Business Ideas

Heart pumping ideas to celebrate ‘National Wear Red Day’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Friday marks “National Wear Red Day”, a day to raise awareness of women’s heart health and preventing one of the top annual causes of death. The annual awareness day is part of a month-long celebration of American Heart Month.

According to the American Heart Association, a woman dies from heart disease every 80 seconds in the U.S. Lutheran Health adds that heart disease claims the lives of half a million people in the U.S. every year.

While women and men share equal risk of developing heart disease, the symptoms can be vastly different. Lutheran Health Network has shared ideas to consider not just for women, but anyone who is looking to improve their health.

  • Evaluate and address metabolic syndrome: your figure may reveal if you have metabolic syndrome, or a group of abnormalities like obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Address diabetes head-on: Diabetes increases
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The nationwide decline of big box stores is hitting the Black Hills one business at a time

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) – The decline of big box stores around the nation is hitting the Black Hills one business at a time.

“This has been kind of a nationwide slow-moving trend that’s been accelerated through the COVID pandemic, but what we’ve seen is there’s more people using the internet, they’re shopping online,” says Kyle Treloar from dream Design International.

Also, Treloar says people are not going to the big box stores as frequently as they once were. As Rapid City continues to grow, some businesses change location potentially leaving more empty storefronts.

“We’ve got a lot of new building, a lot of new growth, but we’ve got an excess of existing buildings out there and we’re seeing retail start declining so that’s when you have to find new ideas to fill these spaces,” says John Roberts from the Real Estate Group.

One example of a creative solution is

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‘The waiting game is exhausting when you are motivated.’ Clarksville business owner discusses starting a company during the pandemic

a young girl wearing a hat: Christine Farnsworth, owner of White Oaks Home Inspection.

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Christine Farnsworth, owner of White Oaks Home Inspection.

Opening a new business during a pandemic is probably one of the most interesting experiences you can imagine. 

Unlike trying to open a normal business, or even conducting normal business, you now have to do everything via email, phone or Zoom. There are rarely face-to-face conversations, which was a staple, especially in my field. Imagine the frustration of trying to obtain permits, insurance, buying needed items, especially when the cost of everything was — and is still — going through the roof. 

My story actually started in November of 2019, with my husband as my cheerleader. I began with a basic business plan, worked on ideas and started budgeting for everything that was needed. Setting up the backbone of the business, I looked into in-depth education in Tennessee and Kentucky. 

In March of 2020, while at a class in Kentucky

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L3 Boutique in Pinckneyville set to celebrate 5 years in business | Local Business

She adds that another advantage of carrying smaller quantities comes through the law of supply and demand.

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“People know that if I post something on social media and they love it, they need to come in and grab it,” she explains.

Heine says she also is mindful of being in a small town when it comes to pricing and to her role in the community.

“I try to give back to the community, especially the schools,” she says, adding that much of the staff at L3 Boutique are area high school students, gaining exposure not only to work, but to retail and to customer service. She says she also tries to pass along the things she has learned in the last five years.

“I’ve learned a lot about myself personally and I’ve learned that owning your own business is harder

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‘Chipotlanes’? Chipotle CFO says the idea of drive-through service was controversial at first

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Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is hard at work adding drive-through “Chipotlanes” to restaurants, but Chief Financial Officer Jack Hartung says the idea wasn’t always popular internally.

The issue with drive-throughs and other changes to the business, according to Hartung, was whether it was in keeping with what the Mexican fast-casual chain aims to be.

“It was controversial,” Hartung told MarketWatch after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday.

Customers associate Chipotle with the way in which they place their order: passing by a row of ingredients like rice, beans and guacamole, choosing what they want, watching as food is being prepared in the kitchen.

That process is eliminated when an order is placed on a digital app or picked up at a Chipotlane.

“The idea of trying to transform into

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Johns Creek seeks local ideas for future town center development | Johns Creek

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. —The City of Johns Creek hosted a community kickoff meeting Jan. 28 to discuss plans for a proposed town center.

Technology Park, the 192-acre site that includes the current City Hall, was identified as the front-runner in the comprehensive plan update adopted in 2018.

The area, while not along a major highway, sits near Medlock Bridge Road and McGinnis Ferry Road. Technology Park is also made up of arterial collectors, such as Johns Creek Parkway.

The space is much larger than town centers in nearby cities. Downtown Duluth is 46-acres. Alpharetta’s City Center sits on 26 acres.

Johns Creek currently owns 27 acres of the Technology Park site.

The year ahead holds great promise for Johns Creek

Community Development Director Ben Song said the city will work with private property owners during the process to get the buy-in that’s needed to form a community focal point.


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