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Amazon Prime Day boosts small business shopping, too

Amazon’s annual shopping bonanza known as Prime Day begins Tuesday. Though, not everyone is excited: Campaign groups have urged shoppers to instead spend cash in small, local shops.

They argue the coronavirus pandemic — along with the lockdowns and travel restrictions that followed — has accelerated hardship for small- and medium-sized businesses that rely on foot traffic into their shops. Before COVID-19, many companies were already struggling to compete against the likes of Amazon, which offers quick delivery and access to thousands of products online.

One German trade union urged workers at seven Amazon warehouses in the country to go on strike and advocate for better pay conditions.

But Oliver Bristowe, co-owner of Pets Purist, an animal care business in the English city of Manchester, said a boycott against Prime Day could negatively affect his business and thousands of others like it.

“A shop in a local community finds Amazon

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How Small Business Tax Expenditures Miss Women-Owned Firms

Tax Notes contributing editor Marie Sapirie talks with American University tax professor Caroline Bruckner about the lack of consideration by Congress on how the U.S. tax code affects women-owned businesses and what can be done.

This post has been edited for length and clarity. 

Marie Sapirie: Thanks, Caroline, for joining me today to talk about your recent research on women-owned businesses and the tax lawmaking process.

Caroline Bruckner: Thanks so much for having me.

Marie Sapirie: Your research documents the growth of women-owned businesses over the past 40 or so years from 1976 when the U.S. Census Bureau counted just over 400,000 women-owned firms to over 11 million firms today. I was hoping you could give us an

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Insta model with ‘the biggest cheeks in the world’ claims they’re still ‘too small’ after losing count of her operations

AN INSTAGRAM model with the “biggest cheeks in the world” claims they’re still “too small” after losing count of her operations.

Anastasia Pokreshchuk, 30, from Kiev, Ukraine, got her first fillers when she was 26 and hasn’t stopped injecting her face since.

Anastasia Pokreshchuk wants even bigger cheeks

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Anastasia Pokreshchuk wants even bigger cheeksCredit: Instagram
She has injected herself with fillers since she was 26

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She has injected herself with fillers since she was 26Credit: Instagram
Anastasia is pictured before her procedures

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Anastasia is pictured before her proceduresCredit: Truly

She has now spent more than $2,000 just on cheek fillers – and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.

Anastasia said: “You may think that they are too big but I think that they’re a little bit small, I need to refresh them again soon.”

Anastasia said she has lost count of how many facial procedures she has had.

She has had fillers in her lips, cheeks and in the corners of her mouth, botox in her

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Ways small shops shifting holiday sales amid COVID-19

Watty Brooks Hall, the owner of the Brooks Collection, plans to keep her iPhone charged and ready for more FaceTime calls this holiday season.

Her Collierville, Tennessee gift shop introduced virtual shopping for consumers who don’t feel comfortable coming inside but want to see the pottery, gifts and home goods up close. Hall also plans to post more photos on Instagram and Facebook where engagement has been up since the pandemic.

Texas-based Stag Provisions also is engaging more with shoppers on social media. It will also stock more comfortable clothes such as t-shirts and sweatpants this holiday season as people continue to spend a lot of time at home. 

And Gibson’s Bookstore, New Hampshire’s oldest independent book shop established in 1898, hopes to drive online sales with its new curbside pickup option.

Small retailers across the country have had to get creative to keep the lights on after dealing with

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Dr. Deborah Birx warns about COVID spread in small gatherings; praises aggressive college testing as model

The frequent, recurrent testing on college campuses should serve as a model for communities at large, she said, so they can detect cases as quickly as the schools.

“It gives me really great hope to see how the college students have modified their behavior because they know what it takes to be safe,” she said. “And they have been able to mostly keep themselves safe with very low test positivity rates.”

Birx commended the Broad Institute for its key role in testing in the Northeast. Soon after the crisis began in March, the lab converted its laboratory into a high-throughput COVID-19 test processing center.

This spring, the institute signed contracts with 108 public and private colleges in the region to provide testing for students, faculty, and staff. Among the 1.7 million tests conducted for the colleges and universities so far, the positivity rate is 0.1 percent, or approximately 1 in

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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.

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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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Support small businesses this year with Amazon holiday gift guides



Amazon Small Business Gift Guide


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Amazon Small Business Gift Guide

  • While we’re getting ready for Prime Day 2020, the holidays are not so far away.
  • Amazon is getting gift guides up and running to let you shop early and often for this.
  • If you’re looking to shop locally and help out small businesses, we have some gift guides for you to check out. 

As you know, Prime Day is a week from today and 2020 is heading towards the holidays. While you are preparing to check out all of the amazing deals that are currently being run in early Prime Day sales and all of the ones that are sure to hit the site, it’s never too early to start thinking about gift giving. Amazon has already curated its holiday gift guides for you to look through and you can begin shopping now.

As we’ve written here on BGR Deals, Amazon

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Ohio small businesses can appear EntryPoint’s 2020 Midwest Shop Local Gift Guide this holiday season

CLEVELAND, Ohio — EntryPoint, a nonprofit research organization, is helping Midwest small businesses display their products and services this holiday season.

EntryPoint encourages people to buy locally, and it is launching the 2020 Midwest Shop Local Gift Guide, where Midwestern businesses can promote their products and services. Businesses must have 25 or fewer employees and sell an item or service that could be bought for the holidays. The guide will be showcased in November and December, and submissions are due by Oct. 11 here.

In addition to appearing in the guide, some businesses will also have a chance to be on EntryPoint’s livestream series, “The Cackle.”

The show has featured small businesses from across the country, and a special edition the week of Nov. 30 will feature entrepreneurs from 20 small businesses. Businesses will be notified by Oct. 23 if they are selected.

“Many small businesses rely on the revenue

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