Category Archives: Industry Trends

Legally Avoid All Credit Card Processing Fees!

Peter Freeman, the co-owner and “head jerk” a Pharmacy and Soda Fountain shop, said credit card swipe fees are his biggest business expense after rent and payroll. He estimates he spends $15,000 a year on the 2 to 4 percent swipe fees that credit card companies typically charge to cover the cost of processing payments.  … Continue reading Legally Avoid All Credit Card Processing Fees!

Ken Givens teaches Fraud Prevention at Building Better Business Seminar

Register for the Fraud Prevention Seminar Businesses are targets of thieves in many forms. Standing in front of you with counterfeit currency, hacking into your Point of Sale system, or cracking your passwords with ransomware! On Wednesday, November 1st, learn how to avoid theft and fraud in your business with Ken Givens of U.S. Merchant Payment Solutions. … Continue reading Ken Givens teaches Fraud Prevention at Building Better Business Seminar

Counterfeit Money in Central Texas & Avoid Pushy Telesales

If you get a phone call that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Local, reliable and trustworthy service for your payment processing is important. There is a wave of telemarketing scams in the Austin/Central Texas area trying to pressure business owners into appointments and services. They claim to have better rates than any others, but they … Continue reading Counterfeit Money in Central Texas & Avoid Pushy Telesales

Thank you for helping Central Texas Businesses STOP Fraud and Scams!

I want to thank you for getting the word out, Wednesday’s Fraud Prevention Seminar was a great success! Central Texas business owners and managers learned how to recognize and prevent fraud from the Waco Police, Better Business Bureau, and U.S. Merchant Payment Solutions. Check out the media coverage below:  WCCC.TV – City of Waco KCENTV … Continue reading Thank you for helping Central Texas Businesses STOP Fraud and Scams!

Why Gift Cards Are the Only Present That Makes Sense

The case for not wasting time in search of the perfect presents for your loved ones. Let’s just say it: Gift cards are the best present for almost everyone on your list. “Gift cards?!” you yell, monocle falling into your tea. “Who, other than your distant relations, would be so tacky? So gauche?” The answer? … Continue reading Why Gift Cards Are the Only Present That Makes Sense

Payment Fraud can be SCARY for YOUR Business, learn ways to prevent it!

Join us for a Detailed Training on Preventing Card, Check and Cash Fraud in YOUR Business! What: Austin CPA Society Continuing Ed Course for Business & Accounting Professionals. When: Friday, November 4th, 7:00 AM. Where:  Austin Chapter Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants   3305 Northland Drive Suite 406 – Austin, TX 78731-4990 Map     http://cpascount.org  – https://secure.tscpa.org/s110416.pdf Who: Instructor … Continue reading Payment Fraud can be SCARY for YOUR Business, learn ways to prevent it!

Happy Anniversary EMV!

Published in the Groesbeck Texas Chamber of Commerce Winter Quarterly   While the first anniversary of the EMV liability shift quickly approaches in October, we can expect the card brands, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, to paint a more positive picture than perhaps actually exists. Why is EMV chip card acceptance important to businesses … Continue reading Happy Anniversary EMV!

Chargebacks hit merchants not ready for EMV chip cards

While consumers may get frustrated having to wait longer when making a payment with an EMV chip card, EMV growing pains are hurting some merchants even more. Small businesses that have not upgraded their terminals to be EMV-compliant are now getting hit with chargebacks costing hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. Small business owner Terry … Continue reading Chargebacks hit merchants not ready for EMV chip cards

Ken Givens speaks to Lions Club

“Ken Givens, a financial consultant, was the speaker for the Groesbeck Lions Club at its meeting Wednesday, May 11. Givens, who now lives on Lake Limestone, is also a new member of the Groesbeck Lions Club. Givens is a consultant for businesses and non-profits to increase sales, cash flow, and avoid loses with their payment … Continue reading Ken Givens speaks to Lions Club

Restaurants fight card fraud with tableside payments

U.S. eateries slowly adopting European pay-at-table approach We now have chips embedded into our credit cards. That must mean they’re totally safe from fraud, right? Wrong. Countries that have used chip cards for years still take measures to keep your card information from getting into the wrong hands. Americans may now be getting more secure … Continue reading Restaurants fight card fraud with tableside payments