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After the “Go-Go Days” Part 4 Business Information – The Current State of Play

BIIA has asked Phil Cotter, an expert in the consumer and commercial credit information industry and BIIA’s newest contributing staff writer, to express his views about the shape of the credit information industry post financial crisis and how the major players intend to grow their business. Part three was published in recently in the BIIA News Section on www.biia.com and ... Read More »

Connotate and Information Evolution, Inc. Partner to Make Big Data Easy for Small Businesses

Alliance Enables SMBs to Automate Web Data Monitoring and Extraction to Reap Actionable Business Insights from Public Data Connotate, Inc., the leading provider of solutions that help organizations monitor and collect data and content from the Web, today announced a strategic services partnership with Information Evolution, Inc. (IEI). The alliance will help small- to medium-sized businesses take advantage of the ... Read More »

Experian Opens North American Global Consulting Practice

Consulting organization takes the guess work out of business decisioning – Experian’s consultants to help clients enhance credit management strategies across their consumer and small business portfolios and the customer life cycle. Experian® announced the expansion of the company’s Global Consulting Practice that will provide its customers in the North American market with analysis, powerful insight and valuable recommendations that ... Read More »

Baidu to Invest 3 bn Yuan to help SMEs

SHANGHAI: China’s largest search engine Baidu Inc said that it will invest 3 billion yuan ($470.6 million) by the end of 2015 to help 2 million small- and medium-sized enterprises expand their businesses. As part of the investment, Baidu will groom 100,000 search marketing professionals, help small- and medium-sized enterprises develop their service platforms, provide free marketing about less developed ... Read More »

Infogroup Enhances Express Update for SMEs

Infogroup announced feature enhancements to its Express Update service which helps small-business owners ensure the accuracy of their business listings on top Internet search engines, leading navigation systems and local online directories. With the latest updates, small businesses and other companies can now add up to 150 details about their business, including social media accounts, logos, menus and coupons Express ... Read More »

D&B Launches 200-Day Digital Tribute to Mark Reaching 200 Million Businesses

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) has reached a significant milestone: 200 million businesses covered in its global database. To celebrate, D&B will take the next 200 days to say “thank you” through a digital tribute to businesses around the world. Businesses can submit their own stories and join D&B’s celebration at www.dnb.com/200million. “Providing insight on more than 200 million businesses ... Read More »

India Government to Launch Online Business Portal

The government of India will launch an online platform in November this year in order to provide information about Indian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with the central aim of attracting foreign business partners. The National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), which operates under the MSME Ministry, will be responsible for the development of the website. According to media reports, ... Read More »

Dubai SME and D&B SAME Sign Partnership for Dubai SME 100

Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development, or DED, Government of Dubai, entrusted with the development of the small and medium enterprise, or SME, has signed a partnership agreement with Dun & Bradstreet (South Asia Middle East Ltd) to offer exclusive benefits to the top 100 SMEs in Dubai. The partnership will entitle companies ranked under the ... Read More »

Observations from the BIIA Forum 2011: Eliminating Asymmetries in Information through SME Ratings

Parag Patki, Managing Director of SMERA offered a different approach.  SMERA was initially set up as a rating agency to provide non-regulatory ratings on SMEs.  In the meantime SMERA is registered under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Credit Rating Agencies) Regulations, 1999.   The initial challenges in setting up SMERA were the reluctance of lenders to provide default data, ... Read More »

Observations from the BIIA Forum 2011: Eliminating Information Asymmetries with Information Sharing

To provide further input to the open forum discussion the audience had the benefit to listen to William Lim, Executive Director of the Singapore Credit Bureau presenting two excellent role models, the SME credit bureaus of Malaysia and Singapore:  In essence two progressive nations are way ahead in terms of embracing the recommendations of the IFC.  The objectives of the ... Read More »