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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


March 30, 2016

Doing The Right Thing

How you treat your customers determines your long term relationship Social media has expanded our sphere of influence and well as our ability to poll others about how they might handle a particular situation.  Whether it is a question about pricing or the return of an item or perhaps a service failure, we can ask hundreds if not thousands of peers for their advice.   That’s both good and bad.  The good part comes from getting lots of different opinions from lots of different people.  The bad news it, not all advice applies to all markets.  If you are asking...Read more


March 29, 2016

Mobile Marketing Tips to Help Small Business Owners

As an increasing number of people conduct business via mobile phones, merchants have new opportunities. However, there needs to be a balance when it comes to marketing this way. A common mistake that some small business owners make involves pushing too hard for sales, which actually causes potential customer to run the other way.   People who use mobile phones to purchase products and/or services are actually willing to provide personal information with merchants when offered discounts or coupons in exchange. Although this opens a door of opportunity, small business owners must navigate mobile marketing carefully. By learning how to...Read more


February 2, 2016

5 Tips for Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

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Some people are natural, born entrepreneurs. From an early age, these individuals exhibit unique traits associated with business success, including creativity, leadership, passion, and perseverance. Therefore, no one is surprised when in adulthood, these people achieve entrepreneurial success. However, being a successful entrepreneur takes much more than personality. You need the right mentality coupled with basic business know-how—both teachable attributes.   Becoming a Top Entrepreneur   ValueYour Skills—For starters, be realistic about your strengths and weaknesses. By taking stock of existing skills, you will identify gaps that need filling. According to statistics, 65 percent of all companies fail due to...Read more


January 26, 2016

Top Business Predictions and Trends for 2016

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According to business experts, 2016 will be a year of tremendous opportunity coupled with unique challenges. To make the most out of what this year will offer for your business and the people that it serves, you should consider some of the top predictions and trends.   Business Climate   Growth of small businesses will continue throughout 2016. With the purchase of real estate, high-tech equipment, and innovative programs, as well as boosting inventory and hiring the right employees for the business culture, you can actively invest in the future as a small business owner.   Changing Workforce   For...Read more