Business owner – Goodbye Pert Breasts http://goodbyepertbreasts.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 16:11:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon.png Business owner – Goodbye Pert Breasts http://goodbyepertbreasts.com/ 32 32 Chesapeake Veteran, Business Owner, Starts Nonprofit to Help Other Veterans and Their Families – The Virginian-Pilot https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/chesapeake-veteran-business-owner-starts-nonprofit-to-help-other-veterans-and-their-families-the-virginian-pilot/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 16:00:47 +0000 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/chesapeake-veteran-business-owner-starts-nonprofit-to-help-other-veterans-and-their-families-the-virginian-pilot/ SUFFOLK — For years, Mike Ihrig was one of many volunteers who place 13,000 living evergreen wreaths on veterans’ graves during the holidays at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Veterans’ Cemetery. As acting vice-president of the Horton Wreath Society, Ihrig learned that only 10% of the approximately 1,500 veterans buried each year at Suffolk Cemetery […]]]>

SUFFOLK — For years, Mike Ihrig was one of many volunteers who place 13,000 living evergreen wreaths on veterans’ graves during the holidays at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Veterans’ Cemetery.

As acting vice-president of the Horton Wreath Society, Ihrig learned that only 10% of the approximately 1,500 veterans buried each year at Suffolk Cemetery receive their full military funeral honors. Ihrig, CEO of Chesapeake-based MI Technical Solutions, plans to change that.

“It’s really not fair for veterans to be buried because they don’t get the honors they deserve,” he said. “So, we said, let’s step in, step in and see what we can do.”

A retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer 4, Ihrig said he hopes someone will one day do it for him. It’s been over two decades since he retired and 18 years since he started his business on his dining table. The company, which provides IT support to the Navy, now has 100 employees worldwide and 62% of them are veterans.

In April, he launched the non-profit organization MITS-GIVES Inc. to honor and support veterans, their families, and the Hampton Roads community through fundraising and volunteerism.

The nonprofit organization is currently accepting donations to support the Alzheimer’s Association, America’s VetDogs, Equi-Vets, and GET Empowered CDC and is committed to increasing each donation by adding 10%.

The organization is on the right track with its first project: the creation and establishment of an honor guard corps at the cemetery. MITS-GIVES has partnered with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the entity that operates the cemetery.

Ihrig assures – once the body is fully established – the family of every veteran requesting full military funeral honors will receive them. This includes the folding and presentation of the American funeral flag, tap dancing, and a ceremonial three-shot rifle volley, commonly referred to as the 21-gun salute.

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Ihrig must recruit about 200 volunteers – retirees and veterans – to serve in the honor guard.

“It takes a team to do that, and then obviously they all have to be trained and practice to look sharp,” he said.

Donations poured in for the construction of a 16ft by 36ft support facility at the cemetery to house the guard with his rifles and ammunition. Fittingly, the body and accompanying building should be in place by Memorial Day next year.

“I’m honored to start the process,” Ihrig said.

Daniel Gade, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, said in a press release that with the creation of the honor guard, the agency will be able to fulfill the sacred obligation owed to every veteran.

“This is just another demonstration of the commitment and generosity of the Hampton Roads community,” Gade said. “Our community partners are essential to our mission to honor and serve our veterans. »

Sandra J. Pennecke, 757-652-5836, sandra.pennecke@insidebiz.com

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Herefordshire business owner and former firefighter wins award https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/herefordshire-business-owner-and-former-firefighter-wins-award/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:16:14 +0000 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/herefordshire-business-owner-and-former-firefighter-wins-award/ TWO Herefordshire employers have been recognized for the huge support they have given the fire service by helping their staff become on-call firefighters. Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Herefordshire held its awards night earlier this month. Polytec Car Styling in Bromyard and Arrow Plant Hire in Kington became the first recipients of a […]]]>

TWO Herefordshire employers have been recognized for the huge support they have given the fire service by helping their staff become on-call firefighters.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Herefordshire held its awards night earlier this month.

Polytec Car Styling in Bromyard and Arrow Plant Hire in Kington became the first recipients of a new award.

The Fire Chief’s Employer Award was presented by Chief Officer Jon Pryce to Nick Sturrock, Liam Naven-Jones and Simon Halling of Polytec and Peter Jones of Arrow.

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This is in recognition of how both companies have continued to provide on-call personnel to the fire department to support their local community.

Polytec Car Styling staff members have supported the on-call section since 1990, while Arrow Plant Hire’s Peter Jones, who himself was an on-call firefighter for 20 years, continues to have staff members who are on call.

“The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service recognizes the sacrifices employers make by allowing their staff to be firefighters on call, a role that can shorten their working day while meeting the needs of their community. area,” Area Commander Jon Butlin said.

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“Polytec Car Styling and Arrow Plant Hire have supported us for many years and so these awards are well deserved. We are very grateful for the incredible support they have given us for so long.”

Nick Sturrock, Human Resources Manager at Polytec, said Polytec Car Styling UK Ltd was delighted to receive the award.

“We are passionate about supporting the safety and well-being of our local community through our continued and ongoing support in providing on-call fire service,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing to engage and build a collaborative partnership with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.”

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Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Attempted Monopolization Violating Section 2 of the Sherman Act // Cooley // Global Law Firm https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/business-owner-pleads-guilty-to-attempted-monopolization-violating-section-2-of-the-sherman-act-cooley-global-law-firm/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:10:35 +0000 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/business-owner-pleads-guilty-to-attempted-monopolization-violating-section-2-of-the-sherman-act-cooley-global-law-firm/ On October 31, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division delivered on its promise to pursue criminal enforcement of Section 2 of the Sherman Act when it secured a guilty plea from a paving contractor. d’autoroutes which had proposed to its main competitor to enter into an agreement a system of market sharing […]]]>

On October 31, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division delivered on its promise to pursue criminal enforcement of Section 2 of the Sherman Act when it secured a guilty plea from a paving contractor. d’autoroutes which had proposed to its main competitor to enter into an agreement a system of market sharing with the aim of monopolizing the markets for the repairing of cracks on motorways.

The plea marks the first criminal enforcement under the Sherman Act monopolization law in more than 40 years, and represents another step in the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) efforts to dust off theories, laws and case law to pursue an aggressive approach to antitrust enforcement.1 The prosecution comes after an assistant deputy attorney general claimed the DOJ had “effectively ignored Section 2 criminal law enforcement” since the 1970s.

DOJ criminal law enforcement has traditionally focused on conspiracy fact patterns involving in itself illegal agreements between competitors, such as those aimed at fixing prices or dividing up markets. In this context, remarks by DOJ leaders anticipating an interest in criminal enforcement of monopolization law raised questions about how the DOJ would identify monopolization violations egregious enough to be criminally prosecuted, given that There’s no in itself or the bright line rule in the context of Article 2 which distinguishes between lawful and unlawful exclusionary conduct. In fact, many courts struggle to tell the difference between the two, even when assessing alleged civil violations of monopolization law.

This recent action provides some guidance, but perhaps only in a limited context. The conduct of the contractor, Nathan Zito, involved an invitation to conspire divide markets and avoid competition. It is therefore akin to an “attempted” criminal conspiracy, and more like a traditional criminal antitrust enforcement case than a civil monopolization case. In that sense, while the case is certainly noteworthy and demonstrates the DOJ’s commitment to pursuing such invitations to conspiracy criminally under Section 2 – as opposed to civilly, as it has done at least once in the past – its importance should not be overestimated.

United States vs. Zito: An invitation to agree to divide the markets

According to the charging document, in January 2020, Zito invited its main competitor to award contracts for highway crack-patching projects. Instead of accepting Zito’s proposal, however, the competitor reported the incident to the DOJ, providing the government with evidence of Zito’s proposal and anticompetitive intent through recorded phone calls. Specifically, Zito proposed that it would withdraw from bidding on crack sealing projects in Nebraska and South Dakota if its competitor withdrew from competing for such projects in Montana and Wyoming. Zito also offered to pay his competitor for lost business in Montana and Wyoming, and he offered that they commemorate the market-sharing agreement.

The facts underlying the DOJ lawsuit closely resemble a textbook market split scheme, but for one important fact: there was no deal. Like price-fixing, market-sharing agreements are generally criminally prosecuted by the DOJ under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, which requires proof of an anti-competitive agreement between competitors for liability. be established. In this case, however, there was no agreement because Zito’s competitor did not accept his invitation to settle.

Had Zito’s competitor accepted the proposal, the DOJ almost certainly would have prosecuted the scheme under Section 1. Instead, the DOJ charged the behavior with criminal attempt to monopolize under Section 2, alleging that Zito and its competitor were often “the only two companies that bid on crack sealing projects” in the area. Thus, according to the DOJ, a successful market-sharing scheme would have effectively allowed each to obtain a monopoly in the states assigned to it. Consistent with this premise, Zito pleaded guilty to knowingly proposing the Market Sharing Arrangement “with a specific intent to obtain monopoly power in the markets for highway crack patching services in Montana or Wyoming.” .

Prior execution of invitations to collusion

In the past, the DOJ and FTC have filed civil lawsuits challenging invitations to collusion.

Over the past 30 years, the FTC has reviewed invitations to collusion in various industries, ranging from healthcare-related distribution to truck rental under Section 5 of the FTC Act – a civil statute that prohibits “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting trade”. (15 USC § 45). For example, the FTC alleged that a coupon book publisher unlawfully invited its sole competitor to collude through the Chairman and CEO’s public statement made during an earnings call. Another example involves the civil actions against Nationwide Barcode and InstantUPCCodes.com, in which the FTC alleged that a director of an entity urged his competitor by e-mail to raise the prices of barcodes sold on the Internet.

The DOJ also criminally prosecuted invitations to collusion as mail fraud and wire fraud, where communications took place by telephone, fax or email. It is expected that these types of criminal actions will continue. Moreover, in 1983, in United States v American Airlines, Inc., the DOJ filed a civil lawsuit for attempted monopolization against American Airlines and its chairman for unsuccessfully inviting American’s main competitor, Braniff Airlines, to fix prices on certain city routes from Dallas International Airport /Fort Worth. Braniff – like Zito’s competitor – did not accept the proposal but instead cooperated with the DOJ. In the absence of an agreement on which to base a Section 1 fee, the DOJ sued for attempted monopolization on the theory that the pricing system, if it had been agreed, would have enabled these competitors to jointly monopolize the commercial air transport market on the routes.

The “shared monopoly” theory has been criticized over the years, where the attempt was to jointly set prices in a single market, but this criticism seems less applicable to an effort to divide markets, as in the Zito case. .

Along the same lines, the agencies also indicated that they intend to pursue signaling cases in which a competitor publicly signals their company’s interest in committing to price increases or reductions. of coordinated capacity, forcing competitors to raise prices or cut production. For example, FTC Chair Lina Khan warned of the antitrust implications companies could face in the current inflationary environment for “signaling to each other that they are seeking to engage in price increases coordinates” through public statements.

Important Considerations for Businesses

The DOJ criminally prosecutes invitations to collusion when the conduct resembles a failed attempt to form a cartel and the agreement, if executed, would allow the companies involved to monopolize markets. Penalties can be severe and may involve jail time, with violations of the Sherman Act carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million.

Civil enforcement of certain invitations to collusion is likely to continue. In particular, the FTC and DOJ focus on invitations to collusion and point to patterns of facts based on public statements that appear to be aimed at facilitating coordinated price increases or capacity reductions. Companies should consider consulting an attorney before publicly commenting (for example, in earnings calls or industry conferences) on a strategy regarding future pricing, capacity, production, or customers.

As the DOJ and FTC take a more aggressive approach to antitrust enforcement, it is important that companies invest in an antitrust compliance program and train staff regularly to reduce the risk of criminal and civil liability. The DOJ has made it clear that in evaluating charging decisions in criminal antitrust investigations, it will assess the effectiveness and robustness of a company’s pre-existing antitrust compliance program, suggesting that an effective antitrust compliance program can s prove essential in the face of criminal charges under Section 2 .

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  1. Other notable efforts include the DOJ’s recent wave of enforcement aimed at untying certain “interlocking directions,” which are prohibited under Section 8 of the Clayton Act; the FTC’s efforts to reinvigorate Section 3 of the Clayton Act, which prohibits certain exclusionary distribution practices; and the DOJ’s ongoing efforts to prosecute criminals in itself processing wage-fixing and non-poaching agreements.

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Newton Business Owner awarded by Home Builders & Remodelers Assoc. https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/newton-business-owner-awarded-by-home-builders-remodelers-assoc/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 19:28:46 +0000 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/newton-business-owner-awarded-by-home-builders-remodelers-assoc/ NEWTON, MA – Paul Sullivan, owner of The Sullivan Company in Newton, has received an award from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts (HBRAMA). At the organization’s 62nd Annual Installation and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 12, HBRAMA honored Sullivan and five other members with its prestigious Legend of the Industry award, established […]]]>

NEWTON, MA – Paul Sullivan, owner of The Sullivan Company in Newton, has received an award from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts (HBRAMA).

At the organization’s 62nd Annual Installation and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 12, HBRAMA honored Sullivan and five other members with its prestigious Legend of the Industry award, established in 2006 to recognize members across the state who are driving change and innovation in the industry and contributing to their communities.

HBRAMA also inaugurated its 2023 Executive Committee, which will be led by President Jeffrey Brem and includes President-Elect Michael Duffany, 1st Vice President David O’Sullivan, Vice President/Secretary/Treasurer Susan Kadilak and Past President Emerson. Claus III.

“I am delighted with this opportunity to lead an association that has helped me so much in my professional life, at a time when the need for housing has never been greater,” Brem said in a statement. “My goal will be to build the brand, recognition and position of the association, where being a member of HBRAMA will indicate that a builder or renovator is viewed at the highest level.”

The annual meeting and banquet featured guest speaker Alicia Huey, a home builder from Birmingham, Alabama who is the new president of the National Association of Home Builders.

HBRAMA is a non-profit trade association representing over 1,500 members who are builders, developers, remodelers, suppliers and other allied professionals in the home building industry. For more information, visit www.HBRAMA.com.

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AG Nessel Investigating West Michigan Tree Company for Alleged Violation of Michigan Consumer Protection Law https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/ag-nessel-investigating-west-michigan-tree-company-for-alleged-violation-of-michigan-consumer-protection-law/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 20:08:42 +0000 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/ag-nessel-investigating-west-michigan-tree-company-for-alleged-violation-of-michigan-consumer-protection-law/ LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued subpoenas seeking testimony and documents from a western Michigan logging company for allegedly violating Michigan consumer protection law. The subpoenas, authorized by the Otsego County 46th Judicial Circuit Court, were sent to Michigan’s Choice Tree Service, LLC, which provides tree felling, stump crushing, tree pruning and trees […]]]>

LANSING Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued subpoenas seeking testimony and documents from a western Michigan logging company for allegedly violating Michigan consumer protection law.

The subpoenas, authorized by the Otsego County 46th Judicial Circuit Court, were sent to Michigan’s Choice Tree Service, LLC, which provides tree felling, stump crushing, tree pruning and trees and lots and land clearing. The Attorney General’s concerns relate to the company’s provision of emergency services, such as when a storm knocks down a tree or branches on a house or other structure.

As explained in a petition to the Otsego County Circuit Court, the Department of the Attorney General has probable cause to believe that Michigan’s Choice grossly overcharges customers for tree services, has engaged in a pattern of confusing consumers about the cost of the services the business provides. , and breaks promises that consumers will not be financially responsible for costs not covered by their insurance companies. The business owner says the company works directly with insurance companies so consumers can avoid payouts. According to consumer complaints against the company, this was not the case.

According to one such complaint, a Gaylord customer was told by the company’s owner that the company would be charging his insurance to cover the cost of removing four fallen trees after a tornado ripped through the area, and that tree stumps would also be removed. After the work was done by Michigan’s Choice, the stumps were not removed and the client was advised that the company would not remove them. Michigan’s Choice billed the client’s insurance company $20,491.42 to remove the tree, a much higher price than it was expected to expect based on its discussion with the owner. . And that was much higher than what the insurance company determined was appropriate based on estimates it received from other tree service companies. After receiving payment of an adjusted amount of $13,485 from the client’s insurance company, Michigan’s Choice notified him that a lien had been placed on his home for $20,491.42.

In another situation described in the petition, a Rockford consumer’s insurance company was billed over $30,000 for the removal of a single tree that fell on his home. The insurance company refused full payment, fearing a lien would also be placed by Michigan’s Choice.

“I take very seriously the enforcement of state consumer protection laws to protect Michigan residents from businesses trying to take advantage of them, especially when damage is caused by tornadoes, windstorms and other environmental disasters beyond their control,” Nessel said. “I will not tolerate any company that appears to be engaging in shady pricing and billing practices, or that deceives and misleads unsuspecting customers. I encourage any consumers who have a complaint about a company at the file with my office.

The department is reviewing other consumer complaints that describe a similar experience with Michigan’s Choice. Attorney General encourages consumers facing storm damage to research potential contractors for tree services and home repairs online, and insist on written estimates or quotes outlining the work and price before signing any agreements. These steps can help protect consumers against those who might try to take advantage of a stressful situation.

Consumer complaints can be filed online at the Attorney General’s website or by calling 877-765-8388.

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Business owner who hopes to teach people with disabilities how to sew https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/business-owner-who-hopes-to-teach-people-with-disabilities-how-to-sew/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 11:30:55 +0000 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/business-owner-who-hopes-to-teach-people-with-disabilities-how-to-sew/ Growing up, Lorraine Joseph came from a “family of seamstresses”, learning valuable sewing skills from her mother and aunt. Since then, she has shared her knowledge with as many people as possible. The business owner, who grew up in Easton and now lives in St Werburghs, single-handedly runs JoJo Handmade Bridal Wear from her studio […]]]>

Growing up, Lorraine Joseph came from a “family of seamstresses”, learning valuable sewing skills from her mother and aunt. Since then, she has shared her knowledge with as many people as possible.

The business owner, who grew up in Easton and now lives in St Werburghs, single-handedly runs JoJo Handmade Bridal Wear from her studio on St Werburgh’s Park.

As well as creating bespoke wedding dresses, bridal wear and special occasion wear, Lorraine has been teaching tailoring classes and tailoring workshops for many years in Bristol and wants to expand her classes to reach people with disabilities.

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She recently applied for funding through Bristol City Council’s Community Resilience Fund. If granted funding, Lorraine hopes to buy sewing machines so she can visit organizations that support people with disabilities.

The business owner, who grew up in Easton and now lives in St Werburghs, single-handedly runs JoJo Handmade Bridal Wear from her studio on St Werburgh’s Park. – photo: Rachel Sutherland

“I’ve been teaching through the Bristol Adult Learning Service for some time and over time the sewing machines have become more user-friendly and get to work at the click of a button,” Lorraine said.

“I have a deaf granddaughter, so the idea of ​​reaching out to teach disabled adults and make sewing more accessible came from there.

“I’ve had training and deaf awareness training, and I can sign too.

“If the funding was granted to me, I would arrange for a signatory to join my classes and I hope that my granddaughter would also join the classes.

“I think it’s so important to make making and sewing clothes more available and accessible to everyone.

“I always wanted to be a teacher, I never thought it would be sewing that I would teach!”

Lorraine, who went to South Bristol Technical College to learn more technical skills in the craft, has over 25 years of experience making people’s dream dresses come true.

She walks a journey with her clients from the consultation stage where she creates sketches of a design, to researching materials, and then creating the final product for someone’s special day.

Lorraine, who teaches most evenings, sources traditional fabrics from various countries and cultures.

Lorraine sources traditional fabrics from various countries and cultures – photo: Rachel Sutherland

Like many business owners, Lorraine struggled through the lockdown, with weddings and events canceled across the country she feared she would “never work again”.

He was advised to contact Black South West Network during the lockdown, who provided him with free support and advice. She said: “They were great at supporting me and helping me with my funding application.

“I took one of their online training sessions to help business people apply for financing.

“Black South West Network is such a valuable organization. I am so grateful for their help.

You can read more about Lorraine’s work on her website.

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Twitter launches $8 monthly subscription with blue check https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/twitter-launches-8-monthly-subscription-with-blue-check/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 20:25:07 +0000 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/twitter-launches-8-monthly-subscription-with-blue-check/ SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter on Saturday launched a subscription service for $7.99 a month that includes a blue check now given to verified accounts as new owner Elon Musk overhauls the platform’s verification system ahead of the U.S. election in mid-term. In an update to Apple iOS devices, Twitter said users who “sign up now” […]]]>

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter on Saturday launched a subscription service for $7.99 a month that includes a blue check now given to verified accounts as new owner Elon Musk overhauls the platform’s verification system ahead of the U.S. election in mid-term.

In an update to Apple iOS devices, Twitter said users who “sign up now” can receive the blue tick next to their name “just like the celebrities, businesses and politicians you already follow.” So far, verified accounts don’t seem to lose their checks.

Anyone who can get the blue check could sow confusion and mount misinformation ahead of Tuesday’s election if possible imposters pay the subscription and use the names of politicians and election officials. Along with the widespread layoffs that began on Friday, many fear that the social platform that state agencies, election commissions, police departments and the media use to keep people reliably informed could become anarchic if moderation and content verification are removed.

The change represents the end of Twitter’s current verification system, which was launched in 2009 to prevent impersonations of high profile accounts such as celebrities and politicians. Prior to the overhaul, Twitter had about 423,000 verified accounts, many of which were grassroots journalists around the world that the company verified, regardless of its follower count.

Experts have raised serious concerns about changes to the platform’s verification system which, while flawed, has helped Twitter’s 238 million daily users determine if the accounts they are getting information from are genuine .

The update Twitter made to the iOS version of its app doesn’t mention verification as part of the new blue verification system.

Musk, who previously said he wanted to “verify all humans” on Twitter, hinted that public figures would be identified by means other than the blue check mark. Currently, for example, government officials are identified with text under the names indicating that they are posting from an official government account.

President Joe Biden’s @POTUS account, for example, states in gray letters that it is owned by a “United States government official.”

The change comes a day after the company began laying off workers to cut costs and more companies are suspending advertising on Twitter as a cautious business community waits to see how it will perform under its control. new owner.

About half of the company’s 7,500 employees have been laid off, tweeted Yoel Roth, Twitter’s chief security and integrity officer.

He said the company’s frontline content moderation staff were the group least affected by the job cuts and that “election integrity efforts – including harmful misinformation that can suppress the vote and the fight against state-sponsored information operations – remain a top priority”.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey blamed major job losses on Saturday. He had two terms as CEO of Twitter, the most recent spanning from 2015 to 2021.

“I take responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company too quickly,” he tweeted. “I apologize for that.”

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Musk tweeted Friday night that there was no choice but to cut the jobs “when the company is losing over $4 million a day.” He did not provide details of the company’s daily losses and said employees who lost their jobs were offered three months’ salary as severance pay.

Meanwhile, Twitter has already seen “a massive drop in revenue” due to pressure from activist groups on advertisers to leave the platform, Musk tweeted on Friday. This hits Twitter hard because of its heavy reliance on advertising to make money. In the first six months of this year, nearly $92 of every $100 in revenue came from advertising.

United Airlines has become the latest major brand to suspend advertising on Twitter. Chicago-based United confirmed on Saturday it had made the move, but declined to discuss why or what it would need to see to resume advertising on the platform.

He joined the growing list of major companies suspending ads on Twitter, including General Motors, REI, General Mills and Audi.

Musk tried to reassure advertisers last week, saying Twitter would not become a “free hellscape for all” because of what he calls his commitment to free speech.

But concerns remain over whether a lighter touch on content moderation on Twitter will result in users sending out more offensive tweets. It could harm companies’ brands if their ads appear next to them.

By BARBARA ORTUTAY Associated Press

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Latino Business Owner Continues to Break Barriers and Make History in Massachusetts – InsuranceNewsNet https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/latino-business-owner-continues-to-break-barriers-and-make-history-in-massachusetts-insurancenewsnet/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 11:59:47 +0000 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/latino-business-owner-continues-to-break-barriers-and-make-history-in-massachusetts-insurancenewsnet/ Tiago Prado makes history after being appointed to the Steering Committee (GC) of Commonwealth Motor Reinsurers (CAR) Tiago Prado appointed to Commonwealth Automobile Reinsurers (CAR) Steering Committee It’s an incredible honour, and I’m privileged to serve the Commonwealth. I believe in CAR’s mission and feel ready to accept stewardship responsibility as a member of the […]]]>

Tiago Prado makes history after being appointed to the Steering Committee (GC) of Commonwealth Motor Reinsurers (CAR)

Tiago Prado appointed to Commonwealth Automobile Reinsurers (CAR) Steering Committee

It’s an incredible honour, and I’m privileged to serve the Commonwealth. I believe in CAR’s mission and feel ready to accept stewardship responsibility as a member of the GC. »

BOSTON, MA, UNITED STATES, November 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tiago Prado makes history after being appointed to the Steering Committee (GC) of the Commonwealth Automobile Reinsurers (CAR) – as the first member of the Latinx community to hold one of the highest roles in automobile insurance in Massachusetts since 1788.

As co-founder and CEO of BRZ Insurancean insurance technology company based on Framingham, Prado serves the nation’s fastest growing minority: Latinos. Latinos were responsible for more than half (51%) of the country’s population growth over the past ten years, according to the United States Census Bureau. With a median age of 30, Latinos are 14 years younger than the non-Hispanic white population with a $2.7 trillion in purchasing power.

“It’s an incredible honour, and I’m privileged to serve the Commonwealth. With my roots, experiences, education and passion for serving others, I’m ready for this. I’m a multicultural, non-traditional graduate of Tufts, who worked in college and started my own independent technology insurance brokerage firm that serves more than 11,000 customers across the state. I believe in CAR’s mission and feel ready to accept stewardship responsibility as a member of the GC,” Prado said.

The CAR Steering Committee manages the corporate vehicle fleet and the assigned risk regime for individuals. He prepares and files the plan and the operating rules and the adoption and filing of any amendment to the plan or the operating rules.

Prado is a member of MAIA’s Young Agents Committee. Thanks to the growth of BRZ Insurance, he was invited to join the WCRIB Advisory Board in the name of MAIA. In 2020, he was awarded Young Insurance Agent of the Year by MAIA. He was also featured with a national profile in the Big “I”.

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Top Trademark Lawyer Shares the Importance of Protecting Intellectual Property as a New Business Owner https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/top-trademark-lawyer-shares-the-importance-of-protecting-intellectual-property-as-a-new-business-owner/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 11:30:00 +0000 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/top-trademark-lawyer-shares-the-importance-of-protecting-intellectual-property-as-a-new-business-owner/ Rosezena Pierce, founder and CEO of RJ Pierce Law Group, is ranked among the top 50 trademark firms … [+] in the country. Sharod Fields, Major E. Photography New entrepreneurs make a big mistake when developing their brand: they save the brand until the last step. More than 650,000 patent applications were filed with the […]]]>

New entrepreneurs make a big mistake when developing their brand: they save the brand until the last step.

More than 650,000 patent applications were filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2021, down slightly from 653,311 the previous year. However, with thousands of trademark disputes filed every year, first-time business owners must prioritize trademark logos and wordings to avoid a hefty fine.

Rosezena Pierce, founder and CEO of RJ Pierce Law Group, has often seen entrepreneurs make this costly mistake. With over ten years of experience and more than 3,200 registered trademarks, she and her team help business owners protect their brands. His portfolio includes celebrities such as Twista and Sierra Gates. Additionally, the company is ranked among the top 50 trademark companies in the country.

“The biggest misconception is that you can wait to do it until later,” says Pierce. “People think they have to do all these other things first. Then the trademark is something they can revisit later when it’s the complete opposite. I always ask people, ‘Will you build a house on land you don’t own?’ A lot of times people think, “Oh, I have to get my LLC first. I need to get my bank account and EIN number. I need to collect my product packaging or marketing materials. And then I have to make money. Then I will think about the brand.

Here’s the thing, you can do all of this first. But if someone tracks that name you just attached to that LLC, that bank account, or those products, packaging, or marketing materials, they’re sending you a cease and desist letter. Now they demand that you give them product packaging or marketing materials. You may have wasted the money, time, and resources you invested in building a new brand.

When Pierce started law school, she already had two children, and during her last semester she gave birth to a baby girl. She had the opportunity to stay home and study for bar, which made her realize that she loved being home with her children. At the time, she met a mentor who taught her how to start her own law practice; he helped her see how she could represent underserved small business owners.

Pierce marketed his services on social media and attended business networking events. Through her connections, she met managers, assistants, and celebrity friends who helped her grow her company’s entertainment vertical. Over the years, Pierce has gone from working with clients to being the face of the company through speaking engagements and educational workshops.

“It was time for me to think about growing the business,” smiles Pierce. “I changed my mindset to say, ‘Okay, it’s time to grow this business. I can’t be in everyday life. I have to get out of this and have a team of leaders.

Pierce emphasizes the importance of creating a distinctive name when creating a brand or product; the more unique it is, the better the chances of receiving the mark. Additionally, using original wording will deter competitors from using the same; when descriptive terms are used, there is a higher likelihood that others in the same industry will also use the same detailed wording.

Many new business owners think they are legally protected if they add a trademark symbol to their brand. However, the opposite is true. All the symbol does is show that you were using it, and most likely in the application process. It is only when the USPTO approves the application and issues the trademark that a name or logo is legally protected.

As Pierce continues to expand her business and her transition as a leader, she is focused on the following critical milestones:

  • Make sure you are comfortable with your decision. Take the time to research and navigate the new vertical you are pivoting to.
  • Create a different platform of who you want to be that will attract future clients or employers.
  • Be confident in your decision. Speak with authority when you share your next move, it builds buy-in.

“I believe there are so many entrepreneurs trying to become leaders and CEOs,” Pierce concludes. “I believe that as good leaders, we understand that we don’t have to be the smartest people in the room; we need to hire experts.

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Center for COVID Control owners banned from doing business in Washington https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/center-for-covid-control-owners-banned-from-doing-business-in-washington/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 21:35:16 +0000 https://goodbyepertbreasts.com/center-for-covid-control-owners-banned-from-doing-business-in-washington/ Washington AG says Center for Covid Control tests were a scam A King County judge has granted a preliminary injunction preventing a COVID testing company that the state’s attorney general has called a “scam” from operating in the state. SEATTLE – The Center for COVID Control — a coronavirus testing company lambasted by the attorney […]]]>

The Center for COVID Control — a coronavirus testing company lambasted by the attorney general as a “scam” — is now permanently banned from doing business in Washington.

AG Bob Ferguson announced Thursday that the owners of the company can no longer run a business in the state.

“As a result of our case, the owners of the Center for COVID Control are permanently banned from doing business in Washington, after operating bogus COVID testing sites,” Ferguson wrote. “The company is also reportedly being investigated by federal and other state authorities.”

The company came under scrutiny from the Better Business Bureau in January 2022 after being inundated with negative reviews and complaints, accusing them of scamming customers.

After those complaints, the Center for COVID Control suspended operations at its 300 testing sites.

In late January, Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming it “failed to provide prompt, valid, and accurate results,” made misleading promises of results within 48 hours, and allegedly ordered its employees to “lie to patients on a daily basis”. “

In February 2022, a King County judge granted a preliminary injunction to stop the company from operating in the state.

According to the attorney general’s office, the company billed the federal government for $124 million in testing for “uninsured” patients. If patients could not immediately provide their insurance information, they were marked as uninsured; at the end of their operations, they had automatically filled in the “uninsured” forms for each patient, even if they were insured.

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Ferguson’s lawsuit against the company demands they end all false test reports, pay up to $12,500 for each consumer protection law violation, pay $5,000 in enhanced penalties for target vulnerable populations and relinquish any profit the company has made from illegal conduct.

Despite the high dollar amounts, the lawsuit was settled and the owners of the business were ordered to pay $42,000 with a 12% interest rate, according to the consent decree.

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