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September 17, 2020

10 business development tips for a COVID-19 world

By SCOTT JOHNSTON
Johnston Training Group

Johnston






Goodbye, handshakes and exchanging business cards; hello, Zoom and chat windows. According to a recent survey by Zweig Group, 90% of AEC firms say COVID-19 will affect overall business development activities in the next 12 months. And yet business must go on and new work must be pursued.


Here are 10 ways to stay engaged with existing connections and build business.


1. Take the lead. COVID-19 is changing how schools, workplaces, and more are designed and built. What is your firm doing differently as a result? Can you team up with another firm and offer a webinar or other virtual service? Collaborate with your colleagues, partners, or clients to be a thought leader.


Dara t’Sas, director of marketing at BCRA, said, “Now more

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Why QuantSpark Believes Data Is An Art As Well As A Science

“The future of the economy depends on data and analytics,” argues entrepreneur Adam Hadley, the founder and CEO of the data consultancy QuantSpark. The trouble is, he argues, too many of those who evangelise about the power of turning data into insight aren’t terribly good at delivering commercial advice that is genuinely actionable.

That warning will resonate with many companies that have drunk the data Kool-aid, often at great expense, only to be presented with a seemingly endless array of dashboards and decks. Translating that intelligence into competitive advantage – earning a return on the investment, in other words – often proves tricky.

It is this issue that QuantSpark set out to confront, Hadley explains. To be of any use, data consultancy has to offer a combination of strategy – understanding the business and its problems – and technical capability – providing solutions to those problems through data science and

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Less than one-third of Catholic school students opt for online class, data shows

Cynthia Springer divided the main floor of her Edmonton home into three separate classrooms as her children began online classes through Edmonton Catholic Schools this month.

In a normal year, the kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 5 students would be spending their days at Monsignor William Irwin Catholic School in Terwillegar.

Instead, Springer, who worked as a teacher before switching to being a stay-at-home parent, circulates among her three children throughout the day, checking on how class is going and running breaks and lunchtimes.

While it can be a bit hectic balancing competing demands, she said it’s the best option for her family.

“I just thought it was easier for us,” she said. “It’s uncertain right now, what’s going to happen. It’s safer for us to be at home.”

Springer said another factor was that her son has mild asthma.

“All three of my kids catch every sickness that goes

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Gold gains as stocks retreat; U.S. jobs data in focus

(Reuters) – Gold prices rose on Friday, as U.S. Treasury yields fell and a pullback in global equities bolstered demand for the safe-haven metal ahead of U.S. non-farm payrolls data, but a strong dollar put bullion on track for a weekly decline.

FILE PHOTO: Gold bars at the Austrian Gold and Silver Separating Plant ‘Oegussa’ in Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1,935.10 per ounce by 0651 GMT, off a near one-week low hit on Thursday. Bullion prices have declined 1.5% so far this week.

U.S. gold futures rose 0.2% to $1,941.

“It’s a bit of a flight to safety right now that we are seeing in gold, because the stock markets are lower,” said Edward Meir, an analyst at ED&F Man Capital Markets.

“What also could be helping gold is the sharp slide we are seeing in U.S. yields.”

Asia’s stock

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What engineers, data scientists, business analysts make at LinkedIn

Landing a job at LinkedIn can mean earning a six-figure salary.

LinkedIn is the largest online professional network, and the company has more than 10,000 employees worldwide. Much like other tech companies, LinkedIn pays its employees well. However, the company cut 960 jobs because of the reduced demand for recruitment products during the pandemic, Business Insider previously reported.

Business Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s 2019 disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers to find out how much LinkedIn paid employees for jobs, from entry-level titles to executive roles. The salary data is based on jobs in the US.

LinkedIn applied for 779 visas in 2019, specifically for roles related to software engineering, data science, product management, business analysis, and more. The salary ranges reflected below come from multiple records for the same job. Performance bonuses, signing bonuses, and compensation other than base salaries are not

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The Modi government says it has no data on migrant jobs lost to Covid-19

The Indian government has denied having any data that can clearly say how many migrant workers lost their jobs to the pandemic.

Three members of parliament asked India’s labour and employment ministry today (Sept. 14) “whether the government has done any assessment of the job loss among migrant workers due to the Covid-19 crisis, and if so, the details thereof.” To this, Santosh Gangwar, minister of state for the labour and employment, responded that the government maintains “no such data.”

This response (pdf) on the first day of the much-delayed monsoon session of parliament comes in the backdrop of widespread job loss, especially among India’s internal migrants. According to a World Bank report in April, India’s coronavirus lockdown impacted nearly 40 million migrant jobs in India. This was particularly exacerbated when India went into an over two-month harsh lockdown on March 25, one of the strictest in the world.

India’s

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Positive Swedish Jobs Data Bolsters Riksbank Ahead of Meeting

Sweden’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate dropped to 9.1% from 9.2% a month earlier, Statistics Sweden reported.

Photographer: Erika Gerdemark/Bloomberg

The unemployment rate in Sweden fell more than expected in August as the labor market in Scandinavia’s biggest economy shows further signs of revival.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate dropped to 9.1% from 9.2% a month earlier, Statistics Sweden reported. Economists were expecting a reading of 9.2%, according to the median of nine estimates from a Bloomberg survey.

The unadjusted rate declined to 8.8% from 8.9% the month prior. In August, there were 5.1 million employed persons aged 15-74, not seasonally adjusted, equating to an employment rate of 67.9%.

“The unemployment rate appears to be forming a peak, much ahead of most forecasts,” said Danske Bank chief economist Michael Grahn.

While the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has seen Swedish unemployment jump from 6.8% in March, weekly data has recently

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PRECIOUS-Gold jumps as dollar retreats post U.S. jobs data, ECB decision

* ECB keeps policy unchanged

* Dollar slips from 4-week high

* Spot gold may rise more to $1,965/oz – technicals

* Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser (Adds comments, updates prices)

Sept 10 (Reuters) – Gold rose to its highest level on over week on Thursday, as the dollar retreated on weaker-than-expected U.S. jobless claims data and as the European Central Bank (ECB) kept its policy unchanged.

Spot gold rose 0.8% to $1,961.66 per ounce by 1347 GMT, after hitting its highest since Sept. 2 at $1,963.33.

U.S. gold futures were up 0.66 % at $1,967.70.

The dollar index slipped from four-week highs, making gold less expensive for holders of other currencies, post data showing U.S. jobless claims remaining elevated and the ECB decision.

“The weaker dollar in the very short term and other uncertainties in the long term is keeping the

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New Data Show Genentech’s Enspryng Significantly Reduces Severity and Risk of Relapse in Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), will present new Enspryng (satralizumab-mwge) data on reducing relapse severity in the treatment of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a rare disease of the central nervous system. These data are being presented at MSVirtual2020, the 8th Joint Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) – European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) Meeting, in addition to longer-term efficacy data supporting the continued effect of Enspryng on reducing the risk of NMOSD relapse, as well as its favorable benefit:risk profile.

“The data for Enspryng at MSVirtual2020 are promising and suggest it significantly reduces relapse severity and frequency, which are important goals of the treatment for people with NMOSD,” said Anthony Traboulsee, M.D., neurologist and professor, University of British Columbia, and Research Chair of the MS

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New data show Roche’s ENSPRYNG (satralizumab) significantly reduces severity and risk of relapse in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD)

  • ENSPRYNG lowered relapse severity in double-blind periods of SAkura Phase III studies.

  • Pooled data from SAkura open-label extension (OLE) studies support continued effect of ENSPRYNG reducing risk of relapse in the longer term

  • Ongoing data continues to show a favourable safety profile for ENSPRYNG

  • ENSPRYNG was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults with anti-aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibody positive NMOSD

Basel, 10 September 2020 – Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) will present new ENSPRYNG® (satralizumab) data on reducing relapse severity in the treatment of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a rare disease of the central nervous system. These data are being presented at MSVirtual2020, the 8th joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS meeting, in addition to longer-term efficacy data supporting the continued effect of ENSPRYNG on reducing the risk of NMOSD relapse, as well as its favourable benefit:risk profile.

“The data for ENSPRYNG at MSVirtual2020 are promising and

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