AICPA, CPA.com and Biz2Credit Launch New Platform for Small Business Funding

AICPA | September 22, 2020

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), its business and technology arm, CPA.com, and fintech leader Biz2Credit today announced they are teaming up on a new platform, CPALoanPortal.com, to streamline the process for CPA firms advising small businesses both on loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and additional small business financing options that clients may need to fund growth.

Spotlight

The DevSecOps whitepaper is a collection of ideas and it’s free for everyone to use, augment and add to. It has been written to create a basis for anyone who wants to learn more about DevSecOps and for companies to measure their security programs against. Feedback and ideas are always welcome, you can contact us at: info@devseccon.com


Other News
BUSINESS STRATEGY

Xero gives US small businesses a chance to win a $15,000 office makeover by renowned interior designer Estee Stanley

Xero | January 15, 2022

Xero, the global small business platform, today announced the "Xero Beautiful Business" Contest, giving US small business owners the chance to win a $15,000 office refresh by celebrated stylist and interior designer Estee Stanley.To help kick off 2022, Xero will award one small business with an office makeover, providing them with a fresh workspace that can help motivate and inspire. "Our mission is to make lives better for small businesses and their communities," said Ben Richmond, US Country Manager at Xero. "It's been a challenging few years, and we're thrilled to team with Estee to help a small business jump start the year on a bright note." There are two ways small business owners, or employees of a small business with 50 employees or less, can enter the online contest: Instagram: Snap a photo or video of your office and post to your Instagram feed, along with the hashtag #XeroBeautifulBusiness, and a caption describing why your office deserves a makeover. Please make sure your profile is public so your entry can be tracked. E-mail: If Instagram isn't your forte, you can email your submission to XeroBeautifulBusiness@xero.com. To qualify, you must include a photo or video of your office and a description of why your office deserves a makeover. The winner will receive a 30-minute virtual design consultation with Estee Stanley, a design recommendation, and a $15,000 design budget courtesy of Xero to complete the space facelift. "I'm thrilled to partner with Xero on this fun project to help transform a deserving company's office. I look forward to seeing all the creative entries and working with the winner to create their dream workspace that's not only functional, but stylish and inspirational." Estee Stanley Entries will be reviewed by a panel of Xero employees and judged based on the most compelling story, creativity of entry, and need. The contest is open until 5:00 pm MST on February 15, 2022, and the winner will be notified on or around February 25, 2022, by a direct or private message using the method of entry by which the entry is received by Xero. See official contest rules and regulations here.* *No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. About Xero Xero is a cloud-based accounting software platform for small businesses with over 3 million subscribers globally. Through Xero, small business owners and their advisors have access to real-time financial data anytime, anywhere and on any device. Xero offers an ecosystem of over 1,000 third-party apps and 300 plus connections to banks and other financial partners. In 2021, Xero was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), powered by the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment. In 2020 and 2021, Xero was included in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and in 2020, Xero was recognized by IDC MarketScape as a leader in its worldwide SaaS and cloud-enabled small business finance and accounting applications vendor assessment. About Estee Stanley For over 20 years as a celebrated fashion stylist, Estee Stanley created some of the most stylish looks in Hollywood and around the world, counting A-List fashion icons as her clients. In recent years, Estee has become as well known for her interiors, having designed homes for Patrick Dempsey, Chris Evans, Ellen Pompeo, Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Estee's work in the commercial space includes chef Ludo Lefebvre's Petit Trois restaurant and Estee's own family-friendly restaurant Au Fudge. In 2020, Estee founded The Eye, a first-of-its-kind agency that is disrupting the traditional business model within the interior design and architecture industries. Founded in 2020, The Eye recognizes the opportunity for rising voices of interior designers and architects to build strong brands around their expanding profiles and manage them as individual talent.

Read More

BUSINESS STRATEGY

ZenBusiness Joins Small Business Digital Alliance as Founding National Member

ZenBusiness | March 14, 2022

ZenBusiness, the only one-stop guided platform to help entrepreneurs launch, run, and grow a successful business, has joined the Small Business Digital Alliance (SBDA) as a National Member. As a founding member of the SBDA, ZenBusiness will work closely with other leading businesses, elected leaders and administration officials to connect current and aspiring entrepreneurs with the digital tools and resources for their businesses. ZenBusiness joins some of the nation’s leading companies spanning a host of industries to offer specialized guidance to America’s entrepreneurs including: Amazon, Square (Block, Inc.), Comcast, Google, Meta, PayPal, Principal Financial Group, TriNet, Venmo, Verizon, and Visa. “Today, every small business is a digital business. Finding customers, managing the books, and delivering products or services all require new levels of digital expertise. We are extremely proud to be part of this amazing group helping the nation’s heroic entrepreneurs and small business owners master the digital tools they need to find success.” ZenBusiness Co-Founder and COO Shanaz Hemmati The SBDA is a new public-private co-sponsorship between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Business Forward, Inc., a non-profit organization working with small business leaders in support of policies promoting America’s economic competitiveness, focused on connecting entrepreneurs with critical digital tools and resources to start and expand their businesses to scale for success, including in the burgeoning e-commerce economy. ZenBusiness will work closely with the SBDA to support the country’s growing small business sector by providing small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs access to some of its business formation, education and financial services tools. In addition, the team at ZenBusiness will take part in briefings, panels and host trainings to help these individuals leverage new digital tools in their businesses. About ZenBusiness ZenBusiness, a Public Benefit Corporation, is the only one-stop guided platform tailored for the entrepreneur’s journey to launch, run, and grow a successful business. Empowering the new generation of entrepreneurs, ZenBusiness provides innovative tools, fintech, and world-class educational resources to support millions of small businesses on their journey to success -- all at an affordable and clear price. By giving entrepreneurs what they need -- worry-free services, frontline support, and an all-inclusive platform -- ZenBusiness makes taking the leap towards building a better life as easy as possible, allowing business owners to achieve a state of Zen. Founded in 2017, ZenBusiness is based in Austin, Texas. About SBDA The Small Business Digital Alliance (SBDA) is a joint co-sponsorship agreement between the SBA and Business Forward that brings together major players, influencers, and companies in the tech, e-commerce, benefits, and other industries to help small businesses connect with digital tools and reach new customers through expanded opportunities through trainings, tools, and expansion of their digital networks – free of charge.

Read More

BUSINESS STRATEGY

LegalShield Partners with NEWITY to Empower, Protect and Equip Small Businesses with Legal Services and Solutions

LegalShield | May 20, 2022

As we continue to spotlight small businesses during May, LegalShield, the leading provider of membership-based legal services and identity theft protection plans, announces a partnership with NEWITY, the small business marketplace dedicated to creating equitable access to SBA loans and trusted business service providers. As NEWITY’s official legal services provider, its 115,000 small business members will have access to LegalShield’s Small Business Legal Plans, services, and network of provider law firms Our organization cares deeply about the success and sustainability of small businesses and providing them with the tools and resources needed to survive and thrive. It’s important to us to partner with other organizations, like NEWITY, who are champions for small businesses so together, we can create a meaningful impact, said Jeff Bell, CEO of LegalShield. “We are committed to helping our community access the best business resources that enable their growth and profitability, LegalShield’s affordable legal and cyber protection tools are essential to protect the businesses our members have worked so hard to build.” -Luke LaHaie, Co-CEO and Co-Founder at NEWITY LegalShield has legal plans to help small business owners and entrepreneurs make smarter, safer business decisions. From launch phase to growth phase and beyond, members can connect to professional lawyers for advice, guidance and to assist with all legal needs pertaining to the business. NEWITY members will also have access to IDShield for Business, which provides businesses and employers with cybersecurity protection tools, reputation management, recovery services and more. About LegalShield A trailblazer in the democratization of affordable access to legal advice, counsel, protection, and representation, LegalShield is the world's largest platform for legal, identity, and reputation management services protecting individuals and businesses across North America. Founded in 1972, LegalShield, and its privacy management company, IDShield, has provided individuals, families, businesses, and employers with tools and services needed to affordably live a just and secure life. Through technology and innovation, LegalShield is disrupting the traditional legal system and transforming how and where people receive legal guidance and services, with access to thousands of qualified, trusted attorneys and law firms. To learn more about LegalShield and IDShield products and services, visit LegalShield.com and IDShield.com. About NEWITY NEWITY is America's Small Business Marketplace, focused on empowering entrepreneurs with access to trusted service providers and affordable loan solutions – all in one place. NEWITY was founded in 2020 to better service Paycheck Protection Program loans. Today, NEWITY uses leading technologies to help small businesses access services that make running their business more efficient and more profitable. To join NEWITY’s growing small business community, visit NEWITYmarket.com.

Read More

FINANCE

Raistone Teams Up with Mastercard to Accelerate Working Capital Payments for Small- and-Medium-Sized Businesses

Raistone | April 06, 2022

Raistone today announced a collaboration with Mastercard set to simplify business-to-business (B2B) finance payments and speed up access to working capital for small- and-medium-sized businesses ("SMBs"). Using Mastercard's virtual card technology, Raistone will tap into secure payment innovation to streamline finance approval processes that can exclude SMBs from accessing essential funds needed to sustain and scale their business. This innovative use of virtual cards promotes diversity and inclusion by extending convenient financial tools to the companies that need them most. The partnership enables automated financing to suppliers via virtual cards without requiring the involvement of their customers. In addition, women- and minority-owned business enterprises can join with no enrollment fees through the end of 2022. "Together with Mastercard, Raistone is making it easier than ever for businesses to get paid on invoices that would otherwise take months for reimbursement. By using existing credit card rails and infrastructure, Raistone is able to reach and help businesses of all sizes, saving them both time and money so they can get back to doing what they do best. We're excited to support small- and medium-sized businesses, particularly at a time when many companies are on the road to recovery or experiencing high growth." Dave Skirzenski, CEO of Raistone Raistone's new virtual card program is being deployed directly to SMBs as well as integrated into customer-facing software provided by Raistone's large enterprise partners. A key advantage to SMBs is rapid sign-up through their existing platforms, enabling businesses to drastically reduce their operational burden and get paid in a matter of days. Commenting on the collaboration, Claire Thompson, EVP Global Trade, Mastercard Enterprise Partnerships said, "We have a responsibility to advance a more equitable and sustainable future for organizations of all sizes, particularly when liquidity is vital during volatile times. Integrating Mastercard's virtual card technology within Raistone's customer facing software, allows us to significantly improve cashflow through quicker payments, supporting daily operations and fueling growth. With an embedded finance experience, we are accelerating easier access to secure working capital, ensuring that businesses have the means to manage and grow their business". About Raistone Raistone was born with the vision of equalizing access to working capital and meeting the demand for working capital on a global scale. A world-leading fintech collaboratively owned by a full-service broker dealer, $30 billion family office, a $900 billion wealth manager, and an international bank, Raistone enables the financing of billions of dollars in transactions every year. Its best-in-class technology coupled with unparalleled access to institutional capital extends financing to companies of all sizes, fully integrated with the same software platforms they already use. Raistone works to ensure that all businesses have access to their money, on their terms.

Read More

Spotlight

The DevSecOps whitepaper is a collection of ideas and it’s free for everyone to use, augment and add to. It has been written to create a basis for anyone who wants to learn more about DevSecOps and for companies to measure their security programs against. Feedback and ideas are always welcome, you can contact us at: info@devseccon.com

Resources