Locust partners with Retail Strategies to attract new business – The Stanly News & Press

Ruben Onsu

Locust has partnered with Retail Strategies, an Alabama-based marketing retail firm that works with towns across the country, to help attract new businesses.

The firm has worked with the city of Albemarle for many years and has also met with other municipalities like Badin in the past.

The city signed an agreement with Retail Strategies in early March, City Administrator Cesar Correa said, and the first kick0ff meeting occurred a few weeks ago.

Correa mentioned during Thursday night’s council meeting that Retail Strategies is working on a detailed real estate analysis report on the city which should help attract future

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Local business moves to new location | Business

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A local small business is preparing to move to a new location at the end of April.

AR Workshop St. Joseph, a craft boutique workshop, will move from its current location near Hy-Vee to the East Ridge Village Shops at 3855 Frederick Avenue. They offer home decor and other creative projects.

“This location used to be Kristen’s Coin and Jewelry for a long time, so we’re right by Perkins and some other great businesses: Hazel’s Coffee and Blessings Boutique, Merle Norman. So we’re really excited to be in here with all these other really popular businesses,” Jessica Estes, owner of

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Allen Harris | Mind Your Business: Stop selling to sell more | Business

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When the owner is the rainmaker, accounting for 76 to 100 percent of sales, the business will lose out to its competition.

John Warrillow, the founder of The Value Builder System, maintains that business owners don’t do enough to make themselves dispensable. It sounds contrary, but not all traditional business concepts are valid. When it comes to sales, John calls it the “owner’s dilemma.” The owner’s dilemma is that they are good at closing, but being the rainmaker will hurt their business.

Startups enjoy brisk growth as revenue ramps up quickly and the owner executes the sales. However, the owner

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Small business closures tick back toward Covid pandemic highs

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Small business closures across the U.S. and the world are creeping back toward their pandemic peaks, according to a report from Facebook and the Small Business Roundtable.

“It continues to be a very painful time for small businesses,” John Stanford, co-executive director of the Small Business Roundtable, told CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange” on Thursday.

The report, which surveyed over 35,000 small and medium-size businesses across the world, found that 22% of U.S. small businesses were closed in February. Those figures were up from October’s 14%. At the peak in May, the pandemic saw 23% of small and medium-size businesses

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More Companies See Business Opportunities in Bitcoin

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A year ago, Bitcoin was just a curiosity for many companies. That’s starting to change.

More than two dozen public companies now own some cryptocurrencies on their balance sheets. Many more are starting to offer services to people interested in buying Bitcoin or to companies that want to hold it or accept it for payments.


(ticker: PYPL) made a particularly big splash last month when it started allowing some users to pay at checkout with their crypto holdings as smoothly as they would with a



Helping to push Bitcoin further into the mainstream have been traditional Wall

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Want To Digitally Transform Your Business? Start With Social Media

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Digital transformation continues to be a marketing buzzphrase in 2021, and for good reason. Survey data shows that a whopping 70% of businesses chose to step up or maintain their spending on digital transformation during the pandemic. Fifty-eight percent of businesses that hadn’t yet launched a transformation initiative said that Covid-19 has accelerated their plans. But as marketers hurry to check the digital transformation box, it pays to ask, what does digital transformation actually entail?

Digital transformation takes place when a business adopts digital technology to replace physical or manual processes with digital ones. You

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