Lisa Hephner

How Does A Question Mean?

questionmarkFor the English majors reading this, the post title will likely call to mind John Ciaradi’s famous text How Does a Poem Mean? Ciardi teaches us to approach poetry by attempting to understand HOW a poem’s construct instructs our experience of it, rather than studying a poem by attempting to define WHAT it means. Ciardi’s approach not only teaches how to approach a poem, it also provides a very...

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Sarah Jordan

7 Ways Your Business Can Benefit from Accepting ACH Payments

Tearing Paper ChecksEditor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2011 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.  Everyone knows that you can make payments by credit card, cash or check, but what are ACH payments? An ACH (or Automated Clearing House) transaction is the process of moving funds electronically from one bank account to another through a unique routing number, also found at the bottom of...

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Leah Bowes

Dog, meet mobile veterinarian. Mobile vet, meet mobile credit card reader.

winslow Dr. Rich is a mobile veterinarian who makes house-calls for annual checkups, vaccinations, and general checkups when something doesn’t seem right. I can email him if Winslow isn’t feeling well and he lets me know if he thinks he should stop by. Winslow, a lover of any and all visitors, finds this visitor a little strange considering it means he has to stand still on a cold metal thing (a...

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Lisa Hephner

5 Small Business Groups Advocating for You

small_biz_orgs_LogosThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) acts as the U.S. federal government advocate for small business, but it is still part of the government. If you’re interested in engaging with independent organizations that not only provide small business services, but actively engage with federal, state, and local governments to promote small business interests and opinions, you’ll need to look further than the SBA. The following groups, which...

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Kristin Piccirillo

Reads of the Week

Weekly RoundupWe know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites (that we may have missed) in the comments....

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Lisa Hephner

Password Paranoia: Is Your “Strong Password” Really as Strong as You Think It Is?

Dilbert.com With all the personal, confidential business, and financial information protected by our passwords, creating strong ones is critically important. Unfortunately, it is far more difficult than it used to be. While definitions of a strong password vary, the most common advice is to create at least an eight character password comprised of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. However, today this is wholly inadequate. Even though that 96 character data set yields...

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