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Command Alkon’s Emily Branum Recognized As One of Birmingham Business Journal’s Women to Watch

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Emily Branum, Chief Strategy and Legal Officer at Command Alkon, has been named a one of the Birmingham Business Journal's Women to Watch for 2020.
Emily Branum, Chief Strategy and Legal Officer at Command Alkon, has been named a one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s Women to Watch for 2020.
Emily Branum, Chief Strategy and Legal Officer at Command Alkon, has been named a one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s Women to Watch for 2020.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Command Alkon, provider of the leading supplier collaboration platform for construction’s heavy work, announces that Emily Branum, Chief Strategy and Legal Officer at Command Alkon, was chosen as one of Birmingham Business Journal’s Women to Watch for 2020. This honorary list is comprised of record-breaking women who serve as key leaders in their companies or organizations. Additionally, this recognition highlights women who show potential to shape the future of Birmingham’s business world, and

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VITA moving data center servers as part of transition to cloud, new business model | Govt-and-politics

VITA got high marks from the state agencies for enabling them and their employees to operate remotely after the governor declared the public health emergency on March 12, according to a new report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which had been sharply critical of the IT agency a year earlier.

JLARC said last week that VITA had completed the transition to the new multi-vendor system after numerous delays and had provided “critical assistance” to state agencies to operate during the pandemic by expanding remote access by employees to agency computer networks, distributing an additional 2,700 laptop computers and boosting the staffing of its service desk.

“All the chips were down and you need your partners to execute, and we executed very well,” Ozovek said in an interview on Friday.

In a survey of state agencies, JLARC said more than 75 were satisfied with VITA’s help during the

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Will Beauty’s Tiktok Love Affair Last? | The Business of Beauty, BoF Professional

NEW YORK, United States — In Piper Sandler’s semi-annual survey of 9,000 American teenagers, the same stable of acne fighters typically dominate the ranking of the most popular beauty products.

But in the fall 2020 edition, released earlier this week, some new brands jumped into the top tier, including budget-cleanser CeraVe, which leapt to first place in the skin category from 10th place last year. The Ordinary entered the list for the first time in fourth place. What these brands — as well as others like E.l.f., which also saw big gains — have in common is that at some point during the pandemic, they had gone viral on TikTok.

“Anything that touches TikTok turns to gold,” said Erinn Murphy, managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Sandler. “At least for a moment.”

TikTok has officially hit the beauty mainstream, surpassing Instagram as the second-most popular social media app

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women

Why Women In Business Need A Voice Now More Than Ever

As a creator of Control Suite to propel the affiliate space, Stephanie Harris is a 16-year industry veteran and PartnerCentric’s owner/CEO.

The 2019 Women in the Workplace report by the Lean In organization and McKinsey & Company includes good and bad news. The good news is that over the last five years, the number of women in senior leadership positions in corporate America has grown. The bad news is that women are still underrepresented at every level.

Many of us have solved the glass ceiling problem by starting our own businesses. We’ve used the knowledge and experience gained in corporate America to build our own enterprises. But all too often, we encounter some of the same problems we did when working in a larger hierarchy. 

Many of the barriers for working women have to do with cultural biases that have been ingrained in us throughout our lives. Female leaders

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shopping

Supporting small business on big shopping day

Bob O’Donnell, Special to USA TODAY
Published 5:32 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2020

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Amazon Prime Day will be on October 13 and 14.

USA TODAY

These days it’s hard not to have an opinion about Amazon.

While some choose to focus on the negative, including workplace environment concerns in some of its warehouses or the impact that online retail has had on traditional brick-and-mortar retail stores, many others are extraordinarily grateful for the ability the company has provided during the pandemic to easily order most anything and receive it in a timely, reliable manner without having to step outside their homes.

What often gets lost in the shuffle of these debates is the positive impact that the company is having on small businesses, including minority-owned businesses. Amazon’s upcoming Prime Day Event (scheduled for Oct. 13-14) offers an interesting example.

For the first time ever, Prime Members who order $10

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How 2020’s Pandemic And Election Are Impacting Women’s Small Business

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, meaning this is the time we should be celebrating the success and accomplishments of women business owners everywhere. But this October, small business owners are feeling anything but celebratory. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on businesses of all size, and women owners are feeling the devastation of COVID-19.

A recent study of 522 women small business owners across the 15 most populous states found 54% feared they’d have to close their doors for good because of COVID-19.

The study, commissioned by Groupon and conducted by OnePoll, aimed to understand how women small business owners are meeting the challenges COVID-19 presents. Not surprisingly, 75% of women-owned small businesses have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. A fifth said they either plan to or already

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Female Retail Brand Founders & National Women’s Small Business Month

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, an initiative focused on promoting female-led business operations.

In 2020, this month-long spotlight on female business owners is especially important, as recent reports show the impact of the pandemic has been dramatic on women in the workforce: Many aged 25 to 54 have stepped out of the professional environment to care for children and family. 

Despite this year’s challenges, the 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report indicated upward growth in the world of female-helmed businesses. 

Findings from the research indicate there are nearly 13 million women-owned businesses in the US that employ 9.4 million people and generate $1.9 trillion in sales. 

Additionally, women-owned businesses grew 21% between 2014 to 2019, while businesses owned by women of color doubled that growth rate: As of 2019, women of color accounted for 50% of all women who owned businesses.

Within the retail and direct-to-consumer sector,

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wedding

Celebrity Wedding Officiant Speaks On The Business Of Marriages & Making Them Long Lasting

With ceremonies on hit shows like Netflix’s “Love Is Blind”, VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop”, and more, Rev. Roxanne Birchfield is no stranger to officiating weddings. And after having conducted more than 200 weddings, serving as a Chaplain in the United States Army Reserves for the last 8 years, and becoming the founder of Married By Rev. Roxy, a NYC-based officiating and premarital counseling service, the most astonishing and unexpected wedding Birchfield describes was her own. 

After three weeks of knowing each other and training as chaplains in the Army in Fort Jackson, SC on a platoon together, Birchfield and her husband were married on her lunch break. Although they were married relatively quickly, Birchfield expresses the importance of not recommending this advice to anyone. For her this experience is her story, but not

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Cryptic Studios interview: Surviving Atari, working with Wizards, and a changing business model

Cryptic Studios is entering its third decade in the massively multiplayer online game market, where it started (like everyone else) in paid subscriptions before moving on to the free-to-play model.

In that time, CEO Stephen D’Angelo has seen the company grow from working on one game (City of Heroes) to now maintaining three MMORPGS: Champions Online (Cryptic also owns the pen-and-paper IP after the deal it had with Marvel fell apart and the studio pivoted to another brand), Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter.

And for the first time since the early 2010s, Cryptic is getting ready to release a new game: Magic Legends, which is a more action-RPG take on its MMO model.

I spoke with D’Angelo over the summer about the studio’s history and how Cryptic approaches the business. We talked about how it’s thrived since partnering with Perfect World after the Atari meltdown, how it came to work

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Business for Manitoba wedding DJs, photographers at ‘complete standstill’ – Winnipeg

It’s been a rough summer for the wedding industry, with waves of cancellations and postponements expected to continue well into the new year.

The latest hit to the industry came when the provincial government implemented a 10-person indoor and outdoor capacity limit for the Winnipeg area last week.

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Aside from the hundreds of Manitoba couples who’ve had their special days postponed, those providing services within the industry, like DJs, limousine drivers and photographers, have taken a blow during the coronavirus pandemic.

“For the most part, couples have adjusted from 200 (people), and sometimes I’m even a witness photographing the event,” veteran Winnipeg wedding photographer Curtis Moore said of the 10-person wedding capacity limit.

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Wedding photographer Curtis Moore, the owner of Moore Photography.

Wedding photographer Curtis Moore, the owner of Moore Photography.


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The owner of Moore

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