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4 Ways to Honor the Spirit of Labor Day

Posted on Sep 03, 2018
Labor Day is officially celebrated on the first Monday of September. For most Americans, this annual event is just another bank holiday. There’s not a whole lot of fanfare involved.  For students, Labor Day means that school is around the corner — or a day off. For most everyone else, it simply marks the “unofficial” end of the summer — complete with barbecues, picnics and pool parties. 
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Topics: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

Celebrating Women's Equality Day - How Women Have Contributed to Business, Technology and the Payment Industry

Posted on Aug 24, 2018
Women’s Equality Day (August 26) is a yearly event commemorating the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States.  The amendment was first introduced in 1878, but it took nearly 30 years to become ratified. The country waited another 50 years before Congress officially designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. 
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Topics: Fun Posts

Interesting Facts About Credit Card Processing

Posted on Aug 10, 2018
Did you know the credit card is almost 100 years old, with the first being issued in the 1920s? These early examples were location-specific charge cards that could be used only at the gas stations or hotels that issued them.  Want another fun fact? Here’s one. Credit cards were originally made of cardboard. 
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Topics: Fun Posts, Payment Trends

15 New Small Business Apps to Start Using Now

Posted on Jul 17, 2018
Apps for your smartphone and tablet have certainly made it easy to work from anywhere at any time. Every year, more app developers realize the opportunity they have to help small business owners work smarter and achieve their business goals. This year is no different, with a wide range of new apps for small business owners available to download and use right now. Here are 15 to start you off:
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Topics: Due.com Partner Posts, Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

Father's Day Spending Trends

Posted on Jun 15, 2018
Father’s Day may not receive the same recognition and fanfare as Mother’s Day, but with domestic sales approaching $15.5 billion, this annual event isn’t a shopping holiday you can afford to ignore.  In fact, roughly 75 percent of Americans purchase some sort of gift for Father’s Day. When you run the numbers, this means the average son or daughter spends more than $130 on their dads.  So, ask yourself … is your retail store positioned to take advantage of these Father’s Day shopping trends? Let’s take a look.
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Topics: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends

National Splurge Day, June 18: Top 10 Things Consumers are Buying

Posted on Jun 13, 2018
As one of the most consumer-friendly countries in the world, the United States has a plethora of shopping “holidays” throughout the year. Some of the most popular include Black Friday, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Easter and Independence Day.  With so many shopping “holidays” on the books, we don’t really need another — but we have one anyway. Every June 18, the U.S. “unofficially” celebrates National Splurge Day — when consumers can indulge their wildest desires, regardless of price or budget. 
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Topics: E-Commerce and Online Payments, Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

7 Steps to Keep Credit Cards Secure on Vacation

Posted on May 30, 2018
Losing your credit card usually isn’t a big deal. If one of your cards is lost, stolen or somehow compromised, your bank will send you a replacement ASAP.  Many card issuers also provide fraud protection so you’re not personally liable for any unauthorized purchases.  In fact, the algorithms used to monitor fraud are so good that your bank might contact you to verify purchases that “seem” out of character. If you use your card primarily for grocery shopping and gas stations, for example, a sudden weekend shopping spree at the neighborhood electronics store might raise red flags. 
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Topics: EMV, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Fun Posts

7 Ways Small Businesses Can Prepare for Mother's Day

Posted on May 08, 2018
With yearly sales exceeding $23 billion, Mother’s Day is one of the most lucrative “spending” holidays on the calendar. Some lucky businesses are ideally positioned to take advantage of this annual event.  If you sell flowers, jewelry or spa treatments, for example, you’ll likely generate a lot of sales in the days leading up to Mother’s Day.   What if you don’t sell these types of items? How do you get the sons and daughters of America excited if your core business centers around the following products/services? 
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Topics: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

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

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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