Scaling up employee ownership is key to an equitable economic recovery

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During the pandemic, employee-owned firms have been less likely to lay off employees or cut wages. Congress and the administration could now help them grow. Phoenix Coffee, a Cleveland-based coffee roaster with 37 employees and several coffee shops, was entering October weathering the same struggle as myriad other small retail businesses. Forced to close its storefronts and subsist on a fraction of its normal business during the COVID-19 pandemic, times were tough. Read Full Story

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Everyone is drinking coffee during coronavirus, but make sure to order local

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Are you ordering more coffee this week? Probably. This is an excellent way to support a struggling local business. The coronavirus coffee boom is in full swing: U.S. consumer sales of packaged coffee are up 70% from last year, the Financial Times reports . While nearly all commodity markets are either tanking or slowly recovering from March slumps , the futures benchmark for coffee is up 20% since the start of February . Read Full Story

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The secrets to maintaining employee morale through the pandemic

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As the crisis continue into the next season, your workers may fall victim to low mood and motivation. Here are smart management techniques to fight employee disenchantment. A sense of fulfillment seems like some far-off fantasy right now. Something of days past when work and life didn’t blur into one; at the very least, a time when you could have your morning coffee without interruptions. As we’ve seen the last few months, the pandemic has upended notions of well-being and happiness, especially around work and its separation from our our personal lives. Read Full Story

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Gift guide: The best gifts for home cooks, according to Chobani employees

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Gift ideas include Lee Kum Kee XO Sauce, a Blackstone Griddle, a Maxi-Matic Air Fryer, and more. Most of us have been cooking at home a whole lot more during the pandemic—so chances are there’s someone on your list who would enjoy a food-related gift. To drum up some inspired ideas, we turned to the foodies at Chobani (the beloved Greek yogurt company that has expanded into oat milk , coffee creamers, and even cafes ) for some curated suggestions. These are the best food gifts they’ve given, received, or put on their wishlists. Bon appétit! Read Full Story

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Managers, it’s possible to build a positive feedback culture remotely. Here’s how

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When your workplace has a well-executed feedback culture, it likewise shows off a communicative company. As COVID-19 began its global spread, companies scrambled to re-create familiar routines for employees working remotely. Daily meetings became video calls. Coffee runs turned into virtual Donut chats. The initial stay-at-home orders of 2020 inspired a variety of quick fixes to help teams stay connected and productive. Nearly a year has passed since those first, frantic days of the pandemic; now it’s time to trade our temporary measures for lasting remote work solutions. Read Full Story

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2021 Local SEO Success: Expert Tips & Predictions

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Posted by MiriamEllis “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh , Buddhist teacher Image credit: Maulvi My warm New Year’s greetings to all local business owners and local SEOs reading my column today. Add to this my sincere sentiments of solidarity for what we went through together in 2020 — we won’t soon forget it, and our stories from the journey contain important teachings for our market and industry. I often find that the best local SEO takeaways sprout from the real-world anecdotes of colleagues and friends, and you’ll find those here today along with my personal predictions for the year ahead. Let’s get learning! Teachings from the real lives of local SEOs In a year when we were physically distant from one another in unprecedented ways, I’ve found memorable lessons in how local business owners broke down barriers to keep communities connected. …

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