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Most Small Business Owners Uninformed, Unprepared, or Both on Looming October 1 Change in Credit Cards

 As of October 1, 2015, businesses that don't have chip reading technology for processing credit and debit cards will be liable for any fraud stemming from such transactions.

NCR Releases Tablet POS System

NCR Silver Register for Android and Apple TabletsDULUTH, Ga. – NCR this morning announced the launch of a tablet point-of-sale system for small business merchants. It runs on Android and Apple devices.

Signs that You Need a Growth Strategy for Your Business

It takes diligence, imagination and planning to have a successful small business, but often business owners are so busy running their company that they overlook or neglect signs that business is sl

McDonald’s Stock Buyback Plan Aids Officers, Not Franchisees

Wall Street's BullOAK BROOKS, Ill.—With slumping sales and negative press, McDonald's announced a new "turnaround plan" last month to restore growth and excitement to its brand and to unlock financial value. There is another part to its aggressive agenda.

Shape Up Your Restaurant Delivery System

One of the challenges pizzeria owners face on a daily basis is deliveries.

Deadline Looms on POS Smart Cards, but Most Small Businesses Unprepared

Small business owners for the most part have heard of this year's government-mandated October 1 deadline for having in place smart-card-ready POS (point-of-sale) systems, but an Intuit survey shows that 58 percent are not planning on making the switch or are undecided.

Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes when Picking Your Small Business Location

“Location, location, location” must be kept foremost in mind when deciding on the site for your bricks-and-mortar small business operation.

Company Announces Low 1.99 Percent POS Rate for American Express

Harbortouch, a point of sale (POS) system and merchant services provider, announced last week that the company is offering a 1.99% rate on American Express transactions, stating that it's the lowest in the industry.

Chinese Multi-Billionaire Jack Ma Wants U.S. Small Businesses to Grow Profits Using Alibaba

Jack Ma, China's wealthiest man, says to U.S. small business owners that there's money to be made together through Alibaba, the company he founded:

Top 5 Categories with the Highest Consumer Expectations

Think about this and what you might do. Imagine what’s considered to be the newest, coolest, most-value-adding differentiator in your category today will become a price-of-entry, table-stakes, ho-hum feature/value in the next two years. Faster, if the velocity of consumer expectations increases, which it does every year. What are you going to do?