Givex and TD Merchant Solutions Announce Special Small Business Gift Card Program

Business Wire | August 31, 2020

Givex, the end-to-end gift card solution provider, announces a promotion for small businesses in cooperation with TD Merchant Solutions. TD Merchant Solutions offers a number of device solutions which allow merchants access to Givex, giving merchants the ability to offer gift card and loyalty programs. By accessing the Givex HTMLS 5 App on these devices, merchants can now provide gift card and loyalty programs through a seamless and easy-to-use application. Givex is also offering a streamlined, easy-to-use, custom gift card program to enable small businesses to drive new customers and repeat business in the economy’s current environment as impacted by COVID-19. Givex is offering free setup and a special rate of $25 per month per location for merchants with 10 locations or less. Both Givex and TD Merchant Solutions are committed to helping their clients re-open successfully.

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Uber and Visa Announce Grants For Growth Program, Providing $1 Million in Grants and Resources to Support Small Businesses

Uber | January 11, 2022

Uber and Visa today announced Grants for Growth, a program that will provide $1 million in grant funding to small businesses in 10 U.S. cities that are currently active on Uber Eats. The program will be administered by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Focused on restaurant recovery and entrepreneurship, the program was created to support merchants when they need it most. "We know that this year has been trying for many and that independently-owned businesses continue to face significant business challenges. From natural disasters to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber and Visa are committed to supporting SMBs, especially through unexpected events, when they may need us most." Sarfraz Maredia, VP of US and Canada Delivery at Uber Restaurants active on Uber Eats since January 1, 2022 in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Miami, Detroit, the NYC metro/New Jersey area, the San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, and Boston are eligible to apply for the program. Grant recipients will be independently selected by LISC, using criteria to give preference to veteran, minority, women, and LGBTQIA+ business owners. For a complete list of eligibility criteria visit lisc.org/uber. "Independent restaurants are a vital and vibrant part of their communities, and the pandemic continues to impact far too many of them," said Mary Ann Reilly, SVP and Head of North America Marketing, Visa. "Together with Uber, we're proud to help give merchants the support and funding they need, now." "The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce applauds our partners at Visa and Uber for launching this important grant program. Small businesses, especially minority-owned businesses, continue to struggle to survive during this pandemic and are working to overcome new challenges," said Ramiro A. Cavazos, President & CEO, USHCC. "As small businesses reopen their doors and look towards recovering, they need access to capital as well as resources and tools now more than ever before. This program comes at the perfect time." Through Grants for Growth, 100 merchants will receive grants of $10,000, which can be used toward immediate needs such as payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, upgrading payment technology infrastructure, and other immediate operational costs. In addition to financial support, selected merchants will receive placement in the Uber Eats app and disaster recovery and resiliency guides from Uber and LISC. Merchants interested in applying for the Grants for Growth program can apply at lisc.org/uber from January 17-24, 2022. About Uber Uber's mission is to create opportunity through movement. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we're building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities. About Visa Inc. Visa is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating more than 215 billion payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories each year. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere and see access as foundational to the future of money movement. Learn more at Visa.com. About LISC LISC is one the country's largest community development organizations, helping forge vibrant, resilient communities across America. We work with residents and partners to close systemic gaps in health, wealth and opportunity and advance racial equity so that people and places can thrive. Since our founding in 1979, LISC has invested $24 billion to create more than 436,320 affordable homes and apartments and develop 74.4 million square feet of retail, community and educational space. For more, visit www.lisc.org.

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Insurtech Pendella Adds PEO AdvanStaff HR As Partner

Pendella Technologies | May 27, 2022

Pendella Technologies, a fast-growing technology company on a mission to take the bias out of life insurance, announced a partnership with AdvanStaff HR, a professional employer organization (PEO) currently serving 400 small and medium-sized businesses. Through Pendella's AI-powered, white-labeled technology, AdvanStaff HR clients will be able to expand their employee offerings to include individual life insurance. Employees of AdvanStaff HR clients can now choose from a variety of affordable individual life and disability insurance options available from top-rated national insurance providers. Employees can purchase coverage online in minutes, without the need for a medical exam. “AdvanStaff HR has helped companies run their businesses efficiently and successfully for nearly 30 years. We are experts in combining personal service and technology to support our clients, their employees, and the business’ bottom line, By partnering with Pendella, we are furthering our commitment to providing the best products and tools available.” -Matt Richards, President and COO. According to 2021 data from financial research firm LIMRA, more than 8 in 10 workers in the U.S. would like their employer to offer life insurance coverage. “We are excited to partner with AdvanStaff HR and bring the important financial protection that life insurance offers to the thousands of employees they support, Our revolutionary technology not only simplifies the life insurance process, but it creates a huge opportunity for PEO’s to enhance their value to clients.”Pendella is an Associate Member of NAPEO and has partnered with other SMB-focused PEOs over the past 12 months as part of its mission to close the life insurance protection gap. -Bob Gaydos, Pendella CEO and founder The startup recently completed a $5.2 million in Series Seed-2 funding with backing from prominent insurtech venture capital firms American Family Ventures and MassMutual Ventures. The funding round positions to Pendella continue its disruption of the life insurance market and support its planned growth. To learn more about what Pendella's innovative technology can do for your organization, schedule a demo. About Pendella Pendella is a technology company that exists to make the financial protection of individual life and disability insurance available to all people, regardless of age, health status, or income level. Pendella's full-stack, enterprise SaaS solution is powered by artificial intelligence and big data to automate underwriting and deliver a simple and intuitive experience to thousands of people through partnerships with top-rated insurance carriers and distributors. White-label customization enables a seamless end-to-end experience. www.Pendella.com, Linkedin.com/company/Pendella

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B12 launches multi-user functionality, making it easier for professional service providers to work with their teams

B12 | May 05, 2022

To help professional service providers more easily scale their businesses, B12 continues to enhance its online platform, introducing the ability for customers to add team members to their accounts. This evolution of B12's platform enables business owners to invite staff, contractors, and other collaborators to their account, allowing for easier delegation of tasks, centralized oversight of client interactions, and greater team efficiency. "Small business owners work for themselves – but that doesn't always mean they work by themselves, Business growth is such a huge goal for entrepreneurs, and with growth often comes team expansion. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for businesses to grow with B12, and that meant making it easy for owners to work with their teams on B12." -Nitesh Banta, Co-Founder and CEO of B12 B12's new team-based subscription packages provide small business owners with an easy-to-use, all-in-one platform to help them better attract, win, and serve clients online. Designed to meet the specific needs of business owners offering professional services, key features include: A custom-built professional website: An AI-powered website builder creates industry-specific drafts that are then tailored by expert copywriters and designers. The result is a professional-looking, fully optimized website that showcases each business's unique identity in under 30 days. Tools to win and engage clients: Business owners have access to on-site conversion banners, email marketing, client intake forms, and online scheduling, all within B12. Support for business operations: Back-office tasks are streamlined with embedded invoicing, contract management, and the ability to accept eSignatures and online payments. When team members are added in B12, they have access to many of these tools. Specific access is based on the permissions granted by the business owner, which can be changed or removed at any time. This flexibility means that as a business evolves, so can the size and capabilities of its team. "How businesses work is chang While small businesses have core staff, they also do project-based work. When speaking with business owners, we realized that their definition of team included both full-time employees and contractors that pulse in and out of projects. To support the varied needs of small businesses, it was important to make our team tools flexible and adaptable, with as few constraints for owners as responsibly possible." -Adam Marcus, B12's Co-Founder and CTO The launch of B12's new team capabilities comes in conjunction with the company's celebration of National Small Business Week, which runs from May 2nd - May 7th. B12 is honoring the resiliency, persistence, and creativity of entrepreneurs across the country with free online events, resources, and customer recognition. To view past and upcoming activities, visit www.b12.io/nsbw-online-events-2022. About B12 B12 is a web-based platform for professional service providers that helps them attract, win, and serve clients online. Within 30 days, B12 sets customers up with a website backed by powerful tools to help busy owners manage all aspects of winning and working with clients – including appointment scheduling, client intake, contact management, contracts and eSignatures, and online payments. B12 has worked with more than 150,000 businesses and is powered by technology built by the team's MIT-, and Berkeley-trained researchers. The company's open-source automation system called Orchestra pairs experts and AI to make tasks 15x more efficient than other platforms. B12 was founded in 2015 and has raised $28.1M from VCs and investors, including Breyer Capital, General Catalyst, SV Angel, and Tola Capital. Visit www.b12.io to learn more.

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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. The portal is a product of a partnership endeavor between business solutions company, ITScope Consulting, a technology and communications company, Tingo Inc., the parent company of Tingo Mobile PLC, Africa’s leading agri-fintech company, and the federal government of Nigeria through the Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), an establishment charged with the responsibility of stimulating, monitoring and coordinating the development of the micro, small and medium enterprises sub-sector. "The iMSME portal will foster economic growth and development of all micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria when deployed. I urged MSMEs to leverage the portal to grow their businesses. 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. The iMSME portal allows entrepreneurs and business of all sizes to connect, engage and do business. This increase in efficiency will lead to a more prosperous economy for Nigeria and across Africa as the platform grows. This partnership highlights our commitment to fostering a sustainable, digitally led economy that supports entrepreneurs and business across Africa.” – Dozy Mmobuosi, CEO Tingo, Inc. The portal aims to revolutionize many of the processes of businesses of all sizes and across multiple sectors of the economy. A key feature of the portal is MyQ, an appointment scheduling system that allows businesses autonomy to control how partners and clients book appointments, thereby reducing cost while also increasing efficiency. Another feature that will do this is i-Chatbot, which allows businesses to automate the customer contact matrix, at a fraction of the cost of employing support staff, providing fast and business-specific answers to frequently asked questions. There will also be an e-Wallet to serve as escrow to protect both buyers and sellers on the platform. This is in addition to microloans and grants that can be electronically set to allow only pre-approved payments. The vision is to create an effective payment management system for these businesses. This will be delivered by Tingo, which already operates a mobile wallet, Tingo Pay, used by over nine million customers. One use case envisioned by Tingo is to facilitate a connection and communication between a wheat farmer, flour mill and baker, enabling them to easily discover each other, place orders, make payments, insure the transaction and complete logistics, all verified and guaranteed via the central clearing authority. “With iMSME, we intend to use technology in driving economics of scale to reduce costs for our MSME partners, thereby allowing us to achieve key goals of the SMEDAN mandate: Promoting and facilitating development programs, instruments and support services to accelerate the development and modernization of MSME operations. Serving as vanguard for rural industrialization, poverty reduction, job creation and enhanced livelihoods. Linking MSMEs to internal and external sources of finance, appropriate technology, technical skills as well as to large enterprises.” – Ajibola Edwards, Director ITScope Through the portal, businesses can curate targeted advertising of products and services to drive awareness and increase sales. iMSME users will also benefit from several other features – more than connecting with customers, clients and other businesses on the portal, they will also have access to business services like CAC registration, Tax Identification Number registration, Group Insurance, Pension Management, and even access to a digital support suite that can help small businesses scale tech support. iMSME is bringing over 2.5m verified business under a central repository with the potential to fully onboard 41m businesses over the lifetime of the ten-year agreement.

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