After Rocky Start, Opportunity Zones Could Boom In 2021

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Description: President-elect Joe Biden and his administration are keen to undo much of what their predecessors did. Yet when it comes to one flagging Trump initiative— the opportunity zone program— Biden and the Democrat-controlled Congress could actually provide a big boost. Source: Forbes.com Date: Jan 15, 2021 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbisnoff/2021/01/15/after-rocky-start-opportunity-zones-could-boom-in-2021/?sh=52d4567d6cd4 Questions for discussion: What are opportunity… Read more »

Bucs lineman Ndamukong Suh uses Warren Buffett’s advice to navigate market turmoil

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Description: National Football League lineman Ndamukong Suh tries to speak with Warren Buffett quarterly to catch up and solicit investment advice. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 17, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/17/nfl-buccaneers-ndamukong-suh-using-warren-buffetts-advice.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the business and investing thinking of Ndamukong Suh, as presented in this report? Do you think these lessons should be generally accepted… Read more »

Tesla Might Finally Have Some Competition. From Ford.

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Description: Traditional automakers have struggled to sell electric cars. That could change as Ford, Volkswagen and others introduce new models. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 15, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/15/business/ford-mustang-ev-tesla.html?auth=login-email&login=email Questions for discussion: Do you think Ford can gain on Tesla in the race to attract EV buyers? How important do you think the company brand is… Read more »

Canadian tech startup poised to bring standardized health info to the masses

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Description: Standardizing the world’s health knowledge so that everyone can get the best care possible seems like a lofty mission for one company, but if any Canadian health-tech startup can make it happen, Think Research Corp. may be the safest bet. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 15, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/technology/canadian-tech-startup-poised-to-bring-standardized-health-info-to-the-masses Questions for discussion: Summarize the implications… Read more »

Lisa McLeod On Selling With Noble Purpose – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: She has an incredible work ethic. That was one (of the many) takeaway from this episode. Lisa McLeod is a strategy consultant, executive coach, and keynote speaker who has worked with some of the coolest companies on the planet. Lisa is the author of five books, including the global bestseller, Selling With Noble Purpose – How to… Read more »

How Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is luring tech players from Silicon Valley and New York

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Description: Suarez’s schedule and phone have blown up since he accidentally launched a Twitter campaign to make Miami the latest innovation hub in early December, when someone on the app suggested bringing Silicon Valley to the Sunshine State. His “How can I help?” response generated 2.3 million organic impressions alone, he says. Source: CNBC.com – video report… Read more »

How Walmart plans to take over health care

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Description: Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, wants to be your doctor, too. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 04, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/30/how-walmart-cvs-and-walgreens-are-diving-deeper-into-healthcare.html Questions for discussion: What is Walmart’s plan for growth? Do you think the plan can succeed? What are the managerial implications for this plan – from staffing to operations?

Pepsi seeks to help Black-owned restaurants with ‘Dig In’ campaign

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Description: Pepsi launched a multichannel campaign to urge support for Black-owned restaurants and help them generate more than $100 million in sales over the next five years. Source: marketingdive.com Date: Jan 03, 2021 Link: https://www.marketingdive.com/news/pepsi-seeks-to-help-black-owned-restaurants-with-dig-in-campaign/592804/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202021-01-05%20Marketing%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:31705%5D&utm_term=Marketing%20Dive Questions for discussion: How would you suggest Pepsi management help these small businesses adapt to new digital operations? What are… Read more »

Teachers on TV? Schools Try Creative Strategy to Narrow Digital Divide

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Description: It’s another way to reach students without internet or computers during the pandemic. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 03, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/03/technology/teachers-on-tv.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about using television as a low-tech educational delivery system for larger audiences? Do you think developing greater educational access via television makes longer-term sense after… Read more »

Small businesses feeling the pinch of credit-card fees as e-commerce ramps up

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Description: Fees remain higher than in many Western countries, particularly for online transactions, trade organizations say Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Jan 06, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-businesses-feeling-the-pinch-of-credit-card-fees-as-e-commerce-ramps-up Questions for discussion: What are the issues related to fees? Should government play a role as arbitrator on behalf of small businesses? What benefit is there for government?