I run a luxury marriage proposal planning business

  • Heather Vaughn is the founder of “The Yes Girls,” a marriage proposal service based in San Clemente, California.
  • Since 2008, she’s helped couples plan the proposal of their dreams, ranging in cost from $1,000 to over $100,000.
  • Here’s what her job is like, as told to freelancer writer Molly O’Brien.
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I’ve always been someone who likes a challenge. I started my company right after graduating college in 2008, when I was only 22 years old. 

It wasn’t an ideal economy to be looking for a job or launching a brand new

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News law: Australian law is hailed as ‘a big win for the news business’ with ramifications around the world

Watching Thursday’s news from Australia while it’s still Wednesday in the United States always feels like a time machine trick. And on this occasion Thursday’s news may really be a glimpse at the future for the rest of the world. Here is Laura Jayes’ breaking news report on the Murdoch-owned Sky News Australia channel on Thursday morning: “The Morrison government’s News Media Bargaining Code has just become law after unanimously passing Parliament a short time ago. It comes after the government struck an eleventh-hour deal with Facebook.”
It is a momentous occasion for both the news and tech industries. As
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McPlant and More: Beyond Meat Inks McDonald’s, Yum Deals | Business News

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Plant-based food company Beyond Meat will be partnering with several major fast-food chains in the coming years to expand offerings that could eventually include plant-based burgers, chalupas or toppings on a stuffed-crust pizza.

Beyond Meat on Thursday announced distribution agreements with McDonald’s as well as with Yum Brands, the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.

The company based in El Segundo, California, said it will develop plant-based products for all the restaurants, with exclusive menu items for each brand.

Beyond Meat had limited partnerships with McDonald’s and Yum Brands before, testing its

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8 business challenges that will shape year 2 of COVID-19

Corporate boards and executive teams are typically considered effective if they are able to help a business navigate a global crisis in parallel with maintaining day-to-day operations. If only the bar was as simple and set so low right now.

As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the intersection of the ongoing economic crisis, the continuing pandemic, the social justice movement, and increasing inequality are just the short list of what leaders need to acknowledge, manage—and help to solve. We gathered a group of corporate reputation strategists who have spent the last year helping companies manage some

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Facebook silenced Kurdish group to stop hit on its business

Sheryl Sandberg and other top Facebook execs silenced a Kurdish group at the request of the Turkish government in a bid to protect its business in 2018, according to a new report.

According to ProPublica, Turkey, which was launching a bloody military offensive against Kurdish minorities in neighboring Syria, demanded that Facebook block posts from the People’s Protection Units, a mostly Kurdish militia group that the Turkish government had targeted.

If Facebook didn’t give in to Turkey’s demands, it faced losing tens of millions of users in the country. On the flip side, silencing the group, known as YPG,

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Granville County students recognized in statewide business competition ::

— Granville County high school students just swept top honors in a statewide competition under a program called Virtual Enterprises International (VEI).

Teams compete by establishing their own firm and presenting their “virtual” high-stakes business plan to judges at the state competition. Typically, the annual event has taken place at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, but the pandemic led to the first online or VEI event.

Ten years ago, Granville County Public Schools was the first to bring VEI to the state. It provides teams of students

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