Small business

Hello Alice Launches COVID-19 Business Resource Center And COVID-19 Business For All Emergency Grants To Support Small Businesses

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 2:26pm

Over 40% of small businesses already report a significant decline in business, and 41% of small businesses owners say they are going to apply for financial aid due to COVID-19.

Key Points: 
  • Over 40% of small businesses already report a significant decline in business, and 41% of small businesses owners say they are going to apply for financial aid due to COVID-19.
  • In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community and their partners, such as Verizon.
  • The COVID-19 business resource center is a key initiative of Business for All, which Hello Alice recently launched with support from Verizon.
  • For more information about Hello Alice and to access the business resource center and apply for COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grants, please visit www.covid19businesscenter.com/.

City of Aiken, South Carolina, creates $1 million loan program to provide local small businesses relief amid COVID-19 crisis

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 1:55pm

Community members and leaders of Aiken, South Carolina, have quickly responded to the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses creating a $1 million loan program to provide relief and get merchants through until federal aid makes its way to them.

Key Points: 
  • Community members and leaders of Aiken, South Carolina, have quickly responded to the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses creating a $1 million loan program to provide relief and get merchants through until federal aid makes its way to them.
  • Aiken, with a population of 30,000, was amid budgeting funds to attract new business when the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the City's priorities.
  • The loan program is available to fund loans of up to $10,000 for qualifying businesses.
  • The city is also working with the local SCORE chapter to mentor entrepreneurs and small businesses as they go through both local and federal loan applications.

Madwire®/Marketing 360® Launch All-In-One Online Ordering Solution for Businesses - Allows Customers to Seamlessly Order Online for Pickup or Delivery

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 1:49pm

Madwire and Marketing 360 today announced the launch of their All-In-One Online Ordering Solution for restaurants, cafes, bars, and all other businesses who want to enable customers to order online for pick-up at their location or have it delivered locally.

Key Points: 
  • Madwire and Marketing 360 today announced the launch of their All-In-One Online Ordering Solution for restaurants, cafes, bars, and all other businesses who want to enable customers to order online for pick-up at their location or have it delivered locally.
  • The new Websites 360 Shop App by Marketing 360 makes it possible.
  • Marketing 360 is offering the first 2 months of the Websites 360 Shop App for free to all business owners who sign up before April 30th.
  • Marketing 360 was founded in 2009 with the mission of enriching communities by helping small businesses grow.

Fiserv Enables Financial Institutions to Quickly Assist Small Businesses Seeking Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 2:12pm

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a leading global provider of payments and financial services technology solutions, is enabling banks and credit unions to accept applications from small businesses seeking relief under the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Key Points: 
  • Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a leading global provider of payments and financial services technology solutions, is enabling banks and credit unions to accept applications from small businesses seeking relief under the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  • Businesses including sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed persons can apply for these loans through an approved financial institution, and financial institutions are preparing for a high volume of applications.
  • Helping small businesses quickly and seamlessly apply for much needed PPP loans is a top priority for our financial institution clients, and many are anticipating a high volume of applications, said Todd Horvath, group president of Account Processing at Fiserv.
  • Fiserv is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the FORTUNE 500, and is among the FORTUNE Worlds Most Admired Companies.

Questionmark Launches New Assessment Content to Test Cybersecurity Knowledge

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 2:09pm

Questionmark, the enterprise-grade assessment provider, has launched Cybersecurity for Home-based Workers, a new ready-made assessment.

Key Points: 
  • Questionmark, the enterprise-grade assessment provider, has launched Cybersecurity for Home-based Workers, a new ready-made assessment.
  • The assessment enables organizations to test their state of cybersecurity readiness with their people working from home.
  • Questionmark has developed the Cybersecurity for Home-based Workers assessment to help organizations identify whether employees have the required cybersecurity knowledge to do their jobs.
  • Questionmark now provides ready-made assessment content, such as the questions, as well as the assessment platform and professional services.

Empower Retirement Waives Fees on New Loans and Hardship Withdrawals

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 1:05pm

Empower Retirement is waiving fees on all new retirement plan loans and hardship withdrawals in an effort to support the financial needs of American retirement investors resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak and the related fallout in the economy.

Key Points: 
  • Empower Retirement is waiving fees on all new retirement plan loans and hardship withdrawals in an effort to support the financial needs of American retirement investors resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak and the related fallout in the economy.
  • Empower will not charge origination fees on any new plan loans and will suspend charges for all hardship withdrawals.
  • We must do everything we can to accommodate the immediate financial needs of our customers, said Empower Retirement President and CEO Edmund F. Murphy III.
  • Headquartered in metro Denver, Empower Retirement administers $686.5 billion in assets1 for more than 9.4 million retirement plan participants, as of Dec. 31, 2019.

Collibra Raises $112.5M to Help Businesses Make Data-Driven Decisions

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:00pm

"We are passionate about helping companies better understand, trust and benefit from their data," said Felix Van de Maele, co-founder and CEO for Collibra.

Key Points: 
  • "We are passionate about helping companies better understand, trust and benefit from their data," said Felix Van de Maele, co-founder and CEO for Collibra.
  • Collibra empowers organizations to use their data to make critical business decisions, especially in uncertain business environments."
  • Jan Hammer, partner at Index Ventures and Collibra board member, said: "We are proud to expand our long-term partnership with the Collibra team.
  • Global organizations choose Collibra to unlock the value of their data and turn it into a strategic, competitive asset.

CIRA launches program to protect critical industries during COVID-19 crisis

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 1:00pm

Starting today, all hospitals, healthcare faculties, and small businesses will be able to protect their infrastructure from cyber-attacks with six months of free access to CIRA DNS Firewall .

Key Points: 
  • Starting today, all hospitals, healthcare faculties, and small businesses will be able to protect their infrastructure from cyber-attacks with six months of free access to CIRA DNS Firewall .
  • Unfortunately, hackers are taking advantage of some of our most vulnerable institutions in this challenging time and CIRA would like to lend its expertise and infrastructure to help protect them.
  • All small businesses and non-profits with fewer than 100 employees can protect their business with free access to CIRA DNS Firewall until September 30, 2020.
  • CIRA is proud to do what we can to help protect our critical services and small businesses from cyber-criminals attempting to take advantage of a difficult situation."

Lydia Partners Invests in Allied BioScience to Scale Operations, Meet Demand

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 11:00am

Allied BioScience also announced that it is among Lydia Partners' initial round of multimillion-dollar investments in consumer technology, healthcare, and biomedical ventures.

Key Points: 
  • Allied BioScience also announced that it is among Lydia Partners' initial round of multimillion-dollar investments in consumer technology, healthcare, and biomedical ventures.
  • "We are pleased to welcome Rab to our Board of Directors at this exciting stage of Allied BioScience's evolution," stated Mike Ruley, Allied BioScience's Chief Executive Officer.
  • Allied BioScience is dedicated to improving Public Health by developing innovative solutions to create continuously cleaner environments.
  • We partner with creative entrepreneurs and founders who seek to revolutionize their industries through innovative technology.

Experian Offers Free Business Credit Report to Every Small Business in America and Free Access to New COVID-19 U.S. Business Risk Index

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 11:00am

By accessing a free business credit report now, small business owners can understand where their credit score stands and look for the best lending options for their business before they obtain funding.

Key Points: 
  • By accessing a free business credit report now, small business owners can understand where their credit score stands and look for the best lending options for their business before they obtain funding.
  • This new risk index can help business risk professionals better understand the impact that the pandemic may have on commercial operations based on several key factors.
  • Experian knows that small businesses are pivotal to the success of our communities and ultimately our economy as a whole.
  • Small business owners can get access to their free Experian business credit report here: www.freecompanycredit.com .