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Interchange Fees Stifling Small Business

Interchange Fees Stifling Small Business

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Merchants in North Jeolla Province are struggling under the burden of interchange fees, according to a recent survey conducted by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). Queried on the business expense that needs to be addressed most urgently, 59.3 percent of the respondents chose interchange fees. That is [...]

New Policy Mandates Harsh Penalties for Technology Theft from SMEs

New Policy Mandates Harsh Penalties for Technology Theft from SMEs

SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A new measure that would punish large corporations or public institutions for stealing technology owned by small and mid-sized companies is being pushed forth by the government. According to the proposed policy, organizations would have to pay 10 times the estimated value of the technology if found to have [...]

Gov’t Launches New Fund to Invest in Startups

Gov’t Launches New Fund to Invest in Startups

SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The government on Monday launched a 3 trillion-won (US$2.7 billion) fund to invest in promising startups as it seeks to promote innovation-led economic growth. The government has unveiled a set of support measures to boost innovative growth by providing funding and other incentives to eight key sectors, such as [...]

Gov’t Promises to Help Finance Smart Factory Clusters

Gov’t Promises to Help Finance Smart Factory Clusters

SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Companies that share similar production processes will be able to finance high-quality “smart” factories cost-effectively by coming together in clusters of five or more. The Ministry of SMEs and Startups revealed yesterday that it would be partially funding the establishment of factories that would benefit companies through economies of [...]

Credit Card Companies Pay Close Attention to the Launch of “Seoul Pay”

Credit Card Companies Pay Close Attention to the Launch of “Seoul Pay”

SEOUL, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Credit card companies are on high alert after the launch of a new payment system by the city of Seoul that allows small business owners and their customers to make monetary transactions without any fees. Yesterday, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the launch of “Seoul Pay,” a zero transaction [...]

State-Owned Land to Support Social Enterprises

State-Owned Land to Support Social Enterprises

  SEOUL, Jul. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The central government in association with the ruling Democratic Party of Korea said it would continue to advocate for the creation of new jobs for the nation’s youth by nurturing so-called “social economy” ventures. The social economy is formed by a diversity of social actors that place importance [...]

Forest Service Teams Up with Towns, Social Enterprises

Forest Service Teams Up with Towns, Social Enterprises

DAEJEON, Jun. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea Forest Service (KFS) will be pushing ahead with plans to foster local towns and social enterprises that take advantage of forest products. The KFS revealed today that it will support 18 community and social enterprises this year, expanding the figure to include 212 enterprises by 2022. According [...]

Ministry to Implement Payment System for Small Businesses

Ministry to Implement Payment System for Small Businesses

SEOUL, Jun. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — A new payment system will be implemented aimed at addressing one of the top difficulties small businesses face, payment processing charges. Hong Jong-hak, the minister of SMEs and Startups, stated at a gathering relating to the issue today that an innovative payment system is needed to relieve small businesses [...]