Much has been discussed and covered about the rapid change of agency models. The pandemic certainly accelerated some uncomfortable decisions, but most shops, big and small, were well on their way to figuring out how to remain relevant for brands and clients.

Determining the best way forward is, at its worst, an uneasy exercise that reveals shortcomings. At its best, a more forensic look at how an agency business runs can result in an opportunity to regain focus and, critically, business momentum.

In Colle McVoy’s case, its reinvention is far from lip service and resulted in the MDC Partners shop reeling in an impressive 11 new brands to its roster since March, including AccuWeather, Deluxe Corporation, Safelite, Schwan’s Home Delivery and U.S. Bank. The agency also expanded its work with existing clients like 3M, Land O’ Lakes, Target, UnitedHealth Group and others.

The success, however, was born from a clear

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FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y., Sept. 10, 2020  /PRNewswire/ — For every entrepreneur or small business owner, it is very important to face the reality that a significant amount of money is a prerequisite in order to be successful. The majority of the time, the money needs to be obtained from outside sources rather than within due to a number of reasons with number one being the lack of availability. Only a small lucky chunk of business owners get to rely on inside funding, mostly because their idea is not capital intensive, or they themselves are self-sufficient in terms of resources.

Funding for start-ups and small businesses is available in various forms, and it is up to the owner to take a wise decision on which type of funding would be most suitable. Each stage of the business requires different types of resources, and as the company evolves, different forms of

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Source: DBS Investor Relations

Investment thesis

In my last article on DBS Group Holdings (OTCPK:DBSDY) titled “DBS: Dividend To Increase By 10%”, I pointed out the growth trajectory that this bank has embarked on. This was prior to the pandemic. The world changed dramatically on so many levels. However, most financials have still delivered good results. Despite this resilience, they have not fared well in the stock market. But, as we know, in the short term, the stock market is a voting machine – and not a weighing machine.

It is time to assess how South East Asia’s largest bank performed so far this year.

Second-Quarter and First-Half 2020 Results

DBS actually delivered a record total income and profit before allowances. It made a general provision of S$1.26 billion in view of the business environment.

Source: Investor Relations

The net interest rate margin of most banks has declined, thanks to

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SharpSpring, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHSP) is a small player in SaaS-based marketing automation tools, allowing customers to nurture potential customers from an early stage of contact until they become qualified sales leads. The company competes against much larger players such as HubSpot (HUBS) and (CRM).

There are several things that I like about SharpSpring, including its performance so far during the pandemic, the improved gross margin, and its very low stock valuation. The company had a very good YoY Q2 2020 revenue growth of 31.7% in a difficult economic environment. The revenue growth does include results from recently acquired Perfect Audience, an online advertising retargeting company.

The company management appears to be committed to improving margins, and in the most recent quarter, the gross profit margin jumped 6% from 66% to 74%, primarily as a result of increased product price increase, expanding customer base, and the acquisition of Perfect Audience.


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The U.S. economy added more jobs than economists expected last month, but the diminishing rate of monthly new hires is ominous, National Urban League CEO Marc Morial said Friday on CNBC.

The August Labor Department employment report shows payrolls increased by 1.37 million with most hires coming in government and retail.

“There ought to be a cautionary note on this report, because this report portends, I think, some tough and difficult days ahead,” Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, said in a “Power Lunch” interview.

“We’ve got to look at this report in the context of what’s happened over the last several months and the uncertainty of the months ahead.”

Morial said he is concerned about both where employment expansion was concentrated and the slowdown in new additions compared with prior months.

The August figure is the second straight month-over-month decline, down from 1.7 million new payrolls in July and

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Cameron Hughes, co-founder of American négociant wine business Cameron Hughes wines, sold his business to Vintage Wine Estates in 2017. Since that time, he has started two new direct to consumer ventures, Holy Grail Steak Company and de Négoce Wine. At a time that many other companies are unsure whether they will be able to keep their doors open, Hughes says, “Both businesses are exploding.” 

     Hughes has modeled de Négoce (day-NA-go-SHAY)on the Bordelaise en primeur system. The name is a nod to those who buy and then re-sell wine, known in the wine trade as négociants. The system of futures is one in which consumers are able to buy wine after it has been tasted from barrel but before it has been bottled and released, offering the opportunity to buy wine at lower

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