Hollywood Stylist Anita Patrickson Making Amanu Sandals Customizable Online

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Stylist and sandal entrepreneur Anita Patrickson is bringing her West Hollywood Amanu boutique’s signature in-store customization experience online.

“We get so many tourists who book for months in advance, and I thought there had to be a way to bring the experience to them, pulling in technology similar to what Nike ID and Vans use for their sneakers, but for my sandals,” she said, explaining her pivot to address the pandemic’s impact on sales in her Melrose Avenue store, which has reopened by appointment only.

Amanu is offering a web-based customization program (using a Shopify plug-in), that allows customers to follow steps to create their own styles using different materials and colors, with more than 50,000 potential combinations. The shoes ship out with standard measurements within a couple of days, along with a fit card to make size adjustments, and a complimentary two-day

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100 Bowls Of Soup Shifts Focus To Carry On

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HERNDON, VA — Like many Herndon small business owners, Katharine Mardirosian had to look at her business in a completely different way due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When Patch talked to the owner and founder of 100 Bowls of Soup back in April, she said the Sunset Business Park was like a ghost town, with so many non-essential businesses closed because of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order.

“It’s really hard to see all of these businesses,” Mardirosian said, at the time. “They’re trying their best to adapt. I think that’s an inspiring message from what I’ve seen is the way with which many of these businesses have adapted, put their offerings online, tried to offer some semblance of a menu, even if it’s a carryout/curbside order.”

As a small-scale food production business, 100 Bowls of Soup did not have to close its doors, but Mardirosian did have to scale

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Is college tuition worth it when classes are online?

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With schools across the country shifting to online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, many college students are trying to decide whether that experience is worth the high price of tuition. 

“It’s a tough choice to decide not to go to campus,” said student Tia Moore. “I won’t have that freshman experience. … I don’t want to be dramatic, but it was kind of heartbreaking when you love school and you love learning.”

“I realized I’m a lot better at learning in person rather than online,” said Alex Millinoff, who said he’s planning to skip his fall semester. “I felt that my money would be put to better use if I were to wait for classes to be in person.”

George Pham said he has some concerns about online classes. 

“I’ve taken online courses before, and I think that they’re fine. … Obviously not ideal,” he said. “I really want to

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Amazon Calls Itself Small Business Pal With Bezos Set to Testify

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(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. is touting the success of the independent merchants on its site, previewing arguments Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is expected to make next week to a congressional committee.

The Amazon founder is scheduled to testify on Monday before a House of Representatives panel probing competition in tech, alongside the top executives at Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc. It will be Bezos’s first appearance before Congress.

Small- and medium-sized U.S.-based sellers averaged more than $160,000 in product sales on Amazon in the year ended May 31, up from about $100,000 during the prior period, the company said in a report released Tuesday. These merchants sold 3.4 billion products during the period, up from 2.7 billion a year earlier.

A periodic disclosure detailing Amazon’s small-business offerings from seller support to cloud-computing software, the report didn’t offer specific explanations for U.S. merchants’ rapid sales gains. But a

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Talking Shop With Kristyn Potter, Founder Of Chez Nous Guide

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In Refinery29’s new Talking Shop series, we’re chatting with owners of up-and-coming small businesses about their experiences launching, the big challenges and wins they’ve faced, and of course, their products and services. Discover new spots to patronize, while getting an intimate look at what it takes to run a small business in today’s economy. Do you run a small business or do you want to recommend a small business you’d like to see featured on Talking Shop? Tell us more about it here.

When the coronavirus pandemic started ravaging small businesses and endangering workers across the country, many consumers began looking more critically at where they were shopping. Is this company treating its employees humanely? Are the products being sourced ethically? How will my money be used? Even more recently, with Black Lives Matter protests happening across the country, those same consumers doubled down on their scrutiny of the

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LinkedIn to cut 960 jobs amid recruitment freezes

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The professional networking site will reduce its headcount by 6 per cent - Robert Galbraith/Reuters
The professional networking site will reduce its headcount by 6 per cent – Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Professional networking site LinkedIn is to reduce its headcount by around 960 due to difficulties posed by the pandemic.

The social media site, which is owned by Microsoft, said it was “not immune” to the effects of Covid-19 and that demand for its business continued to be impacted as fewer companies need to hire at the same volume.

The California-based firm offers a range of employment services but is largely known for being the modern-day version of an online CV.

In a note to employees, LinkedIn chief executive Ryan Roslansky outlined the range of cuts being made across the business.

“After weeks of discussion and deliberation, the executive team and I have made the extremely difficult decision to reduce approximately 960 roles, or about six per cent of our employee base, across our global sales

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Stocks Rally to 4-Month High; U.S. Futures Gain: Markets Wrap

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(Bloomberg) — Stocks set a fresh four-month high in Europe and German equities erased losses for the year after leaders agreed on a landmark recovery plan.

Microsoft Corp., Tesla Inc. and Apple Inc. advanced in U.S. pre-market trading. S&P 500 Index equity futures pointed to more gains on Tuesday after a blistering rally that sent the Nasdaq 100 Index to its best gain in almost three months.

Markets across Europe have given a vote of confidence to the 750 billion-euro ($860 billion) stimulus package that also tightens the region’s financial ties. A gauge of risk in Europe’s investment-grade debt dropped to the lowest since February. The dollar fell with Treasuries. Silver extended its rally toward $21 an ounce.

Stocks are marching higher globally on the back of more government stimulus and a seemingly unstoppable advance in technology companies that benefit from online shopping during the pandemic.

The tech-heavy gauge is

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Norway’s Adevinta to buy eBay’s classified ads business in $9.2bn deal

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The deal will see Britain's Gumtree change hands - Beck Diefenbach/Reuters
The deal will see Britain’s Gumtree change hands – Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

Norway’s Adevinta has agreed a $9.2bn (£7.1bn) deal to acquire eBay’s classified ads group in a move that will create the world’s largest online classifieds business.

The cash plus stock deal, which will see Britain’s Gumtree change hands, will make eBay the largest shareholder in the Norwegian giant.

eBay will receive $2.5bn in cash for its ads group as well as a further 540 million shares, bringing its ownership of Adevinta up to 44pc.

Both companies expect between $150m and $185m of “annual synergies” within the next three years. The blockbuster deal is expected to close by the end of the March.

Adevinta currently operates in 15 countries with 35 different products and websites while eBay’s classifieds covers 12 brands in 13 countries. Among Adevinta’s brands is shopping app Shpock, which operates in the UK. Leboncoin, Olx, and Paycar

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NFL offers players to scrap all preseason games

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The NFL has offered to scrap all preseason games, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The players’ association had sought no preseason games and the league had reduced the exhibition schedule to two games. But on Monday evening, the NFL said it would eliminate those preseason contests and also would offer players 18 days for acclimation, up from seven days. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the offer had not been made public.

Another part of the offer is to provide a means for players concerned about participating in training camp and/or games to opt out and receive a stipend.

The union has not yet accepted the offers. Should it do so, both sides would have taken a major step toward starting the season on time.

Earlier Monday, the league said players will be tested daily for the coronavirus for at least the first

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Hong Kong protesters adapt signs, slogans to skirt new law

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HONG KONG (AP) — It was one of the first protests in Hong Kong after a feared national security law came into effect.

Among a dozen or so lunchtime demonstrators at a luxury mall in the Central business district, a man raised a poster that — viewed from afar — read in Chinese, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.”

The government had just banned the slogan, saying it had separatist connotations and so ran afoul of the new security law’s prohibition of secessionist acts.

Shortly after, riot police entered the mall, shooing away onlookers. They detained the man, telling him the slogan was banned. But when officers looked at the poster up close, no words could be made out. It merely had circular shapes against a contrasting background. They snapped a few photographs of the poster and let him go.

Since the imposition of the security law -– which

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