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Alipay made available for Chase merchants

Store Front Talk Back - Fri, 2017-10-20 11:12
Alipay has partnered with JPMorgan Chase to create a mobile wallet payment option for Chinese consumers traveling in North America.

Staypineapple Announces Additions To Management Team

Hotel Interactive - Fri, 2017-10-20 10:40
SEATTLE––Staypineapple, a hospitality company based in the Pacific Northwest, announced the promotion of Steve Allison as the vice president of revenue ...

HP ZBook x2 Targets Businesses in the Creative Field

Small Business Trends - Fri, 2017-10-20 10:30

You know when a company says it has created the ‘World’s most powerful and first detachable PC workstation,’ it is not going to be cheap. Based on the specs being releases, saying the HP (NYSE:HPQ) ZBook x2  is powerful doesn’t do it justice. And the way HP is marketing it, there will be many small businesses in the creative field that will be eying this machine.

The HP laptop/tablet/PC/workstation was unveiled at the recent Adobe MAX event. This is because the different configurations come with a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. The collaboration with Adobe makes it clear HP is going after the creative community.

If you are a small business or freelance photographer, video editor, and digital artist, professional or otherwise, you are going to love what the HP ZBook x2 offers. You are going to have the same power of a workstation where ever you happen to be. A great option for many creatives working in the field.

Xavier Garcia, vice president, and general manager of HP Z Workstations at HP Inc. explains the device in a press release. “With the HP ZBook x2, we are delivering the perfect tool to accelerate the creative process… As the world’s most powerful and first detachable PC workstation, there is no device better suited to turn the vision of artists and designers into reality.”

HP’s Detachable Computers

Earlier this year HP introduced the Spectre x2 and the Elite x2. At $1,499.99 and $1,299.99, they were not cheap, but were clearly created with businesses in creative space in mind. The new HP ZBook x2 seems like an improved version of the Spectre, advancing the company’s detachable concept.

So What has HP Packed into this Beast?

There are five different configurations, starting at $1,749. So you’ll pay much, much more than this for the fully configured version.

There are two versions of the device with a seventh-gen Intel Core i7 processor, two with an eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor, and one with an eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor. You can get up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage on an SSD.

The ports include an HDMI, a USB 3.0 port for charging, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, an SD card reader and a headphone jack.

When you are ready to put your inspiration on the screen, the company says the pen included with the device has a natural tilt with almost zero latency, 4,096 pressure-sensitive levels, and never needs charging.  The screen has 100 percent Adobe RGB with a billion colors on a 10-bit 4K multi-touch UHD display.

Do You Need the Power of the HP ZBook x2?

If you are in the creative field, one of the most frustrating things about working digitally is not having enough power. This is especially true when you are out and about. For the group HP is addressing, the HP ZBook x2 will be welcomed.

If your business fits into this group (and your budget allows), you can get your hands on one by December 2017.

Images: HP

This article, "HP ZBook x2 Targets Businesses in the Creative Field" was first published on Small Business Trends

What is the Main Street Cybersecurity Act and How Will It Help Your Small Business?

Small Business Trends - Fri, 2017-10-20 09:30

The Main Street Cybersecurity Act is a bill currently making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives that could lead to more tools geared specifically toward helping small businesses improve their cybersecurity. A similar bill has already passed in the Senate. And industry experts are confident some version of the bill will become law in the near future.

Cybersecurity issues have led to myriad problems for small and large businesses alike. Data breaches can cost businesses money in damages, legal and PR fees, and perhaps most importantly — customers.

Cyberattacks can have catastrophic effects on small businesses and their customers,” said Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune earlier this year. He helped introduce the Senate version of the bill. “This legislation offers important resources, specifically meeting the unique needs of small businesses, to help them guard sensitive data and systems from thieves and hackers.”

But the tools currently available through the National Institute for Standards and Technology  and other entities are largely geared more toward big corporations due to the cost and how complicated it can be to understand and implement those resources. Small businesses are usually less likely to have team members completely dedicated to cybersecurity. So the tools and resources need to be simplified in order for small businesses to realistically benefit from them. And that, basically, is what this bill aims to provide.

Small Business Trends recently spoke with two experts on the subject to gain some perspective about what the bill would mean for small businesses. Kendall Burman is a partner at Mayer Brown who formerly served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce. And Todd O’Boyle is the CTO of cybersecurity company Strongarm. Here’s a rundown of the bill and its potential impact.

What is the Main Street Cybersecurity Act?

Basically, the law would require the National Institute for Standards and Technology to provide more tools and resources specifically geared toward small businesses. The agency already offers a Cybersecurity Framework, a Computer Security Resource Center, IT resources and more. But many of the tools were created with large corporations in mind. So even though the framework is flexible and could certainly benefit small businesses, those companies with limited resources might not have the ability to decipher and grasp the full potential of those tools.

O’Boyle says of the bill, “It directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to focus more of its resources on cybersecurity for small businesses. Right now, NIST’s cybersecurity programs are focused on enterprise-size companies and cybersecurity is not a one-size-fits-all kind of problem.”

Currently, the National Institute for Standards and Technology offers a Cybersecurity Framework that businesses can use and customize to support their cybersecurity goals. The agency estimates that about 30 percent of U.S. companies are using the framework to manage cyber risk. But officials would like to see that number climb to 50 percent by 2020.

What Would the Main Street Cybersecurity Act Mean for Small Businesses?

Going forward, the bill could lead to creation of some supplementary resources to help small businesses actually understand and make use of the framework and other tools the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

O’Boyle says, “I’d anticipate videos and one-pagers on phishing, basic information technology (IT) hygiene, and cybersecurity incident response.”

But it’s important to note the bill, if passed, wouldn’t actually require any extra work on the part of small businesses. There will be more tools and resources available. But there isn’t a mandate for small businesses to use them.

Burman says, “One of the most important things to remember is that this guidance is voluntary. It’s not a regulation, not designed to be a sticking point for business. It’s just intended to be resources that you can look at and use as a tool to implement improved security.”

What is the Outlook for the Main Street Cybersecurity Act?

The bill is currently making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. So it’s not law just yet. But it does have bipartisan support and the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A similar version of the bill also recently passed in the U.S. Senate.

Burman described the outlook for the bill as “optimistic.” So even if the House and the Senate need to make a few minor adjustments to pass an identical bill, it seems small businesses will soon have access to better resources to improve cybersecurity.

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This article, "What is the Main Street Cybersecurity Act and How Will It Help Your Small Business?" was first published on Small Business Trends

42 Percent of Small Business Owners Would Take Action Against Employee Political Activism

Small Business Trends - Fri, 2017-10-20 08:30

There’s been plenty of debate on what is and what isn’t allowed at work, specifically regarding politically motivated speech.

President Donald Trump infamously said he supported NFL owners firing players who refused to stand for the national anthem prior to games. And it turns out, a lot of small businesses feel the same way.

According to a survey conducted by BizBuySell.com, a company tracking small businesses being bought and sold, as many as 42 percent of small business owners say they’d take similar actions to reprimand employees who exercised political speech at work. Of course, that means a majority (58 percent) would take no action.

For the survey, 34 percent of those responding identified as Republican. Another 34 percent identified as Independent while 16 percent were Democrats. BizBuySell interviewed 1,361 small business owners for their opinions on this and other topical issues.

The Debate on Employee Political Activism

The results of the survey reflect the national debate on the divisive issue. Regardless of what football players do for the anthem prior to a game, a small business owner has to decide what action to take if an employee decides to begin making political statements while on the proverbial clock.

Depending upon the actions taken by employees, it may be a legal violation to “reprimand” or even fire employees who participate in political discussions at work. It’s important to set clear rules and boundaries for this activity, according to America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

SBDC sets out three guidelines for small businesses currently dealing with this issue or those potentially encountering it in the future. The group shares these recommendations:

  1. Set rules on what sorts of activities — politically motivated — are permitted on the job site. Make it a policy, let all employees know about it, and enforce it evenly, according to SBDC.
  2. Never ask an employee what his or her political affiliation is. Also, it’s illegal to fire or even threaten to fire, demote or punish employees who vote in opposition to your political leanings.
  3. Political discussions should be confined to certain areas of your business. Those areas should not include anywhere designated for getting work done.
What Would You Do?

So, how do you feel about the results of this survey?

Are you unaffected or not bothered if one or a group of your employees takes a political stand while they’re on the job?

Would your opinion on this matter change if the employee or employees shared similar political stances as you?

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This article, "42 Percent of Small Business Owners Would Take Action Against Employee Political Activism" was first published on Small Business Trends

Tampa-based Checkers testing delivery, aims for record expansion

Topix - Fri, 2017-10-20 07:23

Tampa-based Checkers Drive-In Restaurants continues to fly under the radar compared to dominant burger chains like McDonald's and Burger King. But as new owners have taken charge this year - the third changing-of-hands in just over a decade - the company is trying new initiatives to jump-start sales and add more restaurants to its portfolio.

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Aston Martin moves beyond sports cars to Miami real estate

AutoNews - Fri, 2017-10-20 06:32
Aston Martin is pushing into U.S. real estate for the first time in an effort to establish a broader luxury brand.
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InterContinental Hotels Group PLC Board Appointment; Reveals Third Quarter Results

Hotel Interactive - Fri, 2017-10-20 05:15
InterContinental Hotels Group today announces that Elie Maalouf, IHG’s Chief Executive Officer for the Americas, is to be appointed as an ...

Daimler's Q3 profit falls 14% on diesel costs

AutoNews - Fri, 2017-10-20 04:36
Daimler's profit slumped 14 percent to 3.46 billion euros ($4.1 billion) in the third quarter as earnings at the Mercedes unit dropped on costs to fix the emissions systems of older diesel cars.
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Pieology Pizzeria Brings Complimentary Pizza to Seminole, Florida

PR Web - Fri, 2017-10-20 03:30

Award-Winning Franchise Celebrates Grand Opening with Games, Prizes and Pizza Deals

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RestorationMaster’s Client ServiceMaster Kwik Restore of Cary, IL Wins...

PR Web - Fri, 2017-10-20 03:30

ServiceMaster Kwik Restore of Cary, IL, a client of RestorationMaster, is one of the 2017 recipients of ServiceMaster’s Marion E. Wade Expert Award.

(PRWeb October 12, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/servicemaster/marion-e-wade-award/prweb14794785.htm

MaidPro Cleans Up Hurricane Harvey

PR Web - Fri, 2017-10-20 03:30

MaidPro, a residential cleaning franchise, has partnered with product vendors to help with Hurricane Harvey relief.

(PRWeb October 12, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/10/prweb14796370.htm

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Named a Top Franchise Brand by...

PR Web - Fri, 2017-10-20 03:30

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has been named one of the top franchise brands in the U.S. by Entrepreneur magazine in its “Top...

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Ziggi's Coffee Signs First Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement

PR Web - Fri, 2017-10-20 03:30

Experienced franchise owner plans to open three drive-thru coffee locations north of Denver

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News outlet thinks In-N-Out is more popular than Whataburger in

Topix - Fri, 2017-10-20 03:02

Business Insider tweeted a photo of the most popular fast food chains by state. Texans were not fooled when they tried to say In-N-Out is more popular than Whataburger.

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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief

AutoNews - Fri, 2017-10-20 01:01
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of global marketing and sales.
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The most popular fast food chain in Texas is ... not Whataburger?

Topix - Thu, 2017-10-19 23:01

A new study released Thursday from Business Insider and Foursquare named In-N-Out - not Whataburger - the most popular fast food chain in Texas. Not naming Whataburger would have been brutal enough for Texans.

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Consumer 1 hour ago 8:05 p.m.(Bad) study shows Texans like In-N-Out more than Whataburger

Topix - Thu, 2017-10-19 23:01

It's more than food, although the food is amazing, it's what the culture of Whataburger inspires other people to do. Just the rumor of a Whataburger-themed James Avery charm trended on social media before the official announcement and subsequent sellout in less than a day on the market.

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