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Small Business News Roundup: January 4, 2021

An impending election to determine control of the U.S. Senate, the future of offices, a dispute over New London’s State Pier development plans, and the disappearance of a Norwich economic development figure are among the major stories being covered today.


Georgia runoff: Voters in Georgia will go to the polls tomorrow to cast their ballots in two runoff elections for the state’s U.S. Senate seats. The results will determine whether the chamber remains in Republican control or if it will be split 50-50, handing a slim majority to Democrats since incoming Vice President Kamala Harris will break any tie votes. CNBC looks at the issues the candidates are pushing in the crucial race.

The future of the office: Employers are considering how they’re structure their work environment after employees have been away from the office for so long. Many workplaces are likely to continue permitting remote work for at least some of the time, even after workers begin returning to the office. The New York Times and Washington Post examine the changes that may be coming, ranging from shifts in commercial real estate to changes in salary ranges.


State Pier criticism: New London Mayor Michael Passero is criticizing the Connecticut Port Authority as well as Eversource and Orsted, the beneficiaries of a major overhaul planned for New London’s State Pier. In a guest commentary in The Day, Passero accuses the CPA and its partners of disregarding the local impacts and shortchanging the city while pushing forward with the development plans. The newspaper also included a larger article on the dispute in its Sunday edition.

NCDC disappearance: Jason Vincent, president of the Norwich Community Development Corp., has been missing since Friday evening. Park rangers are investigating after his car was found at New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia.

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