SBA plays an important role in disaster recovery efforts for businesses and homeowners. As disaster assessments and declarations are made, various SBA disaster recovery loan programs have become available to eligible applicants.
The second Friday in December is designated as National Salesperson Day. It is a day to recognize the commitment of your salespeople and remember that every large or small business in every profession and industry relies on how well you can sell it. Consumers are well educated with multiple ways to shop for the best deal. Value-conscious consumers want value in terms of quality goods and efficient service and at a reasonable cost.
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan declared December to be National Made in America Month to acknowledge and celebrate American pride in hard work and American-made products. He sought to boost the American economy as well.
Reagan’s proclamation included words of warning, as relevant today as they were back then:
The results are in — and they have far exceeded expectations as millions of American consumers “shopped small” on the third annual Small Business Saturday (SBS). Pre-holiday surveys estimated that U.S. consumers would spend $5.3 billion, but nearly half of those aware of Small Business Saturday shopped to the tune of $5.5 billion in sales at independent merchants, according to the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey just released by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express®.
From large corporations to small “mom-and-pop” stores, all should comply with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). It is critical for all merchants who accept credit cards either online or offline, to keep their customer’s payment card data secure. The specific compliance requirements that must be met are determined by the size of your business. Being compliant is beneficial and important to your business and its customers. It offers protection by reducing the risk of the devastating losses that can occur from a data compromise.