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Tom Still: Innovation contest may confirm ‘legend’ of small business adaptability | Business News

One of the oft-repeated generalizations about small business owners is their universal adaptability to change. Legend would have you believe that economic Darwinism is bred into every small business owner, making them genetically wired to come back from any adversity.

If only it were true. Small businesses fail all the time. It’s not often because owners lack tenacity or a willingness to pivot, but they are nonetheless overcome by competition, troubles finding good workers, unseen regulations, bad locations, their own management woes and more.

These days, the “more” is the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owners of traditionally customer-facing businesses — restaurants, taverns, retail stores and personal care businesses — have found themselves with far fewer customers to physically face. The same goes for other sectors, even for many young firms in the tech-based economy, where surveys have shown pessimism about surviving three or six months from now if conditions don’t improve.


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Kids Shine In Sun-Themed Art Contest Supported By Vienna Business

VIENNA, VA — With the sun still bright in the summer sky, local children had a chance to shine through a sun-inspired local art contest. Local solar installer Ipsun Solar hosted its third annual Ipsun Sunny Summer Art Contest for elementary-aged children with support from Vienna’s Ben and Jerry’s location.

In August, kids were asked to share their sun-related artwork and learn about climate change and solar energy for a chance to win a Ben and Jerry’s gift card. Kids could go to Ipsun Solar’s contest page for some sun art inspiration ideas, as well as Bill Nye’s video explaining solar energy, kids’ videos about climate change and more.

Submissions largely came from Fairfax County kids, and there were submissions from DC too. The contest had four overall winners as well as top submissions by grade. The first place winner was first-grader Joey D.

“I had a lot of fun

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Bangladeshi start-up Cassetex wins global green business idea contest

The three cofounders of Bangladeshi start-up Cassetex, which won this year’s edition of ClimateLaunchpad, a leading global green business idea competition Courtesy

More than 3,000 entrepreneurs from 56 countries participated in the global climate competition

A Bangladeshi team of three has bagged ClimateLaunchpad 2020, a leading global green business idea competition, for inventing a solar-powered battery swapping service for electric three-wheelers.

Through the innovation, the team hopes to transition more than one million vehicles and save 0.47 megaton of CO2 per year, according to the official website of the competition.

Gopal Kumar Mohoto, Tauseef Anwar and Ahmad are the cofounders of the start-up Cassetex, which won the award along with prize money worth €10,000 in cash.

“Being amongst the top start-ups in the world is a tremendous recognition for Cassetex and Bangladesh. The transport sector is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and one of the toughest sectors

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Alton Little Theater starts new contest, hires new business manager

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Scott County shoppers could win $500 gift card in new contest | Business

GATE CITY — Scott County Tourism has launched a new contest to offset economic losses during the pandemic.

Called “Shop Scott Win Bucks,” the four-month contest encourages residents to “Shop Local” during the months of September, October, November and December. In return, they will be entered into a contest to win a $500 Visa gift card, drawn monthly in October, November, December and January.

“All a contestant needs to do is shop any business in Scott County, save their receipt, write their names and telephone number on the back to enter the contest,” said Pam Cox, director of Scott County Tourism. “We tried to make it as simple as possible, establishing a $10 minimum purchase.”

How to enter

Receipts can either be mailed to the tourism office at 190 Beech St., Suite 201, Gate City, VA, 24251, hand-delivered to the office, emailed to Cox at [email protected], or direct messaged via

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Big Idea North Platte contest rescheduled for Oct. 21 | Lifestyles

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The public is invited to attend the rescheduled Big Idea North Platte business pitch contest Oct. 21 at Godfathers Pizza, 1100 S. Jeffers St., North Platte, according to a North Platte Young Professionals press release.

This contest serves as a way for members of the community to share their new business, product or invention ideas.

The finalists in the community category are Ivan Mitchell, Joshua Grace, Travis Herdt, Signe Assels, Tommy Vieyra, Jerry Stroud and Jeremy Wood. Finalists in the youth category are Chevie Henry, Rei Wood and Treyton Nichols.

The event starts at 6 p.m., with top finalists giving a two-minute idea pitch, then a short question and answer session. From there, they will be narrowed down to the top five finalists by a panel of

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Mike Hosking: National’s election policies providing a contest of ideas


Credit where credit is due. National can’t be accused of not taking this election seriously with policy.

Name me Labour’s latest policy, and when it was announced. At least National are pumping it out. And put aside whether you agree with it or not, at least it’s out there, at least there is choice, at least there are ideas.

From the $3000 for babies to the $31 billion for infrastructure, most days there has been an announcement.

We have border policy, a plan for Tiwai, and something for small business. That, by the way, with its 90-day trials is the first real example we have seen involving businesses actually being given an opportunity to grow without the endless welfare chequebook being brought out.

We have law and order covered. There was a car insurance policy around third-party cover that would hardly change the world but, once again, a good

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