Things I Wish I Knew BEFORE Building my House

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Whether you’ve spent months house hunting to no avail, or you’ve always wanted to build your own home, the idea of building your dream home sounds like an amazing idea. While building a house from the ground can deliver you the EXACT house you want, you’ll probably learn some tough and expensive financial lessons along the way.  

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Merchant Payment Solutions – it’s more than just accepting credit and debit cards

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I often joke – never mug a banker since we never carry cash!  As a consumer, you know how important it is to be able to use a credit or debit card when making purchases. In fact, it’s surprising how many people don’t carry any cash on them and not every business will accept a personal check – although less and less people are using those as well! So as a business owner, whether big or small, a startup or seasoned, you know that accepting credit and debit card payments from your customers is crucial to your all around success.

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The Dangers of not using a Multi Source Approach in your Business

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When it comes to choosing vendors for your business it can be easy to settle into ordering from the same ones all the time because you have a great relationship with them, their pricing is good, and they are easily able to meet your required delivery dates. What happens when they can’t deliver due to unforeseen circumstances? How will you fill orders if a vital part of your production is missing or delayed? When it comes to sourcing your vendors a multi-source approach may be your best approach.

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Data Overload – how to avoid it

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We live and work in a very data-driven world. We track everything from steps we take in a day, how many likes we get on a Facebook post, visits to the company website, etc., etc. etc. When it comes to business, we are using dashboards to manage metrics and KPIs all to help us make sense of the enormous quantity of information  in hopes to turn that insight into actionable items that will improve our business and our customers’ experiences with us. 

You’ll hear far less people making decisions based on hunches, guesses, or their gut, and instead making decisions based on data, analytics, and crunching of numbers. When it comes to meeting goals and KPIs, data is especially important and is vital to every organization. The right data and metrics can give us a read on the health of our product/service, help us identify strengths and weaknesses, track improvement over time, diagnose problems, etc.

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How to Protect your Patient’s Data from a Security Breach

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Data breaches can be devastating, and healthcare organizations continue to account for a significant share of reported data breaches. Why? Health care facilities carry some of the most sensitive data files, supplying hackers with the intel that has limitless potential to not only effect the health care organization that they have infiltrated, but also the patients involved in the breach.

No company is immune from a security attack or breach. Keeping patient, clinic and hospital information secure is critical, but that’s a challenge that is becoming more difficult to address as the number of attempted breaches rises. Breaches occur due to email security, lost devices, poor network security or hardware intrusion.

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How to negotiate the buying price of a home after inspection

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When you buy a house, a home inspection is highly recommended. You aren’t just buying a high-end kitchen, or cozy family room with a fieldstone fireplace, you are also buying any problems lurking behind the walls. The home inspector will look at structural issues and other potential problems that could make the home a bad investment. After the inspection is completed, you usually have about 10 days to pull out of the sale.

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Increase your donation dollars with payment options

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With the popularity and ease, it’s no surprise that online fundraising raises millions of dollars in charitable giving for the nonprofit industry every year. To increase your donations, it’s important to provide your donors a variety of ways they can help support your organization.

Taking advantage of every donation opportunity is an important priority for any nonprofit organization. If you’re planning to grow your donation growth for the next fiscal year, here are five tips that may help.

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Non-Profits: Setting expectations with your Board of Directors

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You’ve been asked to sit on a Non-Profit Board of Directors – but do you really know what that entails?  Did the Executive Director set some clear expectations with you?  If the answer to both of those questions is “No” – you aren’t alone. 

Non-profit CEOs and Executive teams often struggle with board members either not meshing with their culture/core values or the most popular complaint is “They just aren’t active”.

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What Type of Mortgage is right for you?

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When it comes to buying a home, most people  know there are a few different mortgage options to choose from, but many don’t understand that there are actually quite a few options that vary depending on your situation. Once you’ve taken care of the homework – setting a budget, figuring out a down payment, and reviewing your credit, you’ll have a better idea of what loan works best for your needs.

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