A little shopping this holiday season supports Montana’s essential businesses

AIKTA MARCOULIER and BRENT DONNELLY The pandemic has confirmed the crucial role that small businesses play in our daily lives. It sounds cliche, but locally owned small businesses really are the heart and soul of our cities and communities. The holiday shopping season is a crucial time for small retailers and restaurants that depend on … Read more

NJ performs surprisingly well for new small businesses, despite the cost

Let’s face it, small businesses are what really make us who we are. They are more likely to offer personalized gifts than large chains, especially during the holiday season. Luckily for New Jersey, we have a lot of small businesses in most corners of our state. Not only that, many of them are located in … Read more

serving lunch “one student at a time”; Marla’s Lunch combines school lunches with fundraising | Wisconsin

When her three sons were younger, Marla Stone took great pride in sending them to school with unique, healthy lunches. Her children’s lunches were noticed, and soon her sons’ friends asked Stone to make them a lunch to take to school. It wasn’t long before she was preparing dozens of lunches for her kids’ friends. … Read more

Tuesday Daily Pulse – Florida Trend * Florida

Inflation problems may not persuade lawmakers to increase Florida’s low unemployment benefits Since 1999, when the Legislature raised it from $250 a week to $275 a week, so many other states — including Republican-controlled states — have increased their benefits that Florida is the second-most miserable state in the US. Only Mississippi is lower at … Read more

Wisconsin is the nation’s leader in economic development and investment to support businesses | Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a leader among US states in economic development and business support investments following the COVID-19 pandemic. always Governor Tony Evers on Nov. 16 lifted a recent analysis of state allocations of federal aid under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) by the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonpartisan … Read more

Solutions to Illinois’ Bad Business Climate < Illinois

Election season is over, but its impact on Illinois’ struggling business community will likely remain unknown long after new members of the Illinois General Assembly are sworn in on Jan. 11. What is known is that the newly elected lawmakers will inherit many statewide and national economic problems. Illinois small business owners feel the pain … Read more

Small Business Saturday kicked off the holiday shopping season in NJ

COLLINGSWOOD, NJ (CBS) — The National Retail Federation says nearly 166 million people will shop between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And today, many small businesses across the Philly area hoped to make money on Small Business Saturday. As you drive or walk down Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey, fairy lights across the street are sure … Read more

Tiffany Cabán’s latest knife in the heart of New York’s businesses

True to her socialist ideals, Queens Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán is on a new crusade against the city’s private sector to ban shooting. The city’s “Just Cause” law prohibits fast-food companies from firing or firing workers, or even cutting their hours by more than 15%, “without good cause or a legitimate economic reason.” As The Post’s … Read more

Shoppers flock to Bismarck stores on Black Friday; Retailers expect a good holiday season

JACK DURA and BLAKE NICHOLSON Bismarck Tribune Francis Akazaawie was up earlier than most to be ready when Best Buy in Bismarck opened at 5am for Black Friday. “I left at 1 a.m. Hettinger time just to get down here on time,” he said as the doors to the North Bismarck store opened. He was … Read more

The national driver shortage is affecting North Dakota schools and businesses

MICHAEL STANDAERT North Dakota News Cooperative An already tight labor supply and federal law changes introduced earlier this year have limited the ability of schools and other businesses in rural North Dakota to hire drivers who hold a commercial driver’s license. The nationwide driver shortage has impacted everything from supply chains to mail delivery and … Read more