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Lindsey Fudge Joins California Bank of Commerce as Senior Relationship Manager

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 11, 2021 — California Bank of Commerce (CBC) is expanding its Sacramento team with the addition of Lindsey Fudge as a Senior Relationship Manager specializing in commercial real estate lending.

“Lindsey’s deep knowledge of the market and creative problem-solving skills will be an asset to both our team and our clients,” said Scott Myers, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of California Bank of Commerce.

Fudge joins CBC from First Bank, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate. Prior to First Bank, Fudge held various roles at Wells Fargo including Relationship Manager for the Real Estate Group and she successfully completed Wells Fargo’s Credit Management Training Program. In 2016, Fudge was awarded the “40 Under 40” recognition by the Sacramento Business Journal for her work in commercial real estate lending and her community involvement.

An avid volunteer, Fudge currently serves as Chair of the Regional Council for the Northeastern and Northern Nevada division of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Additionally, she serves as a Board Member for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves as President Elect for the Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Sacramento chapter.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in managerial economics from University of California, Davis and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business.

For more information about California Bank of Commerce, visit www.californiabankofcommerce.com.

About California BanCorp and California Bank of Commerce  California BanCorp, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, California Bank of Commerce, offers a broad range of commercial banking services to closely held businesses and professionals located throughout Northern California. The stock of its parent company, California BanCorp, trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CALB. For more information on California BanCorp and California Bank of Commerce, call us at (510) 457-3751, or visit us at www.californiabankofcommerce.com

Contact California Bank of Commerce 

California BanCorp  Scott Myers, (916) 807-0933 Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer [email protected]

Media Contact  Caitie Nolan, (925) 790-2748  AMF Media Group  [email protected]

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bfound Announces UAQ Free Zone Partnership, With 1 day eCommerce Setup Service

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The all-inclusive service includes a full payment gateway and the setup of an eCommerce ecosystem, which forms part of bfound's one-stop shop for SME online solutions.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — bfound is actively working to help SMEs adapt to post-Covid market dynamics and a large part of this activity is focused on helping businesses establish a sustainable capability to sell and market their businesses online. This includes working with new technology partners across a range of digital marketing services, while collaborating with channel partners to bring that technology to the region.

According to a recent report and survey by Kearney, many SMEs have yet to adopt online sales channels and will need to in order to survive. According to the survey only 4 percent plan to sell online showing a disconnect in consumer behavior and the response from SMEs[1].

bfound's latest innovation, EcomExpress, is a service specifically designed for SMEs looking for an all-in-one eCommerce solution that promises to have businesses setup to sell online within 1 day across social media channels and website, while offering end-to-end setup convenience.

EcomExpress is being rolling out as an added highlight to bfound's partnership with UAQ Free Trade Zone and will also be available as a publicly accessible product in bfound's portfolio.

“We have launched quite a few products and services in the last few months and we plan on continuing to do so,” said Erik Bjerlestam, bfound's CEO. “Every product is an attempt to bring the latest innovations in digital business development technology to the region and EcomExpress is yet another step in that direction. With the ability to have a business' eCommerce store up and running in 1 day, the applications, benefits and sheer value of the product is absolutely indisputable.”

In addition, the partnership opens up bfound's exclusive partner discounts to UAQ Free Zone's current business clients. These discounts are applicable on all bfound's digital marketing services including search engine marketing, social media marketing and website development as well as design and content development services.

“As a leading SME hub in UAE, we are completely aligned with bfound's initiative to nurture the sustained growth of SMEs. The EcomExpress  platform will open up endless opportunities for our clientele who can set up an ecommerce company without any hassles, to explore fresh business models,” said Johnson George, General Manager of UAQ Free Trade Zone.

About bfound
bfound is one of the UAE's leading providers of digital marketing solutions for SMEs. Using a subscription based model, bfound allows SMEs of all sizes to benefit from the latest technology and growth opportunities that digital marketing platforms (such as Facebook, Instagram, Google, Snapchat, LinkedIn, etc.) have to offer. Some of bfound's most popular services include eCommerce websites, digital marketing campaigns and content creation.

About UAQ
Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone is a fast-growing logistics and business hub in the MENA region which offer a host of benefits that include 100% foreign ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, zero currency restrictions, 100% import and export tax exemption within the free zone, simple and fast registration process, excellent customer support, no restrictions on hiring foreign employees, and many other modern and investor-friendly rules & regulations.

[1] https://www.middle-east.kearney.com/consumer-retail/article/?/a/gcc-e-commerce-unleashed-a-path-to-retail-revival-or-a-fleeting-mirage

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Consider Solutions reveal ICFR & SOX Deficiencies on the increase

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LONDON, Feb. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Financial and IT control deficiencies remain a major challenge.

Despite huge investments in digitization over recent years, the problem isn't going away.

A recent survey noted that even users of the latest, leading cloud ERP solutions do not display consistently higher percentages of automated controls than users of older ERP versions.

Despite hope and expectation, these types of deficiencies remain remarkably constant over the years, but addressing them is getting more complex.

Consider Solutions research also revealed;

  • 62% of companies feel that manual process controls are their biggest single, current concern.
  • 32% of ICFR/SOX deficiencies are Information System related

What is the Shape of your next ICFR / SOX Deficiency?

We will be in conversation in a live streamed webcast with special guest Robin Ashby, Audit Director – Internal Controls at Qurate Retail Group, the $10bn company behind QVC and the Third Way to Shop®

Join us on March 15th 2021, at 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern, 4pm GMT, 5pm CET

More details and registration (free of charge) click here

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Michael Ramlakhan, Consider Solutions, +442074217869, [email protected]

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Unique French-English bilingual programme at the Canadian International School (CIS) expanding from August 2021

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SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – The Canadian International School (CIS) in Singapore is delighted to announce the expansion of its unique French-English bilingual programme at the Lakeside campus with the opening of a class in grade 1, 2 and 5 starting in August 2021. Going forward, the programme will now be available to students at its Lakeside campus from grade 1 through to grade 5.

“We are extremely excited about the programme’s expansion as we are the only international school in Singapore to offer a French-English bilingual program fully aligned to the International Baccalaureate PYP framework, ” says CIS Head of School Pete Corcoron. “We are delighted students can now take advantage and enjoy the programme’s unique benefits for a longer period.”

The decision to open up an additional class underscores CIS’ reputation as one of the most experienced and trusted international schools in Singapore to offer bilingual programmes. In addition to CIS’s French-English bilingual programme they also offer a Chinese-English bilingual programme for students in junior kindergarten to grade 6.

The French-English bilingual programme objective

To educate students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural in both French and English.

Key features of the French-English bilingual programme

Each class has two qualified teachers — one English speaker and one French speaker. Instruction is inquiry-based and fully aligned to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Students have equal exposure to both languages — classes are in English one day and French the next.

CIS’ teaching approach

All learning is done through inquiry. Wherever possible, CIS uses authentic materials (such as songs, stories, TV and websites) instead of textbooks, and engage students in active, hands-on activities like acting out plays, cooking and participating in quizzes. The school places a strong emphasis on creating authentic experiences where learning mirrors real-life activities. CIS don’t do any translating. All learning is done through immersion.

Who can enrol?

While language requirements do apply, CIS welcomes students from all backgrounds. Some students are French native-speakers while others have been educated in a French-speaking school or have a strong connection and passion for the French language.

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