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Rubble brings opportunity, and risk, in war-scarred Gaza

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Palestinian workers use a backhoe to break and remove parts of the Al-Jawhara building, that was damaged in Israeli airstrikes during Israel’s war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers last May, in the central al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City, Nov. 16, 2021. The Gaza Strip has few jobs, little electricity and almost no natural resources. But after four bruising wars with Israel in just over a decade, it has lots of rubble. Local businesses are now finding ways to cash in on the chunks of smashed concrete, bricks and debris left behind by years of conflict. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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The Gaza Strip has few jobs, little electricity and almost no natural resources. But after four bruising wars with Israel in just over a decade, it has lots of rubble.

Local businesses are now finding ways to cash in on the chunks of smashed concrete, bricks

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This Middle Tennessee business brings your bougie picnic dreams to life

Forget your checkered blanket and wicker basket. This new Nolensville business has raised the bar for your picnic game. 

Lifelong friends Jessica Chambliss and Angely Bailey launched Sittin Pretty Luxury Picnic Designs this summer, and they want to bring your Instagram picnic visions to life. With intimate table settings on comfy cushions, a boho tent for glamping, and a private movie screen, the opportunities are endless for picnic themes. 

The two brainstormed the idea over their weekly Wednesday breakfast when Chambliss said she’d like to do the picnic rentals when she eventually moved to Florida in the coming years. Then her best friend since 1st grade posed an idea: Why don’t they just do it now — together?

“We’ve done life together. We just never have thought about a business venture together,” Bailey said, who is a dental hygienist in Nolensville. 

So the two pooled their money and several thousand

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CDC Small Business Finance Program Brings Business Banking Opportunities Directly to the People – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel

CDC Small Business Finance Program Brings Business Banking Opportunities Directly to the People

Robert Villarreal, of CDC Small Business Finance, Elected to Opportunity Finance Network Board

Robert Villarreal is the Chief External Affairs Officer for the Los Angeles Branch of the CDC Small Business and Finance Program.  Villareal is unapologetic about his passion for creating financial opportunities to local businesses and people in communities of color.  He says that this pandemic has disproportionately affected Black and Brown people and as the organization’s external affairs officer, he and his team are determined to help turn these disproportionate occurrences in to opportunities for local businesses to rebound.

“CDC Small Business Finance is committed to helping local and small businesses succeed.  What makes us unique is we meet businesses and business people where they are and help their business get to where they want it to be” stated Villarreal.

CDC has been around

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Crunch time for China’s robot startups as pandemic brings pain and opportunities

By David Kirton

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – With glowing blue eyes and trusting feline features, a new robot cat by Chinese startup Elephant Robotics seems happily oblivious to the worries of CEO Joey Song as he shows it off at the company’s lab in Shenzhen.

Elephant Robotics’ main business is the automation of factory assembly lines but revenue has plunged by a third this year due to the coronavirus, leading the company to cut staff by a fifth.

“It’s tough,” said Song. “Before, we had more than 30 people.”

Due to the downturn, the firm is putting more energy into the robot cat project funded on Kickstarter in December. Readying its first large batch of 1,000 cats for sale, it hopes that as more consumers work from home, interest in pet robots will grow.

“If the industrial robots can’t sell right now, we just focus on other robots to lower

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