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Chamber forum focuses on pandemic recovery efforts | Haverhill

HAVERHILL —  Earlier this month the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Development Forum at the Phoenician Restaurant, where guest speakers focused on pandemic recovery efforts by businesses and the state.

The featured speaker was Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, who reports directly to the governor on all matters relating to the state’s economy and business development.

Kennealy discussed the impact the pandemic has had on the state and efforts that are underway to rebuild the economy along with the a variety of assistance programs to help the business and housing communities.

A local

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Exxon to sell elastic polymers business to Celanese for $1.15 billion

The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, December 30, 2015./File Photo

June 30 (Reuters) – Oil major Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) said on Wednesday it would sell its Santoprene business, which makes elastic polymers used in automotive, industrial and consumer products, to chemical maker Celanese Corp (CE.N) for $1.15 billion.

The deal comes as Exxon is looking to improve profit and slash debt by culling lower margin operations. It had two years ago pledged to divest $15 billion in assets by the end of

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Looking For A Business Idea? Start With Your Purpose


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Have you ever tried to come up with a new business idea? For some entrepreneurs, the idea comes naturally — perhaps it came from a familiar industry, or there was an unsolved problem that the founder experienced first-hand. But not every aspiring founder has a clear idea of exactly what that business should do. So, where to start?

Many business schools will recommend a set formulation: First, start by identifying a problem in the world or in your life. Then develop a solution. There are other

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You Can Fly First Class for Cheap(er) Right Now

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While it’s true airfares have jumped due to post-pandemic demand (not to mention a pilot shortage), the premium seats usually filled with business travelers are an exception to the rule, mostly due to reduced corporate travel. That means you can more easily find deep discounts on first and business class fares for non-touristy destinations—sometimes up to 70% off. Here’s what you need to know when planning a trip.

Air travel demand is currently k-shaped

There are really two markets at play here, based on the type of trave

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China’s Didi Touts Tech Spending Ahead of Wall St Debut | Business News

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese ride-hailing service Didi says it lost $5.5 billion over the past three years ahead of its U.S. stock market debut Wednesday but it’s highlighting its global reach and investments in developing electric and self-driving cars.

The Beijing-headquartered company operates in 16 countries but almost 90% of the 493 million customers who used the service at least once in the past year are in China.

Didi Global Inc. planned to raise up to $4 billion by selling 288 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange at $13-$14 each. It said

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Delta cases are spiking in highly-vaccinated countries, but with fewer deaths and milder government responses

A health worker prepares a shot of the Pfizer vaccine in Glasgow, Scotland, on December 8, 2020. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via AP

  • The Delta coronavirus variant, which is highly transmissible, is spreading rapidly.

  • But highly vaccinated countries like the UK and Israel are not seeing a rise in deaths or hospitalizations.

  • Both are taking a more lenient approach to control the virus than in previous surges.

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Amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant, Israel’s response was different to before.

“Masks instead of restrictions, vaccines instead of lockdowns,”

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