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Bill.com and Square Collaborate To Help Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Navigate the Second Year of the Pandemic

Bill.com | May 04, 2021

Bill.com and Square are cooperating with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Black Chambers of Atlanta, and the territorial monetary advancement association Greater St. Louis, Inc., to help small and midsize businesses (SMBs) as they explore the second year of the worldwide pandemic. The free webinar on May 11, 2021, will give confined bits of knowledge into how various areas are moving toward business in the following year, suggestions for new client strategies, and an outline of advanced devices that can aid operational achievement.

To much further guide SMBs, Bill.com and Square will give exceptional advancements to webinar registrants. For up to 1,000 attendees, Bill.com is sans offering 90-day utilization of the stage with private discussions and basic help to guarantee smooth onboarding and to address any inquiries for businesses as they progress to computerized apparatuses. Square is offering new merchants no preparing charges on their first $1,000 in card handling when they join to become clients through the webinar.

Webinar attendees will hear straightforwardly from Atlanta Black Chambers Executive Director Melvin Coleman, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rodney Fong, and Greater St. Louis, Inc. Chief Jason Hall. Local pioneers will talk straightforwardly to online overview results, surveyed from neighborhood entrepreneurs, on issues including business certainty and supportability, alongside crossover labor force and income contemplations. The discussion, directed by Smart Hustle's Ramon Ray, will revolve around SMB standpoint in their areas for 2021, bits of knowledge, and best apparatuses for assisting with exploring the "new normal," and how to make progress in the following year and past.

From terminations to distant workplaces, small and midsize businesses are expected to make a tremendous shift to keep leading business, with a more dire requirement for solid innovation and foundation. A new Bill.com overview tracked down that near 80% of small entrepreneurs started or plan to start advanced change during the pandemic. This webinar will assist proprietors with expanding their tool compartment to build up extra income streams and give them more noteworthy information on how they can all the more likely coordinate new advances.

About Bill.com

Bill.com is the main supplier of cloud-based software that rearranges, digitizes, and computerizes perplexing, administrative center financial activities for small and midsize businesses. Clients utilize the Bill.com stage to oversee start to finish financial work processes and to deal with payments. The Bill.com AI-empowered, financial software stage makes associations among businesses and their providers and customers. It oversees cash inflows and surges. The organization accomplices with a few of the biggest U.S. financial institutions, most of the best 100 U.S. accounting firms, and famous accounting software suppliers. Bill.com has workplaces in Palo Alto, California, and Houston, Texas.

About Square

Square, Inc. changed payments in 2009 with Square Reader, making it feasible for anybody to acknowledge card payments utilizing a cell phone or tablet. Today, we construct apparatuses to enable businesses and people to partake in the economy. Merchants utilize Square to arrive at purchasers on the web and face to face, deal with their business, and access financing. And people use Cash App to spend, send store, and put away cash. Square has workplaces in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Spain, and the UK.

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nCino | April 01, 2022

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Tingo Inc. Partners with ITScope to Build a Digital Portal for Small and Medium Enterprises

Tingo Inc. | January 13, 2022

One of the most important advantages of the internet is making the world a global village. This has revolutionized how people learn, work, buy and sell, love, and experience things with others. While businesses of all sizes are already leveraging the many advantages, many are still left out or not exploring it to its full potential. A new online portal, the Integrated Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (iMSME) ecosystem is being developed to close this gap. iMSME will be a portal open to businesses of all sizes, with a focus on SMEs, designed to facilitate communication among businesses and to build relationships with potential partners, clients and customers. 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The iMSME portal is a real-time integrated ICT platform designed to provide a digital solution to most of the problems faced by MSMEs in Nigeria." – Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, Director General SMEDAN This portal is expected to make business processes more intuitive and enable businesses of all sizes to benefit from a growing ecosystem. “The iMSME portal in conjunction with SMEDAN is the sustainable catalyst that will transform the entire hitherto unorganized informal sector in Nigeria, which makes up 50% of our GDP, into a functional ecosystem that opens talented indigenous entrepreneurs to efficient, affordable online business development services, enhance logistics support for small businesses and increase access to markets not just within Nigeria but regionally and across Africa.” – Obinna Amuchienwa, Chairman ITScope ITScope Consulting will be serving as the central clearinghouse for verified businesses operating in Nigeria, which will be registered on the portal, and Tingo, Inc. will serve as a technology partner. “We are delighted to work with SMEDAN and ITScope to deliver this important platform, which will assist in delivering increased and sustainable economic growth in Nigeria and across Africa. “When I started my business over 20 years ago, some of the biggest challenges I faced were identifying and connecting with the best partners to deliver strategic goals and to efficiently engage with these partners and customers on a day-to-day basis. 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H&R Block Continues Partnership with Nextdoor® to Connect Neighbors and Improve Communities Across the Country

H&R Block | February 24, 2022

H&R Block announces its third consecutive year of partnership with Nextdoor to find and execute 10 community improvement projects through Block's Make Every Block Better community impact platform. Now through March 31, people can nominate their neighborhood for a project that helps improve the places and spaces where neighborhoods convene. The call for community improvement projects supports neighborhoods and involves small businesses, ultimately positively impacting millions of Americans. The companies will narrow the submissions and bring 10 winning projects to life. Nominations are open for the following categories: neighborhood beautification, neighborhood cleanup, park renewal, community garden and more. In the last two years, this partnership between H&R Block and Nextdoor has received nearly 4,000 submissions narrowed down to 20 projects across the country. The chosen neighborhoods came together to build gardens, community spaces, murals, revitalizations and even a butterfly sanctuary. One example includes a playground project in New Jersey’s West Milford neighborhood that continues to bring life to the community. “The local kids and parents are spending more time together and helping to build better relationships with neighbors at the playground, but it has also increased our community pride.” Elisabeth Kenney, a resident of West Milford, N.J. This partnership is just one way H&R Block is working to Make Every Block Better through its community impact platform, which launched in 2019. To date, the company has supported more than 258 communities and 304,000 small businesses, with H&R Block associates volunteering more than 205,000 hours. About H&R Block H&R Block, Inc. provides help and inspires confidence in its clients and communities everywhere through global tax preparation services, financial products, and small-business solutions. The company blends digital innovation with human expertise and care as it helps people get the best outcome at tax time and also be better with money using its mobile banking app, Spruce. Through Block Advisors and Wave, the company helps small-business owners thrive with innovative products like Wave Money, a small-business banking and bookkeeping solution, and the only business bank account to manage bookkeeping automatically. About Nextdoor Nextdoor is where you connect to the neighborhoods that matter to you so you can belong. Kindness is core to our purpose: to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on. Neighbors around the world turn to Nextdoor daily to receive trusted information, give and get help, get things done, and build real-world connections with those nearby neighbors, businesses, and public services.

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Alchemy | April 07, 2022

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The need for threat-focused next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) that can effectively mitigate risks that traditional unified threat management (UTM) and point solutions cannot is highlighted by numerous studies, including one from Cisco that reported that every organization should assume it has been hacked.

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