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The Bank of Japan Can’t Jump-Start Inflation #small #business #association

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The Bank of Japan Can’t Jump-Start Inflation

On May 29 the Japanese government announced that the country’s consumer prices were unchanged in April from a year earlier, calling into question the power of the central bank’s effort to drive prices upward. The BOJ is acting a bit like a hedge fund, trying any investment to achieve its goal of raising inflation to 2 percent. It’s snapping up not only government bonds but also exchange traded funds, corporate bonds, real estate investment trusts, and venture capital loans—anything to put more money into lenders’ and investors’ hands so they can lend and invest more. “The BOJ deserves the most aggressive award among central banks,” says Yasuhiro Takahashi, a senior economist at Nomura Securities.

The latest consumer price report underscores the difficulty of the central bank’s task. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda doubled down last October and expanded his policy, formally known as quantitative and qualitative monetary easing. The central bank pledged to raise the monetary base from 60 trillion yen ($482 billion) a year to 80 trillion yen to give banks more money to lend.

The heroic effort has driven the Nikkei 225 Stock Average to a 15-year high and the yen down to almost a 12-year low against the dollar. Although that’s delighted stock investors and big exporters such as Toyota Motor and Shiseido, it hasn’t moved the needle on overall growth or inflation. A majority of 36 economists surveyed by Bloomberg see the BOJ beefing up its program by late October, when it’s expected to update its inflation forecast. If that’s less than 2 percent, the bank will pile on extra stimulus.

Nomura predicts the central bank will switch its focus from bonds to stock purchases next spring, betting a bull market might more effectively stimulate consumer spending. The brokerage sees the BOJ doubling its ETF purchases, to 6 trillion yen, while announcing plans to taper its bond purchases.

Kuroda has said that the plunge in oil prices in the short term delayed progress on generating inflation and that rising wages will engender growth, consumer spending, and higher prices. “It’s really too early to say Kuroda’s easing didn’t work,” says Takahiro Sekido, a former BOJ official who’s now a strategist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

Japan faces structural challenges, given its aging, shrinking population and its debt burden, the biggest in the developed world. “The BOJ’s policy has been and must be more ambitious,” says former Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn, now at the Brookings Institution. “It’s not going to be easy to break expectations [of deflation] that have been entrenched over the decades.”

Fiscal conservatives question the BOJ’s bond-buying, which soaks up about 90 percent of all new government bonds issued to keep long-term rates low. If long-term rates returned to their historical average of 3 percent, from 0.4 percent now, the higher interest payments would push the budget deficit from 8.5 percent to 13 percent of gross domestic product, according to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development. “The BOJ is approaching its limit in bond purchases,” says Nomura’s Takahashi.

Kuroda continues to enjoy the steadfast support of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who picked him to run the BOJ in 2013. Abe, though, has so far failed to deliver on the promised labor, tax, and regulatory reforms that economists say are needed to get Japan back on track. Monetary firepower alone won’t revitalize the economy.

The bottom line: If long-term rates return to a more normal 3 percent, Japan’s budget deficit could rise to 13 percent of GDP.

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How do I determine if the name I want to use is available?

The Division of Corporations is required by statute to reject for use any corporate, limited partnership, or limited liability company name that is not “distinguishable” from existing names on file. The only avenue to determine whether a name is available for a corporation, limited partnership or limited liability company is to make a name availability inquiry. The Corporation and Business Entity Database online search is intended for status inquiries of entities already on file with the Department of State. Customers are cautioned to avoid interpreting database search information as an indication that a name is or is not available for use.

The records of the Division of Corporations may be searched for availability of name by submitting a written request to the Department of State, Division of Corporations, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231. The written inquiry should state that you wish to determine the availability of a name and list the name or names to be searched.

Although it is not required, it is recommended that a copy of the name availability response be attached to the document you are submitting for filing.

A finding that the name is available is not an approval of the name by the Department of State and is not a determination that the proposed name satisfies any particular requirement of law. No expenditure or other commitment should be made in reliance upon the availability of a name.

Pursuant to Section 96 of the New York State Executive Law, the fee for searching the records for availability of name is $5 per name submitted. Please note that the Department’s determination regarding the availability of a name applies only to the date and time that the name search was completed. Requests for name availability cannot be handled by telephone.

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Home – Small Business Association of Australia #business #liability #insurance

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WELCOME TO THE SMALL BUSINESS
ASSOCIATON OF AUSTRALIA

Launching your own business is never easy.

It is like starting a new chapter in your life. And to start a new chapter, sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith and get out of your comfort zone. For some of us, doing these things is not exactly easy. But what if there is someone to lend you a helping hand and offer you solid support as you navigate your way towards becoming a successful and prolific business owner?

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Kevin Nice Telecommunication Specialist

Ian Howard

Craig Tschirpig Accountant and Financial Adviser

James Stoke Commercial Lawyer

Leigh Bernhardt Industrial Relations Specialist

Ken Khatib online marketing and web development

Kira Duff Media, Communication and Events Assistant

Belinda Wilson Business Manager

David Power SBAA Strategist

Lionel Barden SBAA Policy Chair

Anne Nalder CEO and Founder

Dear Anne, It has been a great pleasure to be introduced to you five years ago. Your first impression to me is your advocacy attitude and knowledge about the protocol of small business in Australia. Your organizational ability is well demonstrated in each of the events and meetings coordinated by your organization under your strong stewardship. You have been very supportive to our Australia-China Chamber of CEO Inc by squeezing your invaluable time to attend our strategic partners’ meetings and events. Australia-China Chamber of CEO Inc is very much appreciative of your role in ACCCEO as the Advisor of the Small Business. Looking forward to more collaborations and support with yourself and your organization to Australia China Chamber of CEO Inc as well as my personal business Holiday International Golden Travel. Yours sincerely, Sally Chung Executive Vice-Chairman Australia-China Chamber of CEO Inc

Sally Chung Executive Vice Chairman of Australia – China Chamber of CEO Inc

“Small Business Association Australia is an active and progressive organisation seeking positive change for the betterment of small businesses everywhere. Founder Anne Nalder is making a real difference because she understands what owners must endure to become established and successful businesses. She is a genuine advocate of their cause in recognition of the essential contribution they make to our economy which is often overlooked – we need more ‘doers’ like Anne!”

Colin Coverdale Small Business Strategist, Opportune NFP Limited

It is essential that small business has a voice at a national level so specific concerns are raised. A concentrated focus on solid outcomes will make a difference, thanks to SBAA.

Paula Brand Small Businss Networking Events and Expo Owner

Today we are rebiulding our business and the future looks very bright all thanks to the support of the “Small Business Association of Australia”

Nic Dirubbo Marlborough Park

How Can We Help?

The Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA), understands how challenging it is to start your own business. This is one of the things that continues to motivate us to provide support and assistance to owners of small and medium enterprises or SMEs to help them succeed in their chosen endeavour.

The Small Business Association of Australia is one of the fastest growing and widely recognised organisations in the country specialising in supporting and advocating for the SME. We firmly believe that SMEs are making significant contributions to the growth of the national economy and are a vital component of Australia’s future. We continually see that owners of small and medium-sized businesses are not receiving the support and recognition they deserve, so we have taken up the challenge to help them in every way we can.

Setting up a small business in Australia is challenging at best, but with the assistance of SBAA, SMEs can grow and secure their future.

Better educate business owners.

We believe that education and knowledge are key ingredients of a successful business, so apart from organising networking events, we also host educational events and learning programs for our members. We provide various learning resources and tools to help members enrich their knowledge of running a successful enterprise.

Connect and Establish Strong Working Relationships with Like-Minded People.

SBAA regularly organise networking events that will enable members to connect and foster relationships with other business owners on a local, national, and international level.

Be Heard

SBAA serves as the “voice” of SMEs by expressing their concerns to the government. We also seek the assistance of key stakeholders on their behalf to encourage policymakers to create economic policies that will benefit and help SMEs. The launch of the SBAA Think Tank focuses on the fields of research, education, policy, and practice for small business in Australia.





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Discretely Representing Buyers and Sellers of Businesses #business #mailing #lists

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Complete Business Sales & Acquisition Services

Providing Professional Support, Guidance and Service

You have arrived at the home of your business buying & selling specialists – who offer a unique service in the Puget Sound area. SOUND BUSINESS BROKERS was founded in 1993 after more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

Both buyers and sellers of businesses can benefit from professional assistance, guidance, marketing and sales resources, and much more. This is the right place if you want the important aspects of business selling or business buying done right.

Our Mission.

Sound Business Brokers will provide the highest level of business sales and acquisition services to our clients.

While providing these services, all agents and brokers of Sound Business Brokers shall act within the highest ethical and professional standards of our industry.

Our Services.

  • Assisting business owners to execute an exit strategy by confidentially selling their businesses
  • Allowing qualified buyers, who have signed a non-disclosure agreement, access to quality business opportunities
  • Providing professional value opinion business evaluations at a reasonable cost
  • Transactional guidance throughout the acquisition process




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Business Brokers of Florida #green #business

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Business Brokers of Florida

Business Brokers of Florida is a non profit association made up of the leading business brokerage companies and agents throughout the state of Florida. It is the largest state business broker association in the country, and the second largest association of business brokers in the world.

Members of BBF must demonstrate their expertise and ability in business brokerage when applying for membership. Once accepted as a member they must adhere to a strict code of ethics.

In addition to business brokers other members of the association include leading attorneys specializing in business closings, accountants, financial planners, appraisers and various financial institutions specializing in business loans.

Currently there are five districts in the state of Florida:

Each district, with exception of the South West district which is currently under the direction of the Tampa Bay district, has its own officers and directors which governs the local area and enforces the BBF Policies, rules and regulations to its members. Each district sends representatives to be members of the state executive committee (which elects the state officers) from the committee members. The state executive committee operates under the association by laws, and is the administrative board of the association.

Currently the association has more than 1,400 members, has over 4,000 listings and maintains a database of over 16,000 sold businesses for market data comparisons.

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Strathclyde Business School – University of Strathclyde #start #your #own #business

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University of Strathclyde

Strathclyde Business School

Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary

Special edition of Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary now available.


  • MBA Summer Information Sessions

    Interested in the Strathclyde MBA? We are holding information sessions.


  • SBS announce 2016 MBA & PG scholarships

    Find out more about the new scholarships available for PG programmes.


  • MBA 25

    SBS and William Grant Sons have been partners in a customised MBA programme since 2011, which has leadership and innovation at its heart.

    Undergraduate

    Find out what we offer, how to apply, international exchange, and our innovative Management Development Programme.

    Postgraduate

    Get information on our full range of postgraduate programmes and scholarship availability.

    Strathclyde MBA

    Learn more about our Strathclyde MBA, the different modes of study, our international centres and our MBA careers service.

    Internationally leading research

    Find out more about our research, our specialist research centres and our work with business via knowledge exchange.

    Corporate Connections

    Learn more about our range of bespoke programmes for business and who we’ve worked with.

    International Centres

    Discover where we operate internationally and the courses available at our centres around the world.

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    For all the latest SBS news please visit our news page .

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    About us

    Get all the information you need on Strathclyde Business School, our staff and departments.

    Departments & specialist centres

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  • AffiniPay Named to Austin Business Journal – s List of Fastest-Growing Companies in Central

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    AffiniPay Named to Austin Business Journal s List of Fastest-Growing Companies in Central Texas

    Company climbs rankings in Austin Business Journal’s Top 50 fastest growing companies in Central Texas.

    Austin, TX – July 1, 2014 – AffiniPay LLC. the premier payment provider for associations and the legal industry, has been ranked #19 by Austin Business Journal’s Fast 50 for 2013. AffiniPay has increased revenue from $1.6 million in 2009 to $6.7 million in 2012, a growth rate of 304% The Company has also been named to Inc. magazine’s Top 100 financial Service Companies, on top of being ranked No.1328 on Inc. 5000’s annual ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies in America.

    “AffiniPay is honored to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Central Texas.” Said Amy Porter. CEO of AffiniPay. “Our team has worked incredibly hard to support our clients and provide a service that has quickly become the standard for payments in the association and legal industries. I am also extremely proud of what we have accomplished through our LawPay program, and we expect even more growth in the upcoming year.”

    Austin Business Journal’s Fast 50 has been used to highlight Austin’s fastest growing companies for more than a decade. The rankings are based solely upon each company’s revenue numbers, and the competition is split into two groups, small and large companies.

    “If you’re in the market for what they’re selling, consider giving them your business. If you’re a job seeker, these companies are right up your alley. If you’re looking for a stout strategic partner, deep-pocketed client or your next competitive threat, there’s a good chance they’re a click away.” states Colin Pope, one of Austin Business Journal’s most experienced business intelligence editors.

    Complete results of the Austin Business Journal’s Fast-50 can be found here.

    About Austin Business Journal

    Austin Business Journal is the source for local business news, research and events in the Austin Area. Their mission is to provide their audience with the most accurate and useful information possible in print and online while serving as the primary facilitator of business events in the Austin area.

    About AffiniPay LLC

    Based in Austin, Texas AffiniPay is a full-service merchant account and online payment gateway provider. AffiniPay was created in response to demand from local, state and national organizations to work with a payment processor that understands the unique needs of association payment processes. Eventually AffiniPay’s Association Partners asked them to extend their custom payment solutions and friendly customer service to their members. Not only are AffiniPay’s services used and recommended by over 1,000 professional and trade associations across the US, they are the processing leader in the legal industry. AffiniPay’s unique LawPay program is endorsed and recommended by over 80 state and local bar associations. For information please visit https://www.affinipay.com/.

    Need Expertise?

    Our team of Certified Payment Professionals has the latest knowledge on payment solutions, PCI Compliance, and merchant account best practices for your association.





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    Want a New Business Start in 2015? Steal One of These Ideas #local #business

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    I started thinking up potential large businesses to start a few years ago. It was, for lack a better term, a teaching tool.

    I was looking for a way to communicate that the place to begin, if you are thinking of trying to start a company, is with a market need-and not a new idea.

    Ideas are too easy. My guess is you could come up with 10 new business concepts before lunch, if you had to.

    The problem is once you come up with that idea–say you are going to construct real housing out of Lego blocks, something that has always struck me as a cool idea==you then have to go and figure out if it is feasible, and if anyone-other than an 8-year-old-would live in if it were.

    If you have identified a market need, then you are assured that you have a market–the people who have the need.

    But is starting with the market need the only way to start a business?

    Obviously not. You could start with the idea. And therein lies a potential benefit for you.

    Each of the following ideas are yours for the taking. (All I ask is you make a large contribution to the charity of your choice should they make you rich.)

    1. Personal shopping for the masses

    This one struck me over the holidays. It has been a long time since I had to go shopping for 8-year-olds. Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was a personal concierge you could call who could walk you through what is popular and/or appropriate? High end department and clothing stores already have this service. This would make it available for the rest of us. (And if mass market stores like Target and Toy “R” Us wanted to offer this service to me, I would be happy to pay them for it.)

    2. No more, “For customer service, please hold.”

    I am usually willing to trade (a little bit of) money for (a little bit) more time. And while you can do mundane things while waiting on hold when you call the cable, phone or electric company, it really is a) annoying and b) the classic waste of time. Your charge? Figure a way that I can pay a couple of dollars a month in exchange for the various companies letting me jump the line when I need help. I don’t think it would be that hard. It really is just a different form of caller ID.

    3. A place where you can sell your killer recipes

    There are literally millions of great cooks out there. (My wife among them.) And invariably a great cook comes up with a great recipe–or 10. There should be some sort of marketplace to sell them. This idea already exists in other places. For example, people who crochet can sell the patterns they create on Etsy.com

    As I said, I am not going to be doing anything with these ideas. I hope they make you a fortune. (As I said, just play it forward once you do.)





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    16 Best Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership Articles of the Year #small #business #banking

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    Learn how to transform your life for the better with 16 of the Web’s favorite entrepreneurship and leadership articles from this year. Guaranteed to encourage and inspire, these popular posts are absolute must-reads.

    1. Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

    Mental fortitude is essential for entrepreneurship, and in this wildly popular Forbes article, Cheryl Conner discusses what makes a mental strong individual and the 13 things they avoid at all costs (with tips from psychotherapist extraordinaire Amy Morin).

    2. How to Turn Small Talk Into Smart Conversation

    In this TED Ideas post, Chris Colin and Rob Baedeker break down how to transform an ordinary conversation into an extraordinary one. This pithy piece shares how to substitute one-line answers for stories, swap mundane response mirroring for absurd (but astute) observations, and how to get the most out of the often-mangled art of conversation.

    3. Richard Branson to Young Entrepreneurs: ‘Just Do It’

    In an Inc. piece by Oscar Raymundo, famous entrepreneur Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire (Virgin Airlines, Virgin Mobile, etc.) explains why risk is an inherent aspect of entrepreneurship. Sometimes you just have to go for it, no matter what others day. Richard did and I’d say thing are working out pretty well for him.

    4. Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

    In this powerful TED Talk, Simon Sinek suggests that great leaders are those whom others feel they can trust–good leaders make people feel safe. Learn how to create a secure environment for your co-workers and employees while understanding that, while this undertaking is no easy task, the rewards and trust you’ll earn is invaluable. (A transcript is available too, so you don’t need to watch the video if you’d rather read.)

    5. The Top 5 Reasons Why ‘The Customer Is Always Right’ Is Wrong

    Alex Kjerulf of the Huffington Post explains why this classic maxim is a major mistake. Companies need to be willing to go to bat for their employees, and suggesting that the customer is always right can be detrimental to worker moral. Instead, show employees the respect they deserve and they’ll return the favor with superior customers service and more company pride.

    6. Why You Hate Work

    This New York Times article by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath explains the modern employee’s psychological needs and how they aren’t being fulfilled. The article details an interesting study in which workers rated their fulfillment at their workplace, based on several different components (time for creative thinking, opportunities to do what you enjoy, a sense of community, connection to your company’s mission, etc.).

    This article isn’t doom and gloom though–it will help companies understand what they need to do in order to improve their workplace and create happier, more fulfilled employees (who also work better).

    7. Think You’re Too Old to Be an Entrepreneur? Think Again. (Infographic)

    Despite the trend in Silicon Valley, entrepreneurship ain’t just for the young. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs don’t even think about launching a startup until they are in their 30s, 40s, and even 50s, after gaining more work experience. This infographic from Entrepreneur shows successful individuals who took their own sweet time to find their calling. “Not all who wander are lost” indeed!

    8. 10 Reasons You Have to Quite Your Job in 2014

    James Altucher sees the writing on the wall–the middle class is vanishing and it’s time to take real control of your life. James writes, in this philosophical yet painfully acute LinkedIn piece, why your life needs to be more than a paycheck and how to use entrepreneurship to create a better future.

    9. 6 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away: How to Recognize Them in Yourself and Change Them

    Kathy Caprino points out several toxic behaviors you may be harboring, sometimes without even realizing it! Adjusting these bad behavioral habits will make life exponentially better for you and for those around you. See if you’re guilty of any of these.

    10. 50 Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur

    Entrepreneurs are a certain kind of individual and they display their aptitude with a number of traits. See if any on this list by John Rampton sound like you–if more than a few ring a bell, you’re likely to be an entrepreneur (and if you’re not yet, maybe it’s time for a career change)!

    11. How to Become a Millionaire by Age 30

    Dreams do come true–or they can, if you follow advice from Grant Cardone in this Entrepreneur article. Learn what you need to do to make the big bucks before you turn 30.

    12. Why Google Doesn’t Care About College Degrees

    In this article by Venture Beat, Gregory Ferenstein explains why Google cares less about college degrees and more about the quality and character of their hiring candidates.

    13. How Things Change

    This succinct story by Tech Crunch’s Greg Kumparak is a just a few short lines and tweets. Telling the tale of Brian Acton’s personal experience (creator of WhatsApp), it sweetly and simply shows how when one door closes, another down the hall opens. And it opens into a swimming pool of Jello, talking zebras, and saxophone-playing dinosaurs. Or something close to that anyway.

    14. How Quitting My Corporate Job for My Startup Dream F*cked My Life Up

    In this story, Ali Mese reveals the unexpected difficulties that come with abandoning the corporate world for the startup dream. You may have planned on financial burdens, but have you considered the social distancing? The anxious parents? The frustrated fianc? Mese reminds us that entrepreneurship isn’t all sunshine and puppies–but is it worth it all in the end? I won’t spoil it.

    15. 7 Things Remarkable Happy People Do Often

    Inc. magazine’s very own Jeff Haden explains in this article why happiness is a choice, and how we can take small actions every day to make ourselves happier. It may not seem like rocket science, but it’s all too common for people to overlook the tools and techniques they can use to take joy in the world around them. Get started on these exercises and begin a better outlook.

    16. The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up’

    In this touching article (probably considered corny by some), Rachel Stafford shares the day she choose to erase the word “hurry up” from her vocabulary. Whether in the workplace or in family life, this touching Huffington Post piece reminds us that life is something to be enjoyed and savored, not rushed through.

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    The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.





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    16 of the Most Creative Business Card Designs From Agencies #rcm #business

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    16 of the Most Creative Business Card Designs From Agencies

    The business card isn’t dead yet.

    As long as there are parties, industry events, and networking opportunities, there will be business cards. And it’s important that yours isn’t thrown to the bottom of the pile because of a lackluster design.

    Whether you work at a bigwig agency or as a freelancer, your business card should make a memorable first impression. To help you out on the inspiration front, we’ve compiled a list of 16 top-notch business cards from agencies and designers around the world. Ranging from artistically elaborate to decidedly simple, these examples are certain to inspire your next business card redesign.

    16 Inspiring Business Card Design Examples

    1) Aurora

    Featuring a botanical illustration of tropical blooms and a clean sans-serif font, these business cards from Aurora certainly make a stylish first impression. The South African studio specializes in whimsical artwork and design, so it’s fitting that their business cards reflect their unique skill set. The cards were designed in-house and include gold embossed details.

    2) Chomp

    In a literal interpretation of the company’s name, London-based agency Chomp designed business cards with a bite-size chunk missing from one corner. The shape of the card stock mimics the detail of their logo — which also bears teeth marks.

    3) Matheus Dacosta

    Brazilian designer Matheus Dacosta puts an artistic spin on traditional business cards, adding kaleidoscopic, hand-painted designs to every individual card. Each miniature work of art is sure to make a memorable impact — or at the very least, make the recipient reluctant to simply toss it.

    4) Nymbl

    Nymbl. a 3D design and virtual reality studio, wanted to project a more accessible, playful image in their new marketing materials. To get the job done right, they turned to UK-based agency Big Fan. who spun up a bold, two-tone business card design concept as part of their new branding. The cards feature paper cut-outs on royal purple stock.

    5) Wendigo

    This video production agency may get its name from a spooky folk creature. but the quality of their business card design is far from terrifying. Designed by the talented folks at The Distillery. these unusual cards put the focus on meticulously detailed, embossed illustration: a feather, a piece of wood, and a beastly skull can be seen behind the contact information. A pair of interlocking antlers — presumably from the feared Wendigo itself — form the “W” in the agency’s name.

    6) Katsy Garcia

    Illustrator and graphic designer Katsy Garcia whipped up this simple but effective business card concept for her own personal branding. Instead of displaying her contact information in the usual straightforward format, Garcia serves up a fresh twist, displaying hers in an instantly recognizable text message composition. The resulting effect is equal parts charming and sharply clever.

    7) Omelet

    In a nod to their native L.A. Omelet created business cards centered around sleek city imagery. The photographs are artfully silhouetted by their company logo — which if you look closely, is actually an ambigram .

    8) Counter Creatives

    Designed to resemble a classic take-a-number ticket, this inventive business card was devised for Dutch agency Counter Creatives by designer and art director Valery Overhoff. The compact format and unconventional shape called for a creative use of space, and Overhoff manages to feature multiple typefaces and both vertical and horizontal text.

    9) IS Creative Studio

    Thanks to airy swipes of neon spray paint, these otherwise minimal business cards from IS Creative Studio make a big impact. The Peru-based agency has developed three iterations of these award-winning cards, increasing the breadth and intensity of the color pallette each time. This most recent version highlights everything from electric pinks to vibrant greens.

    10) Confetti Studio

    These business cards from Confetti Studio combine two powerful elements — punchy orange card stock and gold embossed metallics — to a create a mesmerizing and modern effect. One side of the card is completely covered in gilded speckles, while the other side displays the agency’s logo and contact information — also gilded. They fittingly call the end result “cardfetti.”

    11) Tricota

    Buenos Aires-based agency Tricota found an interesting way to highlight the two sides of their business: perforated cards that split in half. Once side features information for their communications and graphic design services, while info for their illustration services appear on the other side. Each half includes a variation of their “T” logo: a typeface “T” for their communications side and and an hand-drawn “T” for their illustration side.

    12) Tait

    When this design studio wanted to give their corporate identity a facelift, they turned to fresh card stock in yellow, smokey blue, and azure. Using minimal text against a sophisticated color palette yields sleek results.

    13) Claire Bruining

    Graphic designer Claire Bruining developed these playful business cards for her own personal branding. Splashes of overlapping patterns and colors appear on one side, and Bruining’s contact information appears on the reverse in a clean sans serif font. The dark blue text and border adds an unexpected pop to the basic layout.

    14) Don’t Try Studio

    Monge Quentin, the Parisian illustrator behind Don’t Try Studio. created these lively and colorful business cards to promote his design work. Thanks to an embossing technique, the face of the cards are embellished with confetti-like brush strokes and shapes in a muted orange and blue color scheme. His name appears in a handwritten print.

    15) Bespoke

    The logo on these business cards for digital production studio Bespoke is so large, it actually wraps around from the front of the card to the back. A fellow New York agency — Studio Newwork — designed these cards to be both minimal and unexpected.

    16) Atelier Irradié

    At first glance, the face of these Atelier Irradié business cards look like otherworldly color swatches. In stark contrast to the metallic, jewel-toned gradient on the front, the back of these cards don’t even use ink — just simple, imprinted text displaying their contact information.





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