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January 23, 2019

Signatures: Do You Need Them Or Not?

Earlier this year the four major credit card brands–Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover–all made announcements that they would no longer require customers to sign for credit card transactions. The dollar amount didn’t matter anymore. You may remember that grocery stores stopped asking you sign for small purchases quite some time ago. But everywhere you use your card, from an airport parking lot to restaurants, you are still asked to sign the credit card slip, and you may wonder why. Here is some information about signatures. #1 – You Don’t Need a Signature The message was poorly delivered to merchants...Read more


January 9, 2019

Harnessing Technology for Business

In the past, business orders of all kinds were written down on a piece of paper and that piece of paper became the transaction record. In restaurants, it was typical to add up all the handwritten order totals and match it to the cash collected in the cash register. Today, the technology offered to merchants includes mobile apps and websites for ordering and smart Point-of-Sale systems that manage sales, inventory, scheduling, payroll, and credit card processing. These tools are important considerations for managing your business. A credit card processor like Chosen Payments can help you decide which technology platforms might...Read more


January 2, 2019

Creating the Ultimate eCommerce Experience

An online store or ordering page should create a satisfying experience for both you and your customers. When used correctly, you can obtain and use a wealth of information provided by your online customer. Here are some important considerations for creating and operating an eCommerce site. Your Domain Name You may already have a website and domain, but it may not reflect what you sell online. For instance, if you have a pet care product company called The ABC Company, you might have a website with the domain name “ABCinc.com” or “theabccompany.com.” It doesn’t really let a buyer know that you...Read more


December 26, 2018

So Many Credit Card Terminals – The Right One for My Business

There are so many credit card terminals on the market today that you may wonder which one is the best for your business. Use this guide to learn about brands, features, and compatibility. The Best Terminal for Small Business The best terminal depends on your needs and budget. Most credit card processors have access to all of the popular brands. You can buy, lease, or rent from your processor, or you can buy directly online as long as the terminal is compatible with your processor. Make sure you check the model with your processor BEFORE you buy online. You may...Read more


December 12, 2018

Accepting Venmo in Your Business

There is no doubt that Venmo has become a popular way of moving money from one bank account to another. It can be particularly handy when one friend pays for something such as concert or movie tickets or a cab ride and you need to pay your share. People who don’t have a credit card but have money in the bank. Venmo is owned by PayPal, although PayPal didn’t launch the app: they acquired it in 2014. Originally Venmo could not be used to pay merchants; it was simply a friend-to-friend app. In 2016 Venmo began working with some merchants,...Read more


December 5, 2018

The Secret Service Cracks Down on Credit Card Skimmers

When you think about the Secret Service of the United States, you probably think of them as the security protectors of our president and other elected officials. You probably don’t associate them with being a defender of credit card fraud. Yet that is one of their additional functions. Specifically, the United States Secret Service went into high gear over the Thanksgiving weekend to target a specific kind of credit card thief: the skimmer. A skimmer is a device that is placed into legitimate credit card readers to capture the data of the card being used for a legitimate payment. The...Read more


November 29, 2018

Merchant Fights Fraud – Delivers a Payback

It was back in February or March when Mike Weisberg, owner of Greater Binghamton Limousine Service became a victim of fraud. The thieves would come calling again and again. The third time was the charm and resulted in an immediate arrest. In the first fraudulent encounter, Weisberg received a call asking for immediate transportation to Buffalo, a 400-mile round trip. A trip that cost $875. Weisberg did everything he was supposed to do. He obtained the billing address, the zip code and the three-digit security code. Everything went as planned and the crook even complimented the chauffeur on a job...Read more


August 24, 2016

What Is SSL?

You have more than likely seen the term SSL and you know it has something to do with internet security but you aren’t exactly sure if you need it, if you should be using it or even if you should look for it when doing business online. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted or a coded link between a web server and your browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome. This link ensures that all data passed between a website and your computer remain private. This is particularly important when...Read more


June 22, 2016

Can You Yelp Us Out? We Will Yelp You Out!

In this electronic era that we live in, it is becoming standard practice to find and read reviews before actually engaging in business. Back in another era, our parents and grandparents called the Better Business Bureau to inquire about the ethics of a business. While they still exist today and you can even go to their website to check on a business, Yelp set the standard for reviewing restaurants, they soon branched out to become the standard for reviews on almost anything from restaurants in Kalispell to jet-ski rentals in Cabo.   There are a ton of review sites out...Read more


June 15, 2016

Not All Tacos Have Great Flavor. What’s The Flavor of Your Business?

Have you ever noticed that not all tacos are created equal? Taco Bell is perhaps one of the most widely known taco purveyors in the United States. You can find one in almost any city. They are cheap. They are convenient. They have drive-thru lanes. They make buying a taco super convenient. That’s probably where the buck stops. I don’t think anyone ever phoned their mother or best friend to describe how glorious a taco was that came from Taco Bell. However, have you ever had a street taco or a taco that came from a food truck parked on...Read more

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