By Pat Byce, Marketing Coordinator, Spartan Scientific Flames begin to blaze and a fire engine pulls up within minutes, complete with professionals ready to help. The focus in an emergency is usually on crew response time, but what about their equipment? Is it also optimized to complete the task as quickly as possible when lives […]

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If you can’t get through a football game or Twitter scroll without seeing an in-your-face promo for online sports betting lately, well, you’re not alone.

Offers such as “Bet $20, win $125 if Aaron Rodgers throws for one passing yard” or “Place your first bet up to $500 risk free” have become ubiquitous, as sportsbooks continue to dangle the prospect of essentially free money in hopes of acquiring a customer base that will bet and—more often than not—lose money over the long haul.

These offers have exploded as a pandemic-weary public has proved the perfect target for betting startups, many of which are rushing to exploit ever-loosening state rules on betting. “Throughout the pandemic, there’s definitely been a sharp increase in mental-health issues and addiction,” says Eric Fields, a psychologist who specializes in addiction therapy. “This time has been extremely vulnerable for people who’ve already had an addiction or mental … Read the rest

PIRTEK, a service provider of on-site hydraulic and industrial hose replacement and related products, was ranked the third fastest-growing U.S. franchise based on per unit percentage in the annual Franchise Times Top 200+ listing.  The company was also ranked 151 based on 2019 systemwide sales. Franchise Times Top 200+ is the most comprehensive annual ranking […]

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Even with positive developments on the vaccine front, the pandemic is far from over: On Thursday, new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States hit a daily record of over 150,000.

But on the economic front, we’re continuing to see improvement. As states eased lockdown restrictions in the spring and summer, the economy switched from the worst contraction in history to one of the fastest recoveries. Indeed, the unemployment rate that hit a peak of 14.7% in April has since come down to 6.9% as of October.

That said, we aren’t out of the woods yet. More business failures are on the way as companies hardest hit by the pandemic run out of cash. Not to mention the weak labor market makes it hard for the employed to get raises and the millions of unemployed Americans to find a paycheck. We’re in recovery, but not all of … Read the rest

The owner of Charlotte, North Carolina’s PIRTEK South End, Mike McArdle, recently opened an new franchise in the city, PIRTEK North End, the company announced. The PIRTEK North End franchise is the fourth PIRTEK location in North Carolina. Situated throughout the center of the state, the PIRTEK Service and Supply Centers provide hydraulic and industrial […]

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