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Small businesses in Seattle have an opportunity to apply for $10,000 relief grants through Comcast RISE

Independent small businesses in Washington are the backbone of our communities, and today, more than ever, they need our help. The ongoing impact of the pandemic has created an incredible need for additional support to keep these small businesses open and thriving. This is especially important for those owned by persons of color.

Nationally, the number of active business owners in the United States fell by 22 percent last year. Locally, according to one recent study, Seattle experienced the second largest decline in offline local commerce spending in the country. But a demographic breakdown paints an even bleaker picture.

The National Bureau of Economic Research estimates the number of working Black business owners plummeted over 40% in 2020. Other minority business owners experienced similar worse-than-average losses, including immigrants (a 36 percent drop). Latinx-owned businesses declined by 32%, and Asian-owned businesses dropped by 25%.

Comcast RISE was created to invest

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F-Secure evaluates strategic options to enable capturing growth opportunities in all businesses and issues mid-term financial targets


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F-Secure Corporation, Stock Exchange Release, 31 August 2021, at 8.00 EEST

F-Secure evaluates strategic options to enable capturing growth opportunities in all businesses and issues mid-term financial targets

F-Secure evaluates strategic options to enable capturing growth opportunities in all businesses. The Board of Directors has decided to carry out a review and evaluation of different strategic options including a possible listing of the consumer security business of F-Secure on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd Stock Exchange. The review and evaluation process will be carried out by the end of H1/2022.

“We have good growth opportunities in all three businesses and we are considering options to ensure adequate resources to develop them all”, says Juhani Hintikka, President and CEO.

F-Secure has renewed its strategy and issues mid-term financial targets. The company’s new vision

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Here’s How Amazon Is Helping Entrepreneurs Take The Next Step With Their Businesses

There’s no better feeling for a small business owner than to have your products be widely available across the globe.

Amazon Launchpad is the perfect opportunity for small businesses with innovative products to accelerate their growth and a convenient way for shoppers to support and discover small businesses from the comfort of their homes.

Amazon Launchpad provides business owners with incremental marketing opportunities and tools, curated educational content, advice from Amazon experts, and a suite of benefits and services to help businesses increase the visibility of their products so they can focus on innovation and expansion. Check out some of the products featured in the Amazon Launchpad storefront.

There’s Thrive Natural Care, making moisturizing mineral face sunscreen from regeneratively farmed plants that helps reduce and repair skin irritations.

There’s WYND, making smart personal air purifiers that monitor air quality and send you alerts with

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DOWD: Mattoon businesses encouraged to apply for Back to Business recovery program | Local



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The state of Illinois and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have created a new program to help businesses which were hit the hardest by the pandemic.

The Back to Business (B2B) economic recovery program provides grants for businesses that were adversely affected by the pandemic with grants from $5,000 up to $150,000 to cover operating costs, staffing and/or overhead costs.

The B2B grants are to be focused on the hardest-hit businesses, including entertainment venues, salons, hotels, fitness centers, bars and restaurants. However, other businesses are welcome to apply as well. DIA’s, or Disproportionately Impacted Communities, which include all of Coles County, are also given priority.

To assist

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