Twas the Night Before Christmas (The Legal Version)

Posted on Dec 19, 2014

(Author Unknown) Brought to our attention by Darin Meece of Brock and Meece Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter "the House") a general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not limited to a mouse. A variety of foot apparel, e.g. stocking, socks, etc., had been affixed by and around the chimney in said House in the hope and/or belief that St. Nick a/k/a/ St. Nicholas a/k/a/ Santa Claus (hereinafter "Claus") would arrive at sometime thereafter. The minor residents, i.e. the children, of the aforementioned House, were located in their individual beds and were engaged in nocturnal hallucinations, i.e. dreams, wherein vision of confectionery treats, including, but not limited to, candies, nuts and/or sugar plums, did dance, cavort and otherwise appear in said dreams. Whereupon the party of the first part (sometimes hereinafter referred to as "I"), being the joint-owner in fee simple of the House with the parts of the second part (hereinafter "Mamma"), and said Mamma had retired for a sustained period of sleep. (At such time, the parties were clad in various forms of headgear, e.g. kerchief and cap.) Suddenly, and without prior notice or warning, there did occur upon the unimproved real property adjacent and appurtent to said House, i.e. the lawn, a certain disruption of unknown nature, cause and/or circumstance. The party of the first part did immediately rush to a window in the House to investigate the cause of such disturbance. At that time, the party of the first part did observe, with some degree of wonder and/or disbelief, a miniature sleigh (hereinafter the "Vehicle") being pulled and/or drawn very rapidly through the air by approximately eight (8) reindeer. The driver of the Vehicle appeared to be and in fact was, the previously referenced Claus. Said Claus was providing specific direction, instruction and guidance to the approximately eight (8) reindeer and specifically identified the animal co-conspirators by name: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen (hereinafter the "Deer"). (Upon information and belief, it is further asserted that an additional co-conspirator named Rudolph may have been involved.) The party of the first part witnessed Claus, the Vehicle and the Deer intentionally and willfully trespass upon the roofs of several residences located adjacent to and in the vicinity of the House, and noted that the Vehicle was heavily laden with packages, toys and other items of unknown origin or nature. Suddenly, without prior invitation or permission, either express or implied, the Vehicle arrived at the House, and Claus entered said House via the chimney. Said Claus was clad in a red fur suit, which was partially covered with residue from the chimney, and he carried a large sack containing a portion of the aforementioned packages, toys, and other unknown items. He was smoking what appeared to...

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Retain More Revenue – Tips From an Expert

Posted on Dec 10, 2014

The Triangle Business Builder’s credit card processor Matt Yablunosky recently gave this slideshow during his 10 minute presentation of the types of services he can provide and examples to whom he has provided it. Matt’s compelling and concise approach taught us how every merchant who accepts credit card payments must first pay the folks at Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, etc. a “wholesale” interchange rate.  This rate is determined by the type of card given for payment, whether the card was swiped or keyed, and lastly the dollar amount of that transaction. The remaining fees absorbed by the merchant get paid directly to a processor (like Matt) as “retail” markup.  These highly negotiable processor imposed fees are determined by the merchant based upon the value they assign to the benefits provided by their processor to support their credit card acceptance operation. Come join us each Thursday AM for strategic, industry insight from some of the Triangle’s best in class providers. Contact Matt: Matt Yablunosky Independent Credit Card Processor Axiom Payment Solutions, Raleigh-Durham, NC (M) 919-247-8823...

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Define Your Messages or They Will Define You

Posted on Nov 14, 2014

by Mike Davis, Online Business Development Coordinator for the Triangle Business Builders At today’s online business development workshop, I asked everyone to please put their company name into Google and see what came up. This is something far to few of us do, even though it’s really valuable information. Unlike search engine marketing where you’re putting specialized terms into Google to see if your business comes up, this is more for people you probably already met or spoken to in some other context who just want to get some more information about you. Everyone I asked today found at least something about themselves on page one. That’s what I would have expected unless you are brand-new or are putting some type of effort into keeping yourself hidden. What I wanted to point out was – what is it that is showing up? And in what order? Once you know this if you don’t like the way things are showing up you can begin to work on changing what those things are. For example, if you have to get the page 2 to see any reviews about your company I would suggest putting effort into getting more reviews so that Google is likely to make that more relevant. Remember, if someone is checking you out, they are not at the point where they are ready to make a decision, or want to feel better about what decision they are leaning towards. Things that make them feel better about your business are always helpful. So, what I would suggest if you weren’t there today, or have just come across this post is to take a moment and put your business name into Google and see what shows up. It’s better that you find out how you’re being represented and rather than to just sitting out there without any control or direction from...

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Upcoming Reviews and Bios Workshop

Posted on May 15, 2014

May 15 will be our next Triangle Business Builders Chapter meeting to make sure we all have our bios done for the site as well as doing some more reviews as a group. It’s a bit like developing muscle, practice and repetition are very important. The other important element is having everyone doing it as a group. It is good to remember that our reviews online carry a loot of weight as most people don’t do it. While word of mouth referrals matter as much as ever, this builds out the ability to help that much more.  ...

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Upcoming Yelp Workshop

Posted on Apr 11, 2014

We will be doing a help your fellow businesses out with reviews workshop next week on April 17th. The idea behind it is to acknowledge a good experience we have had with another BNI member in a way that can have an impact beyond the local word of mouth with the group itself. We are building upon the personal and business profiles we have all created for ourselves which we are now going to out to work online! We know this is not meant to be a substitute for face to face networking and referring, but certainly a potentially powerful way to augment it by helping build trust for our fellow...

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