NC COVID business grants get few restaurant, bar applicants

Lenore Staats

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A boarded-up business in downtown Raleigh on Aug. 28, 2020.

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While 665 businesses have applied for the legislature’s $60.5 million COVID-19 grant program for struggling small businesses, only 66 of them represent the industries hit hardest by shutdowns aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

The Job Retention Grant program, which had a Sept. 1 application deadline, requires grant recipients to have kept at least 90% of employees through the early months of the pandemic — a requirement that knocks out many shuttered restaurants, bars and entertainment venues that were forced to close and lay off

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‘Now is the time for everyone on Nantucket to take personal responsibility’

Lenore Staats

Nantucket is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, evidence of what officials say is community spread of the virus among tradespeople on the island. 



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The “minor surge” in cases emerged when seven cases were confirmed on Wednesday, followed by another seven new cases on Thursday, Select Board Chairwoman Dawn Hill Holdgate wrote in a statement Friday. 

The new results brought the total number of cases on the island to 77, as of Thursday. 

“These are the highest number of cases in a short period of time that we have so far seen in

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Insights on the Global Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms Market 2020-2024: COVID-19 Analysis, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Threats – Technavio

Lenore Staats

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The business intelligence and analytics platforms market is expected to grow by USD 12.62 billion, accelerating at a CAGR of almost 10% during the forecast period. Download Free Sample Report

Rising need to improve business efficiency is one of the major factors propelling market growth. However, the increasing threat from open-source business analytics vendors will hamper market growth.

The rise in the number of connected devices is leading to the generation of massive amounts of data. This data can be used by businesses to optimize costs, deliver better services, and boost revenues. For instance, the introduction of

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Your Funds: How to think when a favorite stock is in the news | Column

Lenore Staats

Still, it’s hard to ignore that ExxonMobil has been choking amid the mostly strong market conditions of the past decade. Shares trading for more than $100 six years ago sell for less than $50 today.

Even factoring dividends and total return into the picture, ExxonMobil has badly lagged the Dow; the annualized average spread is more than 20 percentage points.

That said, if history is a precursor, being dumped by the Dow is good news for Exxon-Mobil shareholders. Several studies have shown that issues kicked out of the major indices outperform the stocks that replace them.

The last time three

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