Honoring pandemic leaders from every corner, one year later

Benz Seo

It was a year ago today that I sent an email to our Cleveland Leadership Center team offering “optional work from home.” I thought we would be back together in a few months. Like many, I was only beginning to grasp the reality of the pandemic.

At the time, every business and organization was issuing “our response to COVID-19” messages with verbiage that would become the pandemic vernacular: unprecedented, pivot, new normal, adapt. Many concluded with the phrase “We’re all in this together” in an attempt to create a bond of solidarity against the virus.

The truth is we were

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UPMC sells mansion to real estate firm

Benz Seo

The construction company, Inch & Co. is now in the real estate business.

And Inch & Co. Real Estate recently acquired real estate for a new home for the company — Elmwood Mansion at 400 Elmwood Blvd. in Spring Garden Township, York County.

The real estate division, which was launched earlier this year offers commercial and residential real estate services.

“Inch & Co. is reimagining the entire real estate experience,” Ryan Sigel, Inch & Co. Real Estate’s director of operations said in a press release. “Buyers and sellers will have access to Inch & Co.’s comprehensive, one-stop-shop supporting companies for

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How to fund your business as a Black entrepreneur

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In 2019, entrepreneur Renee King was at a conference for Black entrepreneurs when she heard something that took her aback: “If you can’t raise a friends and family round, what does that say about you?” 

An angel investor (someone who invests their own money into a new company) directed this remark at King and about 100 other Black women entrepreneurs. The investor was also a Black woman. 

For King, this comment ignores the unique hurdles Black business owners might face. While a friends and family round is one of the most common ways to raise money for a startup

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Crypto’s Next Big Thing Raises Questions While the Price Surges

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(Bloomberg) — The meteoric rise of Cardano over the past three months is catching the attention of some of the savviest investors in cryptocurrencies.

Billionaire Michael Novogratz sought to crowdsource information on the digital token, also known as Ada, on Tuesday, asking for help to explain the more than sixfold surge since the middle of December that briefly made it the third-biggest cryptocurrency by market value after stalwarts Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Novogratz isn’t the only one asking what’s going on with a network that still lacks many functionalities available on its more established rivals. That hasn’t stopped it from developing

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Business owners voice concerns about proposed personal income tax bill

Benz Seo

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS)– Governor Jim Justice announced he wants to eliminate the State’s Personal Income Tax for people living in West Virginia. In order to do so, the Governor proposed an increase in the State’s Sales Tax.

On Saturday, Mar. 13, 2021, business owners around the community met with Raleigh County Delegate Brandon Steele to express their frustrations with this plan.

“We are all for lower taxes he and that is what we see as a total it will lower taxes. But when you get involved with the meat of ok where is this cuts being made, ok it is

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Wage theft in construction industry highlighted in Sen. Eric Lesser livestream

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LONGMEADOW — Many laborers working for subcontractors in the construction industry face unsafe working conditions, forced overtime with no extra pay or even pay that withheld altogether.

During his weekly “Lunchtime Livestream” series Friday, Sen. Eric P. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, spoke with Noel Xavier, business representative and organizer for the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, about everything from wage theft and tax fraud to labor issues within the construction industry.

Xavier said these issues are not occurring on small home or business additions, but on multimillion-dollar construction sites.

“The projects that I go out to every day and talk

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