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Since the novel coronavirus forced the nation to self-isolate, the celebrity shoutout service Cameo has seen a massive surge in activity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled industries from tourism to theme parks to movie theaters, as widespread self-isolating mandates have ground to a halt pretty much anything that has to do with groups of people in one space.

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Author: KC Ifeanyi
Posted: March 28, 2020, 7:00 am

Bag bans that were supposed to go into effect have been halted in several states as the plastic industry plays up fears of infection from reusable bags (but doesn’t mention anything about infection from plastic ones).

As the groundswell against single-use plastic has grown, a recent study about the new coronavirus could lend more ammunition: The virus, SARS-CoV-2, can live on plastic for two to three days, versus 24 hours on cardboard. (Another study that looked at related viruses, SARS and MERS, found that some lived on plastic as long as nine days.) But the plastic industry is also using the coronavirus crisis for the opposite reason, to argue that public health requires us to overturn bans on single-use plastic bags at stores.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:00 am

When it comes to fighting COVID-19, enabling staffers to work from home is just the start.

Employers should be doing more to protect their workers’ well-being as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

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Author: Ian Tong MD
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:00 am

Work doesn’t happen at the same time for everyone. Here are some tips to talk to each other better.

One remote work best practice that we live by at Buffer is asynchronous communication. This concept simply means that work doesn’t happen at the same time for everyone.

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Author: Hailley Griffis—Buffer
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:30 am

Everyone is watching ‘Tiger King’ on Netflix, and pretty soon everyone may also be wearing t-shirts with these ridiculously quotable lines from the show.

“I can almost promise you some of you will be urinated on,” says Joe Exotic, the feline-fanatical focal point of Netflix’s Tiger King.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:00 am

March Sadness now has a number.

Turns out March Sadness has a price tag: $375 million. That’s how much it cost the National Collegiate Athletic Association to cancel March Madness this year.

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Author: Connie Lin
Posted: March 27, 2020, 5:12 pm

The stress and confinement of being in a mini-submarine are similar to those induced by the coronavirus pandemic. A neuroscientist and a Navy SEAL explain the simple principles that can help you combat the anxiety of uncertainty and thrive.

Crammed into the back of a mini-submarine with three other large SEALs, weapons, radios, and packs, you have little space to move, much less find comfort. It’s cold, wet, dark, and cramped. You’re never certain how long the trip will take. After an hour or so, seasickness sets in, and the only place to release is in the very mask you breathe from.

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Author: Pat Dossett and Andrew Huberman
Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:00 pm

3D printing is having a moment as a vital source of emergency medical supply creation.

When Madiha Choksi, a research and learning technologies librarian at Columbia University, received a call for help from a doctor last week, she didn’t hesitate. Part of her job entails managing the school library’s 3D printing program, so she often gets requests from researchers and faculty members to print out different prototypes. On March 19, Peirre Elias, a Columbia University cardiology fellow, had an urgent ask: With the severe absence of PPE at hospitals, would she be able to 3D-print face shields?

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Author: Kristin Toussaint
Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:00 pm

More than one in four jobs in these three states are at risk of disappearing because they are in vulnerable industries.

While our health is at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, the repercussions on the economy are certain to affect almost everyone’s livelihood as the disease decimates businesses globally. Here in the U.S., economists and policymakers are increasingly anticipating a recession. Goldman Sachs recently estimated that the U.S. GDP will wither about 24% between April and June 2020.

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Author: Lydia Dishman
Posted: March 27, 2020, 3:49 pm

The airline industry, which received $5 billion in taxpayer funds and another $10 billion in loan guarantees after 9/11, is the likely recipient of $50 billion in taxpayer money and guarantees under a sweeping $2 trillion stimulus bill.

This story was produced by MapLight, a nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics.

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Author: Frank Bass
Posted: March 27, 2020, 3:00 pm

Though many core elements within the bill have been praised, others have been roundly criticized. Here are the lowlights.

Even amid the urgency of the coronavirus pandemic, the massive $2 trillion stimulus plan voted on by the House this afternoon saw its share of partisan wrangling (because . . . Washington). But more infuriating was the long list of special interests lobbying for big chunks of money or other benefits, despite the fact that many of these interests clearly don’t have the most compelling need.

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Author: Marcus Baram
Posted: March 27, 2020, 1:25 pm

The pandemic’s growth has been exponential these last three weeks, as visualized by the Economist Group’s Intelligence Unit.

The Economist Group’s Intelligence Unit published a slick graphic showing how confirmed cases of COVID-19 have stacked up by country over time:

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Author: Connie Lin
Posted: March 27, 2020, 1:05 pm

U.S. job losses are so staggering that ‘The New York Times’ needed more space to show just how bad things are.

There are a few front pages of a newspaper that are so striking, they become iconic: The stock market crash on Black Tuesday in 1929; the incorrect Chicago Tribune headline “Dewey beats Truman.” We can now add today’s New York Times to that list. It features a chart of job losses that are so staggering, it spans the entire front page.

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Author: Lilly Smith
Posted: March 27, 2020, 12:45 pm

Want to add some guilt-free screen time to your days? Try a documentary that everyone will enjoy.

We’re all burning through titles on our streaming platforms, and for good reason. There’s never been a better time to settle in and watch all the series and movies that have been lingering on our lists. But when you have kids under the age of 16, nightmare-inducing true crime series and the dark and ridiculous (and yes, addictive) titles that are currently dropping—we’re looking at you, Tiger King—probably aren’t what you’re looking for. That’s why we rounded up the 25 best family-friendly documentary titles currently available on HBO, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

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Author: Lauren Steele
Posted: March 27, 2020, 12:12 pm

Being a shut-in is an evolutionarily valuable trait, especially right now.

Loners are not dysfunctional failures of the herd. They save the herd. They are herd heroes.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: March 27, 2020, 10:48 am

CURA, an open-source design, hopes to expand emergency facilities for hospitals treating coronavirus patients.

COVID-19’s rapid spread has strained hospital resources across the globe. Personal protective equipment isn’t being manufactured quickly enough to keep up with demand, and emergency wings are being forced to prioritize high-risk patients while sending milder cases home. While some hospitals are erecting temporary tents to receive more patients, coronavirus is easily transmitted, which means they don’t just need more space but more areas designed for complete isolation.

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Author: Evan Nicole Brown
Posted: March 27, 2020, 10:00 am

A top leadership coach reveals how you can get the most out of your network.

“Building relationships is not just a critical career skill but a critical life skill,” says Rebecca Zucker, Stanford Graduate School of Business alumna and partner at leadership development consultancy Next Step Partners.

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Author: Sachin Waikar
Posted: March 27, 2020, 9:30 am

The novel coronavirus claims the life of a vocal, progressive leader in the architecture community.

Architect, urban planner, author, and critic Michael Sorkin died this week from complications related to COVID-19. The news was first reported by architect Warren James and Archinect. Fast Company has since confirmed his death with Sorkin’s nonprofit Terreform. He was 71.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: March 27, 2020, 9:23 am

Throughout history, fashion has been used as a weapon against disease—and unwanted attention.

As the world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak, “social distancing” has become a buzzword of these strange times.

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Author: Einav Rabinovitch-Fox
Posted: March 27, 2020, 9:00 am

From organizing digital photos to repurposing old tech, here’s some ideas on how to use your free time during the coronavirus lockdown.

If you’re heeding the advice of public health officials and staying home to slow the spread of coronavirus, you might have a lot more idle time than you did a few weeks ago. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend it all binge-watching Netflix or playing Fortnite.

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Author: Jared Newman
Posted: March 27, 2020, 8:00 am
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  Monica Bailey of Rock Port, Missouri, sent in this question that I think you can relate to: Thank you ladies, as always, for supporting small towns! My question is super generic but it is giving me sleepless nights. I am our counties economic/community development director and I’ve been scrambling to support our small businesses […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 27, 2020, 11:41 am
There’s not enough parking downtown! Doesn’t every city have that problem? You’re about to learn a new way to get more parking for your Main Street without having to pave, stripe or get a permit. It doesn’t work in every town, but it very well might work in yours. Finding hidden parking There is only […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 7, 2020, 2:55 pm
The drawback to Yeti Blue USB Microphones for podcasting Yeti Blue microphones are widely popular for podcasting and home sound recording. They do have a big drawback of being overly sensitive. They pick up too much background noise even when the gain is turned way down. I know because I bought one for my own […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: February 17, 2020, 12:37 pm
by Deb Brown At least, the old way of doing them Writing a business plan is an intense project that takes up a lot of your time. You spend weeks and weeks on it, and you’re not even sure everything in it is correct. Your financial projections are just wild guesses. You’re not even open […]
Author: Deb Brown
Posted: February 6, 2020, 11:54 am
By Paula Jensen Have you ever experienced a time when you could envision what needs to happen but had no idea what to stop doing in order to reach the point of success? Here is a simple example: This year at Santa Day in my community someone asked, “Why do we give away turkeys to […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: January 20, 2020, 11:23 am
  By Deb Brown When I was Chamber of Commerce Director in Webster City, Iowa, one of our big events was Junquefest, a three day event where vendors come to town and sell all kinds of junque. We wanted to close the streets and let the vendors park their trailers by their booths. That was […]
Author: Deb Brown
Posted: January 7, 2020, 1:31 pm
  By Paula Jensen It seems I have almost always been interested in leadership.  My parents modeled leadership as I was growing up through their active roles in community, church, and school.  I joined 4-H at the age of eight, was called a “ring-leader” as an elementary student (which I don’t think this was a […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: December 28, 2019, 12:15 pm
  Getting local businesses to cooperate can be a challenge in any small town. Everyone is busy in their own business, and few have time to dedicate to working with other businesses. Whether it’s a formal project put on by a group like the Chamber of Commerce or an informal get-together, there are big benefits […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: December 16, 2019, 1:09 pm
What small town people see as their biggest challenges And what topics rural people most want help with Wouldn’t it be great if the people who say they want to help rural people would actually listen to rural people’s own challenges?! That’s why we created this survey! We use the results to create practical steps […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: December 5, 2019, 3:20 pm
The first vision board presented by the design:SD team to the community of Webster, South Dakota, on Sept. 27, 2014, stated the following phrase in bold lettering:  GATHERING THE DOERS.  There were approximately 50 people in the room that day and surprisingly none of them got up and ran out in fear upon seeing the design:SD team’s […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: November 22, 2019, 12:04 pm
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