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Envisioning a bright future

GLOBAL cosmetic contact lens market size was valued at over US$900mil (RM3.7bil) in 2015.

Maxvue Vision Sdn Bhd is the winner of four awards at SOBA 2016.

Eight years of supporting SMEs

REALISING the potential and growth of the SME market and its contribution to the country’s economy, The Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA) came into the picture. First held in 2010, SOBA is now into its eighth year.

A panel of industry experts addressing concerns of SMEs at a forum in the early days of SOBA.

Providing world-class education

IN today’s economy, value is an important factor in choosing a higher education pathway. Students are increasingly choosing to pursue their further studies in their own country as opposed to studying abroad which is costlier.

The University of Liverpool’s Prof John Williams (right) sharing insights on studying in the UK during the BAC Law Expo.

Lending a helping hand

SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of Malaysia’s economy, forming the majority of local businesses.

The MyFuture exhibition booth at SME events.

A good way to benchmark

MORE and more small businesses are showing an interest in benchmarking themselves by participating in competitions like The Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA).

Judges deliberating over submissions to pick worthy winners for SOBA.

Recognising growth of SMEs

AS Malaysia progresses towards its goal to be a developed high-income nation, there is rising pressure to strengthen the contribution of SMEs to drive growth for the country.

SMEs have outperformed the overall average growth of the economy in recent years.

South Korean company brings digital currency offline

WHILE cryptocurrency exchanges among those in their 40s and 50s deal with larger volumes, the older generation more often than not face inconveniences in trading their digital currencies.

Market gap: Cha says Coinone is ready to help customers not used to online trades. — The Korea Herald

It’s a man’s world in venture funding

BEFORE her first meetings with venture capitalists, Janica Alvarez thought she could have a professional discussion about breasts.

Businesses looking at greater compliance

MORE small businesses are trying to get their house in order as the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) steps up efforts in conducting audits.

Inadequate: Chow says most SMEs lack professional knowledge to comply with tax laws.

A more secure authentication system with biometrics

THE global explosion of digital and mobile payments is driving the need for a more secure authentication system.

Signed: Ho (second from left) and Lee (third from left) exchanging documents on their partnership agreement as Infinitium marketing director Shawn Tan (left) and Raonsecure executive director for overseas business Kim Chang-soo look on.