ScalePad, Formerly Warranty Master, Launches Software ALM for MSPs

Dan WensleyWarranty Master has rebranded as ScalePad and launched software-centric asset lifecycle management (ALM) capabilities for MSPs, the company disclosed this morning. The overall goal: Provide MSPs with a complete view of customers’ hardware and software infrastructure, which allows MSPs to further pinpoint monthly recurring revenue (MRR), risk mitigation and performance opportunities.

ScalePad is led and funded by familiar names. Passportal and Level Platforms veteran Dan Wensley, who helped MSPs to pioneer recurring revenue models, joined the company as CEO in June 2019. Anthony Day, who has led ScalePad since its inception as Warranty Master, remains deeply focused on product and engineering. The company is backed by Top Down Ventures — a SaaS-focused investment firm led by IT Glue founder Chris Day.

Top Down Ventures and Chis Day tend to be long-term thinkers who focus on profitable growth rather than growth-at-all-costs expansion strategies. Translation:

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Covid Crimestoppers hotline launches to catch business loan fraudsters

The UK government has launched a Covid fraud hotline, after being criticised for failing to act on warnings about fraud risks linked to emergency business loans.



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The hotline, run by Crimestoppers, allows the public to leave anonymous tips about suspected fraud linked to the government’s emergency Covid loan and grant schemes for UK businesses. That could include identity theft to obtain loans, false grant claims and the use of so-called mule bank accounts to cover the tracks of money launderers.



a hand holding a cell phone: The public is being asked to report suspicions, such as of identity theft to obtain government loans.


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The public is being asked to report suspicions, such as of identity theft to obtain government loans.

The government has been criticised for failing to act on warnings about potential fraud linked to the bounce-back loans scheme (BBLS), which was designed to distribute cheap loans quickly of up to £50,000 to small businesses.

Related: Organised crime in UK

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Live Local Inland Northwest launches directory, online marketplace for area businesses

Live Local Inland Northwest is launching an online marketplace for Spokane-area businesses and organizations to showcase their products for free while providing them with an opportunity to reach a wider customer base.

The marketplace acts as a one-stop shop for businesses and organizations, which can showcase up to 10 items on the platform. Businesses are able to sell directly to customers on the marketplace or link to their own e-commerce website.

“We are calling it Spokane’s virtual Main Street,” said Janice Miller, communications director for Live Local INW, adding the marketplace gives each business a chance to have prime online storefront space while lifting each other up in the process.

More than 400 locally owned and operated businesses have signed up to participate in the online marketplace, which goes live Tuesday.

The Grain Shed co-owner and brewer Teddy Benson said he’s excited about the online marketplace.

The Perry District brewery,

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Original Chick-fil-A Marketing Executive Launches Spark, a Digital Master Class on Brand and Culture

ATLANTA, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Through Spark, the first ever online course from Chick-fil-A Pioneer, David Salyers, business owners and brand managers have the opportunity to learn the secret sauce of Chick-fil-A’s famed customer loyalty and renowned culture, be empowered to identify their brand’s unique competitive advantage during economic downturn, and start their journey to transform their organization’s culture from the inside out.

David Salyers was one of the original two marketing executives at Chick-fil-A. He went on to spend 37 years in the Chick-fil-A Marketing Department, most recently as a Vice President, before his retirement. Having worked at Chick-fil-A his entire career, he saw the principles of servant leadership and creating remarkable customer experiences play out in the growth of more than 2,300 Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country. Today, this multi-billion dollar company is recognized as one of America’s most successful, powerful and beloved brands. 

During

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Harvard Business School Launches Action Plan for Racial Equity


Harvard Business School – long critiqued for its lack of minority representation – launched an action plan for racial equity on Sept. 23, as universities across the country engage in an ongoing national reckoning with racism.

“The horrifying murder of George Floyd, and an all too long history of similar injustices, has spurred our collective awakening to the grave and continuing systemic racism in the United States that creates unacceptable, even dire inequities for our Black community members,” wrote Harvard Business School Dean Dr. Nitin Nohria in a statement. “This moment has made urgently clear that the School must redouble its commitment to combat racism—and anti-Black racism in particular—to create meaningful and enduring change that will enable every member of our community to thrive.”

In July, a taskforce of 25 staff, alumni and students came together to create a seven-layered plan. In it, the school

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After losing her job, woman teaches herself how to sew and launches successful bow tie business

President Trump has said he never liked his pledge to “drain the swamp,” but his fans did to he kept it in his stable of three-word chants. Once elected, though. “Trump did not merely fail to end Washington’s insider culture of lobbying and favor-seeking,” The New York Times reports. “He reinvented it, turning his own hotels and resorts into the Beltway’s new back rooms, where public and private business mix and special interests reign,” building “a system of direct presidential influence-peddling unrivaled in modern American politics.”

To map Trump’s own swamp, centered at his hotel in Washington, D.C., and Doral and Mar-a-Lago clubs in Florida, the Times pored over the tax information it has obtained, reviewed hundreds of social media posts by patrons of his properties, and interviewed nearly 250 business executives, lobbyists, and club members.

The Times investigative team uncovered more than 200 companies, foreign governments, and special interest

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Gipnetix Pte. Ltd Launches an Online Platform That Will Take Brands Development to the New Heights

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE / ACCESSWIRE / October 10, 2020 / Gipnetix announces the launch of its new online learning platform to teach people the importance of social media marketing and personal brand development. Gipnetix works with professionals worldwide to help social media marketers and influencers improve their ads and fill their pages with high-quality content engaging their audiences in a whole new way. Gipnetix PTE. LTD. also offers an extensive selection of marketing courses allowing people of any age to study and improve in online marketing.

With Gipnetix, influencers, small business owners, marketing specialists, and just anyone can create an attractive TikTok, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Facebook page. Learners can download marketing guides, Gipnetix SMM dictionary, watch video courses, get to know about the latest social media marketing trends, tips, strategies, and much more. People can access the informational content on topics like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn marketing, personal brand development,

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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana launches new business model

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is launching a new service model.

CEO Danielle Shockey says this is a new community-centric model to serve their members more conveniently.

The organization will save around $312,000 annually with the new model.

Shockey says this will be reinvested back into Girl Scouts programming and camps.

She adds this move just made sense to better service their members.

“This new model takes really a two-pronged approach at getting our staff, but more than our staff, our resources, to more girls and more families way closer to them,” Shockey told us.

She says the current Girl Scouts office in Terre Haute will remain, but field staff will also be working out of the Launch Terre Haute location.

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Venmo Launches A Credit Card; Pandemic Has Changed Our Card Habits

Venmo Launches Its First Credit Card, Offering Up To 3% Cash Back, Personalized Rewards

The Venmo Credit Card is rolling out to select customers. The Visa card offers 3% cash back on eligible purchases, personalized rewards and tools to track and manage finances. What makes the card potentially appealing to Venmo’s younger user base is how the card is directly integrated into the Venmo mobile app. Users can earn rewards from eight spending categories. Users will earn 3% back on their top spending category, 2% from the second highest category, then 1% on all others. [Tech Crunch]

How the Pandemic Is Changing Americans’ Credit Card Habits

Over half of those surveyed in September said that they’ve put money towards a debt as a direct result of the pandemic, or plan to in

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Intuit (INTU) Launches Business Management Platform QuickBooks Commerce

  • Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) has launched QuickBooks Commerce — which is a business management platform to help small businesses attract and sell to new customers across multiple channels and grow their business

This week, Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) launched QuickBooks Commerce — which is a business management platform to help small businesses attract and sell to new customers across multiple channels and grow their business. QuickBooks Commerce serves as a central hub that small businesses have been looking for where they can access multiple sales channels, integrate existing ones, manage orders and fulfillment, sync inventory across online and offline channels, avoid stockouts, and get profitability insights.

QuickBooks Commerce comes at a time when small businesses need it most. And for product-based business (PBBs) to thrive, they must support how their customers want to shop whether in-store, online, or across multiple digital marketplaces all in real-time. And for most small businesses,

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