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FEB
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Integrated circuit cards, also knows as IC or chip cards, have been a global standard in credit and debit card transactions for many years, but relatively new for merchants in the United States. Chip and PIN cards--the title given to this technology in Ireland and Great Britain--is also known as EMV throughout Europe, which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa. "Chip" refers to a embedded computerized chip in the smart card, and PIN is the personal identification number a customer uses in place of a signature. The biggest difference between a traditional magnetic stripe and chip and PIN card for users is the authentication process, using a 4-digit PIN number, much like today's debit cards, in place of a signature and visual verification by the merchant.
FEB
02
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The landscape is tough right now for small business. Small business in the U.S. is "literally dying" in a big way due to regulatory and legal clearances, according to a post on Breitbart.com. Proof is according to Gallup, that ranks small business growth in the U.S. as 12th in the world, following countries like Italy, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Israel, New Zealand and Sweden. The post highlights the disparity in new business creation from the 1980s versus today. Thirty years ago there were more than 100,000 new businesses staying open than there were closing. Today, 70,000 more businesses close than are even started. Since two-thirds of jobs are created by small business, this statistic could point to the sluggish job market. With a grim outlook, how do you stay alive in this tough market?
JAN
27
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Your business plans define your goals, operational plans and financial landscape, typically in an attempt to find capital. You may write it with lenders in mind, but experts note that a business plan, much like a resume, should be tailored to a particular audience. And it's not just banks and venture capitalists who might be reading the document.
JAN
22
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Would immigration reform help kick-start America's stalled entrepreneurial activity? It's a question posed by Dane Stangler, Kauffman Foundation's Vice President of Research & Policy in a recent blog post on Forbes. The bulk of research on immigrant entrepreneurs highlights the contribution they make to the U.S. economy, showing high business formation rates among immigrants, successful businesses that hire employees, and a higher incidence of exporting goods and services than non-immigrant small business owners.
JAN
20
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The press release: a document to share your businesses event, new product, new employee or other relevant, current story with the media. Years ago, it was sent off to newspapers with the hope it would get picked up and printed, maybe generate a news story. Today's press release can achieve so much more for your small business.


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