Coronavirus is devastating America’s small businesses — here’s how one expert says they can survive

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Description: While the novel coronavirus has been a boon for e-commerce giants like Amazon (AMZN), the pandemic has devastated America’s small businesses, particularly those with Black owners. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Oct 01, 2020 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/small-businesses-survive-covid-laser-focused-enrichher-160905626.html Questions for discussion: Which small businesses are most affected by the virus? What is the advice being offered to small businesses in the report? What else… Read more »

Howard Levitt: New paid sick leave benefit will see employees suddenly feeling ‘sick’ 10 times a year

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Description: In the minds of the employees, the ten days become floating holidays Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 02, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/executive/careers/howard-levitt-new-paid-sick-leave-benefit-will-see-employees-suddenly-feeling-sick-10-times-a-year Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the sick-days benefit from the employees’ and employers’ points of view? How can employers mitigate abuse of the benefit? Is there a better alternative to… Read more »

Tesla will have zero sales in China by 2030: analyst

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Description: Tesla (TSLA) may not have much of a future in the world’s largest electric vehicle market, if one analyst’s predictions pan out. Morgan Stanley’s (MS) Adam Jonas says that CEO Elon Musk’s high-tech automotive company will likely see sales in China plummet to zero by 2030. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com Date: Oct 02, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-will-have-zero-sales-in-china-by-2030-analyst-203938920.html… Read more »

The Road to Greener Concrete Is Paved With Clay

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Description: Among the myriad steps needed to clean up construction, a cement made with heated clay stands out. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 01, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-10-01/lc3-clay-cuts-cement-industry-co2-emissions Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the cement production process and its contribution to CO2 pollution? How can producers reduce their pollution from production and what is… Read more »

As Ellen DeGeneres fights claims of a toxic workplace, here are 3 signs you work in one

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Description: On Monday, Ellen DeGeneres addressed allegations made by former employees that her long-running talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” had an internal culture of racism, fear, and intimidation as well as sexual harassment. The allegations gained national attention following a BuzzFeed article that reported on the show’s “toxic work culture” — and three of the show’s high-ranking producers… Read more »

Alphabet Settles Shareholder Suits Over Sexual Harassment Claims

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Description: OAKLAND, Calif. — Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has settled a series of shareholder lawsuits over its handling of sexual harassment claims, agreeing to greater oversight by its board of directors in future cases of sexual misconduct and committing to spend $310 million over the next decade on corporate diversity programs. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep… Read more »

Warren Buffett Says 4 Choices in Life Separate the Doers From the Dreamers

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Description: Now 90 years young, the Oracle of Omaha is still impressing with important life lessons. Source: INC.com Date: Sep 25, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/warren-buffett-says-4-choices-in-life-separate-doers-from-dreamers.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the advice presented in the report. What do you think about it?

WestJet tells workers their pay will be cut by half due to wage subsidy changes

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Description: WestJet Airlines Ltd. is warning furloughed workers their pay will be cut by up to 53 per cent starting Sunday due to changes in the extended federal wage subsidy, prompting flight crews to call on Ottawa for action. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Sep 25, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/westjet-tells-workers-their-pay-will-be-cut-by-half-due-to-wage-subsidy-changes-1.1499504 Questions for discussion: How are employees being paid… Read more »

Ethical business practices shouldn’t be a ‘marketing ploy’: Jessica Alba

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Description: Actress Jessica Alba joins ‘Influencers with Andy Serwer’ to discuss the success of The Honest Company. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com Date: Sep 23, 2020 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/ethical-business-practices-shouldn-t-100000669.html Questions for discussion: What is Jessica Alba’s opinion about ethical business practice and profitability? After researching The Honest Company online, describe how the firm is different from any other consumer… Read more »

How Target gets you to spend money

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Description: Target has revolutionized the entire shopping experience, from the width of the aisles and the weight of the shopping carts to the smell of Starbucks coffee and placement of dollar bins. The tactics are paying off. Despite the pandemic, profits rose more than 80% year over year. Here’s how Target uses dollar bins and… Read more »