April 19, 2021

House Passes Rep. Kim’s Small Business Capital Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Microloan Improvement Act of 2021 (H.R. 1502), a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) to help small businesses access much needed capital to help them through the coronavirus crisis. 

“We need to do everything we can to help our small businesses in this critical time,” said Congressman Kim. “We’ve seen too many times during this crisis small businesses that have missed out because the system simply doesn’t reach them. This bill will make a big difference for small businesses across our country, and I’m proud to

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In a year largely defined by shutdowns, this Madison business grew… and continues to boom

New Yelp data shows nearly 500,000 new businesses opened during the past year

MIDDLETON, Wis.– While there’s no underscoring the impact the pandemic has had on local small business owners, new data from Yelp provides a welcome sign of hope: Nearly half a million businesses (487,577 in total) opened during the past year. That’s down just 14% compared with the period one year earlier. More than 15% of the new establishments were restaurant and food businesses.

While many Madison-based businesses closed

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Legislature’s fixes are needed to save insurance market

Guy C. Fraker

Last fall, I was commissioned to complete a consumer- focused analysis of Florida’s property insurance market. What I discovered is best described referring to an iconic film trilogy. Florida’s dwelling insurance market should be called The Matrix. In the films, people exist in comas, their stasis used as batteries to power parasitic robotics. All the while, they are embedded with an illusion of reality. Seven million Floridians are being used to power parasitic entities while being asked to accept a deplorably false narrative about insurance companies.

Field property specialist Sam Ellenburg, left, and property large loss claims manager Vicky Walters of Grange/Integrity Insurance talk while a drone flies what they refer to as a lawnmower grid Aug. 19 taking damage photos for an insurance claim in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The resulting impacts include citizens paying a hidden tax that grows

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Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance: Anna Marrs

Anna Marrs


Courtesy of American Express

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With a career spanning several distinct firms, industries, and continents,

American Express

’ Anna Marrs has seen it all.

“Learning and a sense of adventure are the two common themes throughout my jobs,” Marrs says. “I’ve always been attracted to roles and people I can learn a lot from. Your career is a huge part of your life, so I have always tried to make it challenging and fun.”

As the New York–based president of global commercial services, Marrs oversees AmEx’s products for corporate customers, ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations.

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‘Blood money’ from opioid settlement diverted from fighting addiction, advocates say | Local News



After a three-year decline from 2016 to 2019, fatal opiate overdoses in Erie County jumped from 156 in 2019 to 232 in 2020.

While the settlement James helped negotiate stipulated that the funds must be used “to the extent practicable” to address the opioid epidemic, a provision in New York State law prevents a state agency or official from determining how money acquired through a settlement can be allocated. 

State Sen. Peter Harckham, chairman of the Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, said he is working with the attorney general to make sure such a diversion doesn’t happen

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Four Ways To Build Your Real Estate Personal Brand

Francisco “Kiko” Angulo is the Vice President of Global Development for REALOGY.

Discovering what makes you fascinating is the key to your success. There are about 1.4 million licensed real estate professionals in the United States, so when a future home-owner searches for an agent, their options can feel endless. 

How can you stand out from the crowd? For your real estate business to thrive, you need a powerful personal brand. Keep in mind that you are the brand. Your brand is your promise to your customer. Here’s how you can get started:

Define your target audience.

If you

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