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Not just another coat

Demand for nano-coatings to be buoyed by the construction sector.

Significant contributor: Ng shows off Tevo Creations’ range of nano-coating products.

Digital lenders lure unbanked Argentines out of shadow economy

MARIA Rosales, 39, is one of millions of less affluent Argentines locked out of the traditional financial sector. The former cruise ship worker lost her job in 2015 and has relied on her family for financial support to stay afloat since.

Social entrepreneurs struggle to strike a balance

FROM tackling pollution to improving access to healthcare, social entrepreneurs try to use businesses to help solve some of the world’s greatest problems but many agree the magnitude of doing so with limited means can take a personal toll.

Working with the system: Social entrepreneurs need to recognise that they cannot solve every problem on          their own. — Reuters

Flowering prosperity in Yunnan

TWENTY years ago, the farmers around Yunnan’s Dianchi Lake mostly grew vegetables for sale in local village markets.

Floral display: A florist arranges bouquets at the Dounan market. — China Daily

Small firms cautiously optimistic on 2019

CHINA’S small businesses are cautiously optimistic amid the anticipated global economic downtrend in 2019, with over 70% of those surveyed expecting growth this year, a survey said.

Expecting growth: China’s small businesses are cautiously optimistic amid anticipated global economic downtrend. — China Daily

Freshcode hits home run in Korean food delivery scene

SOUTH Korea has long been a haven for food delivery. Most of the time, food is delivered to your doorstep within 30 minutes of placing an order.

Tech-driven: Yoo insists the salad delivery startup is an IT firm, not a food company. — The Korea Herald

E-scooter adds fifth city to its network

E-SCOOTER service Neuron Mobility is expanding into Kuala Lumpur following a successful trial in Cyberjaya.

Getting small merchants on the digital payment wagon

SMALLER businesses are often hesitant about new technology mainly due to investment costs and a lack of awareness.

The more, the merrier: Khairil, flanked by Teh (left) and Lee (right), welcomes more players into the market to help with consumer and merchant education.

Monetising data management

DATA is a core part of MCOM Holdings Bhd’s business. Unlike most SMEs, chief executive officer Ho Kim Hun understands the importance of keeping up with technological trends and has invested in data analytics earlier on.

Data driven: (from left) MCOM chairman Neil Foo, Ho and Ng note the importance of keeping with new technology.

Local web hosting company tops Indonesian market

EXABYTES Capital Group Sdn Bhd has emerged as the largest web hosting provider in Indonesia with its acquisition of PT Master Web Network (MWN).