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Why You Should Get Your Hands On A PPP Loan ASAP

In an attempt to keep losses at a minimum, businesses have started letting go of their employees. For businesses that gave priority to their staff, the PPP loan saved both their reputation and the lives of these workers. The PPP loan or Paycheck Protection Program is a loan to help businesses keep their employees on a payroll. This means their business can keep running, especially if it requires more manpower. ...

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Bumo Launches Modern Child Care Services for Busy Parents

Parenting is a separate commitment from a job. It requires more consideration and each decision you make will not only impact you but your children too. That’s why getting information from reliable sources is very important for would-be parents and for those who already have their kids. Think of Bumo as a magazine subscription, but paperless. It’s an online resource for millennial and Gen Z parents that are looking for...

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Podcast: Tope Awotona, CEO at Calendly on ‘Simplify Meeting Scheduling’

Tope Awotona grew up in a community where everyone knew each other. Tope and his parents had an unspoken expectation of him being able to succeed. He recounts his traumatic experience of losing his father and how it changed the environment, both internal and external, which affected his life later on.  He also shares his first-time experience living in the US and his first job as a salesman. We gain...

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Curious: How Does TikTok Make Money To Pay Creators

TikTok is a free short-form video-sharing app that rewards its users with endless hours of entertainment. It's a free app, so how does it make money?  So, How Does TikTok Make Money To Pay Its Creators TikTok's use of ads to generate revenue was just recent. TikTok for Business launched in June of last year with the goal of helping businesses and brands market their products and services inside the...

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Dogdrop, Dog Daycare Offering 1 Free Week to Parents Going Back to Work

Dogdrop, the Los Angeles-based dog care startup, announced its newest promotion of 1 Free Week of their daycare services to new customers. This comes following an alarming rate of dogs being returned to shelters as dog parents go back to work. Dogdrop wants to help dog parents transition back into their routine without having to surrender their quarantine dog to a shelter. Dogdrop aims to decrease the rate of dogs...

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What is Ruby on Rails? Why Use Ruby on Rails For Your Next Project

Ruby on Rails (RoR) has been around for a long time since the 90s'. The idea behind RoR is straightforward — to give developers an intuitive framework to quickly develop robust, high-performing web pages. Since its release, the free-to-use software has helped to build hundreds of thousands of applications and inspired many to unite and cultivate a strong tribe around a shared passion for programming. So, why is RoR so different...

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Podcast: Brit Morin, Founder at Brit+Co – How She Scale a Community on Pinterest

Brit Morin’s approach to growing her audience is a simple and direct method. She posts every single piece of her Pinterest creations and sees which ones click with the audience. She sorts all the items that have the most number of interactions and adjusts her processes around them. In this podcast, she highlights how the importance of rapid iteration is useful for people who are on the more “explosive” side...

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Examples of Ethical Leadership in the Workplace – How To Be a Ethical Leader

In a survey conducted by LRN Corporation, a corporate ethics and compliance firm, it was concluded that being an ethical leader matters! Of the total number of respondents in the survey, 83% believe their organizations will likely make better decisions if the Golden Rule was followed and 59% believe that their companies could be more successful if their leaders showed higher moral authority. Numerous studies on ethics in corporate leadership...

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All the Important Information You Need To Get Vaccinated in LA

Daily new cases of COVID infections in LA County are at 414. About 5% of these cases are fatal and result in death. The age group with the highest infection rate is 30 to 49. Most laboratory-confirmed cases come from Los Angeles County, with some cases in Long Beach and Pasadena. The number of infections in the female population surpasses the number of males by 40,000. Combined, the total number...

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How D2C Business Model Will Thrive Because of the Pandemic

The D2C or direct-to-consumer business model existed as early as retailers first took advantage of the wonders of the internet. Direct-to-consumer businesses usually meant retailers had to be in a specific region to be able to service their customers.  Most D2C businesses are small-scale and rely on a smaller, albeit, loyal customer base. The D2C business model predates both the internet and electricity and could be labeled as the most...

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Triller vs. TikTok – What Are The Similarities & Differences

In September 2016, Tiktok became available on Android and iOS. The company behind the app had a net worth of $50 billion. The name of this company was Bytedance and it has its headquarters in Beijing. Zhang Yiming founded the company in 2012. TikTok vs. Triller - Differences & Similarities Tiktok actually has a Chinese-centric platform named Douyin. Douyin has an older user base and has features not present in...

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Miro Launches a Web-based Collaborative Whiteboard Platform for Product Managers

What happens when a video conference, PowerPoint, post-it notes, and creativity come together? Miro happens. Miro is an online whiteboard for people to post their ideas on. It’s an extremely useful tool that’s been developed for people that belong in separate departments. It eases the pain of having to draft a plan and then pass it on from one department to another.  Miro: An Online Visual Collaboration Platform for Teamwork...

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LeafLink Launches a Wholesale Management Platform That Connects Cannabis Brands And Retailers

Online commerce is booming. Most of the platforms available cater to online shopping for a home and personal products. Leaflink is a platform that caters to a specific niche: cannabis. Since November of 2019, two-thirds of Americans support the legalization of marijuana and it’s high time (no pun intended) that online businesses have the freedom to include this on their virtual stock shelves.  LeafLink: Wholesale Cannabis Marketplace It doesn’t help...

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Ghost Kitchens, Maybe a Good Idea After All

Ghost kitchens are almost on the same footing as virtual kitchens. Virtual because the order process is online, and dining is not an option. It's like regular restaurants using delivery, but this time, they're not accepting dine-ins. The business model of ghost kitchens is based on reducing operating costs and maximizing available staff. Restaurants may opt to eliminate the dining space, or renting out kitchen spaces.  Ghost kitchens can also...

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Podcast: OKTA Founder, Todd McKinnon on ‘Breakout Success’

Todd McKinnon saw a pattern where tech startups usually ended up being successful years after their conception during an economic recession. On this Starting Greatness podcast, he talks about his journey with OKTA and how luck plays an important part in being successful. Todd was working in PeopleSoft and decided to do what her wife calls absurd and crazy. He quit and started his own startup for cloud services. He...

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop on Delivering Wholesome Food from “Haunted” Kitchens

Not exactly haunted, but ghost kitchens are the latest business expansion GP has. The ghost kitchen chain opened on March 8 of this year. It currently has a location in Santa Monica but can deliver to places like Beverly Hills. They also deliver to Culver, Brentwood, and Venice. Fun fact: the Santa Monica location used to be a chicken farm prior to its transformation in 2016.  The Goop brand name...

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LAUSD Schools Reopening to Accommodate In-Person Classes Despite the Pandemic

The LA Unified School District conducted a survey. The results? It showed that only 50 percent of families agreed to traditional classroom setups. This number comes from elementary school representatives. Assuming the other 50 answers, the district will only allow thirty-three percent capacity. The rest will continue with their online class setups. Convincing parents that schools are already safe is a challenge the LAUSD has to face. Part of the...

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How to Host a Virtual Event: Virtual Events Hosting For Dummies

There are 4.66 billion people on the internet right now and they’re all potential audiences for a virtual event. The time they spend on the internet is a very valuable resource to take advantage of. So how does one start hosting a virtual event? Virtual events are similar to regular events in that it involves three components: a host, an audience, and a set of activities. In this article, much...

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Zavikon Launches Recruitment Firm for Disabled and Neurodivergent Job Candidates

Zavikon, founded by Milestones Visionary Employer Award winner Rebecca Beam, announced the launch of its recruitment, career coaching, workplace readiness, and job accommodation identification services. The company’s unique offering helps employers recruit people with disabilities and neurodivergent talents to promote diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. Zavikon: Neurodiversity Recruitment Firm Our mission is to build a bridge to disability inclusion in the workplace by placing skilled talent into meaningful...

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