Day: February 5, 2021

Small Business owner on going from idea to opening

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla — It seems like much of Tony Brown’s life has led to this moment.

And he feels ready.

“Every night when I would go to sleep when I was a kid,” Brown says, “I would come up with some business idea or figure some kind of concept about how to create a business. But I just didn’t know how to get from A to Z.”

Tony’s story is the first in a new series called “SWFL Reinvented: Moving Forward”. For the next year, we’re going to track how a group of small business owners go from concept to creation to running their own business. We’ll update you every week in a digital-only series that you can watch on the Fox 4 website or the Fox 4 App on your favorite streaming device.

When Tony was growing up, dreaming of owning his own business, his dad told

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Facing ‘financial disaster’ from COVID-19, UW System pushes for borrowing ability | Higher education

UW-Madison campus

A cyclist passes the Memorial Union, at right, on UW-Madison’s campus last summer.

The University of Wisconsin System estimates COVID-19 has cost campuses a net $318 million loss from last March through the end of 2020.

Never has a financial landscape like the one currently facing the System made a better case for giving campuses the authority to borrow, officials told the UW Board of Regents at a Thursday meeting, just days before the 2021-23 state budget process begins when Gov. Tony Evers unveils his proposal Feb. 16.

The System is unique in lacking borrowing ability, a constraint that is particularly challenging because of the short-term cash-flow problems the pandemic created.

UW-Madison sustained more than half of the System’s net losses, $176.5 million, since the pandemic hit last spring.

Rebecca Blank


Its auxiliary units, or entities that normally are self-supporting

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Best Entry-Level Finance Jobs for 2021

Finance can be a fiercely competitive field to break into. After all, it’s a famously high-paying industry known to pay six or seven figures in salaries and bonuses for those at the top. Even those on the bottom rung can expect to start at a good wage compared to other fields.

You may not walk into your dream job right away, but the good news is that finance is a vast industry, so once you’re in, there’s plenty of room to evolve, move around, and find your niche. First, however, you have to get your foot in the (entry-level) door.

A Look At Entry-Level Careers In Finance

Entry-Level Salary

Entry-level finance compensation averages $88,774 a year, according to the job-search website Glassdoor, in January 2021. The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Winter 2020 Salary Survey projects starting paychecks in the finance, insurance, and real estate fields

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Ann Arbor approves $1.2 million contract increase for water service line replacement

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ann Arbor City Council approved a $1.2 million contract increase to replace home water service lines that are connected to lead parts or may have been in the past.

The project must start this year as a result of Michigan’s Lead and Copper rules.

The contract increase was approved at the council’s regular meeting on Monday, Feb.1 where Council Member Travis Radina questioned what factors went into the dramatic increase of $1.2 million, bringing the total contract amount to $1.5 million, an increase of about 359 percent.

“I guess I was trying to just get a little bit better of a sense as to why the initial project was so much lower than what is being asked to approve of now,” Radina said.

As stated in Michigan’s Lead and Copper rules, cities must replace five percent of galvanized lines a year based on their inventory.

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15 Marketing, Advertising And PR Trends That Will Take Off This Year

Trends in the world of advertising, marketing and public relations are exciting and elusive things. Their popularity can go through the roof one week and be virtually nonexistent by the start of the next. Regardless of how unpredictable they are, getting in on a trend before others do can be a massive boon for an agency.

Consequently, there’s a continual focus on anticipating which emerging trends will explode before they become mainstream. Below, 15 members of Forbes Agency Council look at some of the trends they expect to rise to prominence as this year progresses.

1. A Growing Focus On Simplicity

Simplicity is key. Given the growth of everything digital, making things more focused on essential tasks will be critical. Expect simpler website design, less

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How a Twitter thread about landscaping led to a six-figure investment

  • When the pandemic slowed down many businesses last year, Mike Botkin noticed one sector was booming.
  • Botkin took a deep-dive into the landscaping industry and crafted a pitch to buy a local business.
  • He shared his plan on Twitter and within 45 days landed a deal with Opendoor co-founder JD Ross.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

On an early June morning, while many businesses were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mike Botkin stopped for gas on his way to his office where he worked as the COO of an Orlando commercial real estate developer.

The roads were mostly clear, except for a line forming at the pumps ahead of him — rows of landscaping trucks.

An idea began to take shape in his mind, and by September he had a plan: a local 45-year-old landscaping business was listed with a local brokerage for $650,000 and

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