Funding available to boost local small business exports

first_imgOne of South Florida’s Caribbean-American business leaders continue to make waves in the local small-business sector.Last October, Marie Gill, President/CEO of Marie Gill and Associates, a consulting company to South Florida small businesses, received funding of over a million dollars from the US Department of Commerce to operate a Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Global Business Center in Florida.Earlier this month during the 5th Annual Businesswomen’s Conference held in Lauderdale Lakes, Tamara Maxwell, Director of Women, Minority and Veteran Business Development at the Export-Import Bank (EXIM) in Washington, D.C., announced that the MBDA Export Center has been approved as a partner with the EXIM Bank.Partnering with the EXIM Bank now enables the MBDA Export Center to source export insurance and working capital for South Florida’s small businesses to boost their export potential.Maxwell and Gill signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the conference to confirm the partnership.The MBDA Export Center provides technical assistance to minority-owned businesses via access to markets, access to contracts and access to capital.In making the announcement, Maxwell congratulated Gill and the MBDA Export Center for taking the initiative to apply for Membership in the Bank’s Regional Export Promotions Program (REPP).“We are aggressively seeking to help small businesses succeed in exporting, whether directly or indirectly,” she said.Maxwell explained EXIM is currently able to guarantee financing for local small businesses of up to $10 million per project for working capital and job creation, and in meeting their supply procurement and export destination costs.In signing the MOU, Gill encouraged local small businesses to take advantage of this new export financing opportunity. “I encourage you to apply early to begin the review process,” she said. “Our new relationship with EXIM adds to our growing list of federal and local resource and financing partners, and strengthen us to more successfully pursue our goal of providing access to capital, so that our clients are better able to finance their export deals.”Through the MDBA Export Center assistance is given to small businesses interested in exporting, but need help with developing their concept, domestic and global market potential, preparing their budgets and financial projections, or completing an Export Marketing Plan. The Center also provides managerial, technical assistance, export development, federal procurement training, and growth services to help minority businesses identify financing and contract opportunities, and achieve exponential business growth throughout the US, and in global markets.last_img read more

THE BATTLE OF THE BADGES’ this Friday in Miami Gardens

first_imgMiami-Dade corrections officer Daveon Hall MIAMI GARDENS — The “Battle of the Badges” basketball tournament between Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and Miami-Dade Corrections will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, 6:00 p. m., at Miami Norland Senior High School in Miami Gardens, Florida.Law enforcement and correction officers will hit the court in honor of Miami-Dade’s Corporal Daveon L. Hall, a correction officer who was tragically murdered in Broward County nearly three years ago. Corporal Hall’s passion was to mentor and serve as a role model to young boys whose fathers were absent from the household.To memorialize Corporal Hall’s legacy, ‘The Battle of the Badges’ organization has partnered with the Daveon L. Hall (DLH) Foundation to identify 25 boys who attend Norwood Elementary School to participate in a mentoring program. Prior to the start of the January 18th basketball tournament, Chief Eddie F. Denson will  induct the boys into the mentoring program. They will also receive a new pair of NIKE sneakers and an official Daveon L. Hall polo shirt.The friendly competition gives the community a chance to honor the heroes who have been lost in the line of duty. For more information about the Daveon L. Hall Foundation’s mentoring program, Contact: Barbara Drummond @ 954-417-7940 or e-mail: daveonhallfoundation@yahoo.comlast_img read more

St. Lucia and Barbados on Ebola Disease Alert

first_imgJerome Delay/AP BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 23, CMC – Barbados and St. Lucia have responded to a warning by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that regional countries should seek to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities following the categorisation of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a public health emergency.Both countries have indicated that steps are being taken to ensure that their populations are not put at risk for the disease the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).The WHO statement was in reference to the current EVD outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).St. Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James says while the risk of getting a case of Ebola is extremely low here, the possibility of being affected exists, regardless of how low it may be.“Though the outbreak continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation has indicated that at this point in time it is not necessary for countries that are far away – such as countries in the Caribbean, to implement excessive screening measures at their ports,” Fredericks-James stated in a statement made available to the media.She recalled that during the last Ebola ‘scare’ St. Lucia had implemented screening measures at its ports. But she disclosed that the measure is not indicated at this point in time, adding also that the WHO has advised that there should be no hindrance to trade or travel.“Certainly not for countries as far away as ours,” Dr. Fredericks-James said, noting that countries near the DRC or which share land borders with the African nation would need screening measures for persons crossing the borders into or out of that country.“At the Ministry of Health level, we have raised the alert. We have informed our stakeholders and we have meetings planned to inform persons at the national level as well. We have a National Health Security Committee which should be meeting very soon to discuss the threat,” she said.Fredericks-James also revealed that St. Lucia has reactivated its Ebola preparedness plans and will continue sensitizing persons and monitoring the situation.The deadly Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. It spreads to people through direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from the disease.Meanwhile, in Barbados, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said it is reviewing and updating its Ebola Plan to ensure that authorities are able to respond effectively if the need arises.In a statement, the Ministry said that Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, had met with the Ministry’s senior officials as well as representatives of the Bridgetown Port, the Grantley Adams International Airport and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to review the status of preparedness.The Ministry has assured the public that it will continue to take steps to strengthen its level of preparedness and these measures would inform the revision of the Ebola Plan.last_img read more

“No Senior Eats Alone” Event on Dec. 13 for Broward County…

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY – Humana, one of Florida’s leading health and wellbeing companies, will celebrate this holiday season on Friday, December 13, by inviting Broward County senior citizens to an event called “No Senior Eats Alone” event to share a healthy and nutritious meal, and good company, without charge at Humana’s neighborhood centers in Pembroke Pines and also in Tamarac.The Pembroke Pines event will be held at the Humana neighborhood location at 10350 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 from 10 am to 2pm, and the Tamarac event at the Humana neighborhood location at King Point Shopping Center, 7666 Nob Hill Road, Tamarac, FL 33321.This free event to be held for all seniors and visitors, is an example of Humana’s commitment to supporting the Broward County community and raising awareness of food insecurity, social isolation and loneliness among area seniors – all social determinants of health that have implications on health and wellbeing. The holidays can be a particularly lonely time for many seniors and this event is a great way for local seniors to make friends and continue these relationships at Humana’s neighborhood locations.Humana’s Pembroke Pines and Tamarac neighborhood centers offer a variety of health and wellness classes, including healthy cooking classes, social activities and informational seminars. The programs are offered each month for members and the community at no cost.The event will feature a buffet-style brunch with a variety of healthy foods, including options for those with food allergies, with information on nutrition and healthy eating from Humana’s health educators, along with a Resource Fair for visitors.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Commissioner of Police Addresses SOE Debate at Community Forum in…

first_imgCommissioner of Jamaican Constabulary Police Force Antony Anderson, Consul General Oliver Mair, Commissioner Denise Grant, Vice Mayor Howard Berger, Lauderhill Police Chief Constance Stanley, Visiting Lauderhill Police Station on Feb. 29th LAUDERHILL, Florida – On February 28, the Consul General of Jamaica, the Honorable R. Oliver Mair, along with Host Commissioner Denise D. Grant, hosted a community forum at the Lauderhill City Hall to discuss measures that can be implemented to ensure safer communities.While residents of Lauderhill, where a significant number of Caribbean-Americans reside, have shown their concern for their safety locally, they are also concerned about the safety of residents in Jamaica. Many residents of Lauderhill still have family members residing in Jamaica, or plan to return to their home country soon. Thus, the concerns of crime and violence in Jamaica, not only affects those living in Jamaica but also members of the diaspora.At the community forum, Commissioner of Police of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Major General Antony Anderson, was invited to make a presentation which addressed the state of crime in the county.Commissioner Anderson said that among the major crime concerns that the JCF has are the persistently high levels of violent crimes, pervasive gang culture, high levels of public disorder and the evolution in the nature of crime and criminals.To combat these and other issues, the government of Jamaica has implemented several State of Emergencies (SOE) over the last three years, sparking debate across the diaspora about the effectiveness of this measure. Currently, there are four SOEs in place, covering six parishes (almost half of the island): East Kingston, St Andrew South, Clarendon and St Catherine;and St James, Westmoreland and Hanover.“What an SOE is is a violence-reduction methodology”, said Commissioner Anderson to the audience made of largely Jamaican-Americans.“It rapidly reduces the level of crime in a particular space over a period of time. When we implement an SOE, it allows for the JCF to be better at the other types of policing. It allows our detectives the breathing room to build better cases, it creates a zone of peace that we can do community interventions, among other things.”In addressing the most recent SOE implemented in East Kingston, the Commissioner explained, “Earlier this year, we had a problem in East Kingston. In the first 25 days of the year, we had 12 homicides in East Kingston. We implemented this [SOE] measure on January 25 and we have not had one homicide since.”In St. James, the parish that currently has the longest-running SOE in Jamaica, there has been a major concern about whether or not the SOE has been working, as crimes have seemingly been on the rise in the parish over the last three years. But Anderson has insisted that crime in St. James is on a drastic decline.“Let’s compare three years: 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2017, there was no SOE in St. James and we had 335 homicides in St. James. In 2018, we started a year-long SOE which resulted in 102 homicides – a 70% reduction. In 2019, we only had it for a part of the year and it went up to about 150.“This year, so far, we are running the lowest level of homicides in St. James in 20 years”, Anderson announced as he offered the statistics.Turning his attention locally, the Commissioner said that he would be making more of an effort to strengthen communication with the JCF and the local sheriffs’ offices. “We recently had some discussions at Broward Sheriff’s Office about what we can do to strengthen our communication”, he said.“We can’t have this large of a diaspora of Jamaicans and not have those sort of ties with the police force here. A number of diaspora members are even in our local JCF and so those linkages lend itself to better communication.”Commissioner Anderson was the presented the key to the city to by Vice Mayor of Lauderhill, Howard Berger.last_img read more

Sky Betting & Gaming seeks talent for Sky Bet Deutschland expansion

first_imgShare Jochen WeinerUK independent bookmaker Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) is preparing for the next phase of its international expansion, as the operator looks for new talent to join its Munich office for the launch of new asset ‘Sky Bet Deutschland’.Updating the market, SB&G CEO Richard Flint detailed that the bookmaker was recruiting a number German focused employees to be managed by Sky Bet Deutschland Managing Director Jochen Weiner.SB&G detailed that it seeks four Munich-based roles in the marketing and legal teams, nine German-speaking contact centre positions and a possible four new technology roles who will work with the rest of the 50 strong international team in Sheffield.“We are really excited about the opportunity available within the German market. These new hires will allow us to press ahead with our plans to launch there later this year. The fact that we are in a position to do so, so soon after looking into the market, is a testament to our international team and the positive relationship they have developed with Sky Deutschland.” Flint commented.Last September SB&G confirmed its new market expansion into Germany, appointing former Scientific Games and Bwin executive Jochen Weiner as Managing Director.Commenting on SB&G’s German market plans, Weiner stated: “Since joining I’ve been impressed with the way colleagues have pulled together to get us ready to launch a real money product so quickly. There is clearly a healthy market in Germany and we look forward to entering it soon.” Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

Game Lounge marketing acquires SEO agency TodaysWeb

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit ComeOn rebrands to reflect company set-up January 16, 2020 How sports betting is influencing the tools of success in affiliate marketing September 16, 2019 Share Game Lounge the marketing and player acquisition arm of Stockholm-listed Cherry AB has acquired international ‘search’ agency TodaysWeb for a total consideration of SEK 14 million (€1.4 million).Confirming the acquisition, Game Lounge details that it will move to incorporate TodaysWeb’s search-engine-optimisation (SEO) tools, services and content portfolio of 1,500 websites.Updating the market, Jonas Cederholm, CEO of Game Lounge, details;“The timing of the acquisition is perfect as we are currently in a strong growth phase. We have previously announced our ambition to enter new verticals and this acquisition will accelerate our plans. I look forward to welcoming ten new members to the Game Lounge team.”The acquisition of TodaysWeb, sees Game Lounge complete its second strategic services acquisition of 2018.Last January Cederholm and Game Lounge completed the acquisition of Slottracker Solutions for €1 million, acquiring a software which will allow Cherry AB players to better monitor their playing habits and gameplay information; Internet Vikings appoints Peter Ekmark as new CEO November 6, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Energybet strengthens Leyton Orient relationship

first_img StumbleUpon Share Wycombe footballer suspended after placing 183 bets January 24, 2020 Russell Yershon: Fan engagement is vital during crisis times  April 7, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Vanarama National moves towards immediate conclusion April 23, 2020 Online sportsbook Energybet has strengthened its ties with Leyton Orient Football Club, becoming official betting partner of the side of which it has been shirt sponsor for the previous two years.Much like previous seasons Energybet is to engage with fans throughout the season with match day giveaways and half time competitions on the pitch, in addition to offering supporters match and hospitality tickets.Danny Macklin, Chief Executive of Leyton Orient, commented:, “We are delighted to be continuing an association with Energy Bet. We very much look forward to working closely with them to provide the all-important betting information and competitive odds ahead of matchday. Furthermore, O’s fans will have regular opportunities to win prizes and even money can’t buy experiences.”Fans of National League outfit Leyton Orient, who secured a thirteenth placed finish last time out, are also urged to keep an eye on social media channels for a number of exclusive offers.A spokesperson on behalf of Energybet concluded: “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Leyton Orient. Having met the new owners and many fans last season, we’re keen to continue to reach out to more of the loyal and passionate supporters and offer rewards for your dedication to the club. Good luck to Justin (Edinburgh, manager of Leyton Orient) and the first team squad for the coming season, we’re backing you for a good one.”last_img read more

SBC’s On The Ball – La Liga plots controversial US growth

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share With football fans all over the world already enthralled by the club season, this week’s edition of On The Ball looks at some major stories from the business of football. Taking a deeper look at La Liga’s US expansion, as well as some big news from broadcasting. Spanish La Liga seeks stateside expansionIn a proposal that could come to fruition as early as this year, La Liga is planning on hosting regular season games in The United States.The League has not currently revealed which clubs, or how many it plans on taking to the States, but should the deal go ahead, it seems highly likely that at least Real Madrid and Barcelona will be utilised by the League as it looks to boost its US footprint.La Liga president Javier Tebas commented: “We’re devoted to growing the passion for soccer around the world. This groundbreaking agreement is certain to give a major impulse to the popularity of the beautiful game in the U.S. and Canada. Relevent has filled stadiums across the U.S. with the International Champions Cup, [and] we’re thrilled to partner with them on a joint mission to grow soccer in North America.”Relevent chairman and owner Stephen Ross added: “This extraordinary joint venture is the next giant leap in growing soccer’s popularity in North America,” . “This unique relationship will create new opportunities for millions of North American soccer fans to experience the most passionate, exciting, and highest level of soccer in the world.”Furthermore, The Spanish Footballer Association has responded to the plans: “Like usual, La Liga has not consulted the opinions of the players and has made a move that only benefits themselves. This overlooks players health and even more so the feelings of fans who are forced to watch their team abroad.”The news has sparked much speculation that the English Premier League could look into a similar venture, however the dwindling attendances of Premier League clubs in the States over the summer may lead to reluctancy from the league over making this decision. As well as this, the backlash over the previously touted 39th game is likely to be replicated amongst English fans, should the league propose such plans again.ESPN+ well up for the cupLeading US broadcaster, ESPN has reached an exclusive, multi-year rights agreement in the United States for the US on Emirates FA Cup to be broadcast on ESPN+. The agreement will bring 79 FA Cup matches to the US,  kicking off with the first round in November and running through the final, which will be exclusively shown on the subscription streaming service. Additional content will be featured across ESPN+ and other ESPN platforms, including FA Cup highlights shows following match days, FA Cup preview shows and live coverage of the FA Cup draws. Furthermore, the semifinals and final matches of the FA Youth Cup – contested by registered clubs featuring players under 18 years of age – will be carried live on ESPN+.Tom Gracey, The FA’s Senior Broadcast Manager outlined: “The Emirates FA Cup remains the world’s most famous domestic cup competition, with unrivalled appeal both at home and abroad. Thanks to ESPN+, we are delighted that football fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy premium coverage of the competition from the First Round, through to The Final.”BT brings French football back to UK screensAfter much worry that French football wouldn’t be broadcast in the UK, BT Sports has extended its broadcasting deal with Ligue 1, recommencing this weekend and running until 2021. BT hosted an abundance French action last year, however the opening round of fixtures weren’t broadcast in the UK last weekend, leaving many fans to fear the UK platforms had turned their back on the French League. Commenting on the BT Sports website, Andy Haworth, managing director of strategy and content, BT Consumer, said: “We’re delighted to continue as the home of Ligue 1 Conforama until 2021 and we look forward to bringing our viewers comprehensive coverage of all the action from France, with live matches every weekend on TV and mobile via our award winning BT Sport App.“Combined with our lineup of exclusively live matches from the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Premier League, Emirates FA Cup, SPFL, Betfred Cup, FA WSL and Bundesliga, BT Sport is the best place to be for your football fix across all the major competitions, and using the latest broadcast innovations whether it’s UHD with Dolby Atmos on BT TV or on the award winning BT Sport App.”British Chairmen warn over Brexit backlash British football Chairmen have warned that Brexit could have a significant impact on English football clubs, specifically when it comes to lesser clubs signing top European players.Speaking to The Mirror, Burnley Chairman Mike Garlick emphasised: “The destructive Brexit path being pursued by the government threatens to have a hugely damaging effect on clubs across the country. It threatens to make the widening inequality gap in our top division even worse.“The hit to the value of the pound against the euro, largely caused by Brexit uncertainty, is already making it harder for clubs to sign players. And ending freedom of movement will make it much more difficult for teams to attract the right talent, if the government brings in more restrictive conditions for work visas for players from Europe.”Stoke was also a region that voted heavily to leave the EU in June 2016, however the club’s long serving Chairman Peter Coates also spoke out about the possible implications of Brexit: “The politicians are failing to sort out this mess, and they are not listening to the voices of employers and businesses up and down the country. If this goes badly, it will be places like Stoke that suffer the most.” Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more

Rebel MPs seek to force Treasury’s hand over FOBTs

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share The Treasury’s decision to delay the implementation of a £2 maximum stake on fixed-odds-betting-terminals (FOBTs) until October has led to a revolt amongst Tory MPs.Defiance over the delay has mounted since Tracey Crouch resigned from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) in the immediate aftermath of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s controversial budget announcement. Whilst Theresa May places her focus on securing a Brexit breakthrough, a host of MPs have put their name on two budget amendments, with the purpose of bringing forward the FOBT stake cut. Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson and David Davis have all united with Crouch in pushing this agenda. As reported by the Guardian, the date of the FOBT implementation cannot be directly impacted by the budget, however revolting MPs are targeting the hike in online casino tax from 15% to 21%, which is scheduled to take effect to fill the void that is left from FOBTs. The proposed alterations would mean that the government couldn’t implement the tax rise, unless the FOBT stake cut was brought into force in April. The two potential amendments will be debated on 21 November. It seems likely the Treasury will succumb to mounting pressure and alter the budget, as it seeks to avoid a humiliating defeat, with the last time a government was voted down on its own budget being in 1978. Furthermore, the uncertainty surrounding the timing of FOBT stakes, has seen the shares of FTSE-listed gambling group GVC Holdings, which owns UK retail gambling giant Ladbrokes Coral continually declined over the past week. The firm had previously appealed for time to implement the new £2 stake for B2 Gaming Machines, given that it will cost the company £160m as soon as the cut is implemented.The Chancellor has outlined the importance of protecting industry jobs, estimating that between 15,000 and 21,000 jobs are at risk with the new regulations. StumbleUpon Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Submit Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020last_img read more