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28 Simple Secrets That Will Help Your Biz Crush the End of 2019

Ever wondered how other small business owners handle the last four months of the year? We did too. That’s why we investigated what small businesses are doing to prepare for the end of the year, whether their work is slowing down for winter (contractors, landscapers) or speeding up for the holidays (retailers, restaurants). While a lot of small businesses had different seasonality challenges, we found dozens or tried-and-true strategies that every business can use to close out the remaining year ...
Tags: Business, Startup, Irs, Cnbc, Midwest, Right Now, National Retail Federation, Mariah Bliss, Dean Drobot Shutterstock, Simply Business Business


Subtropical Storm Melissa Forecast Discussion Number 2

Issued at 500 PM AST Fri Oct 11 2019 000 WTNT44 KNHC 112032 TCDAT4 Subtropical Storm Melissa Discussion Number 2 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL142019 500 PM AST Fri Oct 11 2019 Melissa continues to churn south-southwest of New England. A late-morning scatterometer overpass indicated that the large wind field remains in tact with only a slight decrease in maximum winds, while satellite imagery continues to show banding surrounding the circulation center. A recent Hebert-Po...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, Atlantic, Miami, Nws, New England, Nhc, Midwest, Gale, Melissa, KT, TAFB, Hebert Poteat


PE-backed AHEAD and Data Blue to merge

Chicago-based AHEAD and Atlanta-based Data Blue, which are both providers of digital infrastructure to large enterprises, have agreed to merge as well as acquire Sovereign Systems. No financial terms were disclosed. AHEAD and Data Blue are backed by Court Square Capital. PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO and ATLANTA – October 11, 2019 – Chicago-based AHEAD and Atlanta-based Data Blue, both leading providers of digital infrastructure to large enterprises, today announced an agreement to merge their two compa...
Tags: Microsoft, Trends, Tech, Atlanta, Cisco, Chicago, M&a, Nashville, Amazon Web Services, Midwest, Mid Atlantic, Ayoub, Dell Technologies, Data Blue, Stephen Ayoub, Sovereign Systems


This Week in Photography: East of the Mississippi

  Part 1: The Intro I was wondering what to write about this morning. No strong pull in any direction. (Which is rare.) So I dropped into a kneeling-Japanese-meditation-pose I learned in Aikido. I calmed my mind, focused on my breathing, and at first, tried to figure out what my psyche was interested in. The last few stories from London? A new book from the pile? Anything about Chicago? But I quieted those thoughts, because why else meditate? After a few minutes, I opened my eyes, and the first ...
Tags: Spotify, Photography, London, Mississippi, Wikipedia, America, Chicago, Mtv, James Bond, Ian Fleming, Jamaica, Sting, New England, Bordeaux, Northumberland, Photography Books


Subtropical Storm Melissa Forecast Discussion Number 1

Issued at 1100 AM AST Fri Oct 11 2019 000 WTNT44 KNHC 111452 TCDAT4 Subtropical Storm Melissa Discussion Number 1 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL142019 1100 AM AST Fri Oct 11 2019 Convection increased near the center of the nor'easter centered southeast of New England overnight. First-light visible satellite imagery briefly showed an eye-like feature before the convection around the immediate center began to weaken. However, a large convective band still persists over the ...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, Atlantic, Miami, Nws, New England, Nhc, Midwest, Gale, Melissa, KT, TAFB, Hebert Poteat


A Record-Setting Blizzard Is Set to Blast the Midwest

The Midwest is skipping fall and heading right to winter to end the week. Read more...
Tags: Science, Snow, Midwest, Dakotas, Blizzards, Weather Is Happening


Historic, 'crippling blizzard' blasts Upper Midwest; Denver weather is wild

An 'all-out blizzard' is threatening North and South Dakota as the Midwest experiences an earlier-than-normal snowstorm.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, South Dakota, North, Usa Today, Denver, Midwest, Upper Midwest


As a 'crippling blizzard' heads for Upper Midwest, this snowstorm has already been historic

An 'all-out blizzard' is threatening North and South Dakota as the Midwest experiences an earlier-than-normal snowstorm.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, South Dakota, North, Usa Today, Midwest, Upper Midwest


Ethanol stocks drop to two-year low despite slight increase in production

In Washington, DTN reports that Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol production rose by 5,000 barrels per day last week to 963,000 bpd but even so, stocks fell to two year lows of 21.2 million barrels, down 2 million barrels on the week. The Gulf Coast region where most exports leave from fell by 800,000 barrels while the key Midwest producing region saw stocks fall by half a million barrels. Stocks fell in all regions except for the Rocky Mountain region that held flat.
Tags: Washington, Producer News, EIA, Ethanol, Energy Information Administration, Midwest, Rocky Mountain, DTN, The Gulf Coast


MacQueen Emergency buys Rescue Repair

MacQueen Emergency has acquired Rescue Repair. Financial terms weren’t announced. Rescue Repair provides fire, ambulance and rescue equipment. MacQueen Emergency is part of the MacQueen Group, a Rotunda Capital Partners portfolio company. PRESS RELEASE BETHESDA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MacQueen Emergency, part of the MacQueen Group, a Rotunda Capital Partners portfolio company, acquired Rescue Repair, a Missouri-based mobile repair provider for fire, ambulance and rescue equipment. Coupled with the ...
Tags: Trends, Missouri, North Dakota, M&a, Midwest, St Paul Minnesota, Pierce, Rotunda, Business Services, MacQueen, Rotunda Capital Partners, Rotunda Capital, Rotunda Capital Rotunda Capital Partners, MacQueen Emergency, Rescue Repair, Rescue Repair Financial


GM strike’s economic toll: idle trucks, packed warehouses

Much of the pain from the strike, now in its fourth week, is concentrated in the northern Midwest, which was already contending with a manufacturing slowdown.
Tags: Business, News, Economy, Gm, Midwest


Which U.S. city has the smallest apartments? Hint: It’s not New York

An analysis by Apartment List, which looked at data from 100 of the most populated cities with at least 20 units available on Apartment List’s site, revealed that many of the nation’s smallest studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are in cities across the Midwest and South.
Tags: New York, Lifestyle, Radio, Midwest, Markets & Economy, Median Rent, Apartment List, Apartment Sizes, Median rent growth, Median Rent Price, One-bedroom Apartment, One-bedroom Apartment Rent, Rental Sizes, Studio Apartment Rent, Studio apartments, Two-bedroom Apartment


Which US city has the smallest apartments? Hint: It’s not New York

An analysis by Apartment List, which looked at data from 100 of the most populated cities with at least 20 units available on Apartment List’s site, revealed that many of the nation’s smallest studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are in cities across the Midwest and South.
Tags: New York, US, Lifestyle, Radio, Midwest, Markets & Economy, Median Rent, Apartment List, Property Portfolio, Apartment Sizes, Median rent growth, Median Rent Price, One-bedroom Apartment, One-bedroom Apartment Rent, Rental Sizes, Studio Apartment Rent


Best towns for LGBTQ road trip

For the queer traveler, despite the appeal of the open road, traversing the United States eventually means that they’ll be stuck in some states that are less than accepting of their lifestyles. Contrary to popular belief, however, there are safe havens for queer travelers that exist all over the country — from Arkansas to Kansas. So, to ensure that the open road remains just as friendly to the LGBTQ traveler, we’ve discovered the best places to go on your queer-friendly US road trip. 1. Tao...
Tags: Travel, California, Oregon, US, America, San Francisco, Chicago, West, United States, Road Trips, Arkansas, Arizona, Portland, Kansas, Nashville, New Mexico


G.M. Strike’s Economic Toll Is Showing: ‘I Might Lose the Business’

Much of the pain from the strike, now in its fourth week, is concentrated in the northern Midwest, which was already contending with a manufacturing slowdown.
Tags: News, General Motors, Michigan, Automobiles, Strikes, Midwest, Layoffs and Job Reductions, Organized Labor, Economic Conditions and Trends, Labor and Jobs, United Automobile Workers


G.M. Strike’s Economic Toll: Idle Trucks, Packed Warehouses

Much of the pain from the strike, now in its fourth week, is concentrated in the northern Midwest, which was already contending with a manufacturing slowdown.
Tags: News, General Motors, Michigan, Automobiles, Strikes, Midwest, Layoffs and Job Reductions, Organized Labor, Economic Conditions and Trends, Labor and Jobs, United Automobile Workers


Costs of natural disasters are increasing at the high end

While the economic cost of natural disasters has not increased much on average, averages can be deceptive. The costs of major disasters like hurricanes Katrina, Maria and Dorian or the massive tornado swarms in the Midwest have increased to a disproportionately larger extent than those of lesser events, and these major disasters have become far more expensive, according to an international team of researchers.
Tags: Midwest, Dorian, Katrina Maria


Californians chased out of state by bad public policy

SACRAMENTO – I remember getting that phone call 20-some years ago while at my desk at The Lima News, which was a sister newspaper to The Orange County Register. “Would I like to come to California to work at the Register,” the editor asked. “Why, yes,” I eagerly said. “When do I start?” I forgot to ask about the salary. When I told my wife the exciting news, she asked if we were going to weigh the pros and cons of such a big move from our cozy Ohio town to sprawling Southern California. “No,” I ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Oregon, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Dallas, Ohio, District Of Columbia, Orange County, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom


Is Minnesota part of the Midwest? Should it be?

Sure, it's roughly in the middle of the country, but some think of the Midwest as more than a location.
Tags: Minnesota, Midwest


Trump administration says plan would restore ethanol demand

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration says it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries. The proposal announced Friday follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol industry that the federal government’s granting of waivers to […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, Trump, Midwest, DES MOINES Iowa, The Trump


Should Minnesota be considered part of the Midwest?

Is the Midwest a cluster of states — or just a state of mind?
Tags: Minnesota, Midwest


100 Year Old Cheese Company in My Hometown Willows

When I was a teenager I worked one summer at the Rumiano Cheese Company. Their cheese is excellent and the company has grown over the years. Their son Owen moved to France over a year ago to be with his French girlfriend. Imagine that two of us in France from the rural town of Willows. Today the Rumiano Cheese Company was written up in the New York Times! I am so proud of them! Below is the article from the New York Times:     "To hear Baird Rumiano tell it, the s...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hollywood, California, Mexico, France, Oregon, America, New York Times, Italy, John, Annie, Midwest, Northern California, Owen, Crescent City


PE-backed Ntiva buys 3Points

Ntiva, which is backed by Southfield Capital, has acquired Chicago-based 3Points, a managed IT services provider. No financial terms were disclosed. Crestline Investors provided debt financing on the transaction while Finn, Dixon & Herling provided legal counsel to Ntiva and Southfield Capital. PRESS RELEASE GREENWICH, Conn., Oct. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Southfield Capital, a premier lower middle market private equity firm, announced today that Ntiva, Inc., (“Ntiva”) a leading provider of managed...
Tags: Trends, Tech, Chicago, M&a, Kevin Doyle, Msp, Midwest, EBITDA, Chicago Illinois, PE, Southfield Capital, Finn Dixon Herling, Southfield Capital Southfield Capital, Crestline Investors, Ntiva, Steven Freidkin


Alaska and American Leave Their Partnership Hanging By a Thread With New Cuts

It’s time for a rare Wednesday post. After already cutting their partnership back after Alaska and Virgin America merged, American and Alaska will be nearly severing their ties starting in March. Unlike this week’s LATAM mess, this one seems to be a mutual decision. Still, I’m sure the timing could have been better for American. I spoke with both Nat Pieper, Alaska’s new SVP of Fleet, Finance, and Alliances and a spokesperson with American to learn more. Here’s a brief rundown of w...
Tags: Travel, California, Chicago, Alaska, Delta, Seattle, East Coast, US Airways, Latin America, American, Alaska Airlines, Midwest, Latam, Virgin America, Anchorage, Alaska Mileage Plan


Grand Ventures closes debut fund

Grand Ventures has raised $28 million for its first fund. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Grand Ventures is targeting seed and early-stage enterprise SaaS companies in the Midwest and other “emerging geographies.” PRESS RELEASE GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 1, 2019 – Grand Ventures, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based venture capital firm focused on providing emerging companies with early-stage capital and strategic support, today announced the final close on its flagship Fund I, LP at $28 million. T...
Tags: Trends, Indianapolis, Funds, Midwest, Advisory Board, Grand Rapids Michigan, Streit, Hagerty, McKeel Hagerty, Tim Streit, Grand Ventures, Grand Rapids Michigan Grand Ventures, Ann Arbor Chicago Cincinnati, YPO the world


A mother’s thoughts on the athletic recruiting process and how a season ending injury can factor into things

I had a chance to email back and fourth with a mom who has been through a lot during the recruiting process. Her son was a highly rated player in the Midwest and could... The post A mother’s thoughts on the athletic recruiting process and how a season ending injury can factor into things appeared first on Recruiting-101. Please click the headline above to read the rest of this Recruiting-101 article!
Tags: Uncategorized, Sport, Midwest


Integral Ad Science Accelerates Growth with Chicago Market Expansion

IAS sets sights on the Midwest for hiring top engineers and data scientists CHICAGO — Leading digital ad verification company, Integral Ad Science (IAS), announced an expansion of its Chicago presence with the opening of a new office located in the heart of Chicago’s business district – the Loop. This expansion includes hiring up to 150 […] The post Integral Ad Science Accelerates Growth with Chicago Market Expansion appeared first on Ad Tech Daily.
Tags: Advertising, Chicago, Press Releases, Online Media, Midwest, Ad & Media Strategies, Integral Ad Science, Ad and Media Verification, Ad Verification, IAS, Integral Ad Science IAS


Towards a Framework for Responsible Trans Casting Part 3: The Writers

This is Part 3 of a four-part series. Part 1 introduces many of the terms and concepts used in this piece, and Part 2 offers the perspectives of performers. This article will make more sense if you read those first. Introduction Before an actor can bring a character to life, someone has to write that character into existence. Before an actor can bring a character to life, someone has to write that character into existence. Who are the trans writers bringing trans stories into the world, and ho...
Tags: New York, New York City, Religion, US, Transgender, United States, Broadway, Michigan, Kardashian, Opera, Columns, Grant, South, Caitlyn Jenner, John Brooks, Jenner


Most Areas Targeted For New Opportunity Zone Redevelopment Incentives Have Home Prices Well Below National Levels

New tax breaks are aimed at spurring improvement in low-income Opportunity Zone areas of the United States; almost half have median home prices below $150,000 Irvine, CA – Aug. 29, 2019 (PRNewswire) ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database and first property data provider of Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), today released a special report analyzing qualified Opportunity Zones established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs act of 2017 (see full methodology below). In...
Tags: Florida, Real Estate, Texas, News, Mississippi, Congress, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Radio, West, Pennsylvania


Redfin Report: Home Prices Now Rising Faster in Car-Dependent Neighborhoods Than in Walkable Places

Many homebuyers, priced out of walkable neighborhoods, are chasing affordability to car-dependent areas Seattle, WA – Aug. 29, 2019 (PRNewswire) (NASDAQ: RDFN) — Home-sale prices in walkable neighborhoods across the country increased 2.3 percent year over year to a median $343,900 in July, according to a new report from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. Home prices in car-dependent areas rose 4.3 percent annually to a median of $312,100. The re...
Tags: News, Radio, Canada, Homes, San Diego, Miami, San Jose, Philadelphia, Houston, West Coast, Oakland, Seattle, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Redfin