Monday, February 17, 2020
By Julienne Loh Around the world, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the mainstay of nearly every economy. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is no different. SMEs here comprise 95 percent of all businesses, employ half the workforce, and account for as much as 50 percent of the GDP of wealthy nations...
So you have made a start-up. Business is good and the company is growing. You now want to expand your business to other areas and widen your market base. During this time, you might consider franchising your business as an option. Franchising is popular among business owners as it can...

Living in the Sky

For decades, futurists have imagined humans living a skybound existence, as we leave our terrestrial origins behind (something like the Jetsons, or Blade Runner). Though we’re not quite there yet, Setia Sky Seputeh offers residents a taste of that life in the sky. Across two 37-storey towers, 290 exclusive freehold...
It is easy to forget in today’s digital age that face-to-face networking is still a large part of conducting business. One should not easily discount the effect that interpersonal relationships can have when trying to reach new clients and grow one’s business. Networking is even more important for SMEs and...
Today, there is without a doubt a global skills shortage. This is not because there are fewer skilled and professional workers in the global workforce. Rather, it is due to the insane pace by which new technology and innovations are shaping every industry. The Industrial Revolution 4.0 brought with it...
In an ever globalising world, tourism is growing more and more popular as travel times grow shorter and more low-cost carriers appear. The tourism industry has undoubtably become an integral part of many nations’ economy. Despite the real issues revolving around over-tourism, a large influx of travellers can be...
Today’s generation of workers are incredibly entrepreneurial. Many seek to form their own start-up as opposed to working for a company. However, veteran entrepreneurs have estimated that the average ‘shelf life’ of a new Asian enterprise is only about 5 to 8 years before it hits its peak. During...
Come 2022, the heart of Petaling Jaya will welcome Atwater, Paramount Property’s latest integrated development within the Klang Valley. A mixed integrated development that combines office spaces and residential units, Atwater enables residents and businesses to enjoy PJ’s old world charm while living in a sleek and modern environment. SME Magazine...
Giving a child the best education possible is the best gift a parent can provide. Education is the great equaliser, opening doors of opportunity for all. An educated society is also wealthier, healthier, and more caring. In recent years, more and more parents are deciding to send their children to...
Regulations are in place for businesses all over the world. But many companies remain unprepared for these regulations, or unsure of how to address these requirements. Compliance responsibilities have increased enormously for organisations in ASEAN and Asia-Pacific over the past few years. In an attempt to improve global financial transparency,...
The festive season, stretching from the end of November with Black Friday through to February with Chinese New Year, typically marks a critical time for small retailers to maximise their business opportunities and boost sales. For some, these months can generate the profits needed to cover operations for the...

CGC Developmental Programme™

Take your business to greater heights with Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad (CGC) Developmental Programme. We are here to assist aspiring Small and Medium-sized Entrepreneurs (SMEs) through our various mentoring workshops, creation of market access via trade exhibitions and business matchings, as well as cross border initiatives. imSME Financial Advisory...

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