Tech companies start initiative to help small businesses

Intuit QuickBooks has teamed up with Yelp and GoFundMe to establish a fund with matching contributions to help small businesses, including those struggling to get by in Los Altos and Mountain View. 

Scammers turn coronavirus fears into cash ploy

As the strand of coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19 spreads across the United States, people must protect themselves, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the pandemic is bad news for the health of Americans and the U.S. health-care infrastructure, it’s great news for scammers, who are cashing in on anxiety about the disease. The Better Business Bureau advises people to look out for fake cures, phony prevention measures and other coronavirus cons.

How the stock market has reacted to pandemics

With the coronavirus spreading and equity investors panicking, you might be wondering where this all will lead.

Although the coronavirus may be new, it certainly isn’t the first pandemic to strike the world. AIDS first appeared in June 1981. Since then we’ve had SARS, avian flu, swine flu, MERS, Ebola and Zika, to name a few. 

Woman-led construction company revisits its roots

Courtesy of Harrell Remodeling
Iris Harrell founded Harrell Remodeling Inc. and built it from the ground up. When she retired in 2014, she handed the reins to Ciro Giammona. Now, Giammona has retired and is leaving the company in the hands of Lisa Sten, who joined the business in 2000.

On the move: Fit Theory owner celebrates third anniversary

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Candy Smolik has worked in the fitness industry for 15 years and helps clients one-on-one at Fit Theory, her personal training studio in Mountain View.

Kids Only finds new home

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
157 Main St., which was once Kitchens of Los Altos until the store closed down for good early this year, will soon house Kids Only.


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