In honor of his father who loved comics, Daniel Torres opened the doors to the Batman-themed Gotham Barbershop in 2019. After being forced to temporarily close during the pandemic, Torres offered branded T-shirts and face masks.
Eateries and bars added 502,000 jobs in July, or 28.5% of the non-agricultural jobs created in the month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hiring picked up as more restaurants started to reopen, but the industry still ended the month with 2.4 million fewer employees than the same month last year.
In this interview, Yum Brands CEO David Gibbs explains how the company adapted to the realities of the coronavirus pandemic while maintaining its people-first culture. "Consumers really care about the trust right now," Gibbs says.
Some home care companies have begun offering temperature checks and other health screenings for businesses looking to reopen safely during the pandemic. "It has shown our flexibility and our ability to help the community," says Peter Ross, CEO of Senior Helpers.
Franchisors are pursuing development opportunities even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause economic challenges for the country. "The most successful entrepreneurs are those who grab an opportunity during a time of crisis," says Jeremy Biser of Roy Rogers.
Derek Thompson says the pandemic has changed our workplace culture forever -- or maybe not. He dissects three ways the country could change, including workers leaving big cities for smaller cities and more jobs becoming freelance, and then explains why the new normal might not last.
Successful business reopenings depend on slow plans that use local COVID-19 information, writes epidemiologist Tista Ghosh. She outlines what numbers to watch and advocates taking business outdoors and improving indoor ventilation, among other tips.
Collaborative online software such as Google Docs can enhance brainstorming sessions during this work-from-home period, writes Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures. Adjusting the format to have everyone write down and review each other's ideas within the document can bring participants together and make the session more productive, he writes.
Salespeople should prepare for virtual meetings by making sure they have a quality camera and microphone and eliminating any distractions in their work area, writes James Meincke. Dress professionally and use tools such as screen-sharing features to communicate important ideas to prospects, Meincke writes.