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Business Funding Axis Capital Group: Micro, retail to remain Mandiri’s focus

State-owned lender Bank Mandiri will continue focusing on micro and retail business in the coming years as the two provide the highest margin for the bank compared to other segments, according to its executives.

Mandiri vice president director Riswinandi said the focus on micro and retail was part of its rebalancing plan.

“We want micro and retail to make up 35 percent of total operations from 25 percent in previous years, while we are aiming for wholesale to make up...

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State-owned lender Bank Mandiri will continue focusing on micro and retail business in the coming years as the two provide the highest margin for the bank compared to other segments, according to its executives.

Mandiri vice president director Riswinandi said the focus on micro and retail was part of its rebalancing plan.

“We want micro and retail to make up 35 percent of total operations from 25 percent in previous years, while we are aiming for wholesale to make up 65 percent from 75 percent,” he said in a press conference during the 2014 Investor Summit and Capital Market Expo on Wednesday.

He added that the bigger focus on micro and retail would provide the publicly listed lender with a better income margin as the overall banking industry was facing a margin squeeze due to the tight monetary policy.

Data from Mandiri’s first-half financial report shows that the amount of loans channeled to the micro sector reached Rp 30.96 trillion (US$2.6 billion) by the end of June, while those disbursed to the retail or consumer sector stood at Rp 60.3 trillion.

Mandiri claims to control the second-largest share in the domestic micro lending market after state-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI).

11 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

CRAFTJAR in Ravenswood

Hello All,
I'd like to get some community feedback on a concept that I'm working on. I'd like to open a craft supply, kit and workshop boutique on the corner of Lawrence and Hermitage. It would also be a great place to shop really clever gifts and greeting cards. Take a peek at the (in progress) website at: www.craftjar-Chicago.com and let me know your thoughts? Is it a great idea? Waste of space?
Thanks!

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Now you're hurting my feelings.

    You said, "Take a peek at the (in progress) website at: www.craftjar-Chicago.com and let me know your thoughts?"

    So I did as you requested. I guess you weren't serious about that?

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    The dino baby rattles looked really cool. But under the heading "Make That Sh*t"?
    Hello?

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Dog Bite

Hi neighbors, my husband was out on his morning run this morning and a large dog bite him. He noticed a woman with a small dog and a large dog on the sidewalk so he gave distance and ran on the parkway to avoid the woman and the dogs. The larger dog pulled away from his owner and bite through two layers of clothing and broke skin. He exchanged numbers and is on his way to the ER.

Any suggestions on the next steps?

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Margaret, you may have noticed that no one on a public message board is required to be "responsive" in regard to any other random poster's questions. One may; one may not. My reply was addressed to North Center B. Let's not make this all about us, okay?

  • I agree totally. Please take your own counsel.

13 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Renters insurance question

Has anyone received good compensation from their renters insurance on claims?

DM

  • L.O. 6th generation chicagoan

    Mine covered stolen tools from my car. I was surprised and very happy with the response and customer service. I went through my car insurance (geico) for the referral to renters insurance - the renters insurance company is assurant. The rates are reasonable as well.

  • Renters insurance is very affordable and well worth it. Check prices online. If you have an insured car, check with your car insurer first for a bundle discount.

8 hours ago

Purse found by Welles Park, on sidewalk at Sunnyside near Lincoln

I found a greeny-gray fabric purse with ID wallet etc inside on the sidewalk around 4:30pm on Friday. It was by the bleachers on Sunnyside near Lincoln. I took it to the desk at Welles Park fieldhouse. (they're the ones who looked for ID etc). The drivers license said it belongs to a Catherine someone.

34 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Electric Aggregation Program

I received a letter in the mail about some electric aggregation program for the city. It says a few things about how the program saves us money if eligible, and there's an automatic enrollment. Anyone know more about this, or if/when it's a good idea to opt out? I'll read the docs myself, but wanted some community feedback to counter-balance it :)

  • Last year I did research on this and it turned out a friend of mine had been working for an energy company that uses more "green" technology. It's slowly making its way to Illinois so we don't hear about it much here but after looking at the numbers it made sense to switch to Viridian. If you want to check it out here is a link and my friend Chris' info, he'd be happy to tell anyone about it.

    Viridian.com/ChrisPatak
    ​CPatak2014@gmail.com

  • You can also 'independently' check into the operators at:
    http://www.pluginillinois.org/complaints.aspx
    Makes for some interesting reading.

2 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Mangal?

Anyone know why Mangal has been closed the past couple of evenings?

  • Caroline from Silvertown Silvertown Studio

    Huh. I actually liked this iteration. I've been there twice in the last month, once they had a decent crowd, but live music (it was impossible to hear over the music in that small space and we were hoping for dinner conversation, so we left), and the second time it was nearly empty on a weeknight. Their chicken wing variations are quite tasty - a nice change from hot, hotter, and hottest.

  • You know, this is a pretty good spot for restaurants, and the ones we have on that stretch of Montrose --the Thai place, Subway, Amistad, the Mexican joint by the L, Margie's, Glenn's, Beand & Bagels, Chicago's Best, etc. --have all been around and making money for at least 10...

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    You know, this is a pretty good spot for restaurants, and the ones we have on that stretch of Montrose --the Thai place, Subway, Amistad, the Mexican joint by the L, Margie's, Glenn's, Beand & Bagels, Chicago's Best, etc. --have all been around and making money for at least 10 years (9 for Glenn's), rock solid. The pizza place that was in the Wolcott's/Troquet/Mangal spot was there forever, too. You've got to *really* drop the ball to not succeed there, but the last three management/ownership teams to occupy the space seem to have done exactly that. It's kind of unbelievable.

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6 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Eyebrow Threading

Are there any good eyebrow threading places around Lincoln Square/Ravenswood? I used to go to a great lady down in Lakeview, but I just can't get there as easily anymore and my eyebrows look a little scary!! Alternatively, someone who gives a quality wax would also work - basically I need these caterpillars off my face. :) Thanks.

5 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Found: chubby orange housecat

This cat was hanging out on the sidewalk in front of 4447 N Wolcott. It was very friendly, well fed and didn't seem like an outside cat. I couldn't take it in so he's still outside. It went into the gated alley next to the building so I'm hoping it knows how to stay safe. It was cold but seemed ok for now.

  • This is hilarious. I'm sorry you are all missing your cats, but this just made my night. Especially the Chest/Not Chester picture lol.

  • This cat has been a fixture of the neighborhood for years. He/she is fearless and friendly. If this cat were on Fousquare, it would be the Mayor of Ravenswood.

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Tire thief?

Saw a newer Honda on bricks this morning. Is their a possible tire and rim thief in the area near Montrose and Winchester?

  • Crystal-Did you call the police? Can you send me an email if convenient since you don't have an email link under your page?

  • gloria gloria

    Yesterday I saw a Honda Fit on the 1900 block of Belle Plaine on blocks, no tires. Sad this stuff keeps happening so close to home.

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Mar 09

Updated 41 hours ago

Curb your dog...

Now that the snow is melting, it's becoming more obvious that *some* dog owners really didn't want to take the time to clean up after their dogs. I understand that it has been a cold and snowy winter, but it shouldn't change your level of responsibility as respectable owners. It is bad enough that at the end of the sidewalk leading out of building complexes is the landing strip for all of the dog urine in the world, but I...

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Now that the snow is melting, it's becoming more obvious that *some* dog owners really didn't want to take the time to clean up after their dogs. I understand that it has been a cold and snowy winter, but it shouldn't change your level of responsibility as respectable owners. It is bad enough that at the end of the sidewalk leading out of building complexes is the landing strip for all of the dog urine in the world, but I could look past that if the steaming piles were removed.

The area in particular that I'm referring to is on Wolcott, north of Montrose, south of Sunnyside on the east side of the road. There are probably a dozen big dog turds laying on the snow and even one on the sidewalk. Some new, some old and crusty. It's disgusting. If I had small children, I'd be pissed as these are not "road verges"(?) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_verge) that I'd want my kids walking on or playing on.

It is at the point where the next nice day I'm going to go out there and clean it up myself. I'm just sick of seeing it.

  • Phil L, the city certainly is still baiting, in fact they came through a week or so ago and baited along some of the alleyways in St. Ben's. Here's a number you can call if you can point them toward specific evidence of rat infestation (for example, small holes in the ground that lead to their burrows and tunnelways). They will bait inside the hole and seal it off, so pets in the area should be safe. Just give them the location of the spot. The number is 312-742-7287.

  • Nk

    Instead of posting in a 7 month thread why not create a new one? That way the first part of it (where many people start reading) will not be filled with people who may not be active any longer, that's all. Internet forums 101.

43 hours ago

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Graffiti Removal and Prevention

This would drive you crazy too! It's two steps forward and 15 backwards.... so I recently called the City of Chicago for the 400th time ( yep!) they=Graffiti Busters did their part and removed this mess on the walls! Then I applied Sherwin-Williams anti-graffiti covering. Still working but the creeps got on the roof and tagged the bricks surrounding the skylight.... now everyone on the Brown Line "L" can see their handwork! I am at wits end!!!! Up to the...

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This would drive you crazy too! It's two steps forward and 15 backwards.... so I recently called the City of Chicago for the 400th time ( yep!) they=Graffiti Busters did their part and removed this mess on the walls! Then I applied Sherwin-Williams anti-graffiti covering. Still working but the creeps got on the roof and tagged the bricks surrounding the skylight.... now everyone on the Brown Line "L" can see their handwork! I am at wits end!!!! Up to the roof on Monday to cover that with paint and apply the anti-graffiti covering....cross your fingers! If anyone sees these creeps please call the police, we think it is the same group of bad-boys that beat up the Baker at Beans and Bagels but we are not sure. Do not put yourself in harms way....but call the police! Thanks!!!

  • i think you're inhaling too many fumes.

  • TOKE is a Lincoln Square regular tagger. This "artist" has done nothing in the neighborhood worth keeping, so 311 online reporting continues with responsiveness on the part of Graffiti Blasters. The work shown in the photo has been the most elaborate of his/her works that I've seen this year; which...

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    TOKE is a Lincoln Square regular tagger. This "artist" has done nothing in the neighborhood worth keeping, so 311 online reporting continues with responsiveness on the part of Graffiti Blasters. The work shown in the photo has been the most elaborate of his/her works that I've seen this year; which is not saying much and resembles sophomoric skill. This joke might live around Oakley, the epicenter of tagging. Though, his/her tagging is an eyesore, I do not know how one makes the leap to the Bagel and Beans crime and find the accusation irresponsible.

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2 days ago

THEATER REVIEW At Last: A Tribute to Etta James

Playwright: Jackie Taylor. At: Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: Dec. 28

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Suggestions for a 2 year old/ classes/ activities thank you

Hello,

I am new to the neighborhood and I'm having a hard time finding activities for my toddler. We do go to the Old town school of music for an occasional class but was wondering if there's any other ones around. Yelp is not helping me at the moment. Any suggestions would be appreciated? Thank you :)

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Leather alterations

Anybody know a rep. leather alteration person? I purchased a $$$ leather jacket for the ms. and the sleeves are a little long. Stopped by the new cleaner at the Damen brown line and she didn't know.
Don't trust my Montrose guy. Any suggs? Willing to travel, city of course.

3 days ago

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Oct 13

Updated 5 days ago

Crazy Neighbor

An older woman recently moved in around the block. She yells at anyone whose dog uses the bathroom on the lawn area that borders the street and sidewalk, which is outside her window. I understand that this is not her property, the city owns it. Recently she was outside following me and pouring bleach all over the grass. My husband has seen her sprinkling what we hope is only red pepper. None of this has stopped the dogs from using...

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An older woman recently moved in around the block. She yells at anyone whose dog uses the bathroom on the lawn area that borders the street and sidewalk, which is outside her window. I understand that this is not her property, the city owns it. Recently she was outside following me and pouring bleach all over the grass. My husband has seen her sprinkling what we hope is only red pepper. None of this has stopped the dogs from using the bathroom on this stretch of grass. All of us dog owners are getting fed up with her harassment and we are worried she is going to start putting poison on the grass. We don't know if we should call the police or what to do. Has anyone been in this situation? Any advice? Is this legal what she is doing?

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    I think Aron is just new to "social" media.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    Mandal I love everyblock .It adds amusement to my day .

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Pastry Chef from Beans n Bagels

Has anyone heard how the pastry chef from Beans n Bagels is doing now? I heard there would be a kickstarter campaign to help him while he's out of work because he was injured. But I never heard any more about that. Has anyone heard anything about how he is or about raising money to help him?

  • Their Facebook page had some updates a while ago- surgery went well. You might check for more details there.

  • I was there this morning and asked about him. She said he is doing well, but he's in France right now. I didn't want to press further.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Graffit and the cure?!?

I seem to have ended the graffiti that has plagued my building at Wilson and Wolcott .
( over 400 times this has happened!) I went to Sherwin Williams Paint Co. and ordered their anti-graffiti covering. If you are having a similar problem this might be the solution. It is quite pricey, About $105.00 per gallon. Your surface needs to be cleaned by the "Graffiti Buster" first before you apply the covering. My piece of mind was worth the cost. I will up-date you if I see this hasn't worked, but for now we are golden! YEAH!

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    Another possible solution could be 'green walls'

    http://goo.gl/ltX9DG <-- green walls google image search

    The paint is intriguing though... i may use it in conjunction with 'green walls'.

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    I'm inclined to think that any surface that doesn't present itself as a clean flat canvas would deter an aspiring 'artist'.

    It would be an interesting hypothesis to test - using flat surfaces (control), corrugated surfaces, vegetated surface (green walls), open slatted surfaces, surface filled with holes, surfaces that are already randomly colored, highly textured surfaces, etc.... anything to 'break the canvas' and make it less palatable.

    - someone go try that ; )

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Living life on the edge

I am in Rogers Park. Will I make it to the safety of Ravenswood without hearing a loud bang?

  • sidishus miscreant

    From UU facebook

    More gunfire very early this morning (3:30-ish...apparently...I heard some kind of police response around that time) in the Clarendon Wilson area...

    Again.

    Also from the Uptown Update FB page:

    "Just a heads up. There was a robbery/beating that took place on magnolia just south of argyle around 6:00 this evening [Friday]. Group of 5 younger black males jumped a man and stole his phone then took off running. Be aware when walking home from work."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HwTpFEuY8I

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Is everyone on EB drunk tonight or something? My feed is so weird.

  • bjw

    That depends on if you make it without hearing a loud bang in RP!

5 days ago

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Oct 15

Updated 5 days ago

Bike Accident on Ravenswood and Montrose

Yesterday around 8:30am, I saw the immediate aftermath of a bike accident at the Ravenswood and Montrose intersection (west side of the Metra tracks). Looked like a car collided with a biker while trying to head south on Ravenswood. I looked up once I heard someone scream and saw the biker on the ground and several pedestrians rushing to help. The biker appeared to be knocked unconscious. I called 911 and was told several others had already contacted them about the accident. I was on my way to work and didn't stick around to see the paramedics arrive. Anyone know if the biker is ok?

  • Stephanie, Mayfair Bike path rider, Northsider 44 years

    As I've reflected on this thread throughout the week, this has been the take away. On any given day, as we navigate our urban environment, an environment most of us choose to live in, we have a responsibility to move from point to point with this concern of our fellow travelers in mind; that they are doing so as well, and wanting to get there safe and sound. How can we all contribute to that end? Getting there safe and sound together.

  • Marla J. Martin 4400 Block of Paulina

    I was also there when the accident happened, although my back was turned across the street. The biker was conscious and moaning loudly. She was taken away in an ambulance, but I also have seen nothing further reported. I hope she is ok. A gentleman I spoke with on the...

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    I was also there when the accident happened, although my back was turned across the street. The biker was conscious and moaning loudly. She was taken away in an ambulance, but I also have seen nothing further reported. I hope she is ok. A gentleman I spoke with on the street said he thought she hit the side of the car as she came down the hill and then flipped over the small car. The streets were wet after a downpour, she may have been trying to stop but couldn't. I send her my best wishes for a speedy recovery if she or her loved ones should read this post.

5 days ago

Keys found

By mangal restaurant

Oct 17

Updated 6 days ago

Additional Filters Needed - EB Moderator?

Instead of just Thanks and Unneighborly, can a ranking system by relevance be used? That way people can add off topic comments that can be filtered down to a Conversation filter, and maybe a Fact or Answer button with relevant details upvoted? This would be used for description of a lost dog, result of an accident/investigation, etc. There will always be abuse for the buttons, but think the greater good may slightly edge out.

6 days ago

Sep 19 2012

Updated 6 days ago

Looking for a parking space near Damen and Ainslie

Does anybody have a parking space available for rent around the 4900 block of Damen?

  • There's a stained glass business on the corner of Damen & Farragut that has had a "garage space for rent" sign in their door. I saw it about a week ago, not sure if it's still there, but might be worth a look if you want covered parking. Otherwise, I agree with WatchFUL40 - you won't find a better deal than the park lot.

  • Sunflower6876 Loving life in Lincoln Square!

    I used to live around this area and checked with parking at the church. The rates are pretty reasonable, but they have stipulations on what times you can park there and what days. Also, you have to move your car out of the lot when it snows more than a...

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    I used to live around this area and checked with parking at the church. The rates are pretty reasonable, but they have stipulations on what times you can park there and what days. Also, you have to move your car out of the lot when it snows more than a few inches. I figured this made it not worth it to park there since the whole point of an assigned spot was to not deal with getting stuck on the street. The Damen/Ainsle/Lawrence area can be tough when it comes to parking, which is why I am happy that I moved to an area with much easier parking. Good luck!

Oct 16

Updated 6 days ago

Extras needed for video in LS/Ravenswood area 10/22 & 10/23

Hi all -

We are shooting a video around the neighborhood next week and are in need of some extras to fill in a few scenes.

There are a few "featured" roles where it requires a specific look and others where we may just need a few extra people to round out the scenes.

If you are around those days during the day, let me know and I can give details of where/when it would be.

There is some small compensation based on featured or background.

thanks

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Gregg, we don't know how to reach you....

  • Send us a message with details. I'd be interested - if you need a middle-aged pixie type, I'm your gal!

6 days ago

Keys Found in River Park, along Argyle

I found a set of keys (includes car keys) along Argyle in River Park. Please send me a message and describe the keys so that I know they are yours.

6 days ago

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