New Shopify Point of Sale System for Small Business - Small Business Trends

New Shopify Point of Sale System for Small Business - Small Business TrendsNew Shopify Point of Sale System for Small Business - Small Business TrendsPosted: 08 May 2020 09:07 AM PDT The new Shopify point of sale system readies small businesses post-pandemic.It helps merchants adapt and rebuild the future of retail, they say. And, it assists merchants in building and refining a solid omnichannel strategy.Shopify's POS will bring in-person and online sales into one convenient location. The system helps sellers stay resilient and flexible, the company says.New Shopify Point of Sale SystemPost COVID-19, small retailers face an abundanceof changes. Issues related to employee and customer health and safety are not going to disappear overnight.Hence the importance for omnichannel retail solutions. Omnichannel retailing brings together a store's physical and digital shops. So, customers can connect to a retailer's online and physical shopping platforms seamlessly.Further, Shopify …

Coordinated strikes knock out half of Saudi oil capacity, 5 million barrels a day - CNN

Coordinated strikes knock out half of Saudi oil capacity, 5 million barrels a day - CNN

Coordinated strikes knock out half of Saudi oil capacity, 5 million barrels a day - CNN

Posted: 15 Sep 2019 01:10 AM PDT

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Drone strikes on Saudi Arabian oil facilities have disrupted about half of the kingdom's oil capacity, or 5% of the daily global oil supply, people with knowledge of ...

Steamboat CBD business partners with professional triathlete - Steamboat Pilot & Today

Posted: 14 Sep 2019 12:32 PM PDT

Steamboat-based business, VengaCBD, partnered with Scottish professional triathlete Lesley Paterson after she competed in the Steamboat Stinger in August. The company is also celebrating its first year of business.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs based business, VengaCBD, partnered with Scottish professional triathlete Lesley Paterson following the Steamboat Stinger. The company, which is now a year old, sponsors athletes who help spread the word about their existence and their products. 

In early September, VengaCBD announced a partnership with Scottish Xterra triathlete Lesley Paterson.

Paterson visited Steamboat Springs for the Steamboat Stinger event in August. On Aug. 10, she won the mountain bike race, and on Aug. 11, she finished the half-marathon first. 

"It was hard, the altitude," she confessed. "I live in San Diego. The course was amazing, very well organized. It was a great event, and I really enjoyed Steamboat."

Afterwards, she stopped by the vendor tents, which is where she came across VengaCBD. 

"It was post-race. They had their booth there. They spoke about it, I tried it, I liked it," Paterson said. "I said 'Listen guys, I'd love to do a partnership with you, and that was that.'"

A simple sampling sparked a sponsorship. VengaCBD sends Paterson product and payment for wearing their logo, as well as spreading the word about the brand. They will also use her name and photo in their advertising and social media.

"We're just so happy and thankful that introduction was made right here in Steamboat Springs," VengaCBD partner Dave Wittlinger said. "We would never have known about Lesley if it wasn't for this fortuitous meeting." 

On Sept. 7, Lesley won her second straight and third total Xterra US PanAm national title. Paterson said she uses the product every single day as she trains for the Xterra World Championships in Hawaii, which she won last fall. 

"They have their gel capsules which is good for general use, so I'll take that a couple times a day," Paterson said. "Their balm, I'll use after a big training session on certain areas that might be tweaked or sore. I'm getting older. I'll be 39 here soon, so I need all the help I can get."

Paterson is one of four athletes the company sponsors, including triathlete and trainer Heather Gollnick and professional cyclist Anne Donley. 

Both Gollnick and Paterson are coaches and work closely with other coaches and many athletes.

"It's mostly them as an influencer, if that's the best word for it, which I think it is — it applies here — It's just letting people they interact with know about Venga in little old Steamboat Springs and that they should try it," Wittlinger said.

A year in the making

VengaCBD, which was founded by Jay O'Hare, sells CBD catered to endurance athletes and has been in business for a year now. The company sells gummies, gels and a balm designed to help athletes recover quickly by fighting inflammation, reducing pain and even improving sleep.

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, which made hemp legal across the nation, the company sells CBD across the U.S. and even crosses borders.

"Every day, I get orders from Texas, Florida, California, Connecticut," Wittlinger said. "I just shipped out a box to Canada, which is kind of rare for us."

Like Paterson, most people find the company through events they are a vendor at. VengaCBD is gearing up to go to a Spartan obstacle race in Lake Tahoe where they will provide athletes with samples and get the name out to more potential purchasers.

While a buyer enjoys the natural remedy of CBD, nature benefits from the purchase. 

With every sale, a tree is planted. VengaCBD and One Tree Planted plants a seedling in one of five locations: Colorado, California, Oregon, Florida or British Columbia.

"Between Jay and I, we both come from a place of a philanthropic business mind. So, how do we create a business that also has some benefit either locally or nationally?," Wittlinger said. "When we started Venga, from day one, right out of the gates, we decided, for every purchase, we're going to plant a tree."

Wittlinger said he doesn't know the exact number, but since the company's inception, sales have helped plant about 1,000 trees. 

The company doesn't have a brick and mortar location, primarily selling through the website. 

Wittlinger said, no matter where the next year of business will take VengaCBD, it will remain a Steamboat-based startup. 

"We don't have any plans to move from Steamboat. I've been here since '97. Jay's been here about the same time. We've both decided Steamboat is our home," he said. "We started this company here and we intend to grow it here. It's been a wonderful, exciting year, and we're looking ahead to the next phase of this."

To reach Shelby Reardon, call 970-871-4253, email or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.

Business Portfolio for Sept. 15, 2019 | Business -

Posted: 14 Sep 2019 08:30 AM PDT

Mentor Rotary sets free seminar/breakfast

The Mentor Rotary Club has launched a new vocational service project to offer professional development seminars at no charge, including a full breakfast, to the public.

The first one is from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Sept. 26, at Holiday Inn-Mentor, 7701 Reynolds Road. The speaker will be Christopher Downey, and the subject is "Mastering First Impressions." 

Downey is vice president/senior advisor consultant for the New York Stock Exchange Division of Franklin Templeton Distributors, Inc.

The event is free but registration is required at or by calling 330-968-7683.

Schafer now CPA at Rea & Associates

Rea & Associates, a regional accounting and business consulting firm, announced that Michael Schafer has successfully completed and passed the CPA exam and is now a Certified Public Accountant.

Schafer, an associate in the firm's Mentor office, is responsible for tax preparation and providing accounting services to Rea clients, according to a news release.

After candidates pass all four parts of the CPA exam, they must also pass a professional ethics exam before they can use the CPA designation.

Schafer earned his bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Kent State University, and started his career at Rea as an intern in the Mentor office. He resides in Cleveland.

New Orleans area Business Briefs for Sept. 15, 2019 | Business News -

Posted: 14 Sep 2019 10:15 PM PDT

Business workshop targets social media

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. and the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network will present the fourth session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 of "In It To Win It," a series of workshops and panel discussions aimed at helping local, diverse-owned businesses in New Orleans capture more revenue from New Orleans' tourism economy.

The free interactive workshop at Ashé's Power House Theatre, 1731 Baronne St., will teach attendees how to boost their search rankings in Google, how to leverage social media channels and the basics of how search marketing and social media can work together to boost business.

The first half of the program will provide an overview of Search Engine Optimization and feature three things participants can do to improve how their business shows up on Google's search results pages. The second half will focus on social media, with takeaways on how to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms to find and connect with target audiences through effective, low-cost campaigns.

An audience Q&A will follow the discussion. Seating is limited. Register at

Clinic adds bariatric, endocrine services

Tulane Surgery Clinic Northshore, which opened earlier this year on the Lakeview Regional Medical Center campus with Tulane Transplant Institute services, is adding endocrine and bariatric, or weight-loss, surgical services.

The Tulane Bariatric Center offers patients the surgical weight-loss solutions, with support before and after the procedure to monitor readiness and progress. The surgery clinic also will offer diagnosis and treatment of common endocrine procedures, including adrenal disorders, pituitary diseases and thyroid issues such as hyperparathyroidism and thyroid cancer.

There are plans to add additional surgical specialties to the clinic in the coming months.

La., Bayou Region outlook scheduled

The Louisiana Economic Outlook for 2020-21 with a focus on the Bayou Region will be presented Sept. 25 at a luncheon at The Cypress Columns, 157 Tourist Drive, in Gray.

The program is sponsored by the South Louisiana Economic Council and Pedestal Bank in cooperation with Louisiana Economic Development. Economist Loren C. Scott, professor emeritus at LSU, will present the economic outlook report.

Sign-in starts at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon at noon. Cost is $65. The deadline for registration is Sept. 20 at

Crawfish production meetings scheduled

The LSU AgCenter will host five crawfish meetings in south Louisiana to help producers get ready for the upcoming season.

Topics include pond management, including water and vegetation management, and how second-cropping rice affects crawfish yields.

Meetings, all at 6 p.m., include:

  • Jennings: Sept. 23, Jefferson Davis Parish LSU AgCenter extension office, 1006 S. Lake Arthur Ave.
  • Crowley: Sept. 25, Acadia Parish LSU AgCenter extension office, 157 Cherokee Drive.
  • Ville Platte: Oct. 1, Evangeline Parish LSU AgCenter extension office, 230 Court St.
  • Abbeville: Oct. 2, Vermilion Parish LSU AgCenter extension office, 1105 W. Port St.
  • Raceland: Oct. 3, Lafourche Parish LSU AgCenter extension office, 115 Texas St.


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