December is National Write a Business Plan Month — so if you’ve been wondering how to get your startup business off the ground, now is a great time to observe the occasion by initiating a thorough business plan.
Transparency is a key driver of the growing trend of the “open kitchen” for restaurants of all kinds — from fast food franchises to fine dining and everything in between. Consumers have pushed for more information about the ingredients restaurants are using, where they come from and how they are prepared. The transparency of the open kitchen appeals to customers, signaling to them that those preparing their food have nothing to hide. It helps eliminate any fears associated with food horror stories and urban myths about truly nauseating things that have taken place behind closed kitchen doors.
If you are a merchant of any size accepting credit cards, you must be in compliance with the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an independent body that was created by the major payment card brands; e.g., Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express®, Discover® and JCB.
Events and competitions by the thousand happen around the world during one week each November, designed to inspire millions to engage and connect in entrepreneurial activity. It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) — and this year’s celebration will be held Nov. 12–18, bringing potential collaborators, mentors and even investors together.
The U.S. is one of the last countries to migrate to EMV — the global standard for credit and debit payment cards, based on chip card technology developed by Europay, MasterCard®, and Visa®. Several U.S. banks now offer EMV credit and debit cards for smoother travel abroad.