Gene Marks, The Guardian

Gene Marks

The Guardian

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by GENE:

It's tough out there. But some small businesses have prospered

Cleaning firms, puzzle companies and marijuana dispensaries are just some of the small businesses that have seen surging sales → Read More

Coronavirus is forcing 100,000 small firms out of business? That needs a closer look

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Reopening businesses face a legal minefield of coronavirus claims

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This simple action will fix the Paycheck Protection Program's looming forgiveness nightmare

Just a small tweak to the eight-week forgiveness period would put the program back on course to reach its goals. → Read More

Many small businesses won't get help from Congress. But there are other options

If the Paycheck Protection Program doesn’t cover you, don’t despair: there’s help to be found elsewhere → Read More

America's big banks should be ashamed of themselves

The big banks, through their shameful behavior, have earned this response almost as much as they’ve earned our disgust. → Read More

Shake Shack handed back its $10m loan. But that's no reason to applaud

The burger chain returned the money, but it never should have borrowed it in the first place. That money was for small businesses, not giant corporations → Read More

Small businesses aren't ready to reopen. But let's build a plan for when we are

The world has changed, and running a small business won’t be the same in May as it was in February → Read More

The 10 small-business heroes of the coronavirus pandemic (so far)

These are ten people and organizations that have stepped up during this pandemic and made life a little easier for countless small business owners around the country → Read More

Online lenders are stepping up to fill the gap left by banks during the pandemic

The internet-based industry is often attacked for its high interest rates but its nimble systems are ideal for paycheck protection program loans → Read More

What can US small businesses do during the pandemic – and why is it so confusing?

There’s little we can do besides apply for relief programs, and expect both a long wait for money and to get less than promised → Read More

Shame on big banks for failing to step up at a critical moment

Banks have limited loans only to customers and credit card holders, but put roadblocks for small businesses → Read More

Now is the time for the banks to show they really care about small businesses

The government has done its part by setting aside $377bn of virtually free money but banks are crucial to making sure it gets to its recipients → Read More

To beat the coronavirus slump, shut us down now, Mr President

Half of small businesses could fold in these conditions – a three-week total shutdown could fight the virus and give us hope → Read More

Shut us down already Mr. President!

It's not the virus that’s killing us. It’s the prolonged uncertainty. → Read More

Yes, small businesses are suffering – but some are helping to fight coronavirus

The pandemic has turned many businesses upside down, but sales for niche products such as soap for phones are exploding → Read More

What should you do if a customer leaves your employee a $4,500 tip?

A customer at a Memphis Denny’s left an enormous tip – so the corporate office decided to hold on to the cash and make sure it wasn’t an error → Read More

Half of US small business owners expect tax refunds – and that’s just dumb

If business owners and their accountants are doing a good job managing taxes, then they really should have zero refunds → Read More

Surge in Latino business owners is good news but masks underlying problems

Hispanic owning businesses are up 34% in 10 years but many entrepreneurs feel the odds are stacked against them → Read More

If it were up to small business owners, Trump would get his second term

They may not like his tweets, but a buoyant economy and the president’s pro-business tone do nicely, a survey has found → Read More