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Businesses navigate uncertainty around reopening rules

May 25, 2020
Business owners are calling the NFIB with questions about how different rules work in different states, and sometimes different counties within those states.
As states — and counties — begin reopening at different stages, it can be hard for businesses to know what they can and can't do.
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How are people managing yard sales in the age of social distancing?

May 25, 2020
Some states, as they start to reopen, are putting out guidelines for those who want to sell items at garage, stoop and yard sales.
States are setting guidelines for safe garage and yard sales to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Life in a hotel turned homeless shelter

May 25, 2020
A California nonprofit takes on the challenging task of providing support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A California hotel room houses a tenant through Project Roomkey.
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Soap saves countless lives every year. Here's how it was invented

May 25, 2020
Cody Cassidy, author of "Who Ate the First Oyster?" said the inventor of soap had no idea about its life-saving potential.
More soap use can save lives, the World Health Organization says.
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Minnesota grapples with returning "snowbirds"

May 25, 2020
More than 44,000 people leave in the winter and return in the summer, boosting local economies but raising COVID-19 fears.
Terry Teich and Mark Walters pan for gold in a dry creek bed in Arizona. The "snowbirds" returned to their home in Duluth, Minnesota, in early May.
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COVID-19 adds more challenges to overtaxed elder care system

May 25, 2020
Marketplace economics contributor Chris Farrell talks about COVID-19's impact on long-term care.
A home health aide helps an elderly man with his laundry in Miami.
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Good luck finding a name for your new company

May 25, 2020
The number of available company names that hasn't been trademarked is getting smaller and smaller.
Companies are having to get more and more creative to come up with a name that isn't already taken.
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When will consumers start feeling better about the future?

May 25, 2020
As states relax lockdown rules, consumers may start to feel better about the current situation. The future might take longer.
A reopened Indiana barber shop in mid-May. Consumer confidence may be improving as people begin to return to their usual activities.
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Will you be able to go on vacation this summer?

May 25, 2020
Travel in 2020 is going to look very different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But an international trip isn't impossible.
A woman wears a face mask, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, on Hua Hin beach in Thailand.
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University of California tests the fate of the SAT and ACT

May 22, 2020
The UC system, one of the SAT's largest source of customers, is phasing out the exams. How will that change the business of standardized tests?
Students walk near Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles.
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