Lisa Hephner

Why Security is More Important to Small Businesses than It Is to Mega Companies

securityUnless you’ve been so engrossed in your small business that you have not paid attention to the news for the past year, you’ve heard about the large-scale data breaches at Target, Home Depot, Sony, and other mega companies. You would think that these big companies would do more to protect the security of their data, and their customers’ data. After all, they have the resources to do it,...

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Lisa Hephner

A Word on Words

wordWhether as Shakespeare’s Juliet posits, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” or whether as the Chinese proverb states, “the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names,” it is undeniable that the right word choice is important to effective communication. The following lists of useful and overused words and phrases can help you pick the right words for many common...

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Eric Remer

Creating Your Own Reality  

creating your own reality_smI recently got a text from a friend of mine asking if I wanted to join her pity party. She listed everything happening in her world at that moment: my daughter puked, my son has a rash all over his body, my kids have a snow day but I have to get to work, my husband is MIA, my parents—who are driving me insane—are stuck in town for...

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Sarah Jordan

Balanced Payments shuts down, offers Stripe alternative

Balanced Payments Shuts Down Late last week, Balanced Payments announced it would be shutting its doors and ceasing processing of all credit card, debit card, and ACH payments for its API integrated customers in about 90 days. The company has arranged a relationship with its rival, Stripe, who will honor all existing pricing contracts. This arrangement is intended to assist the businesses now scrambling to move their integrations in the 3-month timeframe. But is Stripe,...

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Eric Remer

Entrepreneur’s Dilemma

money and growthOne of the most common dilemmas an entrepreneur will face early in their company's growth is balancing the need for capital with a more critical element—focusing on the company’s growth. Securing capital will take significant time and energy speaking with prospective investors, and sustainable growth can only be achieved if the entrepreneur is extremely focused and truly understands the underlying key growth drivers of his business....

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