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What is PIN on Glass Technology?

Posted on Apr 24, 2018
As a brick-and-mortar retailer, it doesn’t take much to begin accepting credit cards. All you need is a merchant account and terminal — and you’re good to go.  Despite how easy it is to get started, an estimated 55 percent of small businesses throughout the U.S. don’t take plastic. They simply can’t justify the upfront cost of installing expensive credit card readers at every checkout counter.  For them, accepting cash is both easier and cheaper. 
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Topics: EMV, Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Payment Trends

5 Ways You Can Step Up for Earth Day

Posted on Apr 20, 2018
There was a time when going green required major sacrifice. You had to do without certain luxuries or make radical lifestyle changes, all for the sole purpose of “protecting the environment.”  Fortunately, that’s no longer the case.  There now exists a wide range of greening strategies that are easy to implement. Better still, these tips often pay for themselves — many times over. This explains why companies around the globe continue analyzing ways to make their operations more sustainable. 
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Topics: Recurring Billing and Electronic Invoicing, Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

The Rise of B2B Digital Payments

Posted on Apr 18, 2018
Digital payments have grown rapidly as a preferred payment option among consumers, but not so quickly among businesses. Often slow to advance to new technologies due to lack of knowledge about the benefits, business owners stick with their tried and true payment methods like checks, cash, and credit cards.  Over the course of the last few years, the B2B payments space has expanded. According to Deloitte, global B2B payments are set to reach $23.1 trillion by 2020. With that growth, businesses still want to make sure they are getting the best services, pricing, and security for those transactions. 
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Topics: ACH/eCheck Payments, B2B, E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Trends

6 Ways to Invest Your Tax Refund to Grow Your Business

Posted on Apr 16, 2018
It may not happen often, but getting a tax refund from Uncle Sam is one of the best feelings in the world. With a little extra cash in your pocket, you can finally:  Take that dream vacation you’ve always wanted Treat yourself to some fine dining and cuisine Splurge on the latest gadgets or fashion accessories  In fact, this is precisely what many small business owners do with their tax refunds. Wanting to pamper yourself is perfectly natural. That’s part of the point of running a business. 
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Topics: Small Business Tips

6 Benefits of Dropping the Signature Requirement

Posted on Apr 12, 2018
Swipe-and-sign is one of the most time-honored rituals in retail. When customers are ready to make purchases, they:  Swipe the credit card in a POS reader Receive a printed time-stamped receipt Put their John Hancock on the signature line  On April 13, most major credit card brands will remove the signature requirement at the point of sale. Mastercard and Visa are phasing out this step across North America, while American Express is eliminating the signature requirement worldwide.
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Topics: EMV, Payment Trends

Addressing Women's Payment Preferences

Posted on Apr 10, 2018
When it comes to purchases, women are often the decision-makers in the household. That's because they typically do many of the tasks that require making a purchase. This includes groceries, gifts, school clothes and supplies, and more. The research provides insights into the differences in how women choose to pay for what they buy. Knowing these differences can help you improve customer experiences and know what type of payment methods to offer.
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Topics: Partner Posts, E-Commerce and Online Payments, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends

What Does the Rise of AI Mean for Banking, Investing, and Economic Development?

Posted on Apr 06, 2018
According to Hollywood, bad things happen when society hands over decision-making power to machines. From the Terminator to the Matrix to I, Robot, the big screen is filled with dystopian tales about artificial intelligence (AI) wiping out the human race.  In truth, we’re already surrounded by AI. To wit:  Satellites can position themselves without human intervention. Traffic lights rely on sophisticated, real-time algorithms to keep us safe. Self-driving cars can navigate crowded roads with fewer accidents. 
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Topics: Financial Institutions, Payment Technology, Payment Trends

Why Banks, Governments and Other Middlemen Fear the Blockchain

Posted on Apr 04, 2018
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never heard of a blockchain. Yet, this relatively new technology could radically change how we interact and do business. First, a little context.  Trust is an essential component of modern life. When conducting business with unknown parties, for example, you need a way to ensure that money paid results in goods received. 
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Topics: Financial Institutions, Payment Technology, Payment Trends

How Do Community Banks Differ from Big-Box Commercial Banks?

Posted on Apr 02, 2018
If you launch a business of any kind, you’ll need to establish an ongoing relationship with some type of bank. But with nearly 5,000 financial institutions to choose from, where do you start?  You could set up an account with the closest bank in your neighborhood. In fact, many budding entrepreneurs do exactly that. 
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Topics: Financial Institutions

Happy National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day - March 29th

Posted on Mar 29, 2018
Many of us have heard of Small Business Saturday, but did you know there is another day honoring the hard-working 29.6 million small businesses in U.S.? National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day is recognized from coast to coast each year on March 29th. Created by Rick and Margie Segel, this holiday commemorates their parents whose successful hat shop, Ruth’s in Everett, Massachusetts, opened on March 29, 1939. In the nearly 60 years it was in business, it grew into a 10,000 square foot women’s clothing store, generating over $2 million in revenue.
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Topics: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

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