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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Startups Push for Faster COVID-19 Tests ━ Times Publishing Group, Inc.

startups push for faster covid-19 tests ━ times publishing group, inc.


By Jondi Gumz
Three biotech companies based at Startup Sandbox in Santa Cruz are working on faster tests for the contagious coronavirus COVID-19, which has caused six deaths in Santa Cruz County and shutdowns that cripple the local economy.
They are competing with others such as Quidel in San Diego and Becton Dickinson in New Jersey, which already have emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and produce results in 15 minutes – much faster than the so-called PCR, which require lab processing with a turnaround time at Quest Diagnostics of two to three days, and it has been longer.

One of the local companies, SanguineDx, was founded in 2010 and is headed by medical device veteran David Sierra of Aptos.
Another is Ontera, which started out as Two Pore Guys in 2011, raised $32.6 million in funding, and changed names a year ago.
The third is PinPoint Science, founded in 2017 and headed by Lisa Diamond, a tech veteran who holds two patents for novel molecular diagnostics.

All three made presentations Aug. 5 at the virtual Biotech Startups event hosted by Santa Cruz Works, the nonprofit supporting the local tech community.
David Sierra
David Sierra, SanguineDx CEO, said the company has a …


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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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Facebook’s former PR chief explains why no one is paying attention to your startup

facebook’s former pr chief explains why no one is paying attention to your startup


At TechCrunch Early Stage, I spoke with Coatue Management GP Caryn Marooney about startup branding and how founders can get people to pay attention to what they’re building.
Marooney recently made the jump into venture capital; previously she was co-founder and CEO of The Outcast Agency, one of Silicon Valley’s best-regarded public relations firms, which she left to become VP of Global Communications at Facebook, where she led comms for eight years.
While founders often may think of PR as a way to get messaging across to reporters, Marooney says that making someone care about what you’re working on — whether that’s customers, investors or journalists — requires many of the same skills.
One of the biggest insights she shared: at a base level, no one really cares about what you have to say.
Describing something as newsworthy or a great value isn’t the same as demonstrating it, and while big companies like Amazon can get people to pay attention to anything they say, smaller startups have to be even more strategic with their messaging, Marooney says. “People just fundamentally aren’t walking around caring about this new startup — actually, nobody does.”
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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.

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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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