Sat. Jul 31st, 2021


Virtual business event finds 300 matches

Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya PCL) recently joined forces with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), Japan’s largest financial group, to organise Krungsri-MUFG Virtual Business Matching Fair 2020.

With the successful organisation of the business matching event for the eighth consecutive year, due to the COVID-19 situation Krungsri marked its first international business matchmaking through online channels by attracting over 200 entrepreneurs and established businesses from Thailand, Japan and ASEAN. Those participating also included regional organisations and partner banks of MUFG.

The virtual conference fell under the broader umbrella of Krungsri Business Empowerment which seeks to continuously enhance business opportunities and create growth prospects for Krungsri customers by providing insights through seminars and business networking.

Together the presenters facilitated over 300 successful business matches for creating growth opportunities in the Thai business sector.

Krungsri’s and MUFG’s collaborative provision of online advisory services to support commercial customers

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March of 2020 knocked everyone for a loop. After shaking off the initial shock, many businesses thought they would need to respond with a plan for a crisis-riddled Q2. Maybe Q3? Not so. The new normal is that we’re never going back to normal. Business needs to rethink its entire strategy and confirm its purpose and customer approach for this new world.

Foresights is the way to do it.

If we’ve learned anything from the last eight months of an economic and health crisis, business survival is all about adapting. Companies need to be nimble enough to shift strategies first to stay afloat, but also to thrive. In the recent past, the challenges of adapting have been about the pace of change or figuring out how to incorporate new and evolving technologies. Now, it’s about

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By Andrew Both

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: The Masters

The Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Fans with Masters tickets may be disappointed that this year’s tournament is being played without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but spare a thought for how local businesses are coping.


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A city that normally buzzes during Masters week as thousands of visitors open their wallets and spend freely in hotels, restaurants and well beyond the hospitality industry, is this year going about its business much as it does in any other week.

Many hotels that normally sell out almost a year in advance for Masters week still have rooms available this weekend, at much the normal rate.

Private houses that are usually rented to visitors for thousands of dollars have had to give full refunds.

Washington Road, a major commercial thoroughfare that runs past the entrance to Augusta National’s Magnolia Lane, is frequently locked in

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(Bloomberg) — Walt Disney Co. is continuing to adjust the lines of reporting at its TV unit following a big reorganization announced last month that tightened the entertainment giant’s focus on streaming.

a young boy using a laptop computer: The Disney+ logo is displayed on a laptop computer in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Walt Disney Co.'s new streaming service gets its first big test of subscriber loyalty next month, when a free trial with Verizon Communications Inc. starts to expire.

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The Disney+ logo is displayed on a laptop computer in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Walt Disney Co.’s new streaming service gets its first big test of subscriber loyalty next month, when a free trial with Verizon Communications Inc. starts to expire.

Gary Marsh, who has run the Disney Channel and its siblings for the past nine years, will now supervise Disney-branded content that the TV unit creates for networks and streaming services, including Disney+. Courteney Monroe, who previously served as president of National Geographic’s TV networks, now heads content for that brand, reporting directly to Peter Rice, the chairman of Disney’s television division.


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Other senior programming executives, including TV

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“It’s some blue-haired, latte-drinking hippie in Seattle coming here to raise hell while they go home to their nice beds,” said Ms. Tolliver, who is in her late 50s. “They don’t care about any of us.”

Few city leaders fault the business owners for not buying more comprehensive insurance policies.

“Nobody expected this in little Kenosha,” said Jennifer Dooley-Hogan, a local marketer who is the president of Downtown Kenosha Inc., which is working to raise $300,000 in grants to help businesses damaged during the riots.

A city of about 100,000 built along Lake Michigan, Kenosha has seen hard times. In 1988, most operations of the local Chrysler plant were shut down, and the city lost 5,500 jobs. But it slowly came back to life, with companies like Haribo candy, Uline shipping specialists and Nexus pharmaceuticals opening or expanding in town.

This summer, Mr. Tagliapietra,

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California’s landmark data privacy law only went into effect this January, but thanks to the will of voters, an entirely new law will soon go into its place.

On Election Day, more than half of the state’s voters approved Proposition 24, a ballot initiative that would create a new state-run data privacy agency tasked with ensuring companies follow the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), a new law that would supersede the state’s existing data privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The latest effort was spearheaded by real estate developer Alastair Mactaggart, with input from tech giants like Twitter. 

When lawmakers passed the CCPA two years ago, it was hailed as the strictest law in the nation. It was also costly, with California businesses responsible for footing an estimated $55 billion in compliance costs. 

The good news is that the smallest companies may be shielded from complying with this

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VIENNA, Va., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — GenNext Media, dba Surefire Local (, a seven-consecutive year Inc. 5000 company that brings the online marketing power typically yielded by large dot-coms into the hands of local, small businesses, today announced the release of their next-generation mobile app for iOS and Android, unlocking the future of local marketing for small businesses.

Surefire Local’s next-generation platform equips local, small businesses with cost-effective, easy-to-use tools needed to effectively manage their digital and traditional marketing efforts. And now, small businesses can get real-time, actionable insights into how their business is performing and take action to accelerate results at any given moment, from anywhere.

“Our mission is to make online marketing easier for local, small businesses so they can grow profitably, and the release of this next-generation mobile app is a giant leap forward,” said Chris Marentis, Founder and CEO of Surefire

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SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) — Forget Cyber Monday: Those looking to purchase gifts at small businesses this upcoming holiday season will want to be on the computer Tuesday at 3 p.m.

That’s when the county’s “Isle Shop Small” gift card match program launches that allows consumers to receive a voucher to a local business that is worth double what they pay for it.

The goal is to help local businesses get a leg up on the already crucial holiday shopping season, which has become exponentially more important with the devastating economic effects of COIVD-19.

“Everyone is so excited,” said Jessica Jones-Healey, president of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce. “Today … we had so many folks calling in just excited about this program they want to make sure they don’t miss it.”

The chamber along with the Isle of Wight County Department of Tourism and Economic Development is running the

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PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN — Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, local businesses have struggled to figure out how to keep their doors open and how to continue to serve their customer base at a time when doing so has been anything but normal.

But as the holidays approach, the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District has partnered with 50 local retailers to help encourage residents not only to shop local, but to encourage others to do the same.

The organization has created a gift card program that allows residents to lend support to Park Slope restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores and other businesses. The gift card is good at any of the participating businesses and can be used continuously until the card’s balance has been exhausted.

Mark Caserta, executive director of the BID, said Friday that his organization originally thought of launching the program back in the spring.

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