New business bills itself as ‘Eastern Missouri’s No. 1 Party Trolley’

new business bills itself as ‘eastern missouri’s no. 1 party trolley’


A new Jefferson County business aims to safely transport groups of people to and from entertainment venues on a bus called “the Patriot Trolley.”The bus is expected to begin running Saturday, said Russ Hasty, 57, of De Soto, who will be the driver.His brother, Ron Hasty, 58, of St. Louis owns R&R Mobile Entertainment LLC, which operates the bus.He calls the bus “Eastern Missouri’s No. 1 Trolley.”His company is based in De Soto but will offer trolley service all around Jefferson County, as well as in neighboring counties.Ron Hasty said the trolley may be compared to a limousine service, but on a larger scale. The vehicle accommodates up to 30 passengers and is handicap accessible.“We’re going to provide transportation for wine tours, bachelor and bachelorette parties, family reunions, corporate events,” he said. “We’re providing a transportation service for wine tours in Ste. Genevieve and Jefferson County.”The business offers standard pick-ups at two locations: the commuter parking lot near southbound I-55 in Imperial and the commuter parking lot on St. Pius Drive in Crystal City. However, for private engagements, arrangements may be made for pick-ups at other locations.

Ron Hasty retired last November after 32 …



President Trump orders ByteDance to divest from its U.S. TikTok business within 90 days

president trump orders bytedance to divest from its u.s. tiktok business within 90 days


TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019.Dado Ruvic | ReutersPresident Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday that will force China’s ByteDance to sell or spin off its U.S. TikTok business within 90 days. “There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” Trump said in his order.The order was seen as good news for TikTok — a wildly popular short form video-sharing app — and its future in the U.S., at least relative to an earlier executive order from Trump last week. The prior order could have forced U.S. based app stores to stop distributing the TikTok app if its parent ByteDance did not reach a deal to divest from it in 45 days.The new order buys time for ByteDance to sort out a potential deal for TikTok.Under the latest order, ByteDance is expected to destroy all its copies of TikTok data attached to U.S. users, and inform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) when it has destroyed all that data.According to a Wall …


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JCN Hosts Call with VP Pence & Small Business Owners

jcn hosts call with vp pence & small business owners


WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Job Creators Network (JCN) hosted a call with Vice President Pence and small business owners. The topic was the Trump Administration’s efforts to help the small business community, boost the economy, combat the pandemic, and reform healthcare.
On the call, Vice President Pence said, “In the last three months, we’ve gained 9.3 million jobs – more than during the entire Obama Administration. That’s a credit to America’s job creators and entrepreneurs. You are reopening your businesses, while putting the health of your employees and customers first. JCN has been – and continues to be – a leading voice on the imperative of reopening the economy. JCN was a leading voice on Capitol Hill for the PPP negotiations. Your organization has brought together thousands of job creators who employ millions. We’re going to get through this pandemic together. As the President has repeatedly said, ‘We’re going to bring this economy back bigger and better than ever before.'”
Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO, released the following statement:
“We appreciate Vice President Pence taking time from his busy schedule to have a dialogue with JCN’s small business owners.  The Trump Administration has been – and continues to do – an incredible job …


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Brevard County bar owners, business regulators discuss reopening strategies

brevard county bar owners, business regulators discuss reopening strategies


INDIALANTIC, Fla. – The George & Dragon English Tavern’s owners were inside a special meeting Friday with state business regulators as bar owners worked with officials to come up with a plan to reopen.The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation hosted Central Florida bar owners at Lou’s Blues on A1A in Indialantic. The meeting between the state and businesses was organized by state Rep. Randy Fine (Palm Bay-R).“Hopefully, we’ll come together with some guidelines so we can open the bars soon,” the tavern’s co-owner Simon Wells said.Bars were closed in April under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order, then reopened for a few weeks before the governor ordered them to close again on July 1.Fine called it, “an important discussion.”“These are important businesses here in the state of Florida, but we also have to open them carefully given the spread of COVID,” Fine said. “There are parts of the bar experience that aren’t necessarily consistent with slowing the spread.”Fine recently recovered from the virus after about a week in the hospital.Taking a break from the meeting Friday afternoon, Wells said he felt confident the state is seriously considering reopening bars. …


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Businesses react to no fall sports at UMD

businesses react to no fall sports at umd


“Football for us means people come in before and after the game. Some of them watch it on our TVs. We’ll miss the neighborhood buzz and the families and the business,” shared Sue Wright, owner of Bulldog Pizza and Grill.

Still, they’ve felt really supported during this difficult time. “Our loyal customers are fantastic. Duluth is a great community for local businesses. People keep us feeling positive,” she added.

Curbside and take-out has been going strong. They do have a patio area, too. “The name of the game is being flexible,” she said.

Down the hill in Lincoln Park, Wild State Cider is bummed out about the lack of sports. “Anything that is canceled, takes a little bit of what we hoped to happen,” said Adam Ruhland, co-owner. “People drink our cider at places like Tavern, so if they don’t have a ton of business, than we don’t sell a lot of cider.”

Plus, when restaurants close down temporarily due to COVID cases, no one is buying cider during those times.

Still, he said people are returning to their patio. “We are powering through,” he said.

Their sales at liquor stores have been strong.

Grandma’s Restaurants said that the lack …


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August is National Black Owned Business Month

august is national black owned business month


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – August is National Black Owned Business Month — and with so many of them in Jacksonville, we’ve decided to share their stories.One local business owner told News4Jax they are creating generational wealth for not only their family, but for their community.The 76 gas station on Lem Turner and Dunn Avenue is under new ownership. Takesha Ellison and her husband John took it over in February and have been open since July.“It’s been excellent,” Takesha Ellison, Co-Owner of 76 Gas Station, said. “Everyone in the community is very welcoming, very open. We’re just trying to get everything coming in that they were looking for.”Ellison said it’s been a challenge starting her business with COVID-19.They haven’t been able to get the licenses to sell certain items, though they always encourage customers to come back.“We like to always say that we are the turtle in the race. Although the turtle moves slow they still finish the race. What that means to us is just never give up so we just keep pressing forward.”She said they’re also pressing forward both their family and the community, breaking barriers in businesses where …


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Why COVID-19 has been good for Grubhub’s college dining business

why covid-19 has been good for grubhub’s college dining business


The coronavirus sent Grubhub’s business soaring as restaurants and diners turned to carryout and delivery. Its business with on-campus dining at colleges and universities is growing even faster, as schools look for ways to feed students safely.
Grubhub signed up nearly 60 new colleges for the upcoming academic year, twice as many as it added last fall. That growth rate outpaces even the 59 percent second-quarter rise in Grubhub’s total food sales.
The coronavirus pandemic forced colleges to shut down in the spring. As they wrestle with how to bring students back to campus this fall, schools are trying to limit personal contact in dining halls as well as classrooms. Many are sharply reducing or eliminating in-person dining and encouraging students to preorder meals or reserve seating with smartphones.
“They don’t want as many people going up to the cashier—if anybody,” says Brian Madigan, Grubhub’s vice president of corporate and campus clients. “They want to eliminate the congestion and face-to-face communication. No longer are universities going to have self-service salad bars and sandwich bars for students.”
All of the online food delivery companies are likely to benefit from more college students dining out, but Grubhub has a leg up in on-campus …


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These business owners who took PPP money will have their loan forgiveness reduced

these business owners who took ppp money will have their loan forgiveness reduced


Entrepreneurs who received up to $10,000 in federal grants and took a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loan as well are in for a surprise: They won’t be getting the full loan forgiveness they had hoped for.The CARES Act offered small businesses a couple of lifelines this spring.First, it established an emergency grant program, giving business owners grants when applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.The EIDL Advance offered $1,000 in grant money for each employee, up to $10,000. Independent contractors were also eligible for up to $1,000. The CARES Act also created the Paycheck Protection Program, a loan that entrepreneurs could use to cover payroll, rent, and other expenses.The sweetener for many borrowers is that the loan is forgivable if they devote at least 60% of the proceeds to payroll expenses. Even those who fall short of the threshold may be eligible for partial forgiveness.Cash-strapped business owners who received an EIDL Advance and took out a PPP loan as well are discovering that PPP forgiveness won’t be as generous as they may have anticipated.That’s because the Small Business Association will deduct the grant from the amount of PPP forgiveness that a borrower may receive.Further, borrowers who received EIDL …


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