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Mulvaney defends Doral selection: Trump ‘still considers himself to be in the hospitality business’

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace pushed back on Mulvaney saying Trump is in the hospitality business, pointing out that Trump is the president, not a hotel executive” writes Allan Smith for nbcnews.com. “Yeah, but it’s his background,” Mulvaney said, adding, “he’s in the hotel business, or at least he was before he was president.”.  Source: nbcnews.com

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French SMEs that do business with UK poorly prepared for Brexit

“PARIS (Reuters) – More than half of French small and mid-sized companies that do business with Britain have not assessed the impact of Brexit, according to a French finance ministry survey, weekly newspaper Journal du Dimanche (JDD) reported” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. JDD cited results of an October poll of 3,000 SMEs that showed 54% of the companies declared not knowing how Britain’s exit from the European Union would impact their business, while 40% have studied potential consequences and only 6% have exact calculations. Source: 95kqds.com

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AOC, Marco Rubio, and 5 more lawmakers just wrote a letter to Tim Cook calling Apple’s decision to remove an app used by Hong Kong protesters ‘deeply concerning’

“Apple isn’t the only tech firm that’s been in the spotlight for decisions it’s made in the wake of the Hong Kong protests” writes Lisa Eadicicco for businessinsider.com. The letter comes after politicians including Wyden and Cotton publicly criticized Apple’s decision to remove HKMaps Live from its App Store on Twitter last week.The company said it has verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app “has been used to target and ambush police.”. “So you can imagine our disappointment to read that Apple had removed…

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Chipotle announces debt-free degrees debut for all employees

“The Cultivate Education program has demonstrated that employees enrolled are more likely to be retained and promoted within Chipotle than non-participating employees” writes Robert Herguth for suntimes.com. Chipotle is covering 100% of tuition costs up front for 75 different types of business and technology degrees through their partnership with Guild Education, one of the leading education benefits companies in the country.Chipotle is adding this opportunity to obtain debt-free degrees to its education benefits program to give employees the chance to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the…

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Square announces a chatbot called Square Assistant to let businesses that use its Appointments service confirm, cancel, and reschedule appointments

“For that reason, Square is now letting business owners automate the rescheduling process with a chatbot called Square Assistant” writes About The Author for fastcompany.com. Square uses Amazon Mechanical Turk—that is, inexpensive human labor—to train its AI models by annotating different kinds of requests.Once Square Assistant figures out that customers want to change an appointment, it still links them to a web-based calendar, similar to what Square Appointments uses for its initial scheduling.Business owners that are using Square’s existing Appointments service can now confirm appointments with customers—or let them cancel…

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Merrill Lynch is shifting how it handles staff who drop out of its financial-adviser trainee program, and it highlights the industry’s evolving career paths

“Merrill Lynch, for its part, hiked trainee financial advisers’ starting salaries by $10,000 earlier this year, Business Insider first reported” writes Rebecca Ungarino for businessinsider.com. A Merrill Lynch spokesperson was not able to provide data around new financial advisers leaving the trainee program and moving to other roles. Source: businessinsider.com

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Galileo, the profitable ‘best kept secret in fintech,’ is raising $77 million in its first-ever venture capital deal after 19 years of bootstrapping

“As a bootstrapped business, being profitable is a notable difference from many, many other fintech startups,” Wilkes said” writes Megan Hernbroth for businessinsider.com. But that longevity has given Galileo a tool in its arsenal that very few other fintech startups can count on — profitability.”We’ve long thought that Galileo was the best kept secret in fintech,” Accel partner John Locke told Business Insider. Source: businessinsider.com

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How a serial entrepreneur uses vision statements to build multi-million dollar businesses

“Jennifer Dawn is a serial entrepreneur who has built two multi-million dollar businesses, is a published author, and an accomplished speaker” writes Dominick Reuter for businessinsider.com. An effective vision statement is a concise, specific description of the results or outcomes you are seeking for your business or life. Source: businessinsider.com

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Some credit cards offer cell phone insurance to cover you for damage — and you could even earn bonus points for paying your phone bill

“Wells Fargo stands out for offering cell phone insurance as a standard benefit on all of its personal credit cards” writes Caroline Lupini for businessinsider.com. I’ve got some good news for you, though: There are credit cards that will provide complimentary cell phone coverage just for paying your phone bill with that card!. Read more: If you only want to pay $450+ for one premium credit card, which should you choose?. Important: Don’t take legal advice from a website — make sure you read the full terms and conditions before…

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