Key Business Trends Uncovered by Industry Luminaries at Communications Week 2020


For the seventh year in a row, Communications Week™, the cross-industry event for public relations, marketing, and media professionals, brought together subject-matter experts and a global audience to discuss the most important topics impacting the industry today and what to expect heading into 2021. Despite the impacts of the current climate, Communications Week committed to providing a world-class experience for the community.

For the first time, the weeklong event series was held completely virtually on the leading event platform for virtual, physical and hybrid events, Brella, and offered pre-event sessions leading up to the week of October 19-23. Over 500 registrants attended sessions featuring speakers from top publications, brands, and agencies including BET Networks, Coca-Cola North America, PRWeek, Accenture, Havas PR Global Collective, Slack, Hotwire Global, Ragan Communications & PR Daily, and The New Consumer.

This year’s conference theme addressed the

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Small Business Week In Palatine Includes Several Shops, Services

PALATINE, IL — Small Business Week kicks off Friday in Palatine, and includes Small Business Saturday.

Several small businesses across the village will have promotions and special offers during Small Business Week, which runs through Dec. 5.

According to Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce, several Palatine businesses, organizations and services operating during the coronavirus pandemic will be participating.

Visit the Palatine Strong website to find a list of nearly 200 local businesses and organizations, and see who is participating. You’ll also find details including offers, special hours and services.


As local and state economies slowly emerge from pandemic lockdowns, it’s often hard for customers to know the conditions under which local businesses are open. Patch is here to help with our new Local Business Information Center.

If you are a business owner interested in joining the center, you can use this simple submission form to be included. Remember, there

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6 ETFs to Consider as Thanksgiving Week Begins

The U.S. holiday season, which lasts from October to December, is the most exciting times for business houses due to high sales numbers. Although this year has been rough because of the coronavirus crisis, holiday shoppers are still expected to keep splurging.

Online is expected to be a major mode of shopping amid the outbreak. Also, with limitations on some outdoor entertainment options like theme parks, amusement parks, travels or sports tickets, people are likely to gift or buy more modes of in-house entertainment.

Considering Thanksgiving celebrations along with the major retail event, Black Friday, this week is going to be under the radar of market participants who wish to tap the holiday shopping momentum. According to Deloitte’s report on holiday spending forecasts, retail sales may see growth of 1-1.5% during the November-January period, per a CNBC article. It comes to $1.147-$1.152 trillion based on the 2019 sales level of

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Oregon Employment Department starts sending waiting week payments

The Oregon Employment Department estimates that payments were delivered to 246,300 Oregonians on Monday, totaling $176 million.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Employment Department announced Monday it started making waiting week payments to eligible Oregonians receiving unemployment benefits.

Last week, OED Acting Director David Gerstenfeld said he was “pretty confident” that the department would be able to start making the payments to people for the waiting week “before Thanksgiving.” On Monday, Gerstenfeld thanked Oregonians for their patience.

RELATED: Oregon Employment Department plans to begin paying waiting week money by Thanksgiving

The OED estimates that payments were delivered to 246,300 Oregonians on Monday, totaling $176 million. Most claimants should receive their waiting week payment within three business days, the OED said. The money will be delivered through the typical method of payment for those who have received regular unemployment insurance benefits since the start of the pandemic. 

For those eligible for

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Small Business of The Week, more memberships, Toys for Tots

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Anna Maria Oyster Bar on Nov. 12 was named Small Business of The Week by the U.S. Senate.

Now with four locations, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar started as one small oyster bar and grew into one of Bradenton’s most beloved seafood restaurants.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, congratulated owner John Horne and his wife, Amanda, and thanked them for their service to the community. Since 2017, Anna Maria Oyster Bar has annually hosted its “Dive Into Reading” summer literacy and mentorship program, impacting more than 500 underprivileged local schoolchildren.

• Membership at the Founders Club increased 35% year over year. Membership has remained steady at all three club levels: social, associate golf and golf.

The club recently completed a $600,000 renovation of the 7,094-yard, par-72 course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. No tee times are required

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Plenty To See And Do During Miami Art Week 2020 (Even Without Art Basel)

Miami Art Week forges on. Despite the COVID-19 cancellation of Art Basel Miami Beach, North America’s largest art fair, Miami remains the epicenter for the global contemporary art world during the first week of December.

Without Art Basel (and the handful of other fairs taking place alongside it each year), the festivities–and crowds–will be considerably muted. Consider it an opportunity, a starter course for a return next year when, hopefully, Miami Art Week, and Art Basel, return, more spectacular than ever.

Even without Art Basel, there’s more to do in Miami during Art Week than anyone could possibly squeeze in. Here are just a few suggestions.

“Remaking Miami: Josefina Tarafa’s Photographs of the 1970s”

The Miami Dade College’s Cuban Legacy Gallery at historic

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“Road to Gameday” Restaurant Week Highlights More Than 40 Diverse-Owned, Local Eateries Across Tampa Bay Area

Tampa, FL, Nov. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In celebration of the upcoming Super Bowl LV, the Business Connect program is hosting a one-of-a-kind restaurant week. From Dec. 4-13, foodies across the Tampa Bay area and beyond are invited to participate in the “Road to Gameday” Restaurant Week event, which will highlight more than 40 diverse-owned restaurants in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Feeding Tampa Bay in support of the fight against hunger in our community. The complete list of participating restaurants can be found HERE.

“The Business Connect program is proud to announce the addition of ‘Road to Gameday’ Restaurant Week as a new event for Super Bowl LV,” said B.J. Waymer, NFL Business Connect. “The last seven months have challenged many independent business owners. Restaurant Week creates an opportunity for us to recognize the talents of local, diverse

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For one week only: 25 percent off Microsoft 365 Business Premium for small and medium-sized businesses

We recognize that 2020 has been a challenging year for small businesses, and we are here to help. In celebration of Small Business Saturday, we are offering small and medium-sized businesses in the United States a 25 percent discount on up to 25 seats of Microsoft 365 Business Premium so they can chat, call, host online meetings, and collaborate in real-time, with the peace of mind that comes with built-in security features for remote work.1

Small Business Saturday is a time to celebrate and support small businesses, and we’ve been inspired by the resilience of our customers as they navigated the challenges of 2020.

  • At Tony’s Chocolonely, the team found new ways to keep employees connected with virtual book clubs, themed weekly meetings like “flip-flop formal Friday,” and fitness classes—all running on Microsoft Teams as a part of the Microsoft 365 solution.
  • Howden Insurance Brokers was able to reduce
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The Browns won and then got some help to get into a playoff spot after Week 11

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns entered Week 11 on the outside looking in for a playoff spot in the extremely crowded AFC Wild Card picture. They were one of six teams in the AFC with a 6-3 record, but had the No. 8 spot due to tiebreakers. And this year, seven teams from each conference make the playoffs.

In Week 11, the Browns did the most important thing which was to take care of their business by beating the Eagles, 22-17. But they got a lot of help along the way as well.

It started shortly after the Browns game ended when the Titans beat the Ravens in overtime, 30-24, thanks to a 29-yard Derrick Henry touchdown run.

That got the Titans to 7-3. But more importantly, the Ravens fell to 6-4 and dropped to third place in the AFC North behind the Browns.

Hours later, the Broncos also dropped

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Dow futures rise to kick off the week despite jump in coronavirus cases

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were higher in overnight trading on Sunday, even as Covid-19 cases rise in the U.S. and abroad.

Futures contracts tied to the Dow advanced 68 points for a gain of 0.23%. S&P 500 futures rose 0.24%, while Nasdaq 100 futures advanced 0.33%.

“Stocks this week will trade on lockdown concerns and rising cases, but could see a boost into early December as the optimism around a near term, stopgap stimulus package grows,” said Shannon Saccocia, Chief Investment Officer at Boston Private. “Overall, the push and pull between tech stocks and cyclicals will likely continue through the next couple of weeks, and we could see some tough days as economic data is released that reflects the deterioration in consumer spending we are currently experiencing.”

All three major averages finished Friday’s session lower, while the Dow and S&P 500 also posted a loss for the week, falling

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