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Starting Oct. 1, the way we use credit cards will begin changing.

Oct. 1 marks the day stores are supposed to have terminals that can read the new computer-chip credit cards. But many stores don't have the terminals yet, and many consumers don't have the new cards, either.

Read more: New, more secure credit cards about to debut

Unfortunately as in all sales industries, some sales people sell based on fear or misinformation, and the merchant processing industry is no different.

Ever since the credit card networks mandated an October 2015 transition to EMV credit cards, many small businesses are being contacted by creative sales people demanding that they switch their merchant accounts right away and spend upwards of $1000 to purchase a new credit card terminal in order to become "compatible".

Read more: Don't fall victim to sales scams re: EMV terminals

When you were in the beginning stages of planning your small business, you may have had serious reservations about the financial end. With your math and accounting classes only a distant and hazy memory, you probably pictured yourself poring over ledgers and spreadsheets, agonizing in vain over your company checkbook. Fortunately, you can now put those fears to rest. Take some time to see for yourself what millions of other small business owners have already recognized: QuickBooks from Intuit can make your work life into a well-oiled and seamless machine. Here are some of the reasons. 

Read more: How QuickBooks Credit Card Processing Can Help You Prep for Tax Season

Someday, you will think back to the time when you used an inefficient, unsecured cash register for your business. You will wonder why you waited so long to obtain the full range of accounting, purchase tracking and productivity solutions that POS can provide. However, that day is still a long way off. At the moment, you’re all too aware of the advantages of POS, but you’re unsure how to proceed. Following the steps below will help you move toward the POS system that will catapult your business to the next level.

Read more: How to Replace Your Cash Register with a POS Card Swiper

Gone are the days when the majority of customers paid cold, hard cash for their purchases. Some of the most intrepid greenback supporters even brought piles of the stuff to the bargaining table when it was time to seal the deal on an automobile. In a world where convenience and security vie for the top spot on everyone’s priority list, paying with plastic has become standard operating procedure. If you’re still on the fence about whether your business can gain from joining the credit card revolution, take some time to check out three of the main benefits.

Read more: 3 Benefits to Wireless Credit Card Swipers

Watch a competent surgeon at work and you’ll immediately notice that he/she pays special attention to her tools. He/She uses the most state-of-the-art instruments available, organizes them carefully, and makes sure he/she takes advantage of every piece of technology at his/her disposal. As a business owner, your approach should be exactly the same. Here are five indispensable keys to your future success.

Read more: Five Tools Every Merchant Should Be Using

Take off your entrepreneur hat for a moment and replace it with consumer headgear. Now, imagine yourself attempting to make a purchase at a local store using your American Express card. “I’m sorry,” you are told, “We don’t accept AmEx.” This isn’t the first time your card has been refused, but it makes you wonder why. Now, switch to your merchant hat and let’s find some answers.

Read more: The Costs Benefits of Accepting American Express in a POS Card Swiper Store

The Arizona Department of Transportation will conduct a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Availability and Disparity Study designed to determine whether minority- and women-owned business enterprises have had equal access to federally assisted transportation contracting opportunities within the state.

Read more: Study to ensure women- and minority-owned businesses have equal access to highway projects

In an ongoing effort to combat telemarketing scams, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced Friday the recent filing of a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court against several Arizona-based businesses and individuals. The defendants are alleged to have targeted mainly elderly consumers in a “work from home” business opportunity scam.

Read more: Consumer Alert: Attorney General Tom Horne Obtains Injunctions Against Arizona Telemarketers...

For businesses looking to reduce expenses in 2014, now is the best time to upgrade lighting to maximize SRP rebate dollars and energy savings. Lighting consumes up to 40 percent of a commercial facility’s energy and is typically the least expensive equipment to replace.  

Read more: Businesses Encouraged to Take Advantage of Limited-Time Lighting Rebate Increase

Last month, the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) was saddened to read the story of Carie Charlesworth, a teacher in San Diego, California whose abusive husband stalked her at the school where she taught second grade. The Holy Trinity School fired Ms. Charlesworth and prevented her two children from continuing to attend. Firing an employee does not terminate the problem of domestic violence at the workplace. When a victim of domestic violence is fired for her abuser’s actions economic independence is taken from the victim and other victims are shown that reporting potential danger to the school results in termination. Reaching out for basic advocacy from an organization like CAAFA could have helped reinforce the safety of Ms. Charlesworth, her children, and the school.

Read more: Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace Makes Us All Safer

The Obama administration stated Tuesday it is delaying for one year, until January 2015, the requirement that businesses with more than 50 employees provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty.

The announcement by the Treasury Department comes after numerous complaints from businesses that the requirements were too complicated and difficult to implement in time.

Read more: Affordable Care Act Penalties Postponed Until 2015
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