New York firm helps small businesses emerge from the COVID-19 crisis

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Jessica Larios’ baby arrived a few weeks before her due date at the end of February.

The owner of Bella’s Event – an event planning business in Yonkers, New York, specializing in rentals and sales of all things party-related from wedding gowns to quinceañera dresses, table linens and party supplies – Larios could not afford to take time off during one of the busiest months for bookings.

In a haze of feedings and caring for the baby, Larios plowed through her work. Less than a month later, things ground to a halt as the coronavirus pandemic took hold – and cancellations poured in.

Jessica Larios owns Bella’s Events, which specializes in rentals and sales of everything party-related, such as quinceanera dresses, in Yonkers, N.Y. The Acceleration Project, a nonprofit consulting firm, helped Larios navigate the loans process and adapt her business by moving it online.

“I was so worried

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Execs Express Optimism & Christopher Nolan Sends A ‘Tenet’ Update To Online Conference

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The 2020 edition of CineEurope got underway online today with executives chiming in on what exhibition and distribution will look like as coronavirus restrictions ease. The studios normally would have been in Barcelona this week to show off their upcoming slates to European exhibitors. Instead, Film Expo Group did a nice job of pivoting to an online conference that on Day One served up messages from executives, and even Christopher Nolan.

Nolan’s Tenet is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and certainly one of the first due to open as theaters come back online (Warner Bros recently moved it from July 17 to July 31). The director, who is a big proponent of the theatrical experience, sent a taped missive to CineEurope participants. Here’s what he said:

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A wave of people turned to OnlyFans to earn money when they lost their jobs due to the pandemic

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Before the pandemic, Harper, 26, enjoyed her jobs in the Midwest. Working as a

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Edited Transcript of 4689.T earnings conference call or presentation 30-Apr-20 7:30am GMT

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Tokyo Jun 17, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Z Holdings Corp earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:30:00am GMT

Z Holdings Corporation – President, Representative Director, President Corporate Officer & CEO

Z Holdings Corporation – Senior Managing Corporate Officer, Executive VP, COO & Director

* Eiji A. Maeda

* Hiroko K. Sato

Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd., Research Division – Senior Analyst

Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division – Analyst

[Interpreted] Thank you very much for participating in Z Holdings Corporation FY 2019 Full Year and Q4 Business Results.

Please access the homepage of Z Holdings so that you will be able to look at the presentation material. In this conference, we have the attendance from Z Holdings, namely Representative Director, President and CEO, Mr. Kentaro Kawabe; Senior Managing Corporate Officer, Mr. Takao Ozawa; EBB CFO, Group CFO, Mr. Ryosuke Sakaue; EVP, … Read More

Looking to Make the Most of AI Boom? Buy These 4 Solid Stocks

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Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN on Jun 16 said that it has developed a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that will help in maintaining social distancing among workers in its warehouses. The company plans to share the undergoing technology free of cost.

Over the past couple of decades, AI has gained significantly and contributed to the robust growth in the tech sector. Today an increasing number of companies are banking on AI to better their products and services. The past couple of months have been all the more crucial for AI, which saw exponential growth as an increasing number of people resorted to technology following the coronavirus outbreak.

Amazon Takes Help of AI

Called Distant Assistant, the technology helps in combining a TV screen, depth sensors, and AI-enabled camera to track employees’ movements and give them feedback in real time. If workers come closer than six feet of one another, circles around

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Build your brand’s digital footprint with this online class bundle

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Build your brand's digital footprint with this online class bundle
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TL;DR: The Complete SEO and Digital Mega Marketing bundle is on sale for £39.08, saving you 97% on list price.

Most people use Google to search for answers on all of life’s questions — from the mundane choice of “where to get chips” to the complex query of “how to buy a house.” We even Google ourselves from time to time.

So why should you care about Google?

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If you own or run a business, then showing up on the first page of Google is where you want to be. And how might you get there, you ask? SEO is the answer.

Search engine optimisation is the most important weapon in a digital marketer’s toolkit in 2020, as companies look to top Google search rankings. And if you’re hoping to

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How our obsession with meetings could be harming business

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Now more than ever, business meetings need to be clear, concise and efficient if they’re going to be effective.

We’ve all been in bad business meetings. Time goes by slowly with seemingly little advantage to anyone, except perhaps the egos of determined presenters. The whole process can feel like an exercise in futility.

At their best, meetings enable staff to share ideas, develop strategies and ensure everyone involved has the necessary tools to ensure a business can run smoothly. Well-run and well-structured meetings clarify business aims and act as a rallying call to those involved, providing the impetus for a company’s direction of travel.

At their worst, meetings are an unnecessary drain of staff’s time and company money, sowing confusion rather than clarity, causing rifts in business relationships, and creating additional work with no tangible benefit.

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Even before the coronavirus pandemic shifted all business

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Highsnobiety Turns Digital Fashion Week On Its Head

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LONDON — Has Highsnobiety cracked the highly divisive online fashion week formula?

It might have: In the midst of long-winded industry talks around the future of fashion weeks and the appeal of virtual runways, the streetwear and lifestyle publication decided to take a step back from it all and come up with a solution of its own.

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It’s called “Not in Paris” and in many ways, it sounds like fashion week cum art fair utopia, as it transcends geographies and art forms to bring together luxury, streetwear, art, music, architecture and even fine wine, under one digital roof.

“So many of the events we write about have been canceled, so we’ve had to think of ourselves as cultural producers in our own right,” said Tom Bettridge, the online publication’s editor in chief. “We basically thought, ‘Let’s set our own calendar

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These Massage Therapists Worry About the Effects of COVID-19 on the Future of Their Industry

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While the pandemic has been difficult for many, for those who are in the business of touch, the pain of social distancing has cut a level deeper. Relying entirely on in-person, hands-on services, massage therapists saw their business wiped out entirely in the blink of an eye when social distancing became a nearly ubiquitous mandate.

While their business has been on ice, some massage therapists have already pivoted to new ventures, while others are holding the line until they can return to what they know best. Areefa Mohamed, a New York City-based massage therapist who has been practicing for 10 years now, relates all too well. She’s found herself completely out of work since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has affected me as a therapist because we are not physically able to help clients or to physically work. It’s a scary time and not being able to alleviate

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Mortgage Lenders ‘Make Hay’ With Loan Spreads Widest Since 2008

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(Bloomberg) — Unemployment is high. Credit is tight. And scientists are warning that a dangerous second wave of the coronavirus is coming. But somehow, U.S. mortgage companies are having one of their best years in history.

Just ask Keith VandenAkker. He’s forgoing weekends to keep up with the work.

In 22 years as a Massachusetts mortgage appraiser, he’s never been this busy. The jump in refinancing was to be expected, with rates near record lows. The surprise, he said, is that the spring property sales season, delayed for a couple months by the health crisis, is demanding most of his time.

“June is kicking my butt,” VandenAkker said, rushing in his silver Subaru, mask in hand, to the next appraisal. “I got 8 or 9 orders yesterday and I’m just a one-man show.”

Lenders are getting bombarded with calls from homeowners looking for cheaper loans. They’re also hearing from potential

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