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    1. Jobless claims hit record 3.3 million as coronavirus clobbers labor market

      Jobless claims hit record 3.3 million as coronavirus clobbers labor market

      Nearly 3.3 million people filed a claim for jobless aid in the week ending March 21, a nearly fivefold increase over the previous weekly record back in 1982. By way of comparison, in the worst single week after the financial crash of 2008, jobless claims stood at 665,000.

      'This represents the single worst one-day piece of labor market news in America's history,' Andrew Stettner, senior fellow at the Century Foundation, said in an email.

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    2. Should I spend some marketing dollars?

      Should I spend some marketing dollars?

      The Small Business Association suggests companies budget 7% to 8% of revenues for promotion, but the average small business spends 1% or less.  We find that most small companies don’t even have a written budget and have no plan on how they will market or grow their company.

      In this time of fear, during the coronavirus lock-down, many businesses aren’t making any money and are not even considering spending their precious dollars on marketing.  Yet this is exactly when you should be planning your comeback and your marketing campaign should start prior to the start of your business comeback. 

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    3. 3 Marketing Lies Small-Business Owners Tell Themselves

      3 Marketing Lies Small-Business Owners Tell Themselves

      Whip-smart brand positioning drives revenues for enterprises from Apple to Zappos. But for growing organizations, cutting-edge marketing can feel like a luxury. The Small Business Association suggests companies budget 7 to 8 percent of revenues for promotion, yet the average small business allocates just 1 percent. 

      That’s a shame, given that marketing brings in more money than it costs. A Nielsen study revealed an average return on investment of $1.09 for every dollar spent getting offerings in front of clients. Remember, that’s an average. With a little planning, marketing can deliver serious returns for even the smallest of startups.

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    4. 4 Business-Boosting Strategies While Stuck in One Place

      4 Business-Boosting Strategies While Stuck in One Place

      Trying times demand innovative measures for online and social media marketers.

      Yup, things have changed. You don’t have the same resources you had a few weeks ago, and your kids are now your most unproductive co-workers ever — with no HR department to complain to. So, what can you do when you don’t have the resources you’re used to? You get resourceful.

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    5. Marketing Dos and Don'ts During a Crisis

      Marketing Dos and Don'ts During a Crisis

      Think short-, medium- and long-term, and know what you should and shouldn't be changing.

      These are extremely difficult times, and making it more difficult is that these are uncharted waters full of speculation, self-appointed gurus and presumptive forecasts, leaving business owners unclear on what they should or shouldn't be doing with their business.

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    6. Democrats infect coronavirus relief bill with poison

      Democrats infect coronavirus relief bill with poison

      Senate Democrats on Sunday night followed Rahm Emanuel's famous advice to never let a crisis go to waste. They filibustered a bill that had been negotiated by senators of both parties to provide relief for tens of millions of people whose livelihoods are in jeopardy and whose small businesses are failing.

      The most important aspect of any legislative response to the coronavirus crisis is to help businesses maintain their payrolls. Employers are making the decision to lay off their staffs every day, and the longer Washington hesitates in its response, the deeper the economic effect of the virus will be.

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    7. California Coronavirus: Live Updates On Cases, Updates, Closures | Patch

      California Coronavirus: Live Updates On Cases, Updates, Closures | Patch

      CALIFORNIA — Californians saw many of the state's businesses and services come to a major slowdown or full closure this week, as new measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the Golden State took effect. With more than an estimated 85 percent of the state's students home, life as we knew it just two weeks ago continues to change at a rapid pace.

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    8. Tax filings, payment due date extended to July 15

      Tax filings, payment due date extended to July 15

      Bloomberg FREE Crain's has lifted the pay wall on all coronavirus coverage . Support our journalism: Please subscribe . Sign up for our daily newsletter rounding up the latest news on the pandemic and read This Week's Issue . Tax forms and payments won’t be due to the Internal Revenue Service until July 15 this year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a tweet. “We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15,” Mnuchin said.

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    9. Beacon Sales and Marketing Remains Open

      Beacon Sales and Marketing Remains Open

      Coronavirus Update.

      Beacon Sales and Marketing is currently open for business and believes we will continue to be open through the current virus epidemic.  

      We are all working from home, but continue to support our customers promotional products needs.  We are helping our many customers find products that fit their marketing needs AND are available.  Some suppliers have had to suspend manufacturing or are out of stock.  This situation will most likely get worse before it gets better, but Beacon has the resources and tools to find available products and we are taking back orders for items that are currently out of stock but will become available in the near future.

      We all have a lot of questions, but you can contact us, preferable by email, and we will get you answers.

      Best wishes for lasting health,

      Beacon Sales and Marketing

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    10. 8 Questions Employers Should Ask About Coronavirus

      8 Questions Employers Should Ask About Coronavirus

      The coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China has spread to at least 144 countries and has sickened more than 204,000 people, with more than 8,000 deaths (click here for the latest data). Governments have shut borders and imposed quarantines, and companies have imposed travel bans. The human and economic impacts on businesses have been stark.

      This epidemic is a wake-up call for companies to carefully review the strategies, policies, and procedures they have in place to protect employees, customers, and operations in this and future epidemics. Here are eight questions that companies should ask as they prepare for — and respond to — the spread of the virus.

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    11. WHO Coronavirus disease web page updates

      WHO Coronavirus disease web page updates

      On 31 December 2019, WHO was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.

      WHO is closely monitoring this event and is in active communication with counterparts in China. In line with standard protocols for any public health event, an incident management system has been activated across the three levels of WHO and the Organization is prepared to mount a broader response, if needed.

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    12. 65 Free Tools to Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

      65 Free Tools to Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

      There are more than 10,000 Coronavirus cases and more than 150 deaths in the US, according to the CDC. The stock market has taken a hit. Businesses are losing customers, and workers are losing jobs. It has become frightening, frustrating, and even maddening.

      The list includes links to the tools.

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    13. The Loyalty Economy

      The Loyalty Economy

      The true purpose of a business, Peter Drucker said, is to create and keep customers. Most managers understand this, but few behave as if they do. Under relentless earnings pressure, they often feel cornered, obliged to produce quick profits by compromising product quality, trimming services, imposing onerous fees, and otherwise shortchanging their customers. This short-termism erodes loyalty, reducing the value customers create for the firm.

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    14. IRS and Treasury offer guidance on deferring tax payments amid coronavirus

      IRS and Treasury offer guidance on deferring tax payments amid coronavirus

      The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department released guidance Wednesday on how taxpayers can of up to $1 million until July 15 in response to President Trump’s emergency declaration granting relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.

      The guidance permits all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without incurring penalties or interest.

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    15. 6 Things I learned at #smmw20 for Using Social Media for Your Business

      6 Things I learned at #smmw20 for Using Social Media for Your Business

      On a recent trip to San Diego, California for the 8th annual Social Media Marketing World conference, I learned several tips for improving how to use social media for your business.

      It’s About Community

      Brian Fanzo, a digital strategist, says “the future of business is community.”  It’s really about storytelling to begin a following of people who are interested in what you say. Then you build a community of like-minded people by…

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    16. Mark Cuban's advice for small business owners during the pandemic

      Mark Cuban's advice for small business owners during the pandemic

      “If you can find other services to offer, do it,” Cuban wrote in response to a question specifically about avoiding layoffs in the event industry, as trade shows, sporting events and concerts are being canceled. “Since you have holes in your schedule, it’s a great time to experiment with new lines of business and see what sticks.”

      He also recommended brainstorming not only with your peers, but also with your competitors: “They are all in the same boat. Try to figure out the best way to reignite the industry. 

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    17. Congress Urged to Ease Online Sales Tax Collection

      While tariffs and the coronavirus have been hogging the headlines, businesses are facing another massive hurdle: collecting online sales tax.

      As a result of Wayfair v. South Dakota, in which the Supreme Court ruled that states can force internet retailers to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence, business owners have been living an administrative nightmare. Companies potentially must know the sales tax laws of every state, file sales tax forms for every state and be registered to do business in every state. It’s such a tremendous burden that companies have been forced to hire outside services or additional staff just to comply with the various sales tax laws.

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    18. Sick Workers and Spooked Customers: Coronavirus Threatens Small Businesses - The New York Times

      Sick Workers and Spooked Customers: Coronavirus Threatens Small Businesses - The New York Times

      If the new coronavirus causes workers to take sick days; customers to stay home; and officials to order quarantines, it will be hard on all American companies. For small businesses, though, it could be catastrophic.

      Many of them, like local restaurants and retailers, operate leanly, with tight profit margins and just enough people on staff. They might struggle to provide sick pay at the same time they are encountering slow business because of widespread illness or public caution. Already, businesses in areas where patients have tested positive for Covid-19 are feeling the effects.

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    19. As coronavirus spreads, fears of a tanking California economy

      As coronavirus spreads, fears of a tanking California economy

      As the stock market tumbled and oil prices collapsed on Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s top economic officials sought to project calm from the world’s fifth-largest economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and a Russia-Saudi Arabia oil price war.

      Lenny Mendonca, the governor’s chief economic and business advisor, said that California is assessing the growing economic impact of the virus, which has shut down schools, suspended in-person classes at UC Berkeley and Stanford, canceled major tech conventions such as Google I/O, and sidelined dockworkers at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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    20. 3 Ways to Safeguard Your Business as Coronavirus Spreads

      3 Ways to Safeguard Your Business as Coronavirus Spreads

      Act now to ease upstream and downstream impacts.

      Many have speculated about whether the current coronavirus outbreak will spark an economic recession. Renowned venture capital firm Sequoia Capital recently shared their experience of best practice, advising that, “Having weathered every business downturn for nearly 50 years, we’ve learned an important lesson: Nobody ever regrets making fast and decisive adjustments to changing circumstances.”

      Whether or not the novel coronoavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, end up inciting an all-out recession, the prudent entrepreneur ought to make sure they are prepared and ...

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    21. Coronavirus: Best Practices for Working From Home, According to a Six-Figure Social Media Entrepreneur

      Coronavirus: Best Practices for Working From Home, According to a Six-Figure Social Media Entrepreneur

      As businesses shift to remote working setups, here are top tips for staying productive and connected.

      This week, thousands of in-office workers will experience their first foray into the world of at-home work, as large and small businesses try to manage the threat of COVID-19 by asking their employees to work remotely.

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    22. Learn How to Use LinkedIn to Expand Your Consulting Business

      Learn How to Use LinkedIn to Expand Your Consulting Business

      If you’re a consultant, LinkedIn is the platform to master if you want to build a strong professional presence and consistently grow your business. With more than 80 percent of social media-generated B2B leads coming from LinkedIn, and an extremely easy way to reach your audience, learning how to effectively leverage this platform could be vital to scaling your company.

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    23. Xerox Reaffirms $24-Per-Share Offer For HP Inc., Calls For Special Shareholder Meeting

      Xerox Reaffirms $24-Per-Share Offer For HP Inc., Calls For Special Shareholder Meeting

      Xerox will ask its shareholders to approve a plan to use its stock as part of the purchase price of HP Inc. at a yet-to-be-determined meeting, the company wrote in a proxy filing Tuesday morning. “Xerox expects to call a special meeting at which Xerox shareholders will consider proposals to amend the Xerox charter to increase the number of authorized shares of Xerox common stock and to approve, for purposes of New York Stock Exchange rules, the issuance of Xerox shares in connection with a combination with HP,” the company said in a statement. In the same filing, Xerox reaffirmed ...

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