Protect Your Business During the Holidays


Keeping a Watchful Eye on Fraud During the Holidays As businesses prepare for a busy holiday season, with increased customers, sales and especially e-commerce transactions, it’s important to keep fraud risk in mind. Fraud can be especially crippling for small businesses. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Report to the Nations 2018 … Continue reading Protect Your Business During the Holidays

How to Handle Unpaid Invoices


You might have a successful, growing business, but without money coming in on time, you won’t be able to continue operating. Getting invoices out regularly and getting them paid on time helps to keep the cash flowing. It’s always smart to have a set policy when dealing with collections, whether you’re sending invoices out yourself … Continue reading How to Handle Unpaid Invoices

Small Business Advertising Ideas on a Budget


Advertising and marketing is often the most neglected aspect of a small business. Business owners are so busy serving customers and taking care of their employees that they sometimes forget to toot their own horn. A big challenge in business is growing and attracting new customers while also taking care of the loyal ones you … Continue reading Small Business Advertising Ideas on a Budget

Insurance 101: Getting the Coverage You Need


According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), “business insurance protects you from the unexpected costs of running a business.” Accidents, natural disasters and lawsuits are all potential problems significant enough to shut down your business if you’re not properly prepared and covered for them. The federal government requires every business with employees to have … Continue reading Insurance 101: Getting the Coverage You Need

Elderly Financial Abuse: How to spot it and help stop it.


Fraudulent financial schemes aimed at the elderly population are increasing rapidly.  Together, we can fight it. A Few Common Schemes • “You won the lottery!” Victims are told they’ve won big and are asked to pay a fee to unlock their winnings. • “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?” This is an attempt … Continue reading Elderly Financial Abuse: How to spot it and help stop it.

5 Ways to Avoid Employee Burnout


Going from passionate and hardworking to burned out can happen quickly. Research shows that burned out employees are unengaged and less healthy. According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults — and it has escalated progressively over the past few decades. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Avoid Employee Burnout

What to Do with Excess Cash: 5 Ideas to Ponder


Too much cash is a great problem to have, but how much is too much and what do you do with it? First, you need to determine how much cash you need to keep your business safely running. The general rule is enough to cover at least two months of overhead. You can also open … Continue reading What to Do with Excess Cash: 5 Ideas to Ponder

Business Identity Theft – What You Need to Know


Identity theft doesn’t just wreak havoc on your business finances, credit and reputation; it can cost you a lot of time and money as well. Knowing what it is, how to prevent it, and what to do if you become a victim could save your company’s credit, reputation and bottom line. What is Business Identity … Continue reading Business Identity Theft – What You Need to Know

SEO Crash Course for Small Businesses


We’ve all heard the term SEO, which stands for search engine optimization, but what does it mean and how should we be using it? Many small businesses don’t use SEO to their advantage. SEO can determine whether you gain or lose a sale when customers search for your business online before buying. The right online … Continue reading SEO Crash Course for Small Businesses

Fraud Protection for Small Businesses


According to the FBI, business fraud consists of dishonest and illegal activities perpetrated by individuals or companies in order to provide an advantageous financial outcome to those persons or establishments.1 Also known as corporate fraud, these schemes often appear under the guise of legitimate business practices. While fraud can harm any type of business, it … Continue reading Fraud Protection for Small Businesses