Disney Parks’ new ‘Genie’ app helps you skip lines. But you’ll have to pay

“Genie” — which debuts this fall at California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World — is a new digital service that will “maximize your park time, so you can have more fun,” according to the company.

“From specific attractions, foodie experiences and entertainment, to general interests like Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides and more — just tell Disney Genie what you want to do and it will do the planning for you,” Disney (DIS) said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro told CNN Business this week that the company listened to guests who want the theme park experience to be simpler, straightforward and tailored “for them.”

“You tell Genie what you are interested in specifically — whether that be an attraction, a food, a character — and Genie’s going to come back to you and tell you how to make the … Read More

SBA announces $150,000 to fund Women’s Business Center in Tulsa | Business News

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In consideration of the public health concerns due to the Coronavirus pandemic, SBA will establish a Virtual Business Recovery Center to provide personalized assistance to business owners on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the availability of $150,000 for a new grant opportunity for established and aspiring women’s organizations to provide outcome-oriented business services for women entrepreneurs in Tulsa.

The purpose of the funding opportunity is to provide grant dollars for one nonprofit organization to start a new, community-based Women’s Business Center in Tulsa.

The successful applicant will receive a renewable annual grant award of $150,000.

In June, President Joe Biden visited Tulsa to make an announcement to support contracting opportunities for small disadvantaged business owners, increasing the federal contracting commitment to 15 percent.

“In alignment with the President’s mission to increase contracting and business opportunities for small businesses across the nation, our

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‘Contact’ Wants to Help Creatives Navigate the Business World

Contact — an online platform that originally put models at the forefront and gives them tools to manage their bookings — has been backed by actress Maisie Williams and has recently raised $1.9 million of funding to scale its business further.

Traditionally, modeling talent is managed by agencies that take a commission fee, however, as with other types of creatives, professionals have embraced using social media for its ease of access for both the talents and those looking to hire. First launched in October 2020, the platform offered models space to register their profiles, take bookings, and manage some aspects of their work, and for hiring brands, companies, and individuals to find the right talent by cutting out the middle man.

Although this opens up doors for many who otherwise wouldn’t be discovered or able to put their names in front of brands, businesses, and photographers, it is only one

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