Holiday gift ideas from D.C. small businesses

Saturday was “Small Business Saturday,” but small businesses should always be front-of-mind these days. Now more than ever, local shops and entrepreneurs deserve our support. But that’s pretty easy when what they’re making is this cool.

Compiled by Adele Chapin, Anying Guo, Fritz Hahn, Angela Haupt, Michael O’Sullivan and Stephanie Williams.


Packages of stationery from Appointed arrive fastened with tape inscribed with the words “Beautiful Tools to Inspire Beautiful Work.” That’s graphic designer Suann Song’s mantra. After having a hard time finding “minimalist, super-functional, well-designed American-made paper products,” she decided to make them herself, launching Appointed in 2015. All the materials are purposefully selected (such as the U.S.-manufactured, water-resistant book cloth covers), and then almost everything is assembled in Appointed’s Ivy City warehouse. The signature product is Appointed’s monogrammable spiral-bound notebook ($24). But lately, Song’s having trouble keeping up with demand for planners, which went up more than fivefold

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Mpls. plans $5M in private funds to transform public safety

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and local business organizations announced plans Thursday to create a private fund with at least $5 million for new programs aimed at transforming public safety.

In a news conference hours before City Council members are set to push through their own budget amendments, Frey described the fund as an effort to find a pathway for advancing some of their ideas “without cutting police.”

The Minneapolis Community Safety Innovation Fund will collect donations from private organizations that could be used to help city leaders fulfill their promise of transforming public safety after George Floyd’s death.

Jonathan Weinhagen, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, said organizations had committed roughly $5 million to the project so far. The funds will be managed by the Minneapolis Foundation, and many of the specifics are still being worked out.

The fund does not require approval from City Council

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City Discussing Ideas To Keep Businesses Alive

A coalition of more than 55 San Jose businesses is pushing local and state policy recommendations to help the once-thriving downtown core survive the pandemic.

Lawmakers at the city’s Rules and Open Government Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to bring 15 new policy recommendations to the San Jose City Council for discussion and approval.

“As we consider solutions for economic recovery, it is vital that we leverage the expertise of our local business community and elevate their voices — these recommendations do exactly that,” said Councilmember Raul Peralez, who spearheaded the group known as the Greater Downtown San Jose Economic Recovery Task Force.

Businesses ranging from small restaurants to art organizations and tech giants such as Adobe, called for city-backed grants and tax relief programs for businesses that were forced to spend extra on safety and outdoor equipment due to COVID-19. They are also championing an ordinance at the city level

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Opinion | Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

As the Biden administration slowly coalesces, there have been many calls for its Justice Department to prosecute Donald Trump for any crimes he may have committed while in office. The hope, proponents of this view argue, is to establish that the president is subject to the rule of law and to deter future presidents from breaking the law.

The problem with this agenda is that there is little evidence that Mr. Trump did commit crimes as president. A conviction, given what we know now, is all but impossible. The calls to investigate him echo the president’s own calls to investigate Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden based on mere speculation — calls that most people, especially liberals, rightly condemned.

The most plausible charge is that Mr. Trump obstructed justice by interfering with, and possibly lying to, Robert Mueller and his investigators. Critics also argue that Mr. Trump may have

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Nearly 40% of Business Founders Say Their Biggest Challenge is Establishing a Customer Base

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — During a year largely defined by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, one might expect fewer new business ventures. However, the number of new businesses started in the US has hit a 13-year high.

A solid customer base helps business founders get their company established. New data from The Manifest shows that 36% of founders say that their biggest challenge was building a customer base.

Business founders can look for a customer base early in the process of creating their company by identifying knowledge or product gaps in the market that their company can fill.

Other challenges include maintaining a strong support network. Just 11% of founders expressed worries about maintaining a support network outside of their business venture. Support networks can include business partners, family members, and close friends.

Income Potential and Passion Are Driving Factors for Starting a Business

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Don’t Make These 16 Common Mistakes Of New Business Owners

Launching a new business is anything but easy. While you might feel inspired and excited to bring your ideas to fruition, you may also struggle with anxiety and fear of the unknown. Preparing for potential risks you could encounter along the way can ease your worry and help you sidestep some of the mistakes new business owners and entrepreneurs tend to make as they launch a new venture.

To help you avoid inadvertently creating obstacles that will block your path to success, a panel of Forbes Coaches Council members shared the most common pitfalls that new business owners and entrepreneurs are prone to face and ways to steer clear of them. Read on for their insights.

1. Constantly Hustling

Passion is a great fuel, but sometimes it can be our downfall.

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5 Amazing Business ideas in the age of COVID-19

Are you looking for business ideas that are thriving in the age of COVID-19? You have come to the right place.

It’s now more than ever important to ideate business ideas that are recession-proof, COVID-19 has astounded the world for all the wrong reasons. People who are planning their businesses now need a model that is sustainable and can withstand inevitable discrepancies like the COVID.

Businesses that were reliant on uncontrollable forces were always in danger. Uncontrollable forces like overheads on real estate and more.

In this article, you find a collection of business ideas that generating loads of profit right now despite the pandemic.

1. Answering services

Answering services for small business occupies 1st position in my list. During COVID-19 lots of people lost their jobs. An increasing number of people who lost their jobs were the ones whose jobs were bound to get outsourced.

And that is pretty

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Uber reportedly selling air taxi business, but would it have taken off in Australia?


Image: Uber Technologies

As reported by Axios early Thursday, Uber is in advanced talks to sell Uber Elevate to Joby Aviation. Joby Aviation is a US aerospace startup founded in 2009.

Uber Elevate, formerly known as Uber Air, was touted by the company as an “urban aviation ride-sharing product”. Uber was pushing the service as a response to ease traffic congestion on the ground. In reality, the idea was a bold, expensive, and dystopian dream.

“In the long term, the vision is for safe, quiet electric vehicles transporting tens of thousands of people across cities for the same price as an UberX trip over the same distance,” Uber said in a statement announcing the initiative was coming to Australia.

The company in August 2018 announced five possible markets to launch its pipedream: Australia, Brazil, France, India, and Japan. It also confirmed that from 2023, customers will be able to get

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How Small Business Leaders Can Leverage Digital Marketing To Drive Growth

Zohaib Hassan is the CEO/Founder of SnapWeb Services, an ROI driven, data-obsessed full-services digital marketing agency.

Covid-19 hit the world by surprise and left more than 14 million Americans unemployed with 31% of small and medium-sized businesses having to shut down their doors. Consumer confidence drives the U.S. economy and with uncertainty still on the horizon, business owners should consider the value of their advertising expenditures.

The Current State Of Affairs

According to Facebook’s State of Small Business Report, the hospitality and service industry took the hardest hit across all sectors (43%) and wellness, fitness, and other professional services followed close behind (41%). Surprisingly the retail industry wasn’t nearly as affected with 23% of businesses not operating.

When asked about their cash flows within the past 30 days it was clearly evident that cash outflow is greater than their inflow. This has led many business owners to turn

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Five of the Most Meaningful Business Moments of 2020

This year, Inc. launched the Best in Business awards, featuring Company of the Year to recognize companies that have had a superlative impact on their industries, their communities, the environment, and society as a whole.

Some companies have social impact baked into their business plans. Others step up in the moments when it’s most important. The companies on Inc.‘s inaugural Best in Business list have gone above and beyond their ordinary operations to respond to urgent needs–and not just those related to the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how some of those companies helped their communities and employees in a year marked by crisis.

Connecting Climate Change to Public Health

When wildfire smoke blanketed the West Coast at the same time that a respiratory virus was spreading, Aclima, a San Francisco-based startup that tracks and analyzes air quality, took to the streets. Aclima equips its own fleets of vehicles, along with

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