Cloud tax – upsets Chicago tech community: Life just got 9 percent


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‘Cloud tax’ upsets Chicago tech community: ‘Life just got 9 percent harder’

Chicago’s new 9 percent tax on streaming and cloud services appears to have the local technology community agitated and, more than anything, confused.

Reports on Wednesday of the “cloud tax” took many Chicagoans by surprise, leaving providers and consumers of streaming and cloud services scrambling to understand the implications. Technology companies, among the heaviest users of cloud services, are likely to be taxed for the services they use as well as those they provide.

The cloud tax extends ordinances governing two types of taxes — the city amusement tax and the city personal property lease transaction tax. The taxes cover many products streamed to businesses and residents. They also cover use of various online databases that could especially affect businesses.

The city expects the taxes to bring in about $12 million a year.

Adrian Holovaty, founder of music-education web platform Soundslice. said he doesn’t know how the tax changes affect his business.

Holovaty’s questions include which of his subscribers should be taxed; whether he should be tracking his user’s physical locations; and how the city will enforce tax collection.

“I’m trying to hold off on being frustrated or angry until I actually understand what the new rules are,” Holovaty wrote in an email to Blue Sky. “But at face value, it seems like this new policy flies in the face of Mayor Emanuel’s efforts to build the tech community here.”

Confusion is driving widespread anger over last week’s quiet enactment of a “cloud tax” in Chicago, said Harper Reed ⇒. technologist and CEO of mobile commerce startup Modest.

“We need clarity on what it actually means, what it actually means for all of us,” Reed said. “What, as businesses, we.

Confusion is driving widespread anger over last week’s quiet enactment of a “cloud tax” in Chicago, said Harper Reed ⇒. technologist and CEO of mobile commerce startup Modest.

“We need clarity on what it actually means, what it actually means for all of us,” Reed said. “What, as businesses, we.

Several in the Chicago tech industry criticized the mayor and the city for creating an environment that they see as less friendly to tech startups than other places around the country.

Terry Howerton ⇒. co-founder at TechNexus, a private-sector venture collaborative, said the rulings do not properly define categories such as “cloud computing,” leaving them open to apply to almost any company.

“Every tech startup in Chicago is either using cloud computing services or selling them, and the city being the first to set this precedent puts us at a disadvantage to every other major tech hub. or even our own suburbs,” Howerton wrote in an email to Blue Sky.

Blagica Bottigliero, an Oak Park resident and longtime member of Chicago’s tech community who now serves as VP of digital media for California-based Metaverse Mod Squad, said the additional tax makes Chicago a less attractive location for startups.

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Chicagoans who pay to stream movies and music from services like Netflix and Spotify will now need to fork over an additional 9 percent for the privilege, as will Chicago businesses that pay to use everything from real estate to court databases online, under a decision the city quietly made recently.

Chicagoans who pay to stream movies and music from services like Netflix and Spotify will now need to fork over an additional 9 percent for the privilege, as will Chicago businesses that pay to use everything from real estate to court databases online, under a decision the city quietly made recently.

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“I wouldn’t be surprised if people look at other alternatives of places to go to that are near the city,” Bottigliero said.

She said she understands that the city needs to add revenue but that doing it this way hurts startups.

Michael Reever, VP of government affairs at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, criticized the taxes as quick, insufficient fixes to larger fiscal problems.

“Given the economic climate and the economic picture, this is a step backward to making Chicago a tech hub,” Reever said.

Justin Massa ⇒. founder of restaurant data startup Food Genius, said his company has been using cloud services efficiently but that they remain his second-biggest expense after labor. Food Genius can handle the 9 percent cost increase for those services, Massa said, but it’s “not insignificant.”

Beyond the additional dollars Food Genius will owe, Massa expressed concern about how the tax will affect sales. Food Genius customers pay a subscription to access its cloud-based database.

“To customers that we call on in the city of Chicago, we just got 9 percent more expensive,” Massa said. “For anyone selling cloud services, life just got 9 percent harder.”


Beaches in Orleans, Cape CodOrleans Chamber of Commerce #budget #hotel

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Beaches

Nauset Beach, rated as the 5th best attraction on Trip Advisor!

Nauset is nearly perfect. It looks like a football field of sand, and then another, off into the distance. The sand itself is grainy, with enough heft for a preteen to produce world-class seashore architecture to last for generations, or at least until the waves roll in. Eiders alight, their heads white and chests puffed out, then take flight again with a brief rustle. Nauset gets crowded, but it s a Saturday-afternoon-at-the-park kind of crowded, not Coney Island on Independence Day. There s always room for touch football. Weekdays are better than weekends, late August or June better than July.

This very popular public beach, with miles of white sand, is located on the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer season the beach offers lifeguards, restrooms, outdoor showers, changing rooms, bike racks, benches, picnic tables, and beach equipment rentals. The snack bar is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day. There are trails for inspected and permitted oversand vehicles. On Monday and Thursday nights, during July and Monday nights in August enjoy a free outdoor concert in the Gazebo at Nauset Beach.

Beach Statistics

Saltwater: Yes
Seasonal: Yes
Public: Yes
Lifeguards: Yes
Food: Yes
Showers: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Boardwalk: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Handicap Chairs: Yes

Parking

Handicap Parking: Yes
Resident Parking Fee: Free
Daily Parking Fee: $20

Non-Residents: All Towns
Seasonal Parking Fee: $220
Weekly Parking fee: $75 (one week)
Parking fees are in effect Memorial Day to Sept. 18th.
Parking fees are not required after 4:30 pm.

Nauset Beach Great White Shark Public Safety

From the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. Recently, Cape Cod s white sharks and grey seals have gained local and national attention. Both species existed long before Cape Cod was settled or became a popular destination, and in recent years their numbers have increased. Sharks have existed for more than 400 million years. As top predators, sharks are critical for maintaining a healthy and balanced marine ecosystem.

The inshore waters off many Cape Cod and South Shore beaches are preferred feeding grounds for white sharks. They come to these areas to feed on seals. While white shark encounters with humans are rare, they can happen.

SAFETY TIPS
Do not swim near seals
Swim close to shore in waist deep water
Avoid swimming at dawn and dusk
Swim and surf in groups
Download the Sharktivity App to receive alerts and report sightings

Skaket Beach

A public beach on Cape Cod Bay has warm clear waters and is ideal for families who prefer calm water, perfect for children to play in the tidal pools. At low tide, you can walk for miles on the flats. The sunsets at Skaket Beach are legendary! Skaket Beach offers restrooms, bike racks, lifeguards, outside showers, benches, picnic tables, a snack bar and is handicap accessible.

Beach Statistics

Saltwater: Yes
Seasonal: Yes
Lifeguards: Yes
Food: Yes
Showers: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Boardwalk: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Handicap Chairs: Yes

Parking

Handicap Parking: Yes
Resident Parking Fee: Free
Daily Parking Fee: $20

Non-Residents: All Towns
Seasonal Parking Fee: $220
Weekly Parking fee: $75 (one week)
Parking fees are in effect Memorial Day to Sept. 18th.
Parking fees are not required after 4:30 pm.

South Orleans Beach on Pleasant Bay

South Orleans Beach is a best kept secret in Orleans. With scenic views of the bay islands, and the Orleans and Chatham shoreline. South Orleans Beach is a ocean barrier beach with warm water and sail boarding. South Orleans Beach has no fees, lifeguards or facilities and limited parking.

Beach Statistics

Saltwater: Yes
Public: Yes

Parking

Resident Parking Fee: Free
Daily Parking Fee: $20

Non-Residents: All Towns
Seasonal Parking Fee: $220
Weekly Parking fee: $75 (one week)
Parking fees are in effect Memorial Day to Sept. 18th.
Parking fees are not required after 4:30 pm.

Pilgrim Lake

A favorite freshwater, swimming pond in Orleans on Herringbrook Road. The Pond offers handicapped accessibility, restrooms, benches, and picnic tables. Pilgrim Lake has a 70 car parking lot, there are no parking fees, no lifeguards, restrooms or handicapped accessibility. Inflatables are allowed. Fresh water fishing and no internal combustion engines are allowed.

Beach Statistics

Freshwater: Yes
Seasonal: Yes
Public: No
Lifeguards: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Boardwalk: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Swimming Lessons: Yes

Parking

Handicap Parking: Yes
Resident Parking Fee: Free
Seasonal Parking Fee: Free

Crystal Lake

On the Monument Road side is a clear swimming lake with an 8 car parking lot and handicap ramp. There are no fees, lifeguards or facilities. Crystal Lake on the Route 28 side offers fishing with a state-stocked pond (fishing permit is required), launching ramp for canoes, row boats, there are no internal combustion engines allowed.

Beach Statistics

Freshwater: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes

Parking

Handicap Parking: Yes
Resident Parking Fee: Free
Seasonal Parking Fee: Free

Bakers Pond

On Bakers Pond Road off Rte 6A offers fishing with a state-stocked pond (fishing permit is required). No combustion engines are allowed. There are no lifeguards or facilities and very limited parking is available.

Explore Orleans





Hotels – Motels – Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce #solari #hospice

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The Red Lion Hotel in Wenatchee is on the main thoroughfare through town, next to Highway 2 and just 15 minutes from Pangborn Airport via complimentary airport transportation. The Red Lion Inn of Wenatchee boasts 149 spacious guest rooms, including one suite. All feature the services and amenities you would expect of a first-class hotel, including free Net4Guests high-speed wireless Internet access, telephone data ports, room service and laundry valet service. Kick back and relax in the seasonal outdoor pool and whirlpool or work out in the fitness center.

1730 N Wenatchee Avenue | Wenatchee. WA 98801

Spacious studio suites, innovatively laid out, stylishly furnished and smartly designed

Complimentary Suite Seasons Breakfast® daily as well as a Manager s Reception Monday Wednesday

Indoor pool and spa, outdoor fire bar/grill, market, fitness center open 24 hours

1401 N. Miller Street | Wenatchee. Washington 98801

Non Smoking Rooms, Free SuperStart Breakfast, Fitness Room, Outdoor Pool Tub, Pet Friendly, High Speed Internet.

1004 N. Wenatchee Avenue | Wenatchee. Washington 98801

Travelodge is located close to the Convention center. shopping and Riverfront Park. Complimentary Continental Breakfast. Jacuzzi suites. Non Smoking Rooms. Disabled Rooms. Outdoor Pool. Hot Tub and Sauna. High Speed Internet.

1640 N. Wenatchee Avenue | Wenatchee. Washington 98801

Value Inn is located on North Wenatchee Avenue, offers 33 spacious rooms all equipped with a coffee maker and coffee, cable and premium movie channels. Each guest has availability to free high speed Internet. laundry facility. business center. and seasonal outdoor pool and sauna. A delicious hot continental breakfast including waffle station. biscuits and gravy. muffins. and cereal. Some rooms offer kitchenettes with a microwave and refrigerator. This is a pet friendly property.

102 East Park Street | Waterville. Washington 98858

Waterville Historic Hotel. Hidden but not forgotten in the small rural community of Waterville, Washington stands the beautifully restored Waterville Historic Hotel. High on the Big Bend Plateau the traveler is surrounded by wheat fields, sagebrush, mountains and coulees. Built in 1903, this three story hotel features a quality of workmanship that
made this hotel the pride of the community. High ceilings, claw foot tubs, a front row seat on the hotel porch overlooking Pioneer park and easy walking to the historic downtown shops and eateries make this a destination.

730 Saunders Road | Peshastin. Washington 98847

The Wedge Mountain Inn is conveniently located near Wenatchee and five minutes outside of Leavenworth, WA. Offering clean, comfortable, and newly remodeled guest rooms with breathtaking views. Complimentary breakfast is offered on the weekends. There is a seasonal outdoor pool and a huge field for kids to play on. Next door is the locally renowned “Big Y Cafe.” The Wedge Mountain Inn is pet friendly (based on availability) and offers a large parking lot for both RV and Semi-Truck parking.

Amenities include microwaves, mini-fridges, free local calls, 32” flat screen TVs, hairdryers, coffee, and free wireless high-speed internet access in all rooms.

Come stay at the Wedge Mountain Inn, perfect for individuals and families that want the Leavenworth experience without the Leavenworth price!

580 Valley Mall Parkway | East Wenatchee. Washington 98802

The Inn is located next to the Columbia River in East Wenatchee, Washington. We pride ourselves with clean and spacious rooms at fair and economical rates. With our great facilities, proximity to stores and restaurants, and nearby Airport we have become an ideal place to stay for all occasions. This is a great opportunity to enjoy our beautiful country surroundings while being in the heart of the city.

700 N. Wenatchee Avenue | Wenatchee. Washington 98801

Breakfast Included, Kitchen Units, Non-Smoking Rooms, Disabled Rooms, Pool, Pet Friendly.

924 N. Wenatchee Avenue | Wenatchee. Washington 98801

Breakfast Included, Kitchen Units, Pet Friendly, Outdoor Pool Hot Tub

2921 School Street | Wenatchee. Washington 98801

Moonlight Motor Lodge

features: 18 rooms. some with kitchenettes. heated outdoor pool. all rooms have fridge. microwave. flat screen TV s free WIFI.

Lobby has espresso bar. pool table and a ping-pong table.

The Moonlight Motor Lodge hotel close to Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee and Stanley Civic Center and Mission Ridge. Ohme Gardens as well as the Columbia River and the Wenatchee Valley.

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Friday, September 9th, 4:00pm – 9:00pm

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Thursday, September 8th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Thursday, September 8th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Thursday, September 8th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce #in #patient #hospice #care

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  • The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce has proudly represented the business community in our city since 1951. We are 100% membership driven, which gives us a unique identity and voice in efforts such as economic development in our area. We support a variety of promotional activities – like our Ambassadors’ Business After Hours monthly networking events, our own Lunch Forums and the many special events hosted by our members throughout the year, like our city’s Finders Keepers glass float program. It is our mission “to strengthen the identity and enhance the image of our business community, enabling businesses to grow and prosper by serving as a unified voice and providing services to its membership.” We mean business!





    Cork Chamber: News – The magic of Marymount Hospice Ball! #medicare #and

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    The magic of Marymount Hospice Ball.

    7th December 2015

    The Marymount Hospice Ball, the highlight of Cork s social calendar each year, had guests dancing the night away for a very worthy cause last night at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island.

    This is the ninth year of the Marymount Ball and, to date, the event has raised in excess of 800,000 towards funding and maintaining the ongoing work the hospice provides in palliative and respite care to the sick and elderly.
    Year on year the Ball is a sell-out success, with no end in sight for the support and momentum behind this worthy charity event. The event gets bigger and better each year; and most importantly, so too does the generation of funds.
    Martin Kelleher, Committee Chairperson of the Ball highlights the fact that it requires 2.2m each year to maintain the hospice services: Marymount Hospice is renowned for its work with the elderly, but above all it stands out in people s minds for the support and palliative care it provides for the sick and their families. There are so many families who will recall how Marymount and its nursing team helped them care for their loved ones. This is what drives us as a committee to ensure we raise funds to maintain this support and continues to drive the huge attendance levels each year by people who want to show their support and do their bit to help such a worthy cause.

    The ball, which is the first major Christmas event in Cork, continues to attract strong sponsorship from Cork companies Musgrave, Keanes Jewellers, Midleton Distillery and Heineken.