How Amazon Prime Day helps build million-dollar businesses

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Come Oct. 13 and 14, Amazon’s annual two-day members-only online sales extravaganza Prime Day will bring customers over one million deals on myriad products in popular categories including home accessories, toys, and electronics. But in addition to providing shoppers with steep savings starting at midnight PST on Tuesday, the popular sales promotion will also offer thousands of small businesses opportunities to quickly scale customer awareness and revenue.

Currently, more than 500,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. sell on Amazon, and the company’s goal is to onboard an additional 100,000 vendors as new sellers to its store. Despite the ongoing pandemic, third-party sellers continue to crowd its virtual aisles, and presently account for over half of all units sold via the online retailer. In the 12-month period ending in May alone, American SMB sellers sold more than 3.4 billion products, up from

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Beneficient Group founder and wife donate $11.5 million to build SMU business school commons

Dallas businessman and financier Brad Heppner was welcomed to the Southern Methodist University business school campus as an undergraduate student pursuing a triple major in the 1980s, thanks in part to a scholarship.



a man standing in front of a window: Brad Heppner, CEO of Beneficient Group in Dallas.


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Brad Heppner, CEO of Beneficient Group in Dallas.

“We had a dedication out front with all the students. You had Cary Maguire, Ed Cox, and Trammell Crow — all out there dedicating the opening of those buildings,” Heppner said.

Now, with an $11.5 million gift from Heppner and his wife Aurelia, his family’s name will adorn a brand new commons area the university is planning as part of a $10 million renovation of existing Cox School of Business facilities.

In addition to the commons, their donation includes $1.5 million to support research faculty salaries and scholarships through the Heppner Endowments for Research Organizations.

“We hope for those to grow

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As Businesses Shift Online, Quantum Metric Secures $25M to Help Them Build Customer-Centric Sites That Exceed Digital Expectations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Quantum Metric, a SaaS platform that helps organizations build better digital products faster, today announced it has secured up to $25 million of debt capital from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors. With its initial Series A round led by Insight Partners in 2018 and the closing of this facility, Quantum Metric has raised $50 million in capital over the span of 24 months.

The pandemic has altered the investment landscape, slashing the number of VC rounds in the U.S. this year by 44 percent. In its latest capital raise, Quantum Metric leveraged its strong balance sheet, in combination with its competitive market position as the global leader in Continuous Product Design (CPD), to drive the strategic decision to choose debt financing over equity to grow its fast-moving business. The new

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