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Small business COVID-19 incentive program facilitates inn transactions

A U.S. Small Business Administration business purchase incentive program made it possible for the separate buyers of two Maine inns to close on the transactions.

Jacqueline Pierce bought the Inn at Bath, at 969 Washington St., Bath, from Elizabeth Knowlton for an undisclosed price in a deal that closed Sept. 23. The list price was $725,000.

Nicole and Matt Irwin bought Acadia Bay Inn, at 12 Miramar Ave. in Sullivan, from Todd and Angela Vafiades for an undisclosed price in a deal that closed Sept. 25. The list price was $1.375 million.

Dana Moos of Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty brokered both transactions.

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The transactions were initially stymied by the challenge of finding a bank willing to lend during the pandemic, Moos said. 

Of her usual list of a half-dozen or so hospitality lenders, “Machias Savings Bank was the only one at the time who wanted to make

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Small business grows from hobby shared by mother and daughter | Business

Peter Pan and the Lost Boys were never fans of washing up but the J.M. Barrie characters home of NeverNeverLand inspired the name for a homemade bath products business.

Kim Dahlke of Waterloo said her daughter, Ashley Rife, was a huge “Peter Pan” fan prompting the pair to name their small business Second Star Bath and Beauty.

During the months of March and April, at the start of Wisconsin’s initial shut-down due to the pandemic, Rife was looking for a new project to take on.

“We like to try different crafty things,” said 48-year-old Dahlke.

Rife began looking at recipes for making soap, bath salts and lotions.

“Ashley really did all the legwork,” Dahlke said.

The pair started making glycerin soap, which Dahlke said is fairly easy to create. She said people can purchase a glycerin block, which contains all of the basic elements needed to create soap. After the

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Bluebird Network Announces a New Website and Renewed Commitment to Supporting Business Growth

Bluebird Network, a communications infrastructure provider and underground data center owner, is thrilled to announce the launch of a new website redesign. New interactive features and site design proudly raise the Bluebird brand above industry standards and exemplify the company’s commitment to wireless Carriers and Enterprise businesses implementing existing and emerging digital technologies.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201013005779/en/

Bluebird Network website (Graphic: Business Wire)

“The fact is everything Bluebird does and all of the services we provide underpin the technologies that make our digital world possible,” said Michael Morey, Bluebird President and CEO. “Our world is governed by the ability to make connections and leverage bandwidth. We offer world-class fiber services focused on high capacity bandwidth—and business is all about good connections.”

A prominent new feature of the website is the searchable network map, allowing users to type in their business’ address to see

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7 Simple Steps to Create a Website for Your Small Business



a man standing in front of a window: A web designer working on code in an office.


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Online shopping is a major industry, and that’s an understatement. In the U.S. alone, we’re projected to have 300 million online shoppers by 2023. That’s more than 90% of the entire U.S. population. For any brick-and-mortar store or business, having an online store — or at least an online presence — is essential.

The convenience, speed, and accessibility of the Internet make it appealing to consumers, who use it for product purchases and product research. Your small business site will help you attract and retain customers, generating more profit.

Best of all, building a website no longer requires extensive knowledge of website development, web design, or even coding. You only need to follow a few simple steps.

• Choose a website builder

• Select your domain name

• Decide on a theme or template

• Add plug-ins

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White House urges small business rescue plan

The White House on Sunday changed tactics yet again on boosting the pandemic-hit US economy, this time urging lawmakers to back a plan to help small businesses weeks ahead of the presidential election.

The change comes after President Donald Trump’s Republican Party and Democrats both rejected, for different reasons, a beefed-up $1.8 trillion economic rescue plan proposed Friday.

In a letter Sunday to Congress, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged backing for a bill allowing some $130 billion in unused funds from a previous support plan to be redirected.

The money would be earmarked for businesses, particularly small and medium-sized companies, that are facing declining revenues while negotiations for more support drag on.

“Now is the time for us to come together and immediately vote on a bill to allow us to spend the unused Paycheck Protection Program funds while we continue to

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White House calls for Congress to release unused small business loans

Oct. 11 (UPI) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Sunday sent a letter to Congress calling for the release of unused Paycheck Protection Program funds amid ongoing talks on an additional round of COVID-19 stimulus.

Mnuchin and Meadows urged lawmakers to release the $134 billion in loans provided to small businesses to maintain operations and retain employees included in the $2 trillion CARES Act passed in March, while also criticizing Congress — particularly House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer — for their “all-or-nothing” approach to negotiating additional stimulus.

“The House has passed two separate partisan bills instead of compromising with us on bipartisan legislation like we have done in the past,” they wrote. “We will continue to try to work with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer. It is not just about the top-line number but also about legislation

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How Two Music Industry Professionals Launched A New Business During A Pandemic

When the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, married couple “Zito” and Christin Zito were trying to figure out next steps. Zito, who spent the past 20 years on the road most recently serving as production manager for Steve Aoki, and Christin, a celebrity hair and makeup stylist, weren’t sure what to do.

On Easter Sunday the couple was planning a cheat meal for their diet and Zito had a sourdough starter already made. While brainstorming what to make with it, they settled on sourdough cinnamon rolls. Having previously baked sourdough bread during Covid-19, the Zitos immediately knew there was something special about the sourdough cinnamon rolls. When Christin posted a photo on Instagram of their cheat meal,

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Opening date set for Trader Joe’s store in South Richmond | Business News

The second Trader Joe’s store in the Richmond region is slated to open on Friday Oct. 9.

The store opens at 8 a.m. on that day, the chain announced Tuesday afternoon.

The California-based retailer is taking over part of the former Martin’s Food Markets grocery store in the Stony Point Shopping Center off Huguenot Road in South Richmond.

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Trader Joe’s announced in April that it planned open the second area store in the Stony Point Shopping Center, where it is

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Police Officers Have No Concept How To Implement North Carolina’s New ‘Rest room Regulation’, Business Insider

Bathroom Designs,Bathroom Idea,Home Improvement,Kitchen Design,Kitchen IdeasNow we have helped create a sociable dwelling for family residing which displays our shoppers love of basic modern design. If you want to knock down partitions, move or add home windows or install new joists, you’ll have to examine with your native constructing control workplace about whether or not you need Building Regulation approval. A metal-completed bathtub—like this polished steel stunner on Architectural Digest —brings instant drama to even the most subdued of spaces.

What actually strikes is the intelligent storage space above the bathtub, which is just within the excellent place to seize a towel after a soothing tub. Break from tradition with a custom kitchen backsplash that doubles as a photo wall. The out of doors view and bamboo pendant lamp additionally provides to the over-all enchantment of this rest room. Not all are massive and flooded with natural light and unique hardwood floors, but among the … Read More

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Bathroom Designs,Bathroom Idea,Home Improvement,Kitchen Design,Kitchen IdeasBe taught to grow vegetation, explore metropolis nature, uncover inexperienced applied sciences & nature-impressed improvements for healthful urban dwelling. Beecher’s model kitchen” propagated for the primary time a scientific design based totally on early ergonomics The design included regular cabinets on the partitions, ample work home, and dedicated storage areas for quite a few meals items. These colors can mix well together with your chosen color for the flooring, walls and ceiling. Do not forget to also discover some concepts for kitchen cupboards to placed on those walls.

In Hilary Swank’s Manhattan home , Mark Zeff designed the grasp bathtub’s partitions and flooring. A teeny tiny toilet with an opulent soaking tub gets further fabulous with the extra of the crimson and yellow-tiled floor. There are a variety of tiles accessible that are sure to fit your design, and tile can be a great way to protect your walls.

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