Kingston businesses react to federal ban on single-use plastics

Lenore Staats

The clock is now ticking for businesses when it comes to finding alternatives to single-use plastics.

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On Wednesday, the federal government announced that it is moving to fulfill a promise to ban single-use plastics by the end of 2021.

For many Kingston-area businesses, the move comes as no shock as they have adjusted over the last several years to decrease plastic use.

Paper bags are something we’ve moved to for almost two years. Same with paper straws,” said Richard Wicklam, the manager of the Tir Nan Og Irish Pub.

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Yelp will now identify businesses accused of racism on its platform

Lenore Staats

Starting Thursday, Yelp will add an alert on the pages of businesses that have been accused of racist behavior, following several widely covered allegations of racism at U.S. restaurants in recent months.

The crowdsourced review platform is often the first place customers go to sound the alarm about discriminatory or racist behavior at businesses, discouraging other potential patrons from spending their money there.

“Communities have always turned to Yelp in reaction to current events at the local level. As the nation reckons with issues of systemic racism, we’ve seen in the last few months that there is a clear need

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Loans available to rebuild businesses

Lenore Staats

Associated Press
Published 3:23 p.m. CT Sept. 23, 2020 | Updated 3:43 p.m. CT Sept. 23, 2020



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MADISON – The state is making more money available to help small businesses in Kenosha recover from damage during recent unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, officials announced Wednesday.

Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation said another $3 million would be added to the previously-announced $1 million in no-interest loans for small businesses.

Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig recently told the Police and Fire Commission that damage from the

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Square commits $100 million to boost Black-owned banks and businesses

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  • Square, the mobile payment company cofounded and led by Jack Dorsey, announced Thursday a $100 million investment to address racial inequality in the financial world.
  • The company will commit $25 million to four areas including The Black Economic Development Fund, which funds Black-led financial institutions and businesses.
  • The news follows Dorsey’s August donation of $10 million to Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research.
  • Other companies like Mastercard, Citi, and Costco have recently pledged millions to address racial inequality in the US.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Financial services and mobile payment company Square announced on Thursday its plan

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New look, new chance. But now mercaditos, like other Latino businesses, hang in the balance

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Luz Arango waves to a regular at Lupita's Corner Market and Deli, a family-owned business in L.A.'s Westlake District for nearly 30 years. <span class="copyright">(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Luz Arango waves to a regular at Lupita’s Corner Market and Deli, a family-owned business in L.A.’s Westlake District for nearly 30 years. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

People have been dropping by Lupita’s corner for years.

¡Hola mija! they often shout as they walk past the front door.

Qué hay de bueno? What’s new? 

For 27 years, the little market at West 3rd Street and Lucas Avenue in L.A.’s Westlake neighborhood has been far more than just a store.

“It’s a place that feels like home — like it belongs to us,” said Josefina Reynoso, 72.

Luz Arango, right, helps Josefina Reynoso, who was the first customer at Lupita's 27 years ago. <span class="copyright">(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)</span>
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Gavin Newsom backs ‘split roll’ initiative to raise property tax on businesses

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday endorsed a ballot measure to increase property taxes for large businesses, arguing it will bring needed revenue to schools and local governments.


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The so-called ‘split roll’ measure, Proposition 15, would change a 1978 law that bases California property taxes on purchase value. If voters pass the initiative in November, business owners with more than $3 million in commercial property would be taxed on current value. That would raise property taxes for many businesses.

The ballot initiative would not change property tax assessments for homeowners. It’s projected to raise billions of dollars a year

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Asian American businesses affected by COVID-19

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a man standing in a room: Jefferson Li is the American Dream fulfilled. The Coast Guard reservist is the son of Chinese immigrants who worked hard for 25 years building their butcher shop in New York City’s Chinatown.

Jefferson Li is the American Dream fulfilled. The Coast Guard reservist is the son of Chinese immigrants who worked hard for 25 years building their butcher shop in New York City’s Chinatown.

This report is part of “Turning Point,” a groundbreaking month-long series by ABC News examining the racial reckoning sweeping the United States and exploring whether it can lead to lasting reconciliation.

Jefferson Li is the American dream fulfilled. The Coast Guard reservist is the son of Chinese immigrants who worked hard for 25 years building their butcher shop in New York

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PPP loans kept many small businesses afloat this summer. Without more funds, experts say a wave of bankruptcies is coming. | Local Business

Lenore Staats

While the evidence is largely anecdotal at this point, the pandemic appears to have outlasted the PPP funds for a growing number of small businesses, a trend that may fuel bankruptcy filings well into next year, said James Hammond, CEO of Boston-based New Generation Research, publisher of BankruptcyData.

“There’s certainly a lot of companies that despite their PPP success at getting some funding, haven’t been able to hold it together and already have shown up in bankruptcy courts,” Hammond said.

That’s the case in federal bankruptcy court in Chicago, where a handful of Chicago-area companies filed for bankruptcy after receiving

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Cape Hopes For ‘Second Summer’ Tourism, As Businesses Continue To Face Challenges

Lenore Staats

Cape Cod officials hope travelers will extend their summer vacation plans and continue to visit the region this fall — and spend money there.

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce rolled out a marketing campaign this week dubbed “Second Summer” in an effort to spur fall tourism, especially as many businesses have taken a hit this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials said some businesses that typically close after Labor Day plan to remain open through October or November to capture more business. Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross said visitors can still enjoy many attractions in

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‘Energize Colorado’ Fund Will Offer Money To Struggling Businesses

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DENVER (CBS4) – A new program starting next week will provide more than $25 million in small business loans and grants to Colorado companies. “Energize Colorado” will prioritize businesses in rural areas, as well as those that are owned by veterans, women and minorities.

CBS4’s Alan Gionet talked to business owners who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our line is beautiful and people do very well with it,” said Patti Morgan. She was in her space inside the Denver Mart, a mall of sorts for wholesalers on the north side of Denver. It’s a sole proprietorship where

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Small businesses feel the attacks on the agency

Lenore Staats

Rhonda Abrams, Special to USA TODAY
Published 5:00 a.m. ET Aug. 27, 2020 | Updated 1:03 p.m. ET Aug. 27, 2020


The U.S. Postal Service is facing record demand because of COVID-19 and the upcoming election. Does it have the funds to rise to the occasion?


An attack on the U.S. Postal Service is an attack on America’s small businesses.

While media attention on cuts made to the agency by President Donald Trump-appointee Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has focused on potential effects on the upcoming election, it’s important to note the effect these reductions will have on

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How businesses can help end the prison-industrial complex

Lenore Staats

Enslavement continues in the U.S. It’s called prison, and American businesses have historically been heavily invested in the prison system.

The 13th Amendment, enacted at the close of the Civil War, didn’t exactly end slavery when it stated “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” This loophole made room for authorities to work around the abolition of slavery and gave birth to the American prison-industrial complex. Today, oppressive laws and policies continue to expand the reach and impact of that system rooted

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How Small Businesses Adapt To Survive In Times Of Crisis

Lenore Staats

Retail sales through July season-to-date are flat to last year according to the US Census Bureau. However, the breakdown by category shows a sawtooth of performance across categories. Discount stores and warehouse clubs, grocery stores and home improvement stores have performed well amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with sales increases of 7.4%, 14.7% and 12.7% respectively. However, some segments of the retail industry have suffered greatly and many of these include categories where small businesses

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