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Why You Need To Get Certified As a Woman Owned Business



Calling all female business owners! It helps to be WBENC-certified because it proves that a woman (or women) owns, operates, and manages at least 51 percent of your business. The WBENC certification (issued by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council) provides you with loads of benefits. You can attract more organizations and investors who want to work with women business owners, for example. Read on if you want to learn how to achieve this valuable certification:

How to Attract Investors for Your Business

Seeking business investment is an exciting – and potentially nerve-wracking – stage of development. You have to convince outside parties to put money and expertise into your endeavor. In return, you get a financial boost and the added motivation to grow your company.

There are ways you can make this process easier. Be prepared and do your research before those important meetings. Don't forget to review all of your financial options in addition to investment, so you can make a sound choice.

EBT – Why You Should Take It

Each year, the United States government issues nearly $100 billion to EBT programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). EBT makes it easy and secure for beneficiaries to purchase essential goods, including food and garden supplies. On average, SNAP beneficiaries receive $126 per month.

If your business doesn't accept EBT, then you're potentially losing thousands of dollars in revenue every month. Learn how to start taking EBT so you can grow your customer base and increase your profits.

The Three Most Commonly Used Credit Cards

 
Do you love to travel? Do you carry a huge balance? Do you enjoy earning cash back on everything you purchase? There's a credit card for that. Actually, many, many, many of them. If you have a mailing address, you're well aware that you have options galore when choosing the right credit card for you. Out of all the credit cards out there, here are the three most commonly used credit cards in the United States, based on consumers' search patterns and the number of applications.

Does Your POS Make You Money? It Should!

As a retailer, you probably know what a point of sale (POS) system is. It's a compact set of equipment with a computer, monitor, scanner, compartment for cash, printer and credit card reader.

Now, you might think POS systems are only for handling money. But the truth is that these products can also make money. How is that possible?

Well, just consider what Clover's POS could do for you.

Credit Card Fees- How to Spot a Good Deal


Navigating the confusing world of merchant accounts can be stressful and difficult if you don't know exactly what you need and don't fully understand the terminology utilized by merchant account companies. Merchant account pricing schemes, along with the various credit card fees associated with merchant accounts, can be complicated.

Being aware of the different credit card fees, as well as the types of pricing schemes offered, can enable you to better spot a good deal and choose the merchant account provider that is right for your business.

When Your Business Isn't Your Only Baby

 
It's a Balancing Act Between Business and Family
Your business isn't the only thing that you have to focus on in your life, your family is important too, and trying to balance your time between the two can be difficult. Here are a few ways that you can have a healthy work-life balance when children are involved in the equation.

Running A Business With Your Life Partner? Five Tips from VMS


Running a business with your life partner can be an exciting thing, however, there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to maintain a healthy personal and business relationship. Here's what 
President, Founder & Inspirational Leader, Dema Barakat and CEO / MBA, Danoush Khairkhah, at Velocity Merchant Services | Credit Card Processing, husband and wife team, strongly suggest you do to "keep it all together."

Fall Should Be Your Busiest Season – Is it?

 
Fall is often the busiest season for businesses selling consumer products and services thanks to it aligning with the back-to-school season. Consumers often equate the start of the school year with the start of a new year, and that means there's tons of shopping. From new product debuts to new fall fashion arrivals, there are a ton of shopping opportunities that consumers want to take advantage of during the back-to-school season. But if your store isn't prepared to handle the crowd and their payments, you'll miss out on a potentially lucrative season for your business. Thus, it's critical to have a strategy for handling the back-to-school season crowd if you want to leverage this busy time of year. Here's how you can get it done:

You NEED To Optimize Your Daily Productivity

 
Do you ever feel like there aren't enough hours in your day? You're certainly not alone. This is a common complaint for business owners, who often wear many hats, especially in the early days of a startup. An endless list of tasks, work hours that start before the sun rises or end long after it sets - these are major issues for entrepreneurs, yet who has the time to find a solution? As it turns out, you do. There are simple, effective ways to optimize your daily productivity; you just need to know where to start.