One of the most difficult tasks in building a business is spreading the word, and even the best ideas can be spewed out if they can’t find the right audience.

As part of its “Business as Normal” program, Dell Technologies has given two small Australian companies the opportunity to pitch their offerings to audiences by putting them on an elevator show.

The first company to make the presentation introduced a new solution to curb the recycling crisis in Australia while helping to entertain young children while playing.

Happy Planet Toys is Australia’s first company to make toys from 100 percent recycled milk bottles.

According to founder and owner Miranda Davidson, the idea occurred to her when she realized that as a mother of three, she did not want her children’s toys to contribute to environmental waste.

“Our toys are environmentally friendly, and most importantly, children like to play with them

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By Birgit Starmanns, Global Head of CEO and CFO Thought Leadership Strategy and Programs, SAP

When reflecting on the underlying financial risks of running a business, there’s little difference between small and midsize companies and their larger competitors. The stress of fluctuating demand, evolving customer expectations, and financial and operational compliance are ever-present for both. And so is the pressure to maintain fiscally responsible business continuity in times of economic uncertainty and disruption.

What truly differs among businesses is the availability of resources to monitor and mitigate risks swiftly, strategically, and efficiently. According to the Oxford Economics report, “The Great Connector,”37% of surveyed finance leaders from small and midsize businesses indicated that their teams expect to increase the time spent on such day-to-day tasks. Meanwhile, only 17% use finance and risk management software at scale, and even fewer leverage predictive analytics (9%) and automation technology (8%) such as artificial intelligence,

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By Subhomoy Sengupta, Head of Small and Midsize Business Operations, SAP

For generations, businesses fostered relationships in the field by traveling to customer sites, shaking hands, and talking face-to-face. The nature of small and midsize companies is undeniably human. In a world where social distancing, face masks, and elbow bumps are now the norm, however, such close physical proximity is no longer possible. But this doesn’t mean sales teams aren’t staying well-connected with prospects and existing customers – they are maintaining those relationships and effectively engaging in digital selling.

A surprise for me is that our new COVID-19 pandemic reality and digitally reliant business world has created opportunities to become even closer. I have found it refreshing to connect with others to a degree I never imagined. Recently I met with an entire global team of employees in one virtual sitting — as opposed to only meeting a few at

Read More (NYSE:BILL), a leading provider of cloud-based software that simplifies, digitizes and automates complex back-office financial operations for small and midsize businesses (SMBs,) and KeyBank (NYSE: KEY) introduce Key CashFlowsm, an online banking solution that streamlines payments for small businesses (SMBs) and commercial customers.” data-reactid=”19″ (NYSE:BILL), a leading provider of cloud-based software that simplifies, digitizes and automates complex back-office financial operations for small and midsize businesses (SMBs,) and KeyBank (NYSE: KEY) introduce Key CashFlowsm, an online banking solution that streamlines payments for small businesses (SMBs) and commercial customers.

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The search for bargains is relentless as the industry starts to regain its legs. I will spare you any guessing about how I feel about this shale producer. I wish I had looked into them a few months ago when they were seriously underpriced in the teens. Darn the luck!

During the second quarter as oil prices have ramped up, Cimarex Energy (XEC) stock has followed it higher. We must confess the easy money has been made.

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XEC is still selling at ~45% discount to its January high, so there could be room for some additional gains. Let’s apply our usual metrics and see where they stack up in our shale portfolio of opportunities.

Note – this article appeared earlier this month in the Daily Drilling Report.

Debt and Liquidity

Debt and liquidity are more important than ever these days. XEC’s debt position was the first thing

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KeyBank (NYSE: KEY) of Cleveland is teaming up with a California fintech company to roll out a service that streamlines payments for small and midsize businesses.

The platform, developed with of Palo Alto, Calif., is called Key CashFlow. KeyBank and said in a news release that the platform helps companies through “increased visibility and control of their cash flow, the ability to send and receive electronic payments, eliminate paper, manage approvals digitally, and seamlessly integrate with accounting software.”

KeyBank said the KeyCashFlow platform can be accessed through the KeyBank Business Online and KeyNavigator portals. It also is being integrated into KeyBank’s Small Business Financial Wellness. KeyBank customers also will be able to join’s payments network.

“As we continue to collaborate with innovative financial applications companies across the country, such as, we strive to make it easier for customers to get business done,” said Megan Kakani, head

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CLEVELAND, Aug. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Joel Adelman, a third-generation entrepreneur and the former founder and CEO of Advance Partners, is pleased to announce the launch of his new private lending brand, Encore Funding. Designed to support established businesses in industries that face challenges with traditional lenders, Encore provides the alternative capital they need to fast track growth.

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“Since my Advance Partners days, I’ve adopted an ‘entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs’ mission and mindset,” says Adelman. “I’ve met so many business owners with amazing ideas and plans but, for whatever reason, they don’t meet the strict requirements of conventional lenders. Instead of letting these businesses struggle due to lack of cash flow, I’m giving them another option.”

In addition to providing customized, alternative lending solutions, Encore offers its portfolio of businesses ongoing mentorship, resources and networking support. They also receive access to a tenured executive team, including Adelman, that has delivered

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An index that measures the health of mid-size businesses dropped to 100.7 in July from the prior month’s reading of 109.1, showing a slowdown in economic activity in mid-June that began as the country struggled with a surge of new coronavirus cases.

The RSM US Middle Market Business Index, done in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been tracking the quarterly health of midsize firms since early 2015. RSM and The Harris Poll survey 700 executives at medium-size firms across many industries. Beginning in March, the firms began collecting economic-related data to measure the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses. The survey was in the field from July 8 and July 23 and had responses from 404 participants. Any reading above 100 indicates expansion; the index reached its all-time low of 87.7 in March as the pandemic took its grip on America and many businesses entered a

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