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A number to know: Main Street loans

$2.5 billion The value, as of Oct. 7, of “Main Street loans” that the Federal Reserve has underwritten. That’s less than 1% of the $600 billion in loans the program, which was announced in March, was designed to provide. READ ...

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Business news roundup

From Ford to Microsoft, white-collar companies are increasingly extending working from home through next summer.  THE NEW YORK TIMES > Small business owners are using curbside pickup, FaceTime virtual shopping and online stores to compete this holiday season. USA TODAY > The ...

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A number to know: A new factory

$700 million The amount Ford is spending on a new factory to build electric and hybrid electric pickup trucks. READ MORE AT THE VERGE >

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Business news roundup

The stock market is usually a good predictor of presidential winners, but this year is different.  USA TODAY > Restaurants in New York City will soon be allowed to add an extra charge for COVID recovery to diners’ bills. EATER NEW YORK ...

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Business news roundup

Asana, a software company that helps groups track projects and tasks, filed paperwork for a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.  CNBC > Here are the top 7 tech mistakes small businesses make. USA TODAY > With fewer ...

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How to disinfect if an employee gets COVID-19

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (CDC/ Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

Here are four steps to take to disinfect your business if an employee gets COVID-19, according to My Cleaning Service, which is based in Baltimore: 1) Immediately evacuate everyone from affected space and provide notice to building management. 2) Call a ...

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SHRM launches legal services network for small business

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The Society for Human Resource Management is teaming up with a legal services network to offer legal resources to small businesses as they encounter employment laws and liability issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. SHRM is working with LegalShield to offer the ...

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Study: Scarcity affects consumers’ use of price to judge quality

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One thing to consider during the business disruptions due to the pandemic is how it can affect perceptions of your business’ prices. According to new research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, scarcity decreases consumers’ tendency to use ...

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Business news roundup

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said that the economic impact of the coronavirus lockdowns is just starting to begin.  CNBC > Because of coronavirus relief measures, most unemployed workers who can collect unemployment will get benefits that beat what they earned at ...

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