SME Central

Prime Movers

Piloting a nasi lemak business

He had hoped to be a pilot but gave it up to run his father's stall. -ST

Singapore medtech startup raises $1.37m

This money will be used for expansion into overseas markets such as Japan, and eventually the rest of Asia and the US. -BT

Going regional: Pushing S'pore firms to expand overseas

It took a trade mission led by then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew to turn Dr Robert Yap's company from local to global. -ST

The history driven consultant

AT Kearney chairman Johan Aurik has adopted several principles in his efforts to future-proof his organisation. -BT

Dollars and Sense

Singapore December bank lending slips from November

Total bank lending in Singapore fell in December from the previous month. -Reuters

Urgent meet sought on baht

Board of Trade of Thailand and the Thai Chamber of Commerce will soon call for a meeting with the Bank of Thailand to discuss currency risk. -The Nation/ANN
Caution rules ahead of ECB meeting, China data

Caution rules ahead of ECB meeting, China data

ECB meets Thursday to decide on QE, Greek vote looms. -Reuters
Asia markets mostly up, euro struggles ahead of ECB meeting

Asia markets mostly up, euro struggles ahead of ECB meeting

Asian equity markets mostly rose Monday following a rally on Wall Street and a strong pick-up in oil prices. -AFP

Talking Points

People issues the biggest and most complex challenge facing Singapore SMEs

If you ask fresh graduates where they want to work, they would usually cite Google, Facebook and other tech or multinational brands. -BT

It's time for businesses to build a 'we economy'

The widespread use of digital devices paves the way for businesses to jointly offer connected suites of services people want. -BT

The brainy communicator

The Raffles Conversation. -BT
Starting up is hard to do - but it's oh so rewarding

Starting up is hard to do - but it's oh so rewarding

Investment experts offer tips on how to grow an idea, make it work and when to exit. - ST

Brand Me!

Zooming ahead with technology

Bee Advantage addresses gaps in productive chains and proposes solutions accordingly. -BT

Going for Gold

Chung Tze Khit started with a mobile gym and now runs the biggest local chain of fitness gyms. -ST
Straight from the heart

Straight from the heart

BT Weekend talks to local designers who are putting their ideas on Singapore life and culture into their designs. -BT
Taking local designs global

Taking local designs global

BT Weekend talks to some local makers who get international exposure for their products and designs through online retail platforms such as Etsy and Naiise. -BT

eBiz hub

Local firm creates mobile app to detect fake goods

Anything can be faked, from bottles of wine to rare tea leaves, so a Singapore company has come up with a way for consumers to check whether their purchases are genuine. -ST

Creating a tech culture

BH Global sees the need to embrace e-commerce and innovative technologies. -BT
Duo turn fashion hobby into online business

Duo turn fashion hobby into online business

Self-taught fashionistas Gerald Shen and Diana Chan owns Vanda Fine Clothing, which sells pocket squares and neckties. -ST
How to look like an expert in your industry

How to look like an expert in your industry

Becoming the expert is a combination of having the correct image and doing the right things. Here are some tips from Pam Siow, the founder of Internet Biz Owners Club. -AsiaOne

Tete-a-tech

Samsung posts first annual profit decline in three years

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone maker, posted its first drop in annual net profit in three years. -AFP

Ikea bookbook ad propels agency to 'world top 3' status

Ikea's bookbook's advertisement for Ikea appeared to spoof that for tech giant Apple's mega-thin MacBook laptops. -ST
Mobile the driving force in online shopping

Mobile the driving force in online shopping

As devices become the main source of information gathering, consumers no longer interact with store personnel. -AsiaOne
The human factor in innovation

The human factor in innovation

DBS' innovation honcho wants to build systems to fit the individual. -ST