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5 ways to build trust between business and IT

You’re not invited to strategic meetings. When you make recommendations, business leaders seek second opinions from consultants, their peers, or the latest magazine article. Users insist they have to have their chosen brand of software because they’re sure your standardized apps won’t meet their needs. Meanwhile, your IT team complains about the requests they get, and wants your permission to refuse or ignore them.

It’s not a pretty picture, but all these familiar frustrations are symptoms of the same problem: Trust has broken down between IT and the business.

“The moment you have a situation where there is pressure, that’s

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Black Business Orlando using social media to connect community to minority businesses

A collaborative group made up of local Black business owners is working to connect Black businesses with consumers to help keep them in business during the pandemic.

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a report by The National Bureau of Economic Research found 440,000 Black businesses shut down last year from February to April. The

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Business Planner 2/24/2021 | Chesterfield Observer

THURSDAY, MARCH 4

How to Start Your Own Business, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. and same time March 11 and March 18 virtually. In this three-part online webinar, participants will learn the basics for starting a business from local, experienced small business professionals. A SCORE workshop series. Registration required. $75/all three sessions. 804-350-3569, richmond.score.org

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10

Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. virtually. Gail Letts of Letts Consulting will discuss cultural transformation. Registration required. $20, $30/nonmembers. 804-748-6364, chesterfieldchamber.com

FRIDAY, MARCH 12

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Fry’s Electronics suddenly went out of business

The company, which had 31 stores across nine US states, said in a statement on its website that it “made the difficult decision to shut down its operations and close its business permanently” because of changing consumer shopping habits and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Based in San Jose, California, the privately held company was a family business. It was founded in 1985 by the three Fry brothers with the goal of being a “Silicon Valley retail electronics store to provide a one-stop-shopping environment for the Hi-Tech Professional.”

“It is hoped that undertaking the wind-down through this orderly process will reduce

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Five strategies for post-pandemic small business success in Ogden | Business

The challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic hardships in Ogden can make last year a difficult year to look back on. Nearly half of small business owners surveyed in the last Wells Fargo Small Business Index reported decreases in revenues, while the prospect of closing their business was most frequently ranked as the top concern. Nonetheless, even the most challenging times in Utah can yield opportunities for the future.

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Nearly one third (29%) of businesses planned to start using a website last year. Luckily for those that followed through on that plan, having a strong

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Local businesses hopeful Restaurant Week will provide a boost in business

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Restaurant Week in The District in downtown Columbia began Monday, and local restaurants say the event could help boost businesses for the industry during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Nickie Davis with the District said restaurants are still being impacted by the pandemic while only being able to serve people at half capacity.

“A majority of them are far less than that capacity because we still need to factor in the six-foot distancing which means that some of them are at 20% capacity,” Davis said. “That doesn’t mean that their utilities went down 20%. That doesn’t mean their rent

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