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Will 2020 have a normal Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Giving Tuesday?

Posted by Griffin Ball on Nov 25, 2020 4:29:27 PM

The Lighthouse IT Podcast - November 25th, 2020

This week, Matt and Griffin review what their predictions for this holiday season. Will Black Friday ever be the same? What societal changes may result from a pandemic during the holidays?

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Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday filled with good food and even better people. With the social distance and party limitation guidelines, some of us may have to rethink our table settings.

What are some ways to turn a social separation into a wholesome family event? Some families are choosing to host “Zoom Thanksgiving” over video chat. Others are getting creative with their in-person events by distancing the tables and being extra cautious when serving. No matter what your choice is, take a moment to embrace this holiday. Be thankful.

So, what happens after Thanksgiving? Black Friday! The exact opposite of thankfulness – but that put aside, our team is curious how this event will play out this year. Normally, you can find lines out to the streets from a store front with crowded isles. That method is likely to dissipate this year in order to follow state health guidelines. With this we’ve seen some store implement a more stretched out “deal days” so that they can limit crowds.

On the other hand, some stores are closing on Black Friday all-together. While this can be hard to perceive from a financial standpoint, our theory is that online shopping will be booming this year. Not only can the store be virtually open, this finally gives the retail employees a chance for a break this year. We all know those who either miss Thanksgiving or will have to wake up by 6am the next day to report to duty for the Black Friday craze. While shoppers may be disappointed, this gives retail workers a chance to embrace what Thanksgiving is really about.

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Topics: Non-Profit, Internet Safety, Cybersecurity, Malware, Podcast

Stroke Life Center - Northwestern Ohio

Posted by Griffin Ball on Nov 28, 2017 3:24:57 PM

Our friends over at Stroke Life Center have been trying very hard this year to build a name for themselves, but they have been working for many more years on their real goal... Helping those that have been through a stroke. Most people are only a couple degrees from someone they know that has had a stroke. Stroke Life Center is an organization founded by two survivors themselves who felt that life after a stroke was not being addressed outside of traditional healthcare and rehabilitation.

As of now, they are one of the only three post-rehabilitation facilities in the United States. Located near us in North-Western Ohio, we have had a great relationship getting their organization off the ground and running towards their goal. (Though we have really played a back-end role being IT guys.)

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Topics: Non-Profit