Bay City now accepting applications for small business pandemic relief grant program

BAY CITY, MI – A new grant program aimed at giving Bay City’s small businesses a boost with American Rescue Plan Act funding is now accepting applications.

The commission approved a resolution on Dec. 20, 2021 that put aside $300,000 out of Bay City’s total $31,076,578 ARPA funding pool to create a grant program to provide for small businesses that are struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will be administered by the city’s economic development staff with assistance from the city’s fiscal services director, Bay Future, Inc., and the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

The city opened up the application process for interested business owners on Monday, Jan 10. Applications can either be submitted online or in-person at Bay City Hall at 301 Washington Avenue. Paper copies of the application are available at city hall and a printable version can be found here. Applications will be

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Researchers Dig Into How the Pandemic Is Impacting Business

During the 2020 pandemic lockdown, many high school students embraced innovation. For Caleb A., a senior at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia, that took the form of Up Next Finance, a website to help high school students understand investing, economics and personal finance. “My mission is to help people learn about finance and create a better life for themselves,” says Caleb, who has also turned to TikTok to share finance tips.

Like any good researcher, Caleb couldn’t help but observe the shifting financial scene during COVID, initially with a plummeting stock market that was 30% off its high. That volatile landscape prompted him to also write Teenage CFO, a book on finance that includes a case study about how the pandemic is affecting business.

“My overarching point is that certain industries benefited from the pandemic, while others saw catastrophic effects happen to them,” notes

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Indonesia’s Rain-Averting Shamans Back in Business After Pandemic Hiatus | World News

By Heru Asprihanto and Adi Kurniawan

BEKASI, Indonesia (Reuters) – Seated cross-legged amid a fog of incense and platters of fragrant offerings, dishes of red chillies, garlic bulbs and frangipani petals, Indonesian shaman Ki Joko Sapu-Jagat prepares at home the night before his first day back on the job.

After a months-long interruption, Indonesia’s rain shamans who conduct ceremonies to keep rain away, are back in business, with large-scale events now permitted under eased coronavirus restrictions.

While many might be sceptical, several Indonesians believe in the ability of these “pawang hujan”, or “rain-diviners”, to control the weather.

In a nation that experiences sudden monsoon downpours for months each year, these rain shamans are often hired to keep weddings, concerts, and even government events rain-free.

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“In principle we work without changing nature. Instead we fortify the area where the event is,” said Ki Joko, 57, staring

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Pandemic continues to highlight importance of analytics

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues with no certain end in sight, organizations are continuing to recognize the importance of analytics.

Now, 18 months into the pandemic, even as many organizations continue to tamp down overall spending, spending on analytics programs is on the rise, according to research by Dresner Advisory Services.

The research firm began collecting survey data at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, and throughout the remainder of 2020, more than 95% of respondents said their organizations had either frozen, reduced or left their overall budgets unchanged. Similarly, through the first nine months of 2021, about 92% said their organizations had either frozen, reduced or left their overall budgets unchanged.

During the final nine months of 2020, however, about half the respondents said their organizations increased spending for analytics programs, and similarly, just less than half said their organizations increased spending for analytics programs

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