Consumer Handbook

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Whether your small business is no longer able to make ends meet or you’re simply ready to move on to a new venture, closing your company can be both a difficult decision and a lengthy process. 

Small business owners need to take several steps to ensure they fulfill all the necessary legal requirements. The following tips in developing a plan for closing will help you avoid unnecessary fines and legal disputes, and maintain a good business reputation as you move on to your next endeavor. 

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During the COVID-19 outbreak, online furniture sales have skyrocketed. Online purchases of home products and furnishings have nearly doubled, and the online sales of outdoor furniture has increased more than 400%. This increase likely reflects the home improvements many homeowners are making, parents shopping for desks for home school learning, and employees who have permanently switched to a work-from-home situation. 

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To help slow the spread of COVID-19, state departments of motor vehicles around the United States have expanded their online offerings, allowing drivers to book appointments or prepay for services.

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During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the region has seen a surge in phishing scams reported to Better Business Bureau (BBB) Scam Tracker. Since March 2020, phishing scams are the second most common scam reported to Scam Tracker by consumers, trailing only online purchase scams. 

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Don’t let your curiosity get the better of you. A new scam appears to be an email from Google, informing you that someone has shared a photo album with you. But it’s really a phishing scheme that’s after your password.