Magic Inc., famed North Side shop, turns to online fundraiser to stay open, pay rent

No magic trick will solve the dire cash shortage of one of the city’s last magic shops.

Magic Inc. has been around for nearly 100 years and is known internationally as a mecca for accomplished and aspiring prestidigitators.

The owners and staff of Magic, 1838 W. Lawrence Ave., hope an online fundraising drive will save the business.

“We have to re-up with our landlord and, how shall I say delicately, they’re not playing ball,” said Sandy Marshall, who owns the shop. “We kind of hope we can stay there, but time will tell.”

Marshall began an online fundraising drive over the weekend seeking $50,000. As of Thursday morning, donations totaled $9,313.

Marshall, who spent part of his childhood living above the store’s previous location at 5082 N. Lincoln Ave., said the magic shop is beloved for a number of reasons.

“If you buy a trick online and can’t figure out

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Leading Los Angeles Web Design Agency Revitalises Ecommerce for Local Business

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California’s Web Design Xpert is becoming a leading agency of choice to upscale the presence, performance and profitability of businesses on the Internet.

The Los Angeles web design and digital marketing agency utilizes a host of award-winning technologies, including WordPress, WooCommerce, and Shopify, to deliver performance enhancements for clients.

The team at Web Design Xpert has more than 20 years of experience in creating and marketing websites, having built in excess of over 500 websites and ranked over 60,000 keywords in Google and other major search engines.

Web Design Xpert offers web design, e-commerce, responsive websites, search engine optimization, growth marketing strategies, along with many other creative strategies.

Their experience enables them to design beautiful websites for a variety of industries, as well as building ecommerce online stores using award-winning software, such as Woocommerce and Shopify, for sellers who want to

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Globalization Partners Named to Inc.’s Inaugural Best in Business List

BOSTON, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Globalization Partners–which enables companies to hire anyone, anywhere, quickly and easily, via its automated and fully compliant global Employer of Record platform–today announced it has been named to Inc.’s inaugural Best in Business list as a Bronze winner in the Robust and Powerful category. Inc. created the Best in Business Awards to honor companies that have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference. 

The list, which can be found in the winter issue of Inc. (on newsstands December 29, 2020), recognizes small- and medium-size privately-held American businesses that have had a superlative impact on their communities, industries, the environment, or society as a whole. 

“This recognition is especially meaningful given that it has been such a challenging year for so many,” said Nicole Sahin, CEO of Globalization Partners. “We set out to build a company that breaks

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Why Small Businesses Need to Make the Pivot to Online

As the U.S enters the busiest time of the year for retailers, Amazon (AMZN) is thriving, saying on Dec. 1 that 2020 “has been the largest holiday shopping season so far in the company’s history.” Walmart (WMT) is seeing big gains in its online sales as well. And Target (TGT) reported a 155% surge in online sales in the third quarter.

But for many small businesses, the story is much different.

Uncertainty among small business in November was at its highest point in four years, according to the National Federation of Small Businesses. That’s due in part to consumers’ rapid shift to online shopping.

In the annual “U.S. Retail Index Study,” IBM data shows the pandemic has accelerated the shift from brick and mortar stores to online shopping by roughly five years. And that’s leaving many small businesses that have relied principally on foot traffic behind.

“The ones who

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System crash shuts down state business grant program on its first day

An online program for the state’s hospitality and tourism businesses grant collapsed Thursday morning, just after it was opened to applications.

Hospitality, tourism and entertainment companies can apply for up to $20,000 in Economic Recovery Grant funds, part of a $40 million relief package Gov. Janet Mills unveiled this week.

Business owners began experiencing problems after the online portal opened 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Some applicants, contacting the state through Facebook, said they started when the portal opened but were unable to complete the process because the program’s submit function did not work. It brought them back to the beginning of the application instead.

Less than two hours after the application was opened, the Department of Economic and Community Development shut it down because of a technical issue. Applications will be open again on Friday at 9 a.m., a department spokeswoman said.

“This application utilizes a national system that many

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Online portal crash delays start of Maine’s new business relief program

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AUGUSTA, Maine — The start of a new business grant program will be delayed one more day after the system that handles applications for the funding crashed.

Applications for the Tourism, Hospitality and Retail Recovery Grant Program were supposed to open Wednesday, but statewide power outages pushed the opening to Thursday.

Now, the system that handles applications for the program has crashed.

The state Department of Economic and Community Development said Thursday morning that the online portal to apply for the grant will now be available at 9 a.m. on Friday. The system is used by other states, which are also experiencing difficulties, according to the department.

The new relief program aims to help retail and hospitality businesses that have been hard hit by the economic slowdown from the coronavirus pandemic. The program takes $30 million in existing funds left over from a $200 million

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Four Tips To Bring Your Small Business Online

Max Yarchevsky is the CEO and Founder at Boxmode, an award-winning website builder operating across over 190 countries.

The question “Do I really need to go online?” can make many entrepreneurs lose their appetite and even sleep. Urged by the media and competitors, some businesses simply can’t say definitively yes to the idea, nor can they drop it entirely. For them, going online is an extremely hard and time-consuming venture with no clear benefits in the foreseeable future. So, it seems easier to drift toward more urgent and familiar things that they know how to approach right now. 

Yet, going online is a must for entrepreneurs wanting to grow their businesses. As much as 59% of the global population are active internet users and this number is growing. The U.S. has witnessed 10 years of e-commerce growth in less than three months in 2020. As many as 17.2

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Nonin Medical Named to Inc.’s Best in Business List in Health Products

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Nonin Medical, a global leader in noninvasive medical monitoring, has been named to Inc.’s inaugural Best in Business list in the Health Products category. Inc. created the Best in Business Awards to honor companies that have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference. 


Nonin Medical, a global leader in noninvasive medical monitoring, has been named to Inc.’s inaugural Best in Business

The list, which can be found in the Winter issue of Inc. (on newsstands December 29, 2020), recognizes small- and medium-size privately held American businesses that have had a superlative impact on their communities, their industries, the environment, or society as a whole. 

A key player in the advancement and manufacturing of pulse oximetry, Nonin has played an important role in getting critical healthcare technology into the hands of medical professionals and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Covid-19 has affected retail business owners in a myriad of ways. If you’re a retailer, you may have been forced to close down your store during lockdowns, figure out new products and services to sell, or create an online store to keep up.

Now that you’ve changed how you do business, you’re looking to make your job easier. It’s already a stressful time, and you’re seeking out streamlined solutions to at least make the day-to-day go as smoothly as possible.

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Trump lays out election-fraud case in online video: ‘Bad things happened’

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Trump says if he’s right about election fraud, ‘Biden can’t be president’
President Trump is once again charging that last month’s presidential election was rigged and rife with fraud.

In an address posted on his Twitter and Facebook pages that the president described as possibly “the most important speech, I’ve ever made,” Trump charged that “lots of bad things happened” during the election.

And he argued that “if we are right about the fraud, Joe Biden can’t be president. We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of votes. We’re talking about numbers like nobody has ever seen before.”

Taking aim again at the surge in absentee balloting and early voting due to health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, the president emphasized that “we used to have what was called Election Day.

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