cyber attack

Global payments systems lay down the law on bank IT security

Global inter-bank payment systems, SWIFT, has put its foot down after a series of hacks and breaches of several prominent banks has put into question the company’s security infrastructure. Gottfried Leibbrandt, the CEO of SWIFT, has publicly threatened member banks with expulsion from the SWIFT system due to the success

supersize-outsourcing

Supersize Your Productivity with Outsourcing

When you’re a small business owner, time is everything. I start each morning with a thorough list of tasks and while I can tick off most of them throughout the day, I sometimes head to bed wondering where my time went. It took me a long time to realize I

Credit card transactions for free?

Credit card transactions for free?

Credit Card companies can earn more if they didn’t require small business to pay credit card fees for every charge transaction from their customers. The problem is that most fees eat whatever profits small retailers have on some products. And the effort having to pay at certain cutoff days on

4 Things I Hate About a Retailer’s Website

4 Things I Hate About a Retailer’s Website

You may or may not agree with me on this, but some websites do get on my nerves.  Perhaps you’re not as busy as I am and take time as leisurely as you can.  But in the information age, it’s always heaven-sent to get what you need as efficiently as

Obama’s TARP to rescue small businesses in trouble?

Obama’s TARP to rescue small businesses in trouble?

The big honchos got their billions in bail out loan money from President Obama’s Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP over the last 12 months. It looks like the President is now setting his sights to doing the same for small businesses in trouble. Hopefully, his proposal gets congressional nod

Troubled companies for sale

Troubled companies for sale

The last few months have seen a spate of small business getting gobbled up by larger companies at bargain basement prices. Just last month, BusinessWeek got sold to Bloomingdale for a mere $5 million. California’s oldest bookstore, Vroman’s both an independent local bookstore bought Book Soup. In both instances, getting

cyber attack

Global payments systems lay down the law on bank IT security

Global inter-bank payment systems, SWIFT, has put its foot down after a series of hacks and breaches of several prominent banks has put into question the company’s security infrastructure. Gottfried Leibbrandt, the CEO of SWIFT, has publicly threatened member banks with expulsion from the SWIFT system due to the success

supersize-outsourcing

Supersize Your Productivity with Outsourcing

When you’re a small business owner, time is everything. I start each morning with a thorough list of tasks and while I can tick off most of them throughout the day, I sometimes head to bed wondering where my time went. It took me a long time to realize I

Credit card transactions for free?

Credit card transactions for free?

Credit Card companies can earn more if they didn’t require small business to pay credit card fees for every charge transaction from their customers. The problem is that most fees eat whatever profits small retailers have on some products. And the effort having to pay at certain cutoff days on

4 Things I Hate About a Retailer’s Website

4 Things I Hate About a Retailer’s Website

You may or may not agree with me on this, but some websites do get on my nerves.  Perhaps you’re not as busy as I am and take time as leisurely as you can.  But in the information age, it’s always heaven-sent to get what you need as efficiently as

Obama’s TARP to rescue small businesses in trouble?

Obama’s TARP to rescue small businesses in trouble?

The big honchos got their billions in bail out loan money from President Obama’s Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP over the last 12 months. It looks like the President is now setting his sights to doing the same for small businesses in trouble. Hopefully, his proposal gets congressional nod

Troubled companies for sale

Troubled companies for sale

The last few months have seen a spate of small business getting gobbled up by larger companies at bargain basement prices. Just last month, BusinessWeek got sold to Bloomingdale for a mere $5 million. California’s oldest bookstore, Vroman’s both an independent local bookstore bought Book Soup. In both instances, getting