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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 Credit cards were originally made of cardboard.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, Small Business Tips, Fun Posts

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, Payment Trends, Small Business Tips

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: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips, E-Commerce and Online Payments

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: Fun Posts, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, EMV

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: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips, Recurring Billing and Electronic Invoicing

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

5 Movies to Watch to Inspire Growth for Your Business

Posted on Mar 01, 2018
Oscar season is almost upon us, and the 2018 crop of Best Picture nominees certainly doesn’t disappoint — whether you enjoy …  Quirky films (such as "Lady Bird") Stories of intrigue ("The Post") Nail-biting war dramas ("Dunkirk")  However, movies can do more than just entertain. They can also inspire us to try harder or reach further.  This is obviously true when it comes to finding love (which is why romance is a cinematic genre that will never go away), but movies can also guide us along the path to wealth, whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned executive. 
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Topics: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

How to Keep Your Customers from Suffering the Groundhog Day Effect

Posted on Feb 01, 2018
"Groundhog Day" is a hilarious film in which the main character (played by Bill Murray) is forced to relive the same day again and again. It doesn’t matter what he says, does or thinks. When he goes to sleep and wakes up, it’s still Feb. 2 — i.e., Groundhog Day.  Stuck in this infinite loop, Murray’s character starts to go crazy. To break up the monotony, he tries different things such as: 
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Topics: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

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