Commissioner Sally A. Heyman announces 2020 Cycle of Mom and Pop…

first_imgMIAMI – Small business owners in Miami-Dade’s District 4 are invited to apply for Commissioner Sally Heyman’s Annual Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program.Applicants may be eligible to receive up to $5,000, depending on the number of applicants, which can be used for purchasing equipment, supplies, inventory, commercial liability insurance, security systems, advertising and marketing and making minor renovations. Applications will be accepted February 3 through February 21, 2020.Business owners interested in applying for the 2020 District 4 Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program must meet the following criteria:existed for at least two year(s)has not been awarded this grant three or more timesemploy no more than seven employeescurrently not in default or non-compliance with any County loan or grant programis not affiliated with a national chaindoes not own more than two businessesdoes not engage in illegal activity at the stated business locationApplications must be received no later than 12 noon on Feb. 21, 2020 or they will not be accepted. Completed original applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to:Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, District 4 Office1100 NE 163rd Street, #303North Miami Beach, FL 33162Only one application per business will be accepted. Non-profit agencies are not eligible for funding. Home-based businesses are welcome to apply. Businesses that received funding less than three times in the past can apply. Applications must be typed or printed. Illegible, incomplete, faxed or scanned applications will be disqualified.Guidelines for the Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program require that each approved recipient attend a mandatory business training workshop to be scheduled at a later date.last_img read more

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German Bundesliga Wrap: Draws Dominate Sunday Games

first_imgThe theme for Sunday’s games in the German was stalemate after all the matches played ended in a stalemate.TSG Hoffenheim started the new league season very well and that form took them to second place behind leaders Borussia Dortmund but that is in the past now following their recent wobbles. That continued on Sunday as they played out a 1-1 draw at VFL Wolfsburg.Turkish-born Germany midfielder Kerem Demirbay gave Hoffenheim the lead from the spot with 13 minutes remaining as Wolfsburg star Maximiliano Arnold paid the price for an earlier penalty miss in the first half but his blushes were spared by a last gasp equaliser from Felix UduokhaiIn the other games on Sunday, bottom club FC Cologne played out a goalless draw at home to Werder Bremen while the clash between Freiburg and visitors Hertha Berlin ended in a 1-1 draw.Relatedlast_img read more

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Loot.bet launches via UltraPlay and LiveSteam

first_img Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Loot.bet, a new esports only betting platform, has launched courtesy of UltraPlay and LiveSream Ltd.Mario Ovcharov, UltraPlayThe website has a custom design made specifically for gamers and esports fans; it offers a wide selection of competitive games, sixteen and counting, including Dota 2, Counter-strike and Overwatch.Loot.bet covers pre-match and live betting events but is focused on the latter. The layout has been specifically engineered to attract esports customers with its unique one page event view and streaming presentation.Loot.bet is the latest client of odds supplier UltraPlay but it’s operated by Cyprus-based Livestreem Ltd. UltraPlay is behind a number of operators focused on esports including ebettle, Vulkanbet and Vitalbet though these offer other sports too.GG.Bet, another UltraPlay client, is the most similar to Loot.bet in that it has been built with the esports fan in mind, and offers only odds across competitive gaming titles. GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Related Articles Mario Ovcharov, CMO of UltraPlay, commented on this latest launch: “Everyone worked very hard from the beginning until the end in order to achieve this goal and release the project which became Loot.bet.“I am very excited that I have the advantage of witnessing the everyday progress which the website makes. One thing is certain – Loot.bet’s success will continue to grow rapidly in the future.” StumbleUponcenter_img Submit Share Share Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020last_img read more

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Marketing First…SBTech forms strategic partnership with NetRefer

first_img Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Delasport clients get access to Kiron’s BetMan RGS platform April 27, 2020 Industry platform and sports betting provisions supplier SBTech has moved to optimise its client marketing and player acquisition capabilities by forming a strategic partnership with NetRefer. Confirming its plans, SBTech will now make NetRefer’s ‘Performance Marketing Product Suite’ its choice marketing software for its industry client portfolio. Moving forward SBTech will plug-in the suite, making NetRefer marketing provisions available to new and existing clients.Detailing the importance of the partnership, SBTech stated that its client would gain ‘seamless control’ of digital marketing initiatives ‘under one consolidated umbrella’.Updating the market, Richard Carter, CEO for SBTech, welcomed NetRefer as a prime partner: “Offering NetRefer as part of our package will significantly enhance our clients’ operations, providing them with a unified view of their marketing campaigns and the opportunity to fully automate the affiliate life cycle – from signup, to CRM management and customer reporting.”Timothy Buttigieg, COO at NetRefer, backed Carter’s comments stating: “We are ecstatic to partner with SBTech, empowering their vast portfolio of operators with our holistic Performance Marketing product suite.” Related Articles Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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Codere’s 2018 opening hurt by severe South American currency declines

first_imgShare Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Submit Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Steep South American currency declines against the US dollar, having impacted Bolsa Madrid gambling firm Grupo Codere’s Q1 2018 performance.Publishing its Q1 2018 trading update (period ending 31 March), Codere reveals a corporate revenue and earnings decline, despite growth in its home market of Spain.Group operating revenues, declined by 5.5% to €383 million (Q1 2017: €405 million), as the Spanish gambling operator reported no revenue growth across its entire South American portfolio.Tough trading conditions would see Codere record a period EBITDA of €56 million, down 12% on corresponding Q1 2017’s €64 million.Closing its trading update, Codere governance would declare a group operating profit of €28 million, down 22% on Q1 2017’s €36 million, with the company delivering a period operational net income of €800,000.As yet, Codere governance has not issued a corporate update, as to whether the company will revise its full-year 2018 expectations following its tough start to 2018.The Spanish gambling group is currently implementing its executive restructure following the appointments of Vicente Di Loreto as new Group Chief Executive, accompanied by Norman Sorensen Valdez as Group Executive Chairman.Entering 2018, Codere governance has stated that the company will undertake significant systems and product upgrades, as the operator seeks to bolster its presence within Spain and Argentina.Codere’s new leadership duo, currently seeks to expand the operator’s retail presence within the Spanish regions of Andalucía and the Balearic Islands, whilst further scouting new Argentine provinces in which to expand its bingo hall and arcade properties.last_img read more

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Market Makers Delight! Smarkets introduces new ‘1% pro-tier’ commission

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share Smarkets gains green light to enter Swedish market July 28, 2020 Online betting exchange Smarkets has confirmed the introduction of a new ‘1% pro-tier’ commission operating across its platform, supporting ‘market-maker’ traders.Yesterday, Smarkets Chief Executive Jason Trost announced the betting exchange’s new commission structure on the firm’s corporate blog – stating that it would support ‘fairness and transparency’ for players across its platform.The commission restructure sees Smarkets realign its player commission rates, which to date have operated on a  long-running 2% commission for all customers across all markets.The betting exchange states that its pro-tier will remove big imbalances in the values of commission paid by certain customers, regardless of wagering volumes transacted.Updating customers, Trost outlines that the changes will significantly improve exchange conditions for market maker traders operating on low margins.“Market makers, in particular, play the crucial but difficult role of pricing hundreds of markets at a time, with tight margins, to the benefit of all. This balance of fairness is critical to attracting that market-making activity so that as an exchange we can continue providing a better ecosystem and low transaction fees for all users.”Smarkets details that the changes will only impact approximately 0.2% of its players, based on current projections.The betting exchange introduces its new commission structure this week, and has published an FAQ document outlining its proposed changes.Trost added: “As an exchange trader myself, I am proud of the world-class platform we have built to date and I hope we can continue to work together to ensure that with every step we get closer to what I created Smarkets for a decade ago: using innovative technology to create the best and fairest exchange in the industry.” StumbleUpon Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Related Articles Share Submitlast_img read more

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Simon Banks: Star Sports – Delivering on talent resources amid changing industry values

first_img Share Related Articles Share UKGC gambling statistics highlight retail declines May 29, 2020 Submit Countdown to Cheltenham: Star Sports on why they ‘do not bet on an opinion’ March 10, 2020 With the aim of diversifying its business portfolio, Star Sports launched its new recruitment contingent Star Recruitment back in January with the aim of providing tailored staffing solutions to the global gambling industry.SBC caught up with Simon Banks, a sector resourcing and talent development veteran, who is heading up the new vertical as its Chief Executive Officer. We asked Banks about the challenges the new venture faces, as well as hopes for the new venture.SBC: The gambling industry as a whole is facing the challenge of increasing compliance measures and changing government policies, particularly in the UK. What effect do you think this will have for Star Recruitment?SB: I think the reduction in FOBT stakes will have a major impact on the UK Gambling Industry, but the inevitable reduction in shop numbers could be an opportunity for Star Recruitment. We are receiving CVs from shop staff looking to move into other roles while staying in the gambling sector, particularly trading and customer service.The increasing regulatory burden faced by UK operators will result in a demand for more compliance staff and Star Recruitment will try and supply that demand.Internationally, it is all about liberalization. From Sweden to the United States markets are opening up and creating lots of opportunities.SBC: Is the sector seeing more responsibility led roles being created for their operations – for example, SR Managers, Problem Gambling analysts etc?SB: Yes certainly. The strong stance by the Gambling Commission will lead to an increase in responsibility led roles. Also, the nature of some more traditional roles, like customer service and even traders are changing to reflect a tighter regulatory environment. Now traders are perhaps thinking about ‘source-of-funds’ and customer profiles when making trading decisions.SBC: Do you have any hopes for expansion into the newly opened US market? If so, what are the challenges you will face?SB: The United States could offer huge opportunities but it will throw up unique challenges as well. The US labour market is very well protected and difficult for Europeans to access. That said, there will certainly be a demand for the expertise available in the more mature sports betting markets in Europe.Also, there will be opportunities on the technology side, although the developments made by European sportsbooks are undoubtedly being mirrored in the US.SBC: What employee skills, dynamics and values do bookmakers want for their businesses? And how will Star Recruitment source the right candidates to fit these criteria?SB: Operators are looking for people who can adapt and change as operating processes adapt to changing environments. Star Sports has gone through a period of rapid expansion recently and Star Recruitment is, fortunately, able to draw on that experience.SBC: In terms of improving talent development in the gambling industry, what – in your opinion – does the industry need to tackle in 2019? SB: Innovation through technological advancements will lead to customer experience being a key part of the competitive environment in 2019. Personalisation, social media traction (given advertising restrictions coming in) and connection through interaction will continue to grow in 2019. This will continue to see a drift away from the traditional methods of bookmaking, but for Star Recruitment open up new avenues of interest within the gambling industry. On-course bookies rail against ‘severe’ age-verification penalties January 29, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Better Collective Spotlight: Moving into DFS through RotoGrinders deal

first_img Late last month, leading igaming affiliate Better Collective acquired a 60 per cent stake in RotoGrinders – the operator of news and information portals rotogrinders.com, pocketfives.com, sportshandle.com, usbets.com and pennbets.com – for a fee of $21m.We caught up with Tomás Vaz de Carvalho, Project Manager of Global Operations at Better Collective – who also confirmed that it will acquire the remaining 40 per cent between 2022 and 2024 – to find out more about his company’s impending DFS move.As part of this month’s Better Collective Spotlight, he shared his excitement over the increased US market presence, before explaining how it will keep the “core platform in tact” while adding complementary skills using its knowledge of sports betting affiliation.SBC: How excited are you about moving into fantasy sports?Tomás Vaz de Carvalho: With the recent acquisition of the RotoGrinders network, we have extended not only our presence in the US market, but also our portfolio into daily fantasy sports. This is exciting because DFS has gained great popularity in the US over recent years, and it is what we believe could be an entry point to a relevant audience.SBC: Does this pave the way for more fantasy-sports based acquisitions?TVdC: Since daily fantasy sports has been the American market’s closest substitute for betting during the PASPA era, the users of DFS platforms are of interest. Whether this means that we will acquire further DFS is still to be determined, but we are excited that we have acquired such a strong brand in the US with a loyal following.  SBC: Will you work sports betting opportunities into the network?TVdC: As with all of our acquisitions, we aim to improve the platforms with the knowledge we have developed within sports betting affiliation. However, it’s important to note that the RotoGrinders Network has grown a strong user base due to the values and set up of the current platforms. We will therefore maintain the core platform in tact to make sure that we do not alienate the users who have already grown to love the sites.  SBC: What can you do as a parent company to change/improve the RotoGrinders network in its current form? TVdC: As with all of our acquisitions, we look to help bring complementary skills that will help improve the given platform. We have a breadth of knowledge when it comes to specialised areas of the affiliate industry that we know can help support the good work the team at the RotoGrinders network have already done. Likewise, we stand to learn a lot from their insight and tools on US sports and the US market. We recognised the strong potential in combining our individual expertise to help put us in a great position in the US. SBC: How much data crossover is there to sports betting?TVdC: There is quite some crossover to sports betting, particularly when it comes to referring to detailed statistics when it comes to placing educated bets or choosing the perfect line up for your fantasy team. This type of detailed analyses and sports content that is needed for DFS, both on teams and individual player performance, is something that can prove useful in the future for those in states where sports betting is regulated. This type of sports analysis is something that we have always been hosting doing across our other sites. Even if RotoGrinders is a DFS site, their tools and resources give the possibility to extend into sports betting as well. Home struggles support higher odds as Bundesliga returns May 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020last_img read more

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Ladbrokes named as sponsor for Down Royal’s Grade 1 Jumps

first_img Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Related Articles Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Down Royal racecourse has named Ladbrokes as the new sponsor for its first Grade 1 of this year’s jumps season, with the deal estimated to be the largest in Down Royal’s history.The race, which will now be called the Ladbrokes Champion Chase, comes as part of a six-figure deal between the racecourse and operator, with prize-money tipped at €140,000.Down Royal chief executive Emma Meehan commented on the new partnership: “We are delighted to welcome Ladbrokes to our growing family of key sponsors and partners and look forward to working with them over the next three years.“The most prestigious of our race meetings, the November festival, is set to be the biggest yet and, with attendance up 12 per cent year-on-year, we are anticipating a crowd of over 10,000 over the two days.”The long-established two-day Festival – staged on 1st and 2nd November – is the highlight of the racing calendar at Down Royal, and will feature the WKD Hurdle, which is said to be ‘the richest hurdle race run in Northern Ireland’.Nicola McGeady, Ladbrokes Head of PR, said: “Ladbrokes has a long and proud association with top-class horseracing and we are thrilled to be embarking on this exciting new sponsorship of the November festival of racing at Down Royal.”last_img read more

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Premier League seeks six week window to finish season

first_img Submit Share Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon UK media has this weekend reported that the Premier League is reviewing plans to resume its current football season on 1 June, seeking a six-week period in which to complete proceedings.1 June has been detailed as the Premier League’s ‘target date’, however, plans remain tentative as further COVID-19 developments unfold disrupting UK sports scheduling.The Premier League is seeking a six-week period in which to play its remaining nine matchdays and conclude the FA Cup, which is currently in its quarter-final phase.In order to fulfil its tight timetable, the Premier League will play all matches behind closed doors and will require Public Health UK to sign-off on its schedule, allowing for emergency services to attend matches.Last week, a joint statement issued by The FA and English football leagues confirmed the postponement of all-levels of the professional play until Thursday 30 April.UK media further reports that the Premier League may breach its £3 billion broadcasting contract with Sky Sports and BT Sport should it fail to conclude season 2019/2020 proceedings.The Sun Sports and Daily Mail reported that the Premier League could face a £750 million legal battle attached to broadcaster fees and loss of earnings should the league fail to be concluded by 1 August, the official start date for a new TV contract.English football stakeholders will hold critical meetings this week to discuss further scheduling contingencies and COVID-19 developments.last_img read more

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