Refinery29: Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites

Refinery29: Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites. “Right now, Twitter users are asking their friends and followers to share their own or their favorite Black-owned businesses. While sifting through social media responses is one way to find spots to support, there were over 650 tweets containing the phrase ‘Black-owned businesses’ shared in the last hour alone. So if you’re looking to find a Black-owned business quickly — perhaps in time for take-out dinner tonight — there are also many useful resources online and in the app store that can help.”

TechQuila: Analysts Predict Box Office to Plunge 50% due to Coronavirus Closures

TechQuila: Analysts Predict Box Office to Plunge 50% due to Coronavirus Closures. “Research company MoffettNathanson has predicted that movie theatre closures and the uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic will have a devastating impact on the box office. The Wall Street analyst firm has said that revenues from ticket sales will be cut in half, falling from $11.4 billion in 2019 to $5.5 billion in 2020. Now that’s a huge plunge, around 52%, and it can go steeper if cinemas do not open in July. There are a few big-budget movies lined up for July, which, if pushed back more, can create a devasting effect.”

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: How an Online Yarn Seller Kept Dozens of Businesses Alive

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: How an Online Yarn Seller Kept Dozens of Businesses Alive. “Luigi Boccia and Jared Flood ran their online yarn business, Brooklyn Tweed, for nearly a decade of ups and downs before the novel coronavirus upended life. Convinced that they needed to do something to buoy their network of suppliers and retailers, as well as their own venture, they raced to develop an idea that would make a difference.”

Search Engine Land: New Google ‘Rising Retail Categories’ tool exposes fast-growing product searches

Search Engine Land: New Google ‘Rising Retail Categories’ tool exposes fast-growing product searches. “In the current crisis, product search is an area that is dynamic and rapidly evolving, according to Google. So the company is introducing what it’s calling Rising Retail Categories, within the ThinkWithGoogle domain.”

Green Bay Press Gazette: As giant retailers dominate online shopping, Wisconsin small businesses turn to new searchable database to draw customers

Green Bay Press Gazette: As giant retailers dominate online shopping, Wisconsin small businesses turn to new searchable database to draw customers. “Hundreds of small-business owners in Wisconsin, walloped by a pandemic that sent shoppers online more than ever, can now attract customers through a new state website. Main Street Marketplace went live Tuesday morning with a searchable, sortable database of more than 230 small businesses in 34 Main Street Communities, according to Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the state’s business support and recruitment agency.”

University of Bristol: New report shows survival of the fittest and most agile will make or break retailers as lockdown eases

University of Bristol: New report shows survival of the fittest and most agile will make or break retailers as lockdown eases. “Customers panic buying in droves, running out of stock on many basic essentials, and imposing product purchase restrictions may now be less of a headache for retailers, but plenty of other hurdles lie ahead as life slowly returns to some semblance of normality and non-essential shops prepare to reopen in mid-June.”

The New Yorker: The “Glaring Holes” in Congress’s Plan to Stabilize the Economy

The New Yorker: The “Glaring Holes” in Congress’s Plan to Stabilize the Economy. “I recently spoke by phone with Bharat Ramamurti, a lawyer and political adviser serving on the covid-19 Congressional Oversight Commission, which still does not have a chairperson, because Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell have not agreed on whom to appoint to the role. Ramamurti is also the managing director of the Corporate Power program at the Roosevelt Institute and a former economic adviser to Elizabeth Warren. During our conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity, we discussed why our economic system is best equipped to save bigger businesses, the real reasons that so little money has reached its intended recipients, and the next steps that Congress should be taking to help struggling workers.”