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Tech Companies Look to Revolutionize Electronic Money Transfers

by Samia S. Morgan

Tech companies look to revolutionize electronic money transfers

A group of companies is looking to change the world of electronic money transfers, which can often be costly. Among the companies to watch out for are Seattle-based doxo, Dwolla and Intuit PaymentNetwork. Entrepreneur online (3/12)

"Kony 2012" organization hasn't provided information to BBB

Invisible Children, the organization behind the "Kony 2012" viral video, has not provided information to BBB's Wise Giving Alliance despite repeated requests over the last few years. In a series of letters, the alliance has asked for information from the organization relating to issues such as its governance and finances. Invisible Children has noted that it is "choosing to wait until we have expanded our Board of Directors, as some questions hinge on the size of our board." The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (3/13), Tucson Citizen (Ariz.) (3/13)

 

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A Bright Idea for Saving Your Business Money

by Samia S. Morgan

A bright idea for saving your business money

Some business owners shy away from making the switch to energy-efficient lighting because of the upfront costs involved, but using compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs can save money in the long run, Kelly Spors writes. Some utility companies will help to cover the costs of energy-efficient lighting, which can make it an even more attractive option. Small Business Trends (2/16)

Censorship raises questions about social networks' trustworthiness

Research found that the public has become more trusting of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, yet those sites censor posts at the request of foreign governments, writes Rebecca Chao. "Even if the rest of us are able to read tweets that repressive governments censor, tweets that are not accessible to the original posters and their networks are deprived of their utility and transformative power," argues Human Rights First, a nonprofit organization. The Huffington Post (2/15)

 

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BBB: Credit Card Industry is Most Complained About Category

by Samia S. Morgan

BBB: Credit card industry is most complained about category

The credit card industry once again drew the most complaints from customers in 2011, according to BBB of Central Ohio. The furniture and cable industries saw an increased volume of complaints over previous years as consumers have spent more time at home as a result of economic difficulties. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/3)

What a balance sheet can tell you about your business

Balance sheets, which compare your business' assets to its liabilities, are essential for understanding the current financial state of your company. Bonnie Lee provides explanations of many terms that appear on balance sheets, including prepaid expenses and equity. Fox Business Small Business Center (2/3)

 

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The Business Effect of Google's New Privacy Policy

by Samia S. Morgan

The business effect of Google's new privacy policy

Google's privacy-policy changes are a result of the company trying to streamline the log-in process across its websites. Make sure to use your business e-mail account for business purposes and vice versa for your personal e-mail. Crain's Chicago Business/On Entrepreneurs blog (2/2)

Citigroup backs new small-business loan program

Citigroup is putting up much of the capital for a program to loan $30 million to small businesses. Another organization, Next Street, will dole out the money to businesses with growth potential. To qualify, companies must have been around for a few years and bring in between $3 million and $60 million in annual revenue. Businesses in the program are also expected to make use of Next Street's strategy-consulting services. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're The Boss blog (2/2)

 

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When Should You Use Business Credit Cards?

by Samia S. Morgan

When should you use business credit cards?

If you're using a business credit card to fund your company, be careful, writes Odysseas Papadimitriou. Business cards lack some of the protections that consumer cards enjoy, and company owners are held personally responsible for their use. One solution is to use two cards -- a business card for expenses you will pay off before the end of the month and a personal card for carrying a balance, he writes. So far, Bank of America is the only major company to extend consumer-card protections to its business cards. Portfolio.com (2/2)

BBB seeks answers about how charities value parasite-fighting medications

BBB's Wise Giving Alliance is asking about 70 charities for more information about how they value medicines designed to fight parasites. While the pills cost only 2 cents each, some charities have valued them much more highly on their financial statements, according to Forbes. Forbes (2/2)

 

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Cut Stress and Save Money with Outsourcing and Internships

by Samia S. Morgan

Cut stress and save money with outsourcing and internships

Retaining employees can be difficult for small businesses, so it's important to hire interns and outsource certain tasks, writes Gladys Edmunds. "[B]efore you turn your work over to an outside source that you are unfamiliar with, contact people you know to see who they use," she recommends. Reaching out to local schools can help you to find interns, she writes. USA TODAY (1/31)

Save big by rooting out money mistakes

Saving money is more valuable for business owners than making a sale worth the same amount, Rich Russakoff and Mary Goodman write. You should have someone examine each bill to make sure it is correct, they write. Also be sure to compare your contracts with vendors with the invoices you receive. CBS MoneyWatch (1/31)

 

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BBB Wants LG to be More Candid in its Advertising

by Samia S. Morgan

BBB wants LG to be more candid in its advertising

BBB is asking LG Electronics USA to put an end to advertising claiming that 4 out of 5 consumers prefer the 3-D experience offered by LG televisions over other brands. BBB's National Advertising Division notes that the "broad line claims are premised upon a single test of the parties' entry-level model 3D televisions." TechCrunch (1/31)

How much should you pay your people?

Paul Downs' company, Paul Downs Cabinetmakers, spends about $435 an hour on labor. There are two ways to think about pay, Downs writes: "The first: pay people what they deserve. The second: pay people just enough so that they don't leave." It's important not to let labor costs eat up all of the company's money, he writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're the Boss blog (1/31)

 

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3 Books That Explain Importance of Trust i Business

by Samia S. Morgan

3 books that explain importance of trust in business

Offering trust too easily or failing to trust anyone can lead to disaster, according to a book called "Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy and Joy in a Low-Trust World." Netflix highlights the importance of trust -- the company's business model wouldn't work without the belief that people will mail back the DVDs that they borrow. CNNMoney.com/Fortune (1/27)

Use big data to establish business dominance

To make the most of the data available to your company, it's critical to hire people with analysis skills and to figure out what data are actually important, writes Dan Kimball of Kontagent. "Don't get caught up in the sheer amount of data available -- it can become both overwhelming." Mashable (1/26)

 

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Figure Out a Profit and Loss Statement

by Samia S. Morgan

Figure out a profit and loss statement

Financial statements provide key insights into the state of your business, Bonnie Lee writes. For example, the profit and loss statement is used to track sales and expenses. Lee walks through the steps of reading and understanding a profit and loss statement. Fox Business Small Business Center (1/27)

Rebuilding the public's trust in the wake of a major scandal

The recent child-abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University and the university's efforts to begin rebuilding trust provide learning opportunities to all businesses that find themselves struggling after a widely publicized error, writes Gael O'Brien. "Like it or not, Penn State has become another learning lab for crisis and its aftermath." O'Brien asserts that "[t]o pass through the crisis successfully, it will be essential for the trustees, the administration, students, faculty, staff, and alumni to own the crisis without PR equivocation." Business Ethics magazine (1/23)

 

Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 
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How to Select a Preparer to Handle Your Tax Return

by Samia S. Morgan

How to select a preparer to handle your tax return

If you plan to use a tax preparer to get your return ready, be wary of those who say they can deliver bigger refunds, BBB warns. Also, steer clear of preparers who base their fees on the size of your refund, and look for preparers that others can vouch for. WFMY-TV (Greensboro, N.C.) (1/29)

What not to do at tax time

If you choose to do your taxes by yourself, use tax-preparation software to reduce the chance of making a mistake, Dave Johnson recommends. Many people make a few common tax mistakes, including failing to file a change of address after recently moving and not holding onto receipts. CBS MoneyWatch (1/26)

 

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