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Protecting Your Identity

From an original article by American Bankers Association  Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. About every two seconds, an American falls victim to identity fraud. American Bankers Association (ABA) recommends the following tips to keep your information (and money) safe: Don’t share your secrets – Never provide your social security number or account information to anyone who contacts you online or over the phone. Protect your PINs and passwords as well. Shred sensitive papers – That includes bank statements, receipts, and unused credit… Read More >

Sep. 19 2017 | Posted in General News

54 Ways to Save Money

From an original article by America Saves You might be surprised to learn how many people have little to no savings at all; perhaps you’re one of them. If so, you’re not alone. Approximately 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings account – 21% don’t even have a savings account. Talk about living on the edge. Opening a savings account or dropping nickels in the piggy bank are two ways to save money but there are so many more ways to save. Here are a few of… Read More >

Sep. 19 2017 | Posted in General News

Creating a Budget

From an original article by America Saves Money is the master of the disappearing act. Poof! Where did it go? Well, the easiest way to keep track of your money is to create a budget – keeping track of how much you’re spending and, just as important, how much you’re saving. There are a variety of ways to create a budget. The key is to pick the method that works for you and stick with it. Here are a few steps you can take to manage your money effectively: Keep… Read More >

Sep. 18 2017 | Posted in General News

Investment Ideas for Small Businesses

From an original article by Jenna Cyprus, Small Biz Daily If your small business is profitable enough to have a substantial amount of money left over after everyone has been paid, what should you do with your money? Invest it. Doing so can help reduce overhead costs and increase profitability, paving the way for future success. But are what are those “wise investments” that accomplish those goals? Here are just a few: Business improvements – Most businesses have some areas in need of improvement, whether it be the business strategy… Read More >

Aug. 2 2017 | Posted in General News

5 Ways Going Paperless Will Help Your Business

From an original article by Nick Candito, Small Biz Daily You’d be surprised how many companies still use paper processes. According to The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM), 92 percent of companies say that removing paper processes is a constant objective. If your business has yet to make the change, here are five reasons to do so as soon as possible: Information security – Digital documents can be protected in ways paper documents can’t, such as remotely via the cloud or an off-site hard drive. Accessibility – Find… Read More >

Aug. 2 2017 | Posted in General News

The Benefits of Asking for Help

From an original article by Karen Peacock, America’s SBDC As a small business owner, it’s easy to feel isolated at times. Who do you turn to with questions about business challenges? Just because you’re a leader doesn’t mean you have all of the answers. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help and broaden your network. A recent study found that 41 percent of small business owners feel lonely in their work life. That same survey found that 70 percent of small business owners say networking with other business owners… Read More >

Aug. 2 2017 | Posted in General News

Creating a Safe Workplace

From an original article by Joshlyn Ross, U.S. Small Business Administration June is National Safety Month, the perfect time to evaluate how safe your workplace is and to identify opportunities for improvement. Before you begin the process, it’s best to know what you’re looking for. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a variety of resources to help you and your employees make well-informed safety decisions every day. Ensure your business meets legal requirements with OSHA – Check out OSHA’s handbook to ensure that your small business meets the… Read More >

Jun. 28 2017 | Posted in General News

5 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Ransomware Attacks

From an original article by Sarah Grano, American Bankers Association Ransomware has become one of the fastest growing malware threats to small businesses. According to the FBI, in 2015, more than $1.6 million was lost due to ransomware attacks. The popular malware is used by cybercriminals to freeze business networks, servers, or individual computers, steal critical data and information, and demand that a ransom be paid. Here are some ways you can avoid ransomware attacks: Educate your employees – A strong security system paired with employee education about the warning… Read More >

Jun. 28 2017 | Posted in General News

Understanding the Crisis of Disengagement

From an original article by Andrew Sherman, Seyfarth Shaw LLP How much is disengagement affecting your business? Chances are, it’s more than you realize. The direct and indirect costs of disengagement are still being understood and analyzed. However, the effects of disengagement are the same throughout each organization or business. It is a disease affecting the central nervous system of our economy – and it is destroying creativity, innovation, productivity, and profitability. Disengagement is rooted in dissatisfaction, with many identifying inadequate challenges, pay, morale, a sense of purpose, or lack… Read More >

Jun. 28 2017 | Posted in General News

5 Customer Service Mistakes to Avoid

From an original article by Jennifer Post, Business News Daily Contributor Customer service has never been more important than it is today. It is so easy for customers to share their opinion, positive or negative, with others. Keeping your customers satisfied and coming back is a challenge. Avoiding these common customer service mistakes can help: Over-automation – Just because it can be automated doesn’t mean it should be. Balance cost savings with the opportunity to provide personal service. Failing to listen – Don’t assume, listen. Being reactive instead of proactive… Read More >

May. 8 2017 | Posted in General News