It’s no secret that small, local businesses have been hit especially hard during the pandemic. Many of us have seen our favorite local dive bar or little indie bookstore shutter. Our communities have changed in all kinds of ways, but these are the changes that are hard to swallow. 

We know that the survival of small businesses is incredibly important not only to the individuals they employ, but to our community and overall quality of life. Let’s work together to do what we can with the resources we have to support local businesses through this holiday season.

After decades of fighting for more fair and equal opportunities, women are leaving the workforce in droves. The percentage of women in the workforce is now as low now as it was in the 1980s, very literally sending women back decades. 

Big change starts small, and there is nowhere that it is more obvious than in local government. The fight for major social policy changes like women’s suffrage, marriage equality, and reproductive healthcare access began at the state or local level. Even though the presidential race tends to monopolize the spotlight during election season, local elections have a major and immediate impact on our everyday lives, and are often the breeding ground for future federal policy change.

By now you’ve heard all about how important it is to get out and vote in this upcoming November’s election. But just how does one go about getting out to vote? Here’s everything you need to know about getting registered and getting to your polling place this November.

BCBSND is making mental health care more accessible through a new offering, the Learn to Live online therapy solution. It’s free to members through 2020.

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It’s NEVER too late to take care of your mental health. Guest writer Heather Zinger shares what she has learned about mental health and shares resources and insight about seeking help.

Across the region, businesses and organizations are finding creative ways to operate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with a few local Ladybosses to find out how they are navigating this new normal.

I believe that painting is something that anyone can pick up and do — the secret to getting good at it (like anything) is time. And, lucky for you, this season of social distancing is certainly allowing many of us more time than we typically would have in our “normal” every-day-jam-packed lives.

Whether your nightstand is overflowing with books or you haven’t cracked open a book in a while, here are some picks from the Ladyboss team to give you ideas for finding your next read.