and university campuses across the country and has several years of experience with EVSE sales and marketing.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity! As the EV industry matures, the need for high

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Hampton Roads businesses pivot to online, delivery amid pandemic

E-commerce isn’t just for the big, national brands anymore.

a person sitting in front of a store: Pamela Katrancha, owner of Garden Gazebo, is photographed in the shop on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Pamela Katrancha, owner of Garden Gazebo, is photographed in the shop on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Virginia Beach, Va.

Hampton Roads restaurants and retailers have shifted focus to their online, curbside pickup and delivery options, spurred on by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. They also don’t see this focus going away once the virus subsides.


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“What I know and what I think is the right thing to do is expand that to be the primary part of our business,” said Pam Katrancha, owner of the Garden Gazebo gift shops. “Retail is headed in that direction.”

Katrancha’s business, which sells flags, wind chimes and other garden decorations, was caught off guard by the pandemic, like so many others, she said. Her immediate concern was the safety of her employees, she said,

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Executive of the Week: RECORDS CEO Barry Weiss

This week, 24kGoldn and iann dior’s record “Mood” climbed into the top 10 of the Hot 100 in its fourth week on the chart, reaching No. 8 with the distinction of top airplay and streaming gainer honors. The track, released by RECORDS/Columbia, has been boosted by an unusual multi-genre appeal, which sees it spending its second straight week at No. 1 on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts, while maintaining a slot at No. 5 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

And that’s helped RECORDS CEO Barry Weiss earn the title of Billboard’s Executive of the Week, for helping shepherd the song to huge gains across the board. And while this is the first top 10 for 24kGoldn, Weiss isn’t expecting it to be his last. “He’s been building through old-fashioned artist development and a series of prior hits leading up to this,” he

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Minority Enterprise Development Week runs September 13-19; ‘Buy MBE Day’ is Saturday, September 19 | Local News

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“Every citizen’s dedication to supporting minority-owned businesses can make a resounding difference in urban and rural communities,” said St. Louis MBDA Business Center Project Director Todd Gilyard.

In honor of the 2020 National Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), the St. Louis Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center will launch a Buy MBE Day in St. Louis on Saturday, September 19.

MED WEEK runs September 13-19, culminating on Buy MBE Day. 

Buy MBE Day is intended to encourage corporations, government buyers, and individuals to shop and purchase goods and services from their local minority-owned business community. 

The St. Louis MBDA Business Center has been placing “Open for Business” signs throughout the city to encourage everyone to consciously begin supporting and doing more business with minority-owned business enterprises. 

“Every citizen’s dedication to supporting minority-owned businesses can make a resounding difference in urban and rural communities,” said St. Louis MBDA Business

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COVID-19 Recovery Analysis: Golf Cart Market | Upcoming New Golf Courses to Boost the Market Growth | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the golf cart market and it is poised to grow by $ 937.32 mn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 6% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000 worth of FREE customization

The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Garia AS, Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd., Ingersoll Rand Inc., JH

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A Senate Proposal Would Free $50B for Nonprofits to Survive and Retool – Non Profit News


September 3, 2020, Duluth News Tribune

It’s a good thing when an article in a major local newspaper about what communities need from nonprofits—and what nonprofits need from government—comes not from you but from your federal legislator. Even better is when that article comes across as reasonable, well informed, and passionate. That’s part of what it will take for our communities to turn the blind corner ahead, and it is what we see in this strong column by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), backing a vital proposal now languishing in congress.

This past May, Sen. Klobuchar, along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), introduced $50-billion legislation to help nonprofit organizations meet increased demand for their services due to the pandemic. The goal of the WORK NOW Act (Work Opportunities and Resources to Keep Nonprofit Organizations Well) is to create a new grant program to

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Bubble Goods review: marketplace for natural snacks and drinks

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  • We recently bought natural snacks and drinks from Bubble Goods, a website that curates up-and-coming healthy food brands. 
  • All products sold on Bubble are free from artificial ingredients, preservatives, and trans fats. 
  • It’s the perfect place to discover natural food products you can trust, from creamy sesame butter to crunchy chili sauce. 
  • See also: Thrive Market review

Bubble Goods calls itself “The Most Transparent Food Marketplace.” Like your local natural health food grocer, it’s a place where you can trust that the products on the shelves are made with natural ingredients — and where you can almost certainly expect to stumble upon something new, interesting, and delicious. 

It’s easy to browse by category, search products directly, and take your time looking at ingredient labels. Then, your order is shipped quickly to your

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