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Business Unusual: Survival Past PPP with Guest Kevin O’Connor, President & CEO of BNB Bank

Episode 2 of Business Unusual Weekly Recovery Webinar with guest Kevin O’Connor, President & CEO of BNB Bank. This discussion focused on long-term strategies for businesses to survive in our new world. While the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) remains the hot topic of the moment, it’s merely a stopgap. We need to start thinking now about how to survive once those funds run out. As leaders, we cannot rely on the PPP to save our businesses and our economy –

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Business Unusual: Weekly Recovery Webinar Episode 1

This first episode included an in-depth discussion of the impact COVID-19 is having on the local and national economy and how businesses should be preparing to reopen, especially in light of the challenges that PPP and enhanced unemployment are causing in the workforce.

COVID-19: The Long Road to Recovery

COVID-19: The Long Road to Recovery

May 29, 2020 – Now it’s time for us all to start acting like it … May 29, 2020 – Now that we are “opening up” we will find we are not all in this together anymore … capitalism requires competition. Play fair and work hard … May 28, 2020 – Not sure if this is correct … are you? May 27, 2020 – Don’t you dare give up … May 26, 2020 – Yup…

Campolo Featured in “Industry Leaders Say Preparation Will Be Key to Reopening Businesses As Pandemic Wanes”

Campolo Featured in “Industry Leaders Say Preparation Will Be Key to Reopening Businesses As Pandemic Wanes”

Most sectors of the South Fork economy will rebound — although restaurants are sure to struggle — but the recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown will be neither swift or easy, a panel of business experts told Express News Group readers at a virtual Express/Press Sessions forum on May 7 via Zoom. And anyone expecting a simple “flick of the switch” to bustling Main Streets and scrambling consumers on May 15 — the earliest date on which Governor Andrew Cuomo could

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The Leadership Pivot In A Time Of Crisis

The Leadership Pivot In A Time Of Crisis

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.“ — Lao Tzu Originally published by Express News Group Leaders aren’t born — they are made by the times they exist in and how they rise to the occasion. Let me back up. The richness of Long Island lies not only in its real estate and school districts but also in its innovative businesses, restaurants and hospitality. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and must survive.

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Vulnerability is Not a Weakness

Vulnerability is Not a Weakness

“I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell” – Matchbox Twenty Notwithstanding the façade of social media, it’s hard to imagine that many of us are getting through this period without a struggle, and perhaps a significant one. How could we not; never in our generations’ history have we dealt with such prolonged uncertainly and stress, leaving us wholly unprepared on an emotional level as to how and what we should be doing. Normal stress relievers are made more challenging by isolation

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Campolo Discusses Post-Pandemic Economy with U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin

Campolo Discusses Post-Pandemic Economy with U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin

CMM Managing Partner and HIA-LI Board Chairman Joe Campolo led a virtual meeting on April 29, 2020 with U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin to discuss the economic challenges facing businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to solve them. The meeting was hosted by HIA-LI, the voice of Long Island business. Under the leadership of President & CEO Terri Alessi-Miceli, HIA-LI has been working tirelessly throughout this crisis to deliver critical resources and information to the business community. The wide-ranging discussion focused on the

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PPP – We Must Act NOW!

PPP – We Must Act NOW!

For weeks we have held it together as a nation because we knew that “we were all in this together.” This is now no longer true with the unjust way the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was administered. By allocating not nearly enough funding, and giving it on a first-come, first-serve basis rather than a pro-rata basis, the government has systematically created a divisive program whereby taxpayer dollars will fund only some businesses while others will have to shut down. Those

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COVID-19: Braving the Storm

COVID-19: Braving the Storm

May 22, 2020 – Last 10 years of economic prosperity allowed for even weak businesses and leaders to thrive. Next twelve months are a totally different animal… May 20, 2020 – Lesson learned – there is strength in loyalty, not numbers… May 19, 2020 – Waiting to emerge and unleash … May 17, 2020 – Don’t let fatigue seduce you into thinking it’s ok to give up … May 14, 2020 – We did not stay home because the government

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COVID-19: We Must Persevere and Move Forward

COVID-19: We Must Persevere and Move Forward

“Be Prepared” – That is the Scout motto that was drilled into my head as young boy coming up through the Scouting ranks. This notion – and my OCD – led me into the Marine Corps, where constant preparedness is the culture: Marines are either preparing for war or at war. Those tenets have spilled over to my entire career, most recently in the form of a seminar I gave last month called “The Art of War in Business.” And yet, notwithstanding a lifetime

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