January 6, 2021

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The pandemic and everything related to it caught many owners by surprise and, even worse, caused some businesses to fold. Yelp reported that permanent business closures have reached 97,966, representing 60% of closed businesses that won’t be reopening. Imagine investing so much into an entity, and because of some virus, things start to slow down, till they eventually go under.

It’s the , and nobody knows what it holds. But as a business owner, you have to plan and fortify your business against such problems.

Related: A 10-Point Small-Business Survival Plan for Dealing With the Pandemic

Every day, innovations are created which simplify the buying process for your customers. If your business isn’t doing anything new and making life easier for your customers, you may risk losing your customers to people who will.

In 1977, Rev. Leon Sullivan, an American Baptist minister, civil rights leader, and corporate board director, created a set of guidelines to engage U.S. corporations in resisting and eliminating legalized systemic racism under apartheid in South Africa. Known as the Sullivan Principles, these guidelines urged company leaders to promote racial integration in company facilities; equal pay for equal work; the advancement of more Black and “nonwhite” employees to supervisory positions; improved housing, schooling, and recreation and health facilities for all employees; and other targeted measures.

More than 40 years later, we are witnessing a similar call to action. The killings of multiple Black Americans by police and the disproportionately negative effects of COVID-19 on Black and brown communities have heightened social consciousness, spawned worldwide protests, and catapulted strategies to end systemic racism to the forefront of corporate agendas. There is growing recognition of the need to transform this moment

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

This story originally appeared on Alto Nivel

This Monday, January 4, the New York-based political risk consultancy Eurasia Group published its annual Top Risks 2021 list . It is a projection of the main challenges that, they estimate, the world will most likely face this year.

“As we begin 2021, the United States is the most powerful, politically divided and economically unequal of the world’s industrial democracies. China is the strongest competitor of the United States, a capitalist state, authoritarian and techno-surveillance regime, of which the majority of G20 countries increasingly distrust ” , the presentation of the report begins.

“Germany and Japan are much more stable, but the most powerful leaders they have both had in decades are either out (former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo)

prices hit a two-month high on Tuesday, lifted by a lacklustre dollar as investors awaited the US Senate runoffs in Georgia that will determine which party controls Congress and prospects of additional fiscal stimulus.

Spot was up 0.12 per cent to $1,946.52 per ounce by 9.16 pm IST, after hitting its highest since November 9 at $1,947.96.

“Much will depend on the outcome of the runoff elections in the state of Georgia in the US and there are certainly hopes among market participants that the Democrats are to win both seats in the elections,” Commerzbank analyst Daniel Briesemann said.

“This would mean that the newly elected US president Biden can pursue his announced expansionary fiscal policy, which would benefit

The dual runoff elections in Georgia will decide which party controls the US Senate