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6 ways to help prevent ransomeware attacks

Ransomware attacks have affected companies large and small across the globe. In May, the WannaCry ransomware spread to organizations in more than 150 countries, affecting more than 300,000 devices. Ransomware encrypts files or locks computer screens and demands that victims pay a ransom—usually in a cryptocurrency such as bitcoin—to regain access to their data. It's become wildly successful for criminals over the past few years. That's the bad news. Read More >

The Case for Making the Switch to ACH Payments

You try to streamline your business and run it efficiently, cutting costs wherever possible. But what about accounts payable—do you wish your process was more efficient and less costly? An Association of Financial Professionals (AFP) payments cost survey finds that the median cost to send a paper check is $3—or 10 times more than the cost to send and receive ACH payments. Read More >

What are the benefits of business credit cards?

Do you rely entirely on a personal credit card or small-business loan to help your business grow or get through rough financial patches? As useful as these financing options can be, they may be putting your personal finances at risk and not be adequately meeting your business's needs. Read More >

10 steps to improve your cash flow

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, and healthy cash flow is especially important if you don’t have large cash reserves. A 2016 JPMorgan Chase Institute study found that half of all small businesses hold a cash buffer of less than one month. Read More >

6 Ways Business Owners Can Help Offset Rising Health Insurance Costs

California businesses today are in a challenging position. On one hand, the cost of offering health insurance to employees is soaring. Between 2002 and 2016, health insurance premiums for family coverage in California increased by 234 percent, according to the California Health Care Foundation, with an average annual premium in 2016 of $19,608. Read More >

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