Small businesses who pivoted to e-commerce saw record sales during Black Friday weekend

Almost one-quarter of small businesses closed their doors during the pandemic — but for the few who survived, and pivoted to online sales, Black Friday weekend provided a much-needed boost.

Over the course of the holiday season so far, small retailers have seen an average 110 percent increase in online sales, according to Adobe Analytics.

“That was pretty heartening to see,” said Vivek Pandya, a senior digital insights manager with Adobe Analytics. “There has been a lot of demand and a lot of opportunity for retailers of all sizes to support shopping demand online.”

Small businesses have long made ends meet by offering unique in-store experiences. The pandemic changed that.

“Brick and mortar was our strength, and the website [used to be] just a marketing tool,” said Brian Miller, president of Geppetto’s, a San Diego, California-based toy store. “But when Covid-19 happened, we enhanced the website and improved it and

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How Newswire Combines PR Software and Expert Service to Help Small Businesses Turn Owned and Earned Media Into True Value

NEW YORK – November 30, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

Having launched the Earned Media Advantage Guided Tour, a program that combines Newswire’s best-in-class software with the expertise of Earned Media Advantage Strategists (EMAS), Newswire’s team has been able to help a variety of small businesses enhance their brand awareness, web traffic, earned media placements, and sales opportunities. By leveraging the power of Newswire’s targeted press release distribution, businesses can bring stories with real news value to industry media while simultaneously boosting their SEO ranking.   

“Over the past eight months, executives in nearly every major field have had to adapt to rapid digital adoption, an evolving online economy, new health-conscious operational procedures, remote workplaces, and more,” said Charlie Terenzio, Newswire’s VP Earned Media Advantage Business. 

“The Earned Media Advantage Guided Tour has been evolving to help executives manage their media and marketing communications campaigns while simultaneously providing them with

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Team Extension Transforms Businesses Online Through Software Development Services

This company helps provide businesses with highly-skilled software developers. This way, company owners can focus on crucial processes to run their businesses.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, software companies have noticed a high increase in fitness app development. The lack of physical activity of the stay-at-home population has encouraged gym owners to adjust their businesses fast and move most of their fitness marketing online. One of the fastest ways to go digital is to build a fitness application that will work on all platforms, and this is where Flutter can help.

Flutter is a software development toolkit that helps create applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase. Team Extension®, a startup that provides highly-skilled software developers to businesses, is actively promoting the use of Flutter to allow businesses to remain relevant during the pandemic.

However, Team Extension believes that using Flutter is not enough, having the right

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Working around Covid-19: the software suite helping businesses operate safely | The new rules of work

With this year’s ongoing disruption to working lives, business leaders have struggled to take stock of changing norms, changing attitudes and changing concerns.

But one enduring concern centres on workplace safety in the context of the global health pandemic. To better understand these concerns, ServiceNow recently commissioned The Work Survey, a global survey of 9,000 executives and employees. The report found that 60% of employees believed their company would prioritise business continuity over workplace safety and, even if a company put safety first, 46% of employees doubted their employer would take the necessary steps to ensure their safety.

These apprehensions were anticipated by ServiceNow, which is why at the beginning of the pandemic the company launched the Safe Workplace suite, a collection of apps that allay staff concerns by streamlining the complex health and safety logistics of reopening large business premises – issues that cut across departments such as HR,

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Grand Rapids economic development group working to improve the success rates for Black businesses plans HQ

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB) is still aggressively working on plans to construct the organization’s first-ever headquarters on the city’s Southeast Side, according Jamiel Robinson, founder and chief executive officer.

The economic development social enterprise, launched in July 2013, works to expand opportunities for Black businesses in the Metro Grand Rapids area. The proposed headquarters, District 2012, will be located at 2012 Eastern Ave. SE in Seymour Square, a business district in one of Grand Rapids Opportunity Zones known as Southtown.

Robinson said the District 2012 headquarters there will serve as a hub for entrepreneurship, innovation and culture.

“GRABB having its HQ located in this business district attracts new resources, investments that benefit existing residents and brings new Black businesses to the area,” Robinson said.

“We also believe being there will ignite action from residents, small businesses, community organizations and other local economy stakeholders around

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Amazon Web Services outage hobbles businesses

SEATTLE —Amazon’s widely used cloud computing service suffered a major outage in its eastern U.S. operations Wednesday, hampering everything from services for Web-connected security cameras to software applications that businesses use to design products.

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Starting midmorning, a variety of Amazon Web Services applications began to fail, including ones that deliver data and authorize users to access that data. That hobbled companies that rely on AWS, including the Amazon-owned Ring security camera service, iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaner app, services from design technology firm Autodesk and the publishing systems of news outlets such as The Washington Post (which is owned by Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos).

AWS is the world’s largest provider of cloud-computing services, which let customers rent data storage and processing capabilities over the Web instead of running their own data centers. AWS, which competes in the business of providing computing infrastructure via the cloud against

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Jamaican businesses invited to participate in US virtual trade mission and networking event

KINGSTON, Jamaica— The American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM) is partnering with the US Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service and the US Embassy in Jamaica to host a Caribbean region virtual trade mission on December 1.

The virtual trade mission will allow Jamaican companies to take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen supply chains by connecting with potential business partners in the US, our main trade partner.

“With the anticipated participation of numerous US businesses representing various sectors including construction, energy, tourism, finance, food & beverage, engineering and nutraceuticals, the event presents an excellent opportunity for Jamaican businesses to expand their network of business contacts in the USA,” AMCHAM said in a news release

Chairman of Jamaica’s Economic Growth Council, Michael Lee-Chin, will be the keynote speaker.

The event will enable Jamaican businesses to make links with companies from the United States, allowing buyers and suppliers to meet virtually

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Amazon Web Services outage stymies businesses

SEATTLE — Amazon’s widely used cloud computing service suffered a major outage in its eastern U.S. operations Wednesday, hampering everything from web-connected security-camera services to software applications that businesses use to design products.

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Starting mid-morning, a variety of Amazon Web Services applications began to fail, including ones that deliver data and authorize users to access that data. That hobbled companies that rely on AWS, including the Amazon-owned Ring security camera service, iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaner app, services from design technology firm Autodesk and the publishing systems of news outlets such as The Washington Post, which is privately owned by Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos.

AWS is the world’s largest provider of cloud-computing services, which let customers rent data storage and processing capabilities over the web instead of running their own datacenters. AWS, which competes in the business of providing computing infrastructure via the cloud against Microsoft and Google,

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Why Should Businesses Consider Amazon Web Services

The highly profitable Amazon division offers servers, storage, networking, remote computing, email, mobile development, and security for businesses.

FREMONT, CA: Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud platform delivered by Amazon, has become a giant component of the business portfolio. AWS is a frontrunner to other cloud computing platforms. With the cloud, businesses no longer have to plan for IT infrastructure in advance. They can access thousands of servers virtually by leveraging the power of cloud computing. AWS avoids up-front capital infrastructure costs that help scale up a business. It is a smooth sailing product-market fit that thousands of businesses rely on. And while AWS is the top choice for businesses, here’s why and how it works.

• Enhanced Security

AWS makes for a durable and secure technology platform. To ensure the safety and integrity of data, Amazon’s data centers and services have many layers of physical and operational security. AWS

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Networking group helps businesses Revive and Thrive

The RGA Networking group offers free membership during pandemic.

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. — In more ways than one, Tina Morrison knows about pressing issues. The small business owner uses a heat press to create branded masks, and she also knows the worries brought on by COVID-19.

“It was really scary to have that shutdown happen, because overnight I had no income,” explained Morrison. “I had a family; I had to create something. I had to be a role model for my kids and show them, no matter what happens you have to continue and move on.”

Morrison switched course. She steered away from large orders of promotional products and created a new company called Busy LadyBug. Working out of her son’s old bedroom, Morrison now concentrates on small, custom orders of branded masks and t-shirts. “Masks are the new thing—the new thing of 2020,” she said.

Morrison credits the networking

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