World-traveling Villager turns to yoga after jam-packed career in ‘star’ business

When Villager Gianna Ragona-Suarez visited her favorite café on Rome’s Via Veneto a couple of years ago before the COVID-19 pandemic, she lamented at how different it was from the “old days.”

The waiter asked, “What can I get you?”

Gianna launched into a conversation about “Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sitting to the right, and Paul Newman over there, and…”

“What can I get you?” asked the bored waiter again.

“He didn’t care at all about how it used to be,” she laughs. “He just wanted my drink order.”

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Gianna Ragona-Suarez, left, with her daughter Celine, son-in-law Pablo and grandchildren Manu and Niko near Catania in Sicily in 2019. The Mediterranean beach in the background is made of the lava flow from nearby Mount Etna.

Gianna started off in the “star” business doing bit roles in films being shot in Rome. Then she began designing clothing for popular music

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RCCC Small Business Center partners on ’53 Ideas Pitch Competition’ | Education

“Businesses start with great ideas, and we want to be part of efforts to provide resources, nurture and grow those ideas so that our community will thrive,” said Megan Smit, Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center director.

The “53 Ideas Pitch Competition” is an open call for business ideas from residents across the region. Individuals will have 53 seconds to pitch their idea in the form of a video submission that can be uploaded to For open, inclusive access, if someone has an idea but does not have the technology to submit an entry, he or she can visit a local small business center to access a computer to enter the competition.

Judges will review the submissions and select the top 53 pitches. Top entrants will receive a $50 award, as well as the opportunity to advance in the competition. Training and coaching on pitching, financing, forecasting, and general business

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Starbucks sales miss estimates, shares drop despite rosier forecast

A woman leaves a cafe of Starbucks Coffee in Beijing, China, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) missed quarterly sales estimates on Tuesday, sending shares down 2%, even though the coffee chain raised its annual forecast for revenue and profit on the expectation that more customers will return as they get vaccinated.

Global comparable sales were hurt by weakness at its international business, where the COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments to restrict travel and shut cafes.

Still, the company raised its 2021 revenue forecast to between $28.5 billion and $29.3 billion. It expects adjusted earnings per share between $2.90 and $3.

Analysts have forecast revenue of $28.61 billion and earnings of $2.85 per share.

U.S. sales returned to pre-pandemic levels, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson said during a call with analysts.

“When you look at the progress we’re making on vaccinations, certainly in the U.S., that’s a proxy

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TikTok Introduces In-App Business Creative Hub

TikTok is launching Business Creative Hub, an in-app resource offering guidance and inspiration for businesses starting out on its platform.

TikTok offers anyone the ability to go viral on its platform with content that is simple, crazy, or strange. For many brands, it’s hard to understand where even to start tapping into this very different video trend – as it calls for a different approach than on other platforms. The main issue that many are facing, though, is a lack of inspiration for new content to post.

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To help them, TikTok is introducing a new in-app Business Creative Hub, a free resource available to all TikTok Business Account users, offering guidance, inspiration, and best practices.

TikTok’s Business Creative Hub is an expansion of the TikTok Business Account, which was introduced last year, allowing businesses of all kinds and sizes to set up

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