Grocery Outlet open newest store in Dayton, 33 new jobs created - Carson Now

Grocery Outlet open newest store in Dayton, 33 new jobs created - Carson NowGrocery Outlet open newest store in Dayton, 33 new jobs created - Carson NowPosted: 04 Jun 2020 05:10 PM PDT Grocery Outlet press release Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, extreme-value grocery retailer, opened its newest location Thursday at 7 Dayton Village Parkway in Dayton, Nev., creating 33 new jobs in the community and providing big savings on name brand, high quality merchandise.Grocery Outlet stores are independently operated by local families who are committed to supporting their communities. "We are overjoyed to be a part of the Dayton community and be able to provide big savings on quality groceries," said IOs Daniel and Kathleen Knight in a news release. "This partnership with Grocery Outlet gives us the ability to grow our business, create new jobs and more importantly, give back to our local community."Grocery Outlet offers the same trusted brands as traditional grocery stores, but…

“Startup Opportunities Coming Out Of The Pandemic—Some Are Opportunistic, Others Will Be Here For A Long Time - Forbes” plus 1 more

“Startup Opportunities Coming Out Of The Pandemic—Some Are Opportunistic, Others Will Be Here For A Long Time - Forbes” plus 1 more

Startup Opportunities Coming Out Of The Pandemic—Some Are Opportunistic, Others Will Be Here For A Long Time - Forbes

Posted: 09 Apr 2020 08:49 AM PDT

As this pandemic continues to impact almost every part of our lives, there are going to be major opportunities for existing brands and new startup companies that will leverage either an opportunistic or a longer-term opportunity. Here is my take on both.


Cleaning Services. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the U.S., so is the nationwide demand for janitorial services. A number of cleaning companies have seen an increase in requests for additional services as people are being reminded to constantly clean and disinfect all commonly-used areas, offices and facilities to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. Once this pandemic is over, there will be a high demand for continuous cleaning at a new cleaning level.

Medical Light. Once the pandemic has been reduced, one of the conditions for businesses to re-open will be to conduct regular employee screenings before an employee enters a business workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gave employers the green light to take employees' temperatures to try and ward off the spread of the coronavirus in guidance updated March 18, 2020. So, who will provide this service? New companies will pop up to provide employee screenings as they enter the building.

Stylish Protection. Face masks have become an increasingly common sight on the streets of cities around the world in recent weeks. Though wearing them has long been the norm in Asian capitals like Tokyo and Hanoi, the mounting threat from the novel coronavirus is convincing more and more people around the globe to wear masks whenever they go outside. And not just any mask, but masks with style. Look for an explosion of "stylish" face masks over the next 12 months. Also big brands will want branded masks for their employees.

Starting a Company. Business interruptions are often the precursor to disruption and opportunity and layoffs are mounting. Really good people will second-guess what they are doing or will have the decision made for them. Some will view this as a great time to switch careers, while others will think about starting their own business. In general, startups launched during a downturn tend to be far more durable and resilient than those started in a better economic time. Look around for problems not being solved well and try to come up with a solution that could be a great company.

Longer Term

Delivery Services. While delivery services have been trying to get their toe-hold for the past several years, the leaders will now grab market-share and trial with new customers, some of whom who will continue the service long after the pandemic is over. Other startups will focus on niches delivering what never used to be delivered.

Remote Applications. For all the professors in university education, welcome to the new normal of working with remote applications. While education may never really change, businesses have now learned how to utilize remote working tools and applications that are providing value while cutting overhead costs. Look for remote working applications and solutions to rise.

Remote Fitness. As the coronavirus continues to spread, fitness studios around the country are shutting their doors and adjusting to a new reality. Even SoulCycle is adjusting by offering its cycling studio bikes which are now available for pre-order with a price tag of $2,500, with the company saying it will release on-demand virtual classes later this year. The whole notion of a "virtual" trainer will now explode into other exercise modalities as well.

Cyber Security. When you work remotely, all of sudden standard applications will come under cyber hacking attacks. Just ask Zoom. Building better versions of either application or browser based secure solutions will gain new levels of funding from investors.

E-commerce. This pandemic, while a potential death blow to physical retail stores, will accelerate e-commerce to even higher levels. Chewy, the online pet store, has seen an explosion of orders in recent months. E-commerce will never look back and even more niche e-commerce opportunities will surface.

Entertainment. Is this the final act of the movie theaters? Will major sports brands like NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL finally accelerate virtual reality programming? Gaming has accelerated in this crisis, Netflix and others have seen a tremendous rise in viewership. Investors will be backing next generation companies that can bring entertainment to the masses on a one to one basis.

If you look back over other recessions or downturns in our economy, great companies have been born in this time. This pandemic will also spawn some amazing startups and a host of new products and services.

Meet America’s Best Startup Employers 2020 - Forbes

Posted: 10 Mar 2020 12:00 AM PDT

If you'd rather take a risk and join a budding business than be bound to the rungs of the corporate ladder, startup life may be right for you. But when your potential employer hasn't existed for more than a few years and may not even have a product, let alone profits, how can you tell if it's a good place to work?

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to identify the up-and-coming companies liked best by their employees in our inaugural ranking of America's best startup employers. The list was compiled by evaluating 2,500 American businesses with at least 50 employees on three criteria: employer reputation, employee satisfaction and growth.

Those who are drawn to early-stage companies may have different professional priorities than those at more established firms, but the qualities they value most in employers are surprisingly similar. A clear mission, for example, is just as important to the more than 450 employees who work for Allbirds, No. 1 on this list, as it is to those on the payrolls of some of America's biggest businesses. Since launching in 2016, the San Francisco-based direct-to-consumer footwear brand has sought to create comfortable, carbon-neutral shoes. A certified B Corp, Allbirds' sustainable practices have proved an effective recruitment tool. "The talent we attract is aligned with our mission to make an impact on the world," says Laila Tarraf, head of employee experience at Allbirds. "For people who want to spend their working lives feeling like they're doing something that helps the greater good, we make that possible here." 

Mission matters, but it's just one piece of the puzzle. Opportunities for growth are equally important, and at Allbirds, that means prioritizing internal promotions. "We check ourselves every time we make a move," Tarraf says, sharing how she recently wanted to hire an external consultant for an open recruiting role, but ultimately realized that it could be an opportunity for someone already among her ranks. "We leaned into internal promotions, had employees throw their hat in the ring and hired someone out of customer service." Its workforce is young—the average age of employees is 29—so when promoting junior staffers into management, Allbirds often hires outside advisors to ensure that they have the guidance they need to succeed. "We really do take a chance on people," Tarraf says.

Chime, No. 2, has invested in learning and development, as well. Since 2013, the Bay Area fintech company has strived to show employees a professional path before their first day on the job. "Before everyone is hired, managers are asked to do a 30- and 60-day plan for each employee so it's clear to the employees what their responsibilities are, what they need to do to be successful and what their goals are," says Beth Steinberg, vice president of people and talent at Chime. "That really helps ground people in the work." But those training wheels don't stay on for long—Chime's onboarding process involves a crash course in its business model, something the company wants all workers to understand. "We make sure we're being very transparent with information, listening to people, answering their questions," Steinberg says. "That has made a big difference in retention. Our turnover is exceedingly low."

Across the country in New York, Sue Choe, chief people officer at Petal, No. 3, touts transparency as a key to success. "Employees aren't looking to park themselves in the same role for years—they want a path to the next step," Choe says. "Being really clear that you have that, and that you have a support system in place and different levels, is very important." Founded in 2016, the fintech startup promotes development through monthly workshops on professional skills like listening, negotiating and presenting. These sessions are facilitated by an external consultant, and in between, Choe supplements with leadership training to ensure workers are learning at all levels.

Many are attracted to startups because of their lack of structure, but Choe believes that what sets Petal apart from the pack are its processes. Twice-yearly reviews, while not a flashy perk, let employees know exactly when their performance is going to be assessed, what they need to do to get promoted and when they'll be up for a pay raise. "That may sound kind of unappealing if you're looking for a freewheeling, anything goes startup, but when you're responsible for taking care of over 100 employees who look to you for their paycheck, it's important to give them a sense of stability," Choe says. But that doesn't mean you'll find an org chart hanging around. "They're allowed to do so many things without any bureaucracy, and I think that is really appealing, no matter who you are," Choe says. "People are really motivated because they feel true ownership."

For the full list of America's Best Startup Employers, click here.


To determine the list, Statista identified 2,500 American businesses that had been founded between 2010 and 2017 and employ at least 50 people. All companies considered had been started from scratch and not spun out of existing enterprises. Statista evaluated each organization based on three criteria, the first being employer reputation. The firm reviewed articles, blogs and social media posts pertaining to each employer, searching for specific phrases, such as "corporate culture" and "employee engagement." Statista then assessed employee satisfaction, evaluating online reviews, as well as growth, examining the organizations' website traffic and headcounts over a two-year period. The final list ranks the 500 employers that boast the best employer reputations, employee satisfaction and growth.


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