NODC offers assistance for developing online presence

Andreas Milano

The North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council is offering free ecommerce technical advising to businesses that have experienced a COVID-19-related drop in business.

A grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s supplemental CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act) funding offers a way for businesses hurt by health precautions to expand their outreach and operations through free website or social media enhancements.

“Your website, social media and ecommerce should all work together to tell a story and compel your customers to be a part of your story,” said Susan Shoemaker, business assistance specialist for the North

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An In-Depth Guide To Hire An SEO Specialist

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Are you looking for an SEO expert but are unsure how to choose a pro from a con? Relax; help is at hand. Below are some notable pointers that one needs to consider to make the best bet.

Tips to Consider 

  • Google SEO Certification – First, if the SEO expert says that they are Google certified, remember it is a scam. One can undertake SEO courses yet cannot get a certification.
  • Experience – Here, experience does not mean the number of years one has been in SEO. It means the total number of websites that they have worked on. That
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Why It’s a Good Thing There’s No Host This Year

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Who is hosting the Oscars 2021? Drum roll, please. It’s….no one!  

Yes, that’s right: For the third time in a row, the Oscars won’t have a host. That being said, there will still be an in-person celebration—albeit an intimate, COVID-19-friendly one. Per EW, the plan is to “stage an intimate, in-person event at Union Station in Los Angeles, with additional show elements live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.”

“We are treating the event as an active movie set, with specially designed testing cadences to ensure up-to-the-minute results, including an on-site COVID safety team with PCR testing capability,”

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Must-Have Remote Work Gear, According to Globe-Trotting Digital Nomads

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You already have a laptop, cell phone, and suitcase—but digital nomads recommend these must-haves to complete your remote office kit.

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After working from home for more than a year, we’ve gotten used to the absence of water-cooler gossip and desk lunches. Zoom calls are second nature now, and we’ve become masters of juggling work with kid (or cat) feedings, laundry, and cooking. Do we even know how to “office” anymore? 

With—whisper it—light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, we’re looking forward to a new era of working, one that might no longer involve daily commutes.

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SBA announces first-of-its-kind technology initiative for Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Andreas Milano

Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 01:20 pm

Point-of-sale service providers will support eligible restaurant owners with technology solutions

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the first round of technology partners participating in a new initiative for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) – a program that will allow eligible restaurants and other food establishments to access the RRF application or data they need to fill out the application through their trusted point-of-sale (POS) service providers. SBA announced a partnerships with Clover, NCR Corp., Square and Toast in this effort to provide a customer-centric approach to the delivery of relief funds.

“The SBA

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Marion business fills void for small retailers without websites

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Before developing Shop Iowa, says Cherie Edilson, CEO and co-founder of Member Marketplace, “We hadn’t done any platforms outside of Shop Where I Live.” (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

As many businesses shuttered last March at the beginning of the pandemic, Cherie Edilson’s “blew up.”

“In a good way,” clarified Edilson, the CEO and co-founder of Member Marketplace in Marion.

Member Marketplace, which creates online marketplaces for small businesses, has seen accelerated growth during COVID-19 as many brick-and-mortar stores pivot to e-commerce.

“We were ready, and we were prepared,” Edilson said, for an “all-hands-on-deck” March.

“We were in the phase of growing

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