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Jeff does some “Myth-Busting” on Credit Card Processing

For those of us who are retailers, we are well aware that the vast majority of our customers pay with plastic. And each month, the statement comes in the mail from our credit card processor and we look at it and shake our heads. “How can it cost this much to my business to take their credit card?” Well, it does… but only to a point… a PERCENTAGE POINT. FACT: You should be paying around 2.7% of the charge amount as the TOTAL cost of taking credit cards. That is …

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Dan Blumenthal’s Early Influences

Growing up as I did in the culinary wasteland that was Jackson in the mid to late 1970s, I was just plain lucky to have watched with great interest the early old-school cooking shows broadcast on MPB/PBS television. These shows included Julia Child’s “Julia Child & Company,” Graham Kerr’s “The Galloping Gourmet,” Justin Wilson’s “Louisiana Cookin,” Jeff Smith’s “The Frugal Gourmet,” Martin Yan’s “Yan Can Cook,” and of course, the “Great Chefs” series. These shows predated the most famous of all “modern” cooking shows, “The Essence Of Emeril,” hosted by …

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Thoughts about savvy relationship / network building by Seth Godin.

Seth Godin is one of my favorite business book authors.  He has a fantastic website where he shares his insights as well. Below, please find a recent post (original copy here) concerning the small things which leverage big results in building relationships that drive business.   Truly inspired work.  This is why Seth is such a leader…   Feet on the street The complement to the brilliant strategy is the thankless work of lower-leverage detail. An organization with feet on the street and alert and regular attention to detail can …