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7 Tips to Prevent Tax ID Fraud

Brought to you by the American Banking Association As Americans begin the process of filing tax returns, identity thieves are scheming to get their hands on that money. Tax identity theft has been the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission for the past five years. Tax identity fraud takes place when a criminal files a false tax return using a stolen Social Security number in order to fraudulently claim the refund. Identity thieves generally file false claims early in the year and victims are… Read More >

Feb. 8 2017 | Posted in General News

Rising Trends in Small Business

From an original article by Adam Toren, Entrepreneur Magazine Now more than ever, it’s easier for small businesses to maintain an effective presence through the use of social media, e-commerce, and Internet marketing. Using them successfully hinges on being current and informed on trends. Here are some you should know: Millennials – Their relationship with tech, brands, and services is non-stop. In return for improved products and services, 86% of millennials are willing to provide insight on the consumer habits. Web Presence – Building and maintaining a web presence is… Read More >

Feb. 3 2017 | Posted in General News

Protecting Key Info in The Wake of Data Breeches

Yahoo had two data breaches in 2016. If you have a Yahoo account and your info was compromised, you may be more susceptible to scams not only through online methods but also fraudulent phone calls. Be sure you know who you’re talking to, and don’t give out sensitive information over the phone. Also, we recommend that you take the following steps regarding your Yahoo account: Get rid of all the folders, and then delete your Yahoo account. Consider opening a Gmail account instead. If you have used your Yahoo password… Read More >

Feb. 3 2017 | Posted in General News

Money Smart for Small Business – A Financial Ed Program

Free program provided by the FDIC and SBA Successful leaders are always looking to learn more. Whether you are an aspiring or existing entrepreneur, Money Smart for Small Business (MSSB) covers a variety of topics related to starting and managing a business. Here are some of the topics covered in MSSB: Managing cash flow Record keeping Financial management Banking services Tax planning and reporting And many more! The curriculum can be downloaded or ordered in CD format. Each module includes an instructor’s guide, participant workbook, and PowerPoint slides. Best of… Read More >

Jan. 24 2017 | Posted in General News

A Few Great Ideas for Promoting Your Biz During The Holidays.

From an original article by Rieva Lesonsky, U.S. Small Business Administration When you think of holiday promotions, it’s retailers that most often come to mind. However, whether you own a store, restaurant, service provider or even a B2B company, smart marketing can play a huge roll in increasing holiday sales, too. Here are some of the ideas that can boost your bottom line during the holidays: Join forces with other small businesses to hold a “sidewalk sale.” Invite B2B prospects to a “getting to know you” party. Hold a special… Read More >

Jan. 24 2017 | Posted in General News

Fraud Prevention Tips for Small Biz During the Holidays

From an original article from Harland Clarke Fraud Prevention is essential, especially during the holidays. Fraud can damage any business, but the impact on small businesses is especially devastating. Many never recover from their losses. With a majority of us preferring to shop online for gifts, it’s easy for you and your business’ security to be breached. Are you doing everything you can to protect your company? Here are some tips that can help you safeguard your company’s assets: Use high-security checks – Check fraud is the leading type of… Read More >

Jan. 24 2017 | Posted in General News

Everyday Leadership

From an original speech give by Drew Dudley, TED Talks Leadership is more than a great responsibility; it’s also an incredible opportunity to change people’s lives for the better. All too often, leaders think they have to change the world to earn the title of “leader.” We celebrate the monumental accomplishments of others and fail to realize the incredible value of what we can do in our circle of friends and co-workers. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the next Steve Jobs or William Buffett. However, there is something… Read More >

Oct. 26 2016 | Posted in General News

5 Reasons Your Employees Shouldn’t Fear Making Mistakes.

From an original article by Rehan Ijaz, Entrepreneur Magazine Mistakes happen. As a leader in your company, how do you respond to them? Some leaders create a culture of fear through micromanagement and intimidation that can have a far more negative impact than most mistakes. We’re not saying accountability isn’t important. However, by supporting a culture that doesn’t penalize people for the occasional error, you can enjoy several key benefits: A more honest and open environment A more positive learning culture A more innovative team Fewer mistakes A happier team… Read More >

Oct. 26 2016 | Posted in General News

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Your Business

From an original article from the U.S. Small Business Administration With all of the daily responsibilities and ongoing challenges businesses face every day, it’s easy to forget about being prepared for emergencies. Do you and your business have a plan of action should the unexpected occur? Here are some of the emergencies you need to be prepared for: Natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. Cyber security attacks and vulnerabilities Workplace hazards Wildfires And much more! The U.S. Small Business Administration has the resources and information to help you… Read More >

Oct. 26 2016 | Posted in General News

5 SBA Tips on Supporting Your Staff with Education and Development

From an original article by Barbara Weltman, U.S. Small Business Administration A company is only as strong (or as smart) as its people. One of the best investments you can make in the success of your business is to invest in the education and development of your staff members. Not only does it show your employees that you value them; it can also increase their value to you and your bottom line. Here are 5 ways you can do this: Pay for work-related courses Pay for education Reward graduates Provide… Read More >

Sep. 2 2016 | Posted in General News