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Lowe’s donates $9.25 million to Charlotte groups, businesses

Lowe’s Home Improvement store is donating $9.25 million in funding, products and gift cards to organizations in Charlotte to keep “homes safe, healthy and affordable” amid the coronavirus crisis.

Lowe’s announced Tuesday it is making the donations in a combination of funding, products and gift cards to nearly 30 local charitable groups and businesses for affordable housing, skilled trades training and technology, the company announced Tuesday.

The Mooresville-based company is extending how it thinks about the word home, company executive vice president of human resources Janice Dupré Little said.

Dupré Little told the Observer the donations are another step in the company’s efforts to help with community projects. Lowe’s also has an employee volunteer program that has been focused on affordable housing and skilled trades over the last year.

“We really need to make sure that we can support all members of our community,” she said.

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Businesses could face billions of dollars in lawsuits from employees who brought Covid-19 home to relatives

Businesses with Covid-19 outbreaks are facing an emerging legal threat from claims that workers brought coronavirus home and infected relatives, which one risk analysis firm said could cost employers billions of dollars.



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The daughter of Esperanza Ugalde of Illinois filed in August what lawyers believe is the first wrongful death “take home” lawsuit, alleging her mother died of Covid-19 that her father contracted at Aurora Packing Co’s meat processing plant.

The cases borrow elements from “take home” asbestos litigation and avoid caps on liability for workplace injuries, exposing business to costly pain and suffering damages, even though the plaintiff never set foot on their premises.

“Businesses should be very concerned about these cases,” said labor and employment attorney Tom Gies of Crowell & Moring, which defends employers.

The lawsuit against Aurora alleges that Ricardo Ugalde worked “shoulder to shoulder” on the company’s processing line

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Lowe’s, ‘Shark Tank’ star Daymond John launch effort for small businesses

As many small businesses face challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, Lowe’s is giving them a shot to get their products on its store shelves and website.

Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison said Tuesday on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the home improvement retailer is teaming up with Daymond John, a star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” to mentor entrepreneurs across diverse backgrounds, listen to their pitches and narrow the pool to standouts. The initiative will ultimately culminate in a one-day pitch competition judged by Lowe’s executives and hosted by John.

“Although we’re a big company, we’re fortunate to be classified as an essential business, we understand that the success of our broader macro economy is going to be the small businesses and the ability for small businesses to continue to grow and thrive,” Ellison said. “We understand that Covid-19 has created an incredible strain on the economic viability of many of

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Stay-at-Home Orders More Effective on Virus Than Closing Businesses

(Bloomberg) — Shelter-in-place orders by U.S. state and local governments did more to combat the spread of the coronavirus than business closures while destroying fewer jobs, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania said in a new study released Wednesday.



a man sitting on a table: A person works from home in an arranged photograph taken in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased 0.4% as compared with the same time Monday to 6.32 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.


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A person works from home in an arranged photograph taken in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased 0.4% as compared with the same time Monday to 6.32 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.

Interventions “that target individual behavior (such as stay-at-home orders) were more effective at reducing transmission at lower economic cost than those that target businesses,” economist Kent Smetters and analysts Alexander Arnon and John Ricco wrote.

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The paper is one of several being presented Thursday at a conference hosted by the Brookings Institution in Washington studying the impact of Covid-19 on

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More loan money available to rebuild Kenosha businesses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state is making more money available to help small businesses in Kenosha recover from damage during recent unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, officials announced Wednesday.

Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation said another $3 million would be added to the previously-announced $1 million in no-interest loans for small businesses.

Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig recently told the Police and Fire Commission that damage from the violence that followed Blake’s shooting Aug. 23 has topped $11 million.

The 29-year-old Black man was left partially paralyzed after a white officer shot him seven times in the back as police tried to arrest him.

The shooting, which was recorded on video and seen widely on social media, sparked protests and violence in Kenosha, where roughly two dozen fires were set and numerous businesses were destroyed.

Prosecutors say 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch,

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‘Heartbreaking’: Another blow for small Auckland CBD businesses as bridge repairs see many work from home

Struggling businesses in Auckland’s quiet city centre have been dealt another blow as urgent repairs on the harbour bridge see many workers skip their commute.

Commuters have been warned of lengthy delays this morning as urgent repairs continue on the battered Auckland Harbour Bridge cause mayhem.

Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency has urged people to work from home if possible or use public transport if they have to travel into the city, after high winds toppled a truck on Friday afternoon.

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The resulting damage to a 22.7m steel strut closed several bridge lanes to assess the damage, causing gridlock and huge tailbacks across parts of the city.

And for Covid-hit businesses in the CBD, it’s the latest event in an extraordinarily tough year, Heart of the City’s Viv Beck says.

“It started with the Sky City fire this time last year, there’s been the impact of large, long-scale construction with the

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Home sweet home: CNY bakers launch new businesses from their kitchens amidst pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic kept people at home, navigating the unknown, four Central NY food entrepreneurs baked up new business ideas.

In lieu of food trucks, farmer’s markets, or opening a traditional storefront, these business owners opted to launch on social media first. Using Instagram and Facebook to market their products and connect with customers, they have each forged a path into the food business world despite the challenges of 2020.

These bakers and candy makers dealt with ingredient shortages due to the pandemic and space limitations, but each of them expressed wanting to do more for their communities and to make people happy during this tumultuous time.

We may be able to walk into their storefronts in the future, but here is how to try these homemade goods now.

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Big Al's Vegan Bakery

Alexis Barney, owner of Big Al’s Vegan Bakery started her business of vegan cakes and cookies

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CNY bakers launch new businesses from their kitchens amidst pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic kept people at home, navigating the unknown, four Central NY food entrepreneurs baked up new business ideas.



a plate of food with a birthday cake: Big Al's Vegan Bakery in Syracuse offers vegan sweets, including cookie cakes. Orders can be placed through their Instagram account @bigalsveganbakery.


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Big Al’s Vegan Bakery in Syracuse offers vegan sweets, including cookie cakes. Orders can be placed through their Instagram account @bigalsveganbakery.

In lieu of food trucks, farmer’s markets, or opening a traditional storefront, these business owners opted to launch on social media first. Using Instagram and Facebook to market their products and connect with customers, they have each forged a path into the food business world despite the challenges of 2020.



a person holding a donut in the hand: Alexis Barney, owner of Big Al's Vegan Bakery started her business of vegan cakes and cookies during the coronavirus pandemic. Her Big Al's cookies are the "size of your face" and are one of her biggest sellers.


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Alexis Barney, owner of Big Al’s Vegan Bakery started her business of vegan cakes and cookies during the coronavirus pandemic. Her Big Al’s cookies are the “size of your face” and are one of her biggest sellers.

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MaintenX Disaster Recovery Teams Assist Businesses After Hurricane Laura

Hurricanes present a variety of hazards to commercial facilities, and MaintenX was ready to provide their full spectrum of disaster recovery services to the area impacted by recent hurricanes Marco and Laura.

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is in full swing, as Texans and Louisianans can attest. But while hurricanes Laura and Marco did not cause as much damage as had been initially feared, many communities, most prominently Lake Charles, Louisiana, still required major disaster assistance. The MaintenX team was ready and provided their full spectrum of disaster recovery services to the affected area.

“Anyone on the Gulf Coast knows to respect hurricanes and the damage they cause,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX VP of Business Development. “I’m so proud of our team’s response, springing into action to help Louisianans and their facilities get back on their feet after Hurricane Laura.”

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