May 8, 2021


Making The Most Out Of Your Business Travel

With a first or second shot in our arms, many of us are starting to feel an unaccustomed optimism about reopening. We’ve been locked indoors for a year and a half, and now, it finally looks like we may get a chance to get off our sofas and out the door. And while “travel is back” may be a bit of an overstatement, it seems like a good time to start thinking about getting mobile again. Business owners have several advantages when making the most of their travel, so today, I want to cover the basics

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Fourth stimulus check likely? Biden says payments are ‘making a difference’

Fourth stimulus check likely? Biden says payments are ‘making a difference’

President Joe Biden says the third round of stimulus checks, currently being distributed by the IRS, provided a financial lifeline to people who are still struggling as the pandemic maintains its grip on American life.

“We’ve already sent more than 160 million checks out the door. It’s making a difference,” the president told Congress in his big speech last Wednesday night. “For many people, it’s making all the difference in the world.”

Does that mean Biden wants the relief to continue? Lawmakers, advocates and millions of citizens are

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Stocks are booming, but traders are having a harder time making money

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Source: NYSE

This is a very powerful rally. The combination of surprisingly strong economic reports and even more surprisingly strong earnings reports is pushing broad swaths of the U.S. stock market to new highs.

Even the technicians who chart momentum are impressed.

“The vast majority of NYSE stocks are in intermediate-term uptrends, independent of short-term pullbacks and volatility,” Michael N. Kahn of Lowry Research, the oldest technical analysis service in the U.S., wrote in a note to clients.

Of course, the market hit new highs in January and February, but

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Google is making another attempt at personal health records

Google is recruiting people to give feedback for a new consumer-facing medical records tool, Stat News reported on Friday. The company wants to know how people want to interact with information pulled from their medical records.

Right now, the company is recruiting around 300 people who use Android devices in Northern California, Atlanta, and Chicago.

This is Google’s second attempt at creating a way for people to access their medical records. In 2008, it launched Google Health, which aimed to give people a way to see their health information online. It didn’t take off, and Google shut it down

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People are making lots of money off ‘the big lie’ of US election fraud

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, known for expansive movies on quintessential American subjects like “Jazz” and “Baseball,” said in a new interview that former President Donald Trump and his allies have damaged the country by promoting the “big lie” of widespread election fraud — and worse yet, they’ve made money off of it. 

Burns said the media environment allows people to make significant amounts of money off of false public comments, and he contrasted such misinformation with his accurate and complex stories about major events and themes of American history.

“There are a lot of people out there making lots of

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Making News in Business

Florence Bank to open 3rd Hampden County branch 

CHICOPEE — Florence Bank will open its third Hampden County branch at 705 Memorial Drive in Chicopee on March 22, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for May 5.

A small number of bank employees, board members and corporators will be present for the in-person, socially distanced, ribbon cutting, along with Chicopee Mayor John L. Vieau.

The Chicopee branch has an open floor plan with two teller pods and innovative technology for quick cash handling. The location will also feature a drive-up ATM with SMART technology for easy depositing.

Kimberly Downing of

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