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Oracle rolls out improvements across SaaS applications

Oracle on Tuesday announced the latest updates to a series of cloud applications, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Supply Chain Managment (SCM), Human Capital Management (HCM) and its Customer Data Platform (CDP). The updates come as enterprises rethink their longer-term business strategies, months into the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Part of Oracle’s message is “the importance of cloud as an enabler to come out of this and recapture the next decade of growth,” said Juergen Lindner, Oracle’s SVP of product marketing for cloud ERP and supply chain applications. “Now is not the time to slow down, quite the contrary — it’s time to double down and hopefully come out at the better end of this as a stronger company.”

Particularly within the category of ERP, which grew 33 percent year-over-year in Oracle’s last reported quarter, “customers feel the same way,” Lindner said. “They want to invest right now.” 

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Nonprofits reopen home repair grant applications

Through the program, residents can receive up to $5,000 for home repairs, including, but not limited to, updating heating and cooling systems, repairing roofs and installing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant entrances. Courtesy Amplify GR

Home Repair Services of Kent County and Amplify GR are reopening applications for home repair grants of up to $5,000 for eligible residents of southeast Grand Rapids.

The Neighborhood Strong Home Repair Grant program allows residents to make “critical repairs” to their homes at a fraction of the standard cost. Launched in April 2018, the program has provided more than $350,000 to more than 70 homeowners living in the residential neighborhoods of Boston Square and Cottage Grove.

“The Neighborhood Strong Home Repair Grant was developed to help alleviate the ever-rising cost of homeownership and maintenance, and we want to ensure homeowners are able to stay in their homes,” said Latesha Lipscomb, engagement and relationship manager at

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Applications for V&A Waterfront kitchen incubator opens –

The V&A Waterfront’s, Makers Landing, a development created by the V&A Waterfront in partnership with the National Treasury’s Job Fund has opened applications for its Food Lab incubation programme. 

Applications close on 23 October 2020

 Westleigh Wilkinson, Makers Landing Project Lead provides insight into the aims of the programme and Makers Landing. 

“We have developed a value-driven approach for Makers Landing. Our plan is to immerse our entrepreneurs in an inclusive and innovative space, where they will be nurtured by food industry mentors who are influential and successful in their own right. By matching natural creativity and passion for food with knowledge and new skills gained, our entrepreneurs will be better prepared for success in what is a tough and competitive industry.” 

The incubation programme 

The programme will offer opportunities to qualified business startups and existing small food businesses that can show that they will benefit significantly from affordable

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