With Stimulus Talks Stalled, Small Businesses Put Hope in Long-Term Loan Programs

It’s impossible to understate the level of economic calamity in which many of the nation’s small businesses now find themselves.

While economic activity has picked up since the early days of the pandemic, regions including New York City and its environs and the Philadelphia metro area remain hobbled. That’s according to the August Beige Book, the Federal Reserve’s regular survey of business activity in 12 districts across the U.S. Similarly, some industries have been particularly hard hit: business services in San Francisco; service-sector businesses in New York; and tourism-related companies in Atlanta. Overall, in many regions, the post-shutdown resurgence began to slow by late August.

Entrepreneurs say the Paycheck Protection Program, which extended more than $521 billion in forgivable loans to around 5 million small businesses up until the program ended on August 8, was pivotal in helping keep their companies afloat during the early part of the

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Why is the "candidate experience" so important?

There are many open jobs in the market, but not enough people to fill those positions.

Attracting the best hire for the organization is a challenging task for the recruiting manager. And during the hiring process, one thing they should never forget about great candidate experience.

So, what is candidate experience

Candidate experience can be defined as the perceptions created by a job seeker about your company during the hiring process.

Let’s find out why the candidate experience is so important?

A positive experience can help your company attract and find better talent, while poor candidate experience may harm your reputation.

As many as 4 out of 5 candidates ( 78{998ff540fe94a59c7c9828c4dd5223100610db67cea90947d11644c77e05f5f4} ) say the overall candidate experience they receive is an indicator of how a company values its people. Source: careerbuilder.com

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30 Great Business, Leadership, and Personal Development Books on Adam Grant’s Fall Reading List

As Adam Grant likes to say, “Leaders who don’t have time to read are leaders who don’t make time to learn.”

That’s why he periodically shares lists of upcoming books he thinks might make a real difference in how you think and act. (Here’s a link to his original post.)

Since I’ve also read advance copies of some of the books on this year’s list, let’s start with the books I also wholeheartedly recommend:

Margaret Heffernan (September 8)

While the past is often a great guide to the future, Heffernan shows how to go a step farther and prepare for the unexpected.

Sounds like a pretty timely read to me.

Based on Raz’s popular podcast, How I Built This is full of real-world lessons for building and growing a business.

And for making sure that business is built to last.

As the leader of Google’s product inclusion team, Jean-Baptiste

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TikTok – The Lockdown Craze That’s Here to Stay

A fear of missing out and endless opportunity within have allowed for TikTok to develop into one of the biggest global phenomena of the 21st century.

Snapchat captivated an audience and demographic and so did Instagram. But something so obscure as TikTok, has, well, steamrolled across the globe, engulfing generations and multi-national corporations on its way — this exponential growth isn’t something to be missed, no matter what your motivation is.

As much as you might want to, you cannot deny that there is something special about TikTok. It is, after all, one of the fastest growing social media sites on the planet.

For those of who you somehow don’t know what it is, you’ll most certainly have heard someone talking about it. TikTok, not the song once released by pop sensation Kesha, is an app which allows users to upload short videos, customised and personalised with music, text, … Read more

The Remote Worker’s Guide to Clear, Concise, and Effective Writing

If you’re like most people, your amount of time spent in teleconferences has skyrocketed over the past months. So too has your amount of time spent writing emails. Sales pitches. Proposals. Slack/Teams/Flock messages. 

Communicating effectively in writing is not only more necessary, it’s even more important, since it often serves as virtually (pun intended) a central history and record for ideas, projects, timelines, accountability, etc. 

Which is a problem, since most people don’t think of themselves as good writers.

If that’s you — if you don’t consider yourself a good writer — you’re probably hung up on the style and craft of writing. Worry too much about how you write and it’s extremely hard to write well. 

But with business communication, craft and style are irrelevant. What matters are results. Writing is only good writing when it gets things done

Need to write an important email? Do this:

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