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Most Americans couldn’t cover a $1,000 financial emergency, survey finds

Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans have enough money set aside to cover an unexpected $1,000 expense, such as a trip to the ER or car repairs, according to a new survey. The nationwide poll, conducted in December by Bankrate and released Monday, illustrates the widespread economic insecurity following the coronavirus pandemic, which has magnified a sharp […]

Small businesses may soon find relief as feds move to revive Paycheck Protection Program

For Nancy Sinoway, a second coronavirus relief loan would increase the chances that her dressmaking business will survive. “I could use it for marketing, for new samples. I could use it as a lifeline,” said Sinoway, who designs and makes dresses for occasions like weddings and proms. She was flooded with order cancellations starting in early […]

A bleak outlook for millions facing cutoff of US jobless aid

Tina Morton recently faced a choice: Pay bills — or buy a birthday gift for a child? Derrisa Green is falling further behind on rent. Sylvia Soliz has had her electricity cut off. Unemployment has forced aching decisions on millions of Americans and their families in the face of a rampaging viral pandemic that has […]

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Fort Myers Beach packed for holiday weekend

Packed beaches are exciting for businesses, especially since the pandemic has made it difficult for them. People from out of town were out on Fort Myers Beach Saturday enjoying the weather and the lighter COVID-19 restrictions. Danielle Chastaine is from Indiana. “This beach is unbelievable!” Michael Schmitz didn’t have to travel as far, since he […]

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Lehigh Acres Rotary club offers food and company for Thanksgiving

The Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres handed out hot meals to people who had to spend Thanksgiving alone because of the pandemic. For the 700 people getting those meals, they say they’re beyond thankful for the food and company. Instead of gathering with family, Lehigh Acres residents spent their time in a drive-thru. But for […]

LeeCARES round three starts Monday

LeeCARES round three starts on Monday, November 30. The county started online applications Nov. 30 and will end them Dec. 11 for round three. The program will consist of three rounds of application periods. Round 1: October 19-30, 2020 Round 2: November 2-27, 2020 Round 3: November 30-December 11, 2020 LeeCARES programs were extended to […]

A stimulus deal is likely coming — but not in time for the holidays

Stocks spiked Monday — and with one day to go until the election, investors seem to be betting on a Joe Biden win and a blue wave that could lead to more economic stimulus for consumers and businesses. But the optimism may be overdone. Any deal that happens isn’t likely to be finalized until after the inauguration next […]

5 Regal movie theaters to close in SWFL as parent company struggles

Shares in the company that owns the Regal, Cineworld and Picturehouse movie theaters fell as much as 58% after it said it will temporarily close the venues because delays to the latest James Bond film left it with few blockbusters to attract customers during the pandemic. Cineworld Group Plc said Monday that 536 Regal cinemas […]

These retailers announced hundreds of store closures in September

A summer of bankruptcies and store closures is seeping into the fall. Earlier this month, the legendary New York bargain retailer Century 21 filed for bankruptcy, and several mall staples announced hundreds of store closures. Some retailers are now closing more stores than originally planned, underscoring how badly businesses have have struggled during the pandemic. […]

Event industry struggling to stay afloat amidst coronavirus pandemic

Events across the nation are being canceled, all due to COVID-19. So what does that mean for the event planning industry? After all, they’ve been at a standstill for months. ”If there’s no business on the horizon, how can you keep people?” asked GlobalWorks Events manager Katie Adams. She’s lucky to still have her job […]