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Small Merchant EMV Assistance Program

payU.S. small businesses have been slow to adopt EMV technology. To help ease the transition, American Express has introduced the Small Merchant EMV Assistance Program.

To recap, EMV cards, or ‘chip-and-PIN’ cards, are set to replace antiquated magnetic stripe reader (MSR) card technology by October 2015. Instead of being swiped like current cards, EMV cards are inserted into a slot where POS machines will read a microchip.

EMV card technology is predicted to account for at least a 30% decline in fraud. Still, for small businesses, adoption of the new technology presents a challenge. The American Express program grants small businesses $100 to help offset the cost of upgrading to EMV card readers.

3 Things To Do Before Making IT Investments

MoneyPuzzleSmall and medium sized businesses are investing heavily in IT this year. But rather than hiring internal IT personal, savvy businesses are recognizing the importance of end-user hardware and cloud-based (and hosted) IT services. This is a smart approach, as these small and medium sized organizations are able to do more with less.

Consider the following tips from the Xerox Small Business Solutions blog before making IT investments of your own:

4 Things to Consider Before Switching to a Modern POS System

200462241-001Things are not what they used to be. Remember the days where purchasing goods required huge buttons being pressed down to create a total, after which the cashier would accept your money and deposit it into a register? Well, that cash register still exists but as the 21st century unfolds, the demand for a more efficient system has risen. This is an age of technology where people want what they want, and they want it now…especially when it comes to shopping!

Habits of Persuasive People

gesturing-with-hands-1725x810_24736As a business owner, there are going to be times when you’re going to need something. Sometimes what you need is going to be a stretch to ask for, but nevertheless, you’re going to figure out a way to get it. Persuasive people have an ability to get you leaning toward their way of thinking. They get you to like them. The following are just a few tricks of the trade to learn how to build your persuasiveness.

Know Your Audience

Essentials for Ecommerce Success

blog-netsphere-ecommerceThe rise of mobile shopping and ecommerce has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry. If your small business is ready to get a piece of the action and begin selling your products online, pay extra attention to the following:

Brand Identity

Your page should immediately shout who you are and what you offer, so customers know they’ve come to the right place. Your company logo and colors promote recognition and trust: customers who are familiar with your brand will feel more comfortable on your site.

Customer Experience

Embrace the Power of Instagram

Instagram-logo2Instagram is a social media tool that has endless possibilities. Launched in October of 2010, Instagram has become one of the most popular ways to share photos and short video clips with friends and followers.

Instagram allows your creativity to flourish. When posting a picture there are 24 filters you can apply to your photo. You can edit your pictures like a professional photographer adjusting: brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation, highlights, shadows, sharpening, adding a vignette or a tilt shift.

Any business can use Instagram to boost their social media following. Like most social media outlets, you can link Instagram to simultaneously post to your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr.

Grow Your Business

small-business-growthAs a business expands, so do its needs. If your organization has witnessed steady success, you may be ready to take the next step and expand your business beyond its current status. Choosing the proper options for your business will depend on the type of business you’re in, your available resources, and how much money, time and assets you’re willing to invest. If you’re ready to grow, consider these 10 tips from the U.S. Small Business Administration:

Do You Qualify for a Small Business Loan?

Small-Business-LoansYou have a small business and your looking to expand, refinance, acquire more capital, ect. You need a small business loan, but you’re not sure if you qualify.

Well first lets decide if you’re actually a small business. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration the following characteristics are those of a small business:

  • Organized for profit
  • Has a place of business in the U.S.
  • Operates within the U.S. making significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor
  • Independently owned and operated

Start Planning Now: Support for Windows Server 2003 is ending on July 14, 2015

HomelandSecurity-WinServ2003-blogThe US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about the consequences of not upgrading Windows Server 2003 systems by July 14, 2015.

This is the date Microsoft will stop providing software updates for the aging platform, meaning new exploits will not be fixed.

Homeland Security stresses that consequences could mean exposure to cybersecurity threats, which may lead to malicious attacks or electronic data loss.

Newtek Is Here To Help

If you have self-hosted or on-premise systems running Server 2003, now is the time to consider upgrading and moving your servers to a secure data center. Benefits of this include:

You’ve Wrapped Up the Interviews, Who Gets the Job?

o-JOB-INTERVIEW-facebookThe interview process is done. If you were not lucky enough to have one person stand out and perfectly match your ideals, then you are most likely preparing to make a final decision between two or three candidates. This process can be a little stressful and worrisome, to say the least. “How do I know who’s the better pick?” and “what if I regret my decision?” are two questions that might pop into your head during the process of finding the perfect candidate. Luckily, there have been many people in this position before you who have succeeded and suggest the following to consider: