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Hiroshi Tanaka | Age 93

Hiroshi Tanaka moved on peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, after a fulfilling and adventurous life. Born in a small, picturesque town...

Dorothy Sullivan | Age 86

Dorothy Sullivan left us at the age of 86, her life a legacy of laughter, resilience, and a love that extended beyond the bounds...

Julie Martin | Age 34

Julie Martin left us too soon at the tender age of 34, her bright spirit and vivacious energy forever etched in the hearts of...

Angela Richardson | Age 52

Angela Richardson passed away at the age of 52, her life a beautiful journey of compassion, leadership, and enduring love. Angela was a ray of...

Evelyn Murphy | Age 86

Evelyn Murphy passed on at the age of 87, remembered for her boundless energy and the warmth of her smile. Evelyn was born in the...

Isabella Martinez | Age 53

Isabella Martinez left us at the age of 53, her life a brilliant reflection of her vibrant spirit and the deep love she had...

Kevin Tanaka | Age 54

Kevin Tanaka passed away at the age of 32, a life filled with ambition, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Kevin grew up in...

Tyler Anderson | Age 26

Tyler Anderson left us at the age of 26, his life a brilliant spark that burned too briefly but illuminated the lives of all...

Michael O’Neil | Age 23

Michael O'Neil passed away at the young age of 23, a life marked by bravery, dedication, and the promise of a bright future. Michael was...

Eleanor DiAngelo | Age 82

Eleanor DiAngelo passed away at the age of 82, her life a beautiful tapestry woven with love, family, and a touch of Italian flair. Eleanor...

Margaret Foster | Age 84

Margaret Foster passed away at the age of 84, her life a testament to her nurturing spirit, her intellectual curiosity, and her unwavering strength. Margaret...

Maria Gonzalez | Age 78

Maria Gonzalez passed away at the age of 78, her life an enduring story of love, family, and cultural pride. Originally from the vibrant and...

David Kim | Age 51

David Kim passed away at the age of 51, his life a story of ambition, achievement, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge. David spent his...

Robert McCarthy | 81

Robert McCarthy left us at the age of 81, his life an enduring legacy of perseverance, wisdom, and compassionate leadership. Robert was a lifelong resident...

Barbara Jensen | Age 63

Barbara Jensen passed away at the age of 63, her life a beautiful mosaic of community, creativity, and love. A Schenectady native, Barbara was a...

Small business optimism hits 11-year low as inflation fears won’t go away

Small business confidence hit its lowest level in more than 11 years for March as proprietors worried that inflation is still very much a problem. At a time when other data points show inflation receding, the National Federation of Independent Business reported Tuesday that its survey showed a reading of 88.5, down nearly a point

Local Director “Fakes Life” With AI

The U.S. Federal Reserve has announced plans to develop a new round-the-clock real-time payment and settlement service, called the FedNow Service, to support faster payments in the country

The Taylor Swift economic effect has reached every town in America

In Middletown, Ohio, a line of fans snaked around the Skateway's parking lot on Presidents Day. Traffic backed up on the main street out front. A pizza truck lumbered into the already crowded lot to deliver some pies. A crowd of predominantly young girls showed off Taylor Swift-themed bracelets and sang "Shake It Off." The atmosphere

Economic confidence among small business owners hits highest level since Biden took office

Even in the face of stubborn inflation, small business owners are striking a more positive tone. Optimism surrounding the economy is rising and the CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Confidence Index reached its highest level since President Joe Biden took office, according to the latest quarterly data released on Thursday morning. Twenty-eight percent of small business owners

A majority of America’s small business owners support minimum wage increase, even as they worry about worker affordability

As we enter an election year, Americans’ perceptions of economic health matter more than ever. Small business owners are often seen as a bellwether given how acutely they feel changes in policy, and understanding their concerns around inflation and the cost of doing business can shine a light on how voters will respond in November. 

More than 100 years since the Black Wall Street massacre, Tulsa is creating a haven for entrepreneurs

TULSA — Nestled among rows of colorful shoes lining the walls of Silhouette Sneakers & Art, a framed black-and-white photo reminds owner Venita Cooper of the giants whose shoulders she stands on. Overlaid on that picture is the company name, Grier Shoe Shop, and its address — which is part of an area known as

Main Street is more optimistic this year even as inflation persists, survey says

Small business owners are more optimistic to start the year, even as they face persistent inflation and lending concerns, a new poll released Thursday found. Seventy-five percent of small business owners are optimistic about their financial trajectory in 2024, up from 68% a year earlier, according to a survey by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business

Lawmakers weigh tax rule ‘backslide’ for Venmo, PayPal users, says analyst. What it means for you

How the tax rule change affects payment app users Before this year, you may have received Form 1099-K if you had more than 200 transactions worth an aggregate above $20,000. But the 2023 threshold is just $600, and even a single transaction can trigger the form. That change is expected to result in a flood

Small business confidence is tanking again, especially in banks and Biden

As President Biden begins to more forcefully build a reelection case citing Bidenomics, Wall Street forecasts and actual GDP data are supportive, as are recent improving sentiment scores from consumers and CEOs. But on Main Street, small business owners remain a difficult group for Biden to win over. Small business confidence is back at an

The disaster era business loans that are becoming key to Main Street’s survival

Widespread damage from Hawaii's recent wildfires and Hurricane Idalia in Florida underscores the costly effects of natural disasters on small businesses. The total cost to the state from the Hawaiian disaster has been estimated at $4 billion to $6 billion by Moody's. For business owners, it helps to know options to recover and rebuild exist, including
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