Luciana Leitao, 34 years old, is a Portuguese journalist based in Macao, Macau, since 2007. After finishing a bachelor degree in Law, she pursued a vocational training in Journalism, in CENJOR (Lisbon), that was completed with an internship in the Portuguese national daily newspaper Diário de Notícias. From then on, Luciana Leitão started working in a monthly bilingual (Portuguese / English) magazine called África Today, writing about the African continent, and, at the same time, she was the local correspondent for Diário Notícias, covering two districts in the Greater Lisbon region (Loures and Odivelas). In 2007, she went to Macau (China) to work for Ponto Final, a Portuguese daily newspaper. She then worked for the Chinese newspaper Tai Chung Pou, having later joined the team of De Ficção Multimedia Projects, to work as a reporter for Macau Business magazine and as an editor for the lifestyle magazine Essential Macau. In 2009, the author won the Macau Journalism Award, given by The Fundação Oriente, for a feature story on the Chinese community view of death. In the same year, she also published in Portugal a short-stories book called Genti di Macau. She is currently collaborating, on a freelance basis, with local and international publications, including the newspaper Sol (Portugal) and the BBC (UK). Since the beginning of the year, she has launched an online cultural magazine in English called mART (www.martmagazine.net).
This is an article about the difficulties small and medium businesses face in Macau (China), considering this economy is dependent on gaming. I interviewed a couple of owners of small and medium enterprises, as well as an economist and the president of the Association representing the small and medium businesses.