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Effective Hiring For Your Small Business

Businesses with fewer than 500 employees drive the economy, representing more than 99% of all U.S. companies (SmartBrief). Finding suitable employees can be a challenge and critical to the bottom line. It is even more important for small businesses with limited time and resources to make smart new hire decisions. Bringing on the wrong person can not only be time consuming but expensive, equating to 30% of one person's first-year salary (SmartBrief).

How can I find out more about PCI, What is PCI 3.0, and where do I start?

By now most businesses are familiar with the initials PCI when it’s related to credit and debit card processing; Payment Card Industry is where the initials came from. The PCI Security Standards Council is the group that now creates the PCI standards and this year is the first year of PCI Standard 3.0. The first year of a new standard is an overlapping time when the new standard is being adopted.

Alfalfa's Expands to Louisville, Colorado

A few years ago, Louisville, Colorado residents hoping to lure Boulder, CO-based Alfalfa’s Market to their city mailed the natural grocer hundreds of letters packed with the tiny seeds of the company’s namesake plant. “We got alfalfa seeds all over our desks, but it got the point across,” Alfalfa’s CEO and chairman Mark Retzloff said this past week.

The Barcode: Revolutionary Retail Staple Turns 40

Forty years ago Thursday (6/26/1974), the purchase of a 67-cent (U.S.) package of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio, received what may have seemed like an undue amount of attention. With reporters and photographers looking on, a flat cellophane bag of 10 smaller gum packages, now enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution, was the subject of the first-ever transaction in the world to involve scanning a bar code. About a month later, a similar trial system was installed at a Steinberg grocery store in Dorval, Que., where the first Canadian bar-code scan took place.

Have You Checked Your Backup Lately?

In the wise words of Ben Franklin ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. A good backup/recovery solution for mission critical systems is an ounce of prevention crucial to any business owner. The pain of a hard drive failure without a good backup could include irrecoverable data loss and avoidable, excessive downtime; both of which can prove to be very expensive and detrimental to your business. Not only are you likely to incur the obvious expense of required emergency services, but even more costly is the lost revenue and customers associated with unnecessary and extended down times.
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