Howard University is planning to launch a digital business center

Supported by a donation from marketing software company HubSpot, D.C.-based HBCU Howard University is planning to launch a Center for Digital Business to offer business education programming over the next five years.

The center will hold a physical space inside of Howard’s business school and will be open for collaboration between students, faculty and biz leaders. The center’s programming will focus on three areas: academics, experiential learning and support for job readiness.

“For our students to remain competitive, it is critical that they have exposure to the latest technologies and processes that are utilized in the current business environment,” said Anthony Wilbon, dean of the Howard University School of Business, in a statement. “The new Center will certainly accelerate our goal to enhance students’ skills so they can be immediate contributors to the digital workforce.”

The new center aligns with the university’s goal of creating a better

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Getting Strategic with Security Budget Planning

The year 2020 catapulted cybersecurity from a technology problem to a business issue. Now, when organizations plan for digital transformation, leading with security is the norm. And because it’s now top of mind for business and technology leaders, cybersecurity should be a significant part of every budget — factoring in necessities such as tooling, consulting services, training, updates, new licensing, and even an insurance policy.

However, as budgeting traditionally occurs in silos, security leaders are still concerned the committed spend will not be sufficient. A recent AT&T Cybersecurity poll showed that nearly one-third (28%) of cybersecurity professionals are concerned about the prioritization of security investments.

As we near the end of the year, a time when security budgets are often reassessed, let’s take a look at common direct and indirect security costs — and how organizations can get strategic with their security spending.

Planning for Unexpected Disruptions
One of the

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Self-Employed? Here’s What You Need To Know About Retirement Planning

In 2019, more than 16 million American workers were self-employed. This year, the coronavirus pandemic has forced even more Americans to become their own bosses. And while there are positives to building your own business, juggling the responsibilities that come with it can make it difficult to plan for retirement. There are a number of reasons retirement plans are often pushed to the wayside, including unreliable income; high student loan, business or other debt; and business-related expenses.

Despite the obstacles, you must develop a sustainable strategy for your retirement—whether you’re an experienced entrepreneur or new to the world of self-employment. Working for yourself gives you flexibility with your time, but you need a concrete plan for your financial future. Fortunately, those who are self-employed have many options when it comes to saving for retirement. Here’s where to start:

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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Hires Retail Veteran John Welling To Lead Merchandise Planning Team

UNION, N.J., Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY) has named John Welling as Senior Vice President (SVP), Merchandise Planning, Allocation & Operations, effective immediately.  Mr. Welling will report to Joe Hartsig, Bed Bath & Beyond’s Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO), and President of Harmon Health & Beauty Stores.

John Welling will be responsible for helping lead the transformation of Bed Bath & Beyond’s inventory planning and replenishment strategy, a core pillar in the Company’s strategic growth plan. This includes implementing enhanced merchandising processes and inventory systems to improve in-stock levels and turn times, end to end inventory management capabilities, product life cycle management, reporting tools and regional merchandising activities.  In addition, John will oversee the evolution of space and assortment planning to optimize merchandise in store, ensure a more consistent, high-quality customer experience, and support the recently announced store remodel program which includes

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Succession Planning For Your Suppliers, Contractors And Manufacturers’ Reps

Small business owners are retiring in greater numbers as the Baby Boom generation ages. We wish them a happy retirement, but small and medium businesses use other small businesses for vital goods and services. Many companies have made succession plans for their owners and top managers, but what about critical non-employees? For example, a manufacturer may use independent sales representatives. A timber company may use contract loggers. A health clinic may outsource its human resources function to a small, local firm. And businesses across all industries use accountants, lawyers and IT consultants.

Let’s call all of these other companies partner businesses, though they are not partners in a co-ownership sense. Some partners will be easy to replace, others more difficult. Smooth transitions require some forethought. The “silver tsunami” of retirements will certainly bring challenges for continuing businesses, but may also bring opportunities for greater

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Melania Trump memoir: First lady planning White House tell-all

President Trump has written multiple books about his life and philosophy. Former first lady Michelle Obama is the author of a best-selling memoir. So what about some thoughts from first lady Melania Trump?

Mrs. Trump is currently in “meetings” to discuss a potential book deal according to a report released Sunday by the New York Post.

“Melania is in meetings to write her White House memoir. And it would be her money — a chance for her to earn on her own,” an unnamed source told the news organization.

“I’m told her husband is encouraging her. She’s not done, or going as quietly as you might expect.” the source continued, noting that a memoir by Mrs. Trump “could be worth big money.”

That could be true. Mrs. Obama’s 2018 memoir “Becoming” sold a record-breaking 14 million copies. With former President Barack Obama, she received a $65 million advance from publishing

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Spurs Planning January Swoop For Chelsea Striker, Report Says

KEY POINTS

  • Tottenham wants to pursue Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud in January, a report says
  • The Spurs reportedly want to be informed of Giroud’s situation
  • Blues manager Frank Lampard is keen on keeping the veteran striker

Tottenham Hotspur is expected to make a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in the January window, a report says.

The Spurs are set to face Chelsea Sunday at Stamford Bridge. Ahead of the Premier League clash between the two rivaling English clubs, Jose Mourinho’s recruitment team will keep an eye on Giroud.

Heading into the next transfer window, Tottenham wants to be informed about Giroud’s situation as the club will be one of his many suitors in January, Football Insider reported, citing unnamed sources. International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

Mourinho’s side held discussions about signing the French striker in January last year but was unable to seal a deal with

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Going from urban planning to social planning amid the coronavirus

In the last decade, urban and commercial planning, offices, transportation and many other areas have revolved around the principle of cooperatives. Shared workspaces, shared scooters and bikes, and shared vehicles have long been a familiar thing. But COVID-19 has refined the principle of cooperatives in the public sphere. Today, every local authority, planning institution, landscape architect and urban planner must add to their toolbox the planning of urban space. Urban space, open spaces, city squares and sidewalks have become an integral part of city life, and from an element of spatial planning, the one with the greatest social significance.The coronavirus pandemic has radically changed human behavior in public spaces. At the same time, public-space planning took on the meaning not only of leisure, recreation and sports, but also behavioral elements. Today, planning a public space should be tailored to public behavior and take into account behavioral elements, such as the
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City of Bozeman planning to divvy up COVID relief money | News

Bozeman city commissioners have approved a plan that will distribute COVID-19 relief money coming from the state to local businesses and nonprofits, among other destinations.

The city is expecting to receive more than $5.4 million through the Governor’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is funded with money from the federal CARES Act. Half of the money will be allocated to local nonprofits, 10% will go to a city reserve fund for pandemic-related needs, and 20% each will go to a business support program and a city COVID-19 operations program.

The money is technically reimbursement for wage and benefit costs for public safety workers, assistant city manager Anna Rosenberry said. That money was already accounted for in Bozeman’s budget.

City manager Jeff Mihelich said during the city commission meeting that while some municipalities are holding onto the reimbursement money, he thinks Bozeman should turn it around quickly.

“Instead of taking that money

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Disney TV Business CFO Ahuja Planning to Leave

BURBANK, Calif.—Ravi Ahuja, CFO and president of business operations for Disney’s TV operations, said he plans to leave the company following a restructuring of the business that separated the creative operations from business and distribution.

Ahuja, who came to Disney when it acquired 20th Century Fox, will stay on as a consultant until a new head of operations and finance is named for the new Disney General Entertainment unit, which is headed by Peter Rice.

“With the reorganization of our business and our pivot to wholly focus on the creation of programming while operations of the networks and management of the P&L moved to [the Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution group], Ravi’s role as president of Business Operations and CFO significantly changed,” Rice said in an email to staff. “As much as I hoped he’d stay on, ultimately he decided to take this change as an opportunity to find

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