Category: Covid-19

57% of US Small Business Now Fully Reopened After COVID Restrictions

Following the easing of COVID restrictions, more than half (57%) of small businesses are now fully reopened. This welcoming news was uncovered by Kabbage, an American Express Company, in its Small Business Recovery report. The report tracks the recovery of small businesses in the US throughout 2021, as they rebound from the crisis. The first

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3 Reasons Virtual Events Are Here To Stay

More than one in five Americans is fully vaccinated, and travel rates are soaring to yearlong highs, but virtual events are not going anywhere. Or virtual components of events, anyway. There are at least three reasons for that, said Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, CEO of Hawthorne Advertising. Those are the accessibility, personalization, and new revenue possibilities that

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PPP Investigations, Settlements and Litigation on the Horizon

In the last year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has brought more than 100 criminal cases relating to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Fraud. These criminal prosecutions started at a blistering pace, with the first indictments coming within the very first months of the program’s inception. This wave of criminal prosecutions and convictions related to some

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Split-Screen Recovery in U.S. Leaves Small Business Behind

The economic rebound powering the S&P 500 Index to almost-daily records has left large swaths of Main Street behind, with millions of small businesses waiting to join the party. The recovery may have plateaued for firms with fewer than 500 employees, recent data suggest. For the week ended April 18, 20% of small businesses reported

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Small Local Businesses Face Mask Dilemma as Mandates Are Eased

When your state lifts the masking mandate, how should you conduct business? According to a survey by Near Media, the majority of consumers support masking. The consumers also prefer businesses which strictly enforce it. Consumers could respond using one of four choices: More likely to do business with them; Neutral, will not affect my spending;

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As Few as 13% of Professionals Expect Full-Time Return to Office

Before the Covid-19 pandemic bumped office workers out of the office and into their living rooms, most of them worked exclusively or almost exclusively from the office. But after a year of remote work by necessity, only 13% say they expect to go back to full-time office work. That’s according to a survey of 4,700

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