How Businesses in America will Thrive after the COVID-19 Crisis

America is a very different place than it was just a couple of weeks ago. When the COVID-19 virus first emerged, we were all told to wash our hands properly and follow typical guidance for stopping the spread of viruses. Now we’re told to stay at home. While there have been many crises over the years, this has changed life as we know it significantly, and all in a short space of time. It’s truly an unbelievable turn of events.

But as with any crisis, we will make it through the other side. The lessons learnt at this time will make us a stronger, more robust nation that’s better equipped for future challenges. Is this an optimistic way of looking at things? Absolutely not, it’s called realism. Here are just some of the reasons why.

1. Courage

In times of trouble, we have proven time and time again that we can make it through. No matter what the challenge, we have stepped up to do what’s needed to overcome. You can already see this in the way that our nation’s carers – our health care workers, emergency services, the armed forces and others all over the country are fighting the good fight.

Our business community is also getting involved, with perhaps an unprecedented amount of leadership and bravery at this time. Businesses of all sizes are joining together and working hard to do their bit to end this crisis. I’m a proud member of this community, and I’m awed by the support being shown. Together we’re strong and can achieve anything.

It has also been humbling to witness the courage and strength shown by the public. People are taking care of each other – checking in and going to great lengths to help those in quarantine or isolation. As I witness these heartening displays all around me, the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt comes to mind: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”

2. We can

As pioneers, we have built a strong and remarkable country, and will continue to go beyond. We have our incredible minds working hard to develop treatments to help those who are suffering, while also working towards a COVID-19 vaccine that will put an end to this virus.

And while scientists and researchers are working hard on behalf of us all, it’s important to salute the ordinary people who are stepping up to do their part. Jennifer Haller is a 43-year old mother of two from Seattle, and when asked why she volunteered to receive an experimental vaccine, she said: “I wanted to do something because there’s so many millions of Americans that don’t have the same privileges that I’ve been given. They’re losing their jobs. They are concerned about paying bills, feeding their family. This was just something that I could do and that I wanted to do.”

3. Resilience

No matter the hardships that have befallen our nation, we’ve always come back stronger than ever. It’s not luck or chance that has got us here, it’s just how it’s meant to be. Throughout history, other nations haven’t fared so well, with disaster often following a period of decline. But not America.

We have always defied the odds to come back stronger than before. Our resilience is more than we know. We’re a nation that can adapt, makes change and gets results, raising the bar higher each time. It’s rooted within us, and we will no doubt overcome again.

What lies ahead

Our onward journey will not be an easy one; there are some tough times ahead. But it’s important to remember that we will do everything that’s needed to make it through. Our courage will make sure we do what’s right, and we can find solutions that will change things. And our resilience will make sure we come back from this stronger than ever. These are special traits that make America great. Together we will overcome, and triumph over this crisis.

Carolina Digital Phone can be part of your successful future in America with the remote worker solution cloud-based telephone service.  WIth more that 20 years experience providing solutions to business, the Carolina Digital Phone team offers white glove service to every sized business. North Carolina based, always providing excellent customer service at competitive prices for your business, government agency or school system. Call today (336) 850-5400 for a personalised telephone services quote. Move your business to the cloud with us today.

America 2.0 – When The Global Pandemic Is Over

Right now, we are living in uncertain times resulting from a global pandemic. There is fear and even panic resulting from this virus and the resulting aftermath. Many are sick, some have died, many more are at risk, food and savings are scarce for some people, some have lost their jobs or at least their income, and schools are shut down. No one is unaffected by the turmoil.

While we are struggling through the changes and adjustments needed to fight this virus, we may have difficulty seeing an end. We may be longing to go back to a time before the world was turned upside down.

These are normal reactions, but what if we started looking at this through a different lens. If we stop and look around, we can see all the challenges and bad things happening, but if we want, we can also focus on the many good things that are happening too.

One of the biggest things we can see that is good is the way that people are reaching out to comfort and help others, even in the midst of their own struggles. It is important to notice and hold on to the good we see in the world, and even contribute to it as much as we can.

We can also look forward to life after COVID-19 with hope. Instead of wishing to go back to how things were before the pandemic, we can instead think about how we can grow and improve to create a better world after the threat is over.

One way we can see the positivity come from the COVID-19 pandemic is in the way it will influence small businesses and business startups.

Current Small Businesses

One advantage of being a small business is the fact that small business owners can move much faster than a big corporation. Big corporations have layers of management and various committees that all need to be involved in making big decisions. A small business owner can change gears and implement new ideas much faster.

If a small business owner has an idea for a product or service, they can take steps that same day to implement systems to start production or marketing. In a larger corporation, the only thing that could be done would be to start making a proposal to send to other departments.

One example of the way this can be done effectively during the current global climate is with Mike Lindell’s My Pillow company. His company has under 2,000 employees, so it can still be considered to be a smaller business. He switched gears with his company to fill a gap in the market by making 50,000 face masks per day. He was able to do this with just a few days to change the assembly process.

He was in a position to do this because he runs a small business and can change and adapt quickly to meet the current market’s needs. He can move so quickly for three reasons:

  1. He knew it was the right thing, so he had the motivation to accomplish his goals.
  2. He saw an opportunity to both help the world with a need and improve his business at the same time.
  3. He was able to contribute to the world in a meaningful way by helping with a shortage and keeping his employees working.

Another example is Hanes Knitwear, which is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is not a small business but has still shown great initiative in this time of need. They have been producing t-shirts and underwear for over 100 years, but now is making one million medical grade face masks for healthcare workers.

We can also see other businesses jumping in to help the current shortages by turning their factories and other facilities into areas to make ventilators, sanitizers, and face masks to respond to the crisis. Truly we can see how a crisis can bring us together and give us opportunities to grow and serve others.

After COVID-19

We have a great opportunity to re-invent the world after this pandemic. When this over, we will see many new businesses start and thrive. There are millions of small businesses that have founders and owners who are ingenious and creative. There are even more people who have ideas waiting to come to life. Business is sure to bloom when the new America 2.0 is born.

In order to make this a reality, society will have to change. Cities might have to change the way they grow. More businesses will have to consider making the decision to start in a smaller town to employ local people who will be committed to the mission of their company. Business cultures will also have to change. Business owners can have more confidence in their belief that a small business can grow as it adapts to the world.

This pandemic has also shown us some areas in our society and businesses that are tremendously lacking. Companies now have the opportunity to come up with new ideas and policies to help protect against some of the negative effects we have seen.

If you have big ideas and motivation, then now is the time to act! The new America will be here sooner than we think, and those who get moving now will be the ones to succeed. We are doing our part to assist you get started by offering telephone services at no cost for two months to help existing businesses stay afloat, and new businesses thrive.

About Carolina Digital Phone

With more and more businesses switching to work-from-home situations, there needs to be a way for employees to stay connected and complete their work. This not only helps businesses but also helps the employees to maintain their income in these troubling times.

As a small company ourselves we have also responded to the call. We are doing what is right for America in providing telephone services at no cost for two months to help a business stay in business. We understand your concerns and needs and strive to help fill in the gaps to help you keep making the world a better place. We are the solution for the new worker force in America, just like you can be the solution for the new business world.

About the Author:

Born and raised in the Piedmont Triad and very passionate about the growth of the business community, state and small businesses, Nicky Smith is a leader in the community, volunteers for a number of organizations including his Church, Christ United Methodist. Member of the Crescent Rotary Club, Nicky finds time to writes for the Triad Business Journal in addition to weekly blogs located at

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Open Your Eyes America!

The Coronavirus travelled the entire world from Wuhan, but it did not reach Beijing or Shanghai. Can anybody explain that?

There are so many questions, after all, where it all began, in China, the Chinese stock market didn’t crash yet the American and European markets did And when the those markets crashed the Chinese bought big. China has reported about six coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, well below the rates in Italy, Spain, the United States and elsewhere.

The C.I.A. has been warning the White House since at least early February that China has vastly understated its coronavirus infections and that its count could not be relied upon as the United States compiles predictive models to fight the virus, according to current and former intelligence officials.

Bloomberg News first reported the C.I.A.’s assessment that China was underreporting its virus diagnoses and deaths.

All Roads Lead Back To China:

  1. Did they created a virus to which they already had an antidote for?
  2. Did they purposefully spread the virus for economic gain?
  3. There is a clear demonstration of efficiency. They built hospitals in a few days. They had to have already been prepared with the projects organised. With ordering the equipment, hiring the labor, the water and sewage network, the prefabricated building materials and stocked in an impressive volume, it all happened so fast.
  4. They caused chaos in the world, starting with Europe, and the rest of the western worlds following.
  5. Quickly decimating the economies of dozens of countries.
  6. Stopping the production and manufacturing lines in factories and primary producing in dozens of countries.
  7. Causing stock markets to fall and then they bought stocks, bonds and companies at a bargain prices.
  8. They then quickly gained control of the epidemic in their country. After all, they were already prepared and it was never really out of control.
  9. In all of this they managed to lower the price of commodities, including the price of oil.
  10. They are now returning to mass producing while the rest of the world are at a standstill.

Also note how quick Chinese syndicates were activated to go “hoarding” shopping by the bus load to regional shopping centres throughout Australia stripping our shelves of toilet paper and staple food. It happened before most of us even knew what was happening, before we even knew what Coronavirus even was.

Read the book by Chinese colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, from 1999, “Unrestricted Warfare: China’s master plan to destroy America”, on Amazon. It’s all there.

How come Russia & North Korea are almost totally free of Covid-19? Because they are staunch allies of China. The lowest reported cases of Covid-19 are from these 2 countries. On the other hand South Korea / United Kingdom / Italy / Spain and Asia are severely hit. And why is Wuhan is suddenly free from the deadly virus?

China will say that their drastic initial measures they took were very stern and Wuhan was locked down to contain the spread to other areas. I am sure they are using the Antidote of the virus that was already available before they released the virus. So many more questions you need to ask.

Why was Beijing not affected at all?

And another interesting fact. China’s President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan in the peak of the outbreak. Why did he just wear a simple RM1 facemask to visit those affected areas? As President should he not have been covered from head to toe in a hazmat suit? Perhaps because he was already injected with the antidote there was no need for concern?

There is no doubt this is biological warfare. And the world will be so different when this crisis does settle. Perhaps this is just stage one. And China really does take over the world.

Open up your eyes we need to do better by buying American Products.

5 Signs It’s Time To Upgrade Your Business Communications

Communication is vital in any business. Whether you are talking to customers or internally to employees, ensuring your company has an efficient and reliable local service provider is essential to make sure business operations run smoothly. Fortunately, communication technology has been advancing in recent years and in turn, giving your company more options for improving systems such as office phone solutions, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and extending flexibility within your organisation through virtual office solutions.

If you’re one of the many businesses that have felt trapped in current communications contracts or are unsure where to turn to compare services for your business, it might be time to consider the impact of upgrading your business communications to improve everything from productivity and reliability. There are several alternatives to RingCentral and similar Internet phone services for business. However, there are few things to weigh up before you decide on the right package for you.

Cost is one of the main features of IP phone providers, and it’s important to compare VoIP providers to see which package is the best fit for your company. But, there are some other areas to think about when deciding to switch including:

Expanding your current business communication requirements

If your company is growing, then you’ll need a package that can be tailored to your requirements. Many organizations have outdated systems that can’t grow with business expansion. If you’ve added new locations to your portfolio, employed more staff or need more advanced system options, an inflexible VoIP solutions provider could hinder your productivity.

Using your IT talent effectively

Your IT department is an invaluable resource. However, many companies are unable to realise its full potential if it’s continually fighting everyday administration due to inefficient systems. By upgrading your business communications, IT resource will be freed up for projects that improve your company and maximise its potential.

Changing needs of your business

The business world is ever-changing, and keeping up can be challenging. Some areas of your business may be more complicated with different vendors providing a variety of services. In this case, you could be using up vital investment to keep old systems held together when, in fact, upgrading to a hosted cloud telephony company could offer a flexible and reliable alternative.

Maintenance costs

Every area of your business requires costs for day to day running. However, if your central office phone systems cost more and more each year or a complete overhaul of older solutions is significant, it’s the perfect time to think about how new technology could help you save money in the long term. By holding onto older systems, you face substantial maintenance bills and significant outlay when things go wrong. Local service provider solutions can provide support and advanced technology within a package suited to your needs and budget with minimal downtime.
Training staff

Investing in company training is essential to ensure everything runs smoothly. However, if you’re running an older PBX system, on-going training can be complicated and largely a waste of time. New solutions require less training and are more intuitive compared to previous platforms. This, in turn, frees up employees to focus on innovating to improve your company.

Why doing business locally is important to the economy?

Historically, telephony systems were only provided by larger corporations and offered fewer options for growing companies. The advancement in technology is changing the business communication landscape and providing your business with reliable local service providers to support your business.

Our effective VoIP services are suitable for business that want to scale efficiently as your business grows. Plus, we provide a flexible API and all-in-one pricing structures so you can allocate appropriate budgets to keep an eye on those essential business costs.

Choosing a local VoIP provider also gives you a friendly and approachable solution to your IT requirements, and ensures you have someone on-hand to answer your queries. These solutions allow you to control costs and services more closely, and any extras or additional resource can be discussed to ensure it’s right for your company needs.

Due to the intuitive features of our UI, excess training will also be a thing of the past, which frees up your employees to concentrate on other areas to boost productivity. You may also be able to reallocate vital engineering resources to other projects to innovate throughout your company.

If your company is looking to upgrade and can relate to any or all of the above issues regarding your current communication systems, contact us today to find out more about how we can help you improve efficiency and productivity within your organization.

Stocks extend gains on strong job creation, trade progress

U.S. stocks jumped Thursday following better-than-expected jobs data and news that American and Chinese trade negotiators have set another round of talks for next month.

Private employers added 195,000 jobs in August, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report, surging past analyst expectations of 149,000 even as recession fears continue to mount. Most hiring took place in the service-providing sector, with 184,000 new jobs created. Manufacturing hiring remained fairly steady, with 8,000 jobs added.

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Younger Workers Report Biggest Gains in Happiness With Pay

The share of American workers satisfied with their paychecks rose last year, and “the biggest leap came from millennials and Generation Z, whose enthusiasm for their compensation shot from 36% in 2017 to nearly 46% a year later,” Lauren Weber reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“In all, nearly 54% of U.S. workers said they were satisfied with their jobs in 2018, the highest share reported in more than two decades.”

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Editorial: Boom time: When the stock market does reflect the real economy

It’s often said that the stock market is not the real economy, meaning: Wall Street traders make educated guesses about the future, so don’t read too much into this or that moment’s results. Stocks bounce around. GDP numbers, hiring and other data better reflect the nation’s health.

But if the stock market isn’t the real economy, it’s real life for tens of millions of Americans who have 401(k), IRA or other retirement savings. If you’re one of those people, check your mailbox or online account for second-quarter results to get a satisfying jolt: Your balance is rising. Because the economy continues to grow, and add jobs at a fast clip, 10 years into a record expansion. At this juncture, the stock market reflects the real economy.

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7 Trends for Investors in the Second Half of 2019

What to expect this summer and fall.

The first half of 2019 was a wild one for investors, with the S&P 500 gaining an impressive 17%. The ride wasn’t always a smooth one, with concerns over slowing economic growth and an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China creating volatility in the market. So far, fears over a U.S. recession in 2019 have proven unwarranted, but investors are understandably concerned about what’s coming in the second half of the year. Here are seven predictions about what investors can expect from the LPL Research team.

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Stock Market Forecast: Will Trade War Spoil A Strong First Half Of 2019?

After stocks’ seemingly strong start to the year and minor correction in May, investors have reason to be satisfied with the market’s 2019 performance. But by some measures, the stock market is lagging after shaking off the Q4 bear market. And trade wars and interest rates remain huge risks that loom large in the stock market forecast for the next six months.

The trade standoff between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping weighs heavily on the stock market outlook for the rest of 2019. (Nils Davey)

As the second half of 2019 starts, trade troubles still gnaw at investors. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will have an extended meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this month. But the issue is clouded with uncertainty. Barely a month ago, Trump threatened tariffs on Mexican imports, not because of trade issues but rather immigration control.

Investors hope the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates in the second half of the year to offset the effects of a tariff outbreak. Stocks are rising again on favorable chances for at least a couple of interest-rate cuts.

What can we expect in the next six months of 2019?

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