Benay Informer 3/30/2021
Updated: Apr 1, 2021
Let’s not forget to continuing supporting each other, our communities and our small businesses as we approach the possible end of the COVID pandemic here in the US!
The COVID pandemic has upended so many companies, individuals and their dreams. The hallmark of resilience and entrepreneurship is to pivot, persevere and continue forward. Benay is so thrilled to be able to support Mississippi Cares, a recent start-up that provides custom disinfecting and sanitation services.
You might ask how a Mississippi organization comes on the radar of us here at Benay. Well when you meet an entrepreneur that impresses you, who is passionate about not only business but doing “good” through business, you stay in touch. Since meeting Mississippi Cares co-founder Shakiri Murrain several years ago at a Portland Maine Entrepreneurial event now known as Startup Maine, I have remained in contact. I watched with dismay as his import export business became untenable due to US sanctions, but was heartened and excited as Shakiri kept moving forward, pivoting and finding others to join him in his latest vision for a company whose corporate philosophy is “We’re All In This Together. Let’s Take Care of Our Community, Together!”
Community isn’t just a geographical area, but a group of liked-minded people who care as much about doing good, supporting others and seeing them thrive and prosper as they do of making money. So Benay was happy to support Mississippi Cares by ordering custom PPE packages for all our staff. Please remember to support your community, whatever and wherever it is. And oh, keep your eyes on the young entrepreneurs that cross your path-they will enlighten and invigorate and inspire you!
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Having reliable, steady and sufficient operational cash flow is vital to any business. While maintaining an adequate income is necessary for survival, increasing it is the key to growing your business and providing security in case of a crisis.
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Financial planning adds value to employee stock rewards
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The Fed boosts its forecast for US economic growth this year
The United States Federal Reserve foresees the economy accelerating quickly this year but still expects to keep its benchmark interest rate pinned near zero through 2023, despite concerns in financial markets about potentially higher inflation.
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The Suez Canal is unblocked, the worlds commerce resumes its course
The mammoth cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal was wrenched from the shoreline and finally set free on Monday, raising hopes that one of the world’s most vital maritime routes would quickly rebound and limit the fallout of a disruption that had paralyzed billions of dollars in global trade. Learn more. #SuezCanal #evergreen #ship #cargo #globaltrade #benayinformer
Kamala Harris visits Connecticut to highlight federal stimulus plan
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Can companies align their political activity with their sustainability work?
Corporate sustainability has evolved, and companies have made significant strides in recent years. But their sustainability strategies often neglect their political involvement. And their political activities may not be fully aligned with their sustainability activities or their stated values." Learn more
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5 opportunities offered by remote business management
Business resilience is the ability to identify, address and recover from changes that have occurred and to drive favorable results amid adversity. The coronavirus pandemic represents a great challenge that not all companies survived, but in this article, I would like to talk about what those that continue to survive have done and especially those that are succeeding today through remote business management.
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This time last year businesses transformed overnight in a way they never thought possible, proving remote working, flexibility and agility is possible. Something people with disabilities have been calling on for years was now happening. Learn More.
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COVID-19 stimulus package is a boon for business
American businesses are poised to benefit from twin victories in the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package, which gives consumers more money to spend but doesn’t force companies to raise workers’ wages. It doesn’t include a proposed increase in the minimum wage to $15 over four years, meaning retailers, restaurants and others don’t have to worry about higher payrolls for now.. Learn More.
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COVID-19 small business loans are about to get much bigger
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The main question is how the COVID-19 or pandemic will impact your company or business?
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