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Hooker Furniture’s HMI Division to Open Central Distribution Center in Georgia

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Home Meridian International (HMI), a division of Hooker Furniture Corporation based here, will consolidate its East Coast warehousing operations in a new 800,000-square-foot distribution facility in Liberty County, Georgia strategically located near the Port of Savannah. The state-of-the-art distribution center is expected to be fully operational by Fall of 2021, the company said. The division also maintains a West Coast distribution facility in Redlands, CA which is expected to be unaffected by the East Coast consolidation.

HMI maintains locations around the world, with brands under its portfolio including Pulaski Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, Prime Resources International, Accentrics Home, and HMIdea. The Liberty County facility is strategically located to reach nearly all of the U.S. population within 36 hours, reducing transportation costs, and increasing operating efficiencies. The location’s proximity to the Port of Savannah played a major role in

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Small Business Development Center sees an increase in new business applications

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Small Business Development Center sees an increase in new business applications

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) -For the past four years, Tana Cox and Leslie Bigham have been traveling around pre-schools and after school programs teaching dance classes with their business Tippi Toes.

A job that has become harder due to the pandemic.

“We were not able to go into our schools, and we’re still not able to go into our schools and teach dance,” said Cox.


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Now, they’re looking into renovating their business.

“We realized that we needed to maybe expand and do something a little bit different,” said Cox. “Still have Tippi Toes but we’re also going to be opening an infant toddler center in the medical area.”

In the last four months many Amarillo residents have decided to start a new business.

“Why are you waiting? Just do it,” said Cox. “Which

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fit20 U.S. Opens Flagship Studio & National Franchise Training Center in Liberty Place

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — fit20 USA announces the opening of its new Flagship Studio and National Franchise Training Center in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Va. in Liberty Place.

fit20 USA is the Master Franchisee of fit20, a concept started in the Netherlands that now has over 150 Studios in nine countries with 18,000 members. fit20 is a unique concept that provides a private, noise-free environment geared to accommodate busy schedules and reflect personal physical requirements, featuring a 20-minute weekly session with a certified personal trainer. 

The state-of-the-art fit20 location in downtown Fredericksburg will be the National Training Center for new franchisees as well as a fully functioning studio. Member training sessions are already underway in the new facility.

“We are excited to be growing in Fredericksburg, especially amid this challenging pandemic,” says CEO, Aqil Radjab.  “Our facilities provide people with the opportunity to grow stronger and

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City Hall Notebook: Timeline for DCU Center improvements up in the air – News – telegram.com

When the city hit the pause button back in the early spring on the planned Phase 2 master plan improvements for the DCU Center because of funding uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it was hoped it could be restarted in January.

Of course, no one back then foresaw that the city-owned DCU Center would remain closed seven months later. It is now expected to remain dark at least through the end of this year.

As a result, the possibility of a January restart for the project seems very much up in the air.

John Odell, the city’s director of energy and assets, told the Civic Center Commission last week that the restart will be determined when the revenue stream for it can support the work.

And with uncertainty about just when the DCU Center will be able to host events again, that makes the timeline for the project quite

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Bridgestone Extends Partnership with Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center on Program’s Fifth Anniversary

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced it has extended support for Maplewood High School’s Automotive Training Center through 2023. The extension coincides with the program’s five-year anniversary and will ensure Nashville students continue to have access to the skills needed to pursue careers in the automotive service industry. Since 2015, more than 110 students have graduated from Bridgestone’s Automotive Training Center at Maplewood High School, and 39 students have accepted positions working at one of more than 13 Nashville-area Bridgestone Firestone Complete Auto Care stores.

Maplewood High School’s Automotive Training Center, the heart of the Automotive Technology pathway in the Maplewood Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was developed by Bridgestone and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) in response to a nationwide shortage of automotive technicians. At the heart of the four-year program is an onsite, fully-functioning Firestone Complete Auto Care tire and automotive service

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Hightower Unveils New Center for Leadership to Train and Equip Next Generation of Business Leaders

CHICAGO, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hightower today unveiled its new Hightower Center for Leadership, an education and training program designed to empower the next generation of leaders in Hightower advisory businesses. The program – designed for soon-to-be partners, lead advisors, relationship managers, operational professionals, business managers and those involved with strategic decision-making – is focused on preparing wealth management leaders at a time when many practice founders are transitioning to retirement.

“Preparing future business leaders is critical for client retention and continued growth. While many second-generation professionals may be highly skilled in client services, they often lack management and leadership experience,” said Hightower’s Chief Growth Officer Scott Holsopple. “The new Center for Leadership provides members of the Hightower community with the opportunity to gain intensive training in the skills they need to grow their businesses organically and inorganically – including strategic planning, financial analysis, team management,

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SPEDA, Kentucky Small Business Development Center partner to hire small business coach – Lane Report

Steve Lochmueller

Somerset, Ky. — A new partnership between the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) and the Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority (SPEDA) will bring a small business coach to Somerset who has significant experience in operations and leadership.

The two organizations have hired Steve Lochmueller, an operations executive skilled at building companies through new business development, strategic initiatives and teamwork. In his new role, Lochmueller will provide one-on-one consultations at no cost to existing and potential entrepreneurs in southern Kentucky, while also facilitating low-cost training programs taught by industry experts and qualified SBDC consultants for the small business community. Through this partnership — made possible by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding — Lochmueller will be based out of SPEDA’s headquarters in Somerset.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with KSBDC and SPEDA to coach entrepreneurs and small business owners in these difficult times

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‘It’s a tough time right now’: Central Georgia gym and fitness center owners optimistic about future

Even with the green light from Kemp, gyms are struggling to stay open with the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines in place.

Governor Brian Kemp gave gyms and fitness centers the green light to open back up at the end of April.

On Tuesday, 13WMAZ spoke with two business owners to see how things have been going.

Gina Heaton is a member at Max Fitness in Warner Robins and she says she’s happy to be back in the gym.

“I love to exercise, it’s my outlet. It’s a stress reliever… especially with everything going on,” Heaton said.

The owner, Tom Crawford, says they have new guidelines and safety measures in place.

“Separation on all our treadmills and cardio. It’s every other piece of equipment to give the six-foot. We ask all members and guests to please wipe down equipment, but we come right behind them doing the same thing,” he said.

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Duquesne University Small Business Development Center Wants To Help Small Businesses

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Months into the coronavirus pandemic, the road to economic recovery is a steep one for small business owners in the area.


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KDKA investigator Meghan Schiller explains the untapped resources that could act as a lifeline for some businesses in the coming weeks.

“We’ve talked to about 15 businesses that have come in specifically asking us, gee we really need to think about this,” said Rich Longo, the director of the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center

Longo knows businesses are considering bankruptcy. That’s why the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center wants to help.

“That was enough for us to say if there’s 15, we kind of see the writing on the wall, we kind of see there’s a stall in the second wave of stimulus,” said Longo.

His group of experienced consultants wants business owners to weigh all the options before going under.


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Venmo’s New Credit Card Puts QR Codes Front and Center

Venmo, the payments app owned by

PayPal Holdings Inc.,

has introduced its first physical credit card, stamped with a prominent QR code on the front.

Venmo is gradually rolling out the ability to apply for the card, which is issued by

Synchrony Financial,

to its app users in the U.S. starting this week, the company said.

Cardholders can choose from five color schemes—from “Nightlife black” to “Cotton Candy pink”—and must scan the card’s unique QR code with the Venmo app to activate it.

The main purpose of the code on the card is to bring the digital experience of splitting checks and purchases via Venmo—a big part of Venmo’s pitch to new users—into the physical world, said Darrell Esch, senior vice president and general manager of Venmo.

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