Monday, February 10, 2014

Vote in FedEx Small Business Big Grant Contest

Thousands of small businesses have entered the FedEx Small Business Big Grant Contest seeking to win a portion of the $50,000 in cash prizes – most specifically, the $25,000 grand prize. A quick look at many entrants on the contest page reveals some amazing stories and worthy contestants; however, one thing makes, Inc. stand out among the rest – its devotion to small businesses as a vital part of the U.S. economy. According to its founder (Jeffery Lakes), exists today to improve the lives of small independent retailers that are buckling under shifting consumer behaviors fueled by the proliferation of technology and big-box retailers’ ability to exploit it faster than shop local level retailers are able to do so.

The time has arrived for the vision and mission of to emerge into a marketplace that is adapting to a more digital economy more attuned to social commerce than traditional buying and selling tactics – much of which has transformed physical storefronts more into showrooms than final purchase destinations. helps small merchants establish and sustain more competitive balance in the marketplace versus such gigantic forces, thus, there are many reasons to vote for in the FedEx Small Business Big Grant Contest. Seven of those reasons include the following: 

  • Helps small retailers achieve real cost savings on merchant services
  • Drives more foot traffic and customers to their businesses

  • Enhances selling products and services anywhere

  • Integrates solutions that enhance operational efficiencies

  • Access to working capital when needed

  • Expands mobile/social presence

  • Enhances customer servicing capabilities

       Like Facebook page and/or follow on Twitter for additional information about how the company helps small retailers do big business. Those voting for or sharing its campaign on Facebook and Twitter can also be entered to win up to $500 in gift cards from Darden Restaurants, which includes the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Bahama Breeze brands.


Vote for click here and then go to the company’s Facebook page (click here) or Twitter page show your vote using #VOTECARDSCASH.

Voters can also enter to win by posting the following message to their Twitter page:

 #VoteCardsCash to win $25K #fedexgrant grand prize cc: .@CardsCashReward once per day thru 2/23 also pls RT

Simply click here to prompt message to your Twitter page, sign in, then send tweet.

#STAYTUNED will be rolling out more opportunities to win the gift cards users really want so check back frequently and follow the company on its Facebook and Twitter pages.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Gift Card Rewards for Crowd Funding Project Donors founder Jeffery Lakes seeks to leverage social sharing synergies of gift cards and crowd funding in announcing all-new rewards initiative for supporters of donation-based campaigns raising funds to launch new businesses and creative projects.

Los Angeles, CA (Press Release) - February, 6, 2013 - Today, announces its gift card incentives initiative to reward crowd funding contributors for sharing the campaigns they support on its official Facebook page.  
Gift Card Rewards

 Raising millions of dollars using crowd funding campaign portals is more commonplace today than three years ago; however, most campaigns miss their mark because of inadequate planning and poor execution. More specifically, most campaigners underestimate the level of engagement required to raise funds successfully as well as lack access to large social networks beyond their circle of family and friends. To help overcome such daunting obstacles, is offering $10 gift cards (one per person) to contributors of campaigns active on KickStarter, IndieGoGo, RocketHub, and FundRazr. For this initiative, defines a campaign “contributor” as a person who completes the process of pledging or donating “verifiable” monies to any campaign active between February 1st to May 15th, 2013 on one of the four designated platforms; thereafter posting (aka: sharing) their support of the campaign on the official Facebook page

For more information or to request an interview, contact:

(877) 852-7797  

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Office Supplies -- Free Shipping Most Orders Over $50

OfficeMax offers free shipping on most orders over $50.00.

Find low prices on all office essentials while shopping conveniently online at for all your office supplies, furniture, and technology. 

For more information, click here

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Accept Card Payments Anywhere for Less than Square and PayPal

PayPal’s recent entry in the rapidly forming mobile payments field only offers the slightest price break in comparison to Square; however, both pale in comparison to the rates offered by Total Merchant Services for its newPayment Jack. Whereas Square users pay 2.75% per transaction and PayPal users pay 2.7%, Payment Jack users pay as little as 1.29% per transaction for savings on card processing fees, which is more than 50% less than Square and PayPal. In addition to providing the first Payment Jack free to new accounts, the Total Merchant Services office operated by provides additional Payment Jack devices for only $10.00 each with an eye for outfitting a merchant’s entire outside sales force. Further distinguishing Payment Jack from Square is the fact the latter’s platform is not supported by a sponsor bank; instead Square (led by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey) functions more as amerchant aggregator.

In summary, Payment Jack is powered by the same RoamData technology supporting Intuit’s GoPayments. As a more traditional card services provider, Total Merchant Services fashions its mobile payments pricing model consistent to its primary “card present” pricing model. In summary, if it is “hip to be Square” then it will also costs more, and if paying more makes you pals, then buyer’s remorse is inevitable because friendship should not be so costly. With Payment Jack, users are free to “roam” about the providing far superior service at lower costs than its better known brand name rivals. 

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How to Save $1,200 Annually in Card Processing Fees

As MasterCard and Visa and many of the nation’s largest banks regain their footing following the settlement of a massive antitrust lawsuit, small businesses continue to pay card processing fees disproportionate to major chains, and excessive by every standard imaginable. Many service providers were forced to regroup following last year’s Durbin Amendment as many emerged with new service wrinkles such as blended rates, month-to-month contracts, merchant sign-on bonuses, just to name a few. For busy small business operators that typically see five merchant account representatives per week seeking to earn their business, the offers often sound too similar to differentiate the prospects for savings as well as for sorting through opportunities to grow the business by adding new services such as accepting Discover and American Express, as well as checks, and issuing gift cards. A brief sampling of independent retailers recently demonstrated that many small business operators still pay between 1.49 to 1.79 percent per transaction to accept credit cards. Even more, most independent retailers remain in long-term contracts with their service providers when in fact; many have relented to month-to-month agreements with their clients as well as to lowering rates to retain existing customers.

  Assuming $20,000 in monthly MasterCard and Visa sales revenues, merchants lowering their rates five basis points (ex: from 1.79% to 1.29% ) and their per item fees $0.10 each (ex:$0.30 to 0.20) will achieve $100.00 per month in card fee savings; which will accrue to $1,200.00 in annual savings.

Merchants typically encounter numerous service providers in person as well as through direct mailers, emails, and online advertising. Since keeping costs as low as possible while also maximizing revenues, it would not hurt the merchant to invest a few hours per month to inspect new offers. In addition to lowering costs, merchants should listen for offers that make breaking its existing contract easy (signing bonuses, etc.) as well as for value-added programs such as gift cards, check conversions, mobile payment readers, and merchant cash advances that help ease the cash flow crunch.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Simple Steps for Retailers to Increase Cash Flow $45K Per Year or More

Experts often said that small businesses are the engine of job creation in the United States; however, many small businesses continue to struggle at creating jobs because of lingering economic instability. For independent retailers, one solution stands above the rest for increasing revenues so that new employees can be hired and adequately trained to help operators grow their business. By issuing gift cards, independent retailers are tapping into the underlying power of social media by leveraging one customer to reach many more. For example, most customers that purchase gift cards do so for someone else; not themselves. Therefore, a gift card sale not only drive the merchant’s average sales ticket higher, but also enables the store owner to access capital he or she otherwise would not see in the absence of issuing gift cards. Gift cards also enable merchants to keep more of the cash earned from sales in the store by becoming the centerpiece to a store’s refund policy. Even more, merchants can also feature their own gift cards in product bundles as add-on’s to promoted items thereby enhancing the perceived value of the featured products. Merchants can also provide their gift cards to other local merchants or chambers of commerce to support sales promotions or membership campaigns. Issuing gift cards also enables raising capital such as powering a crowd funding campaign whether through leading sites such as Kickstarter and IndieGogo or direct to fans via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. provides various free gift card program setups for merchants including 50 custom gift cards complete with low cost hosting, marketing, and sales support. Once set up small business operators must require their sales team (cashiers, floor reps, and outside representatives) to “plus sell” gift cards to each customers that buys from the store. Even more, owners should track sales of gift cards made by each team member as the basis for promotions, bonuses and other merit-based compensation. Why? Because selling gift cards will increase the store’s revenues, cash flow, and profits. For example, by selling five gift cards per day averaging $25.00 per card load, merchants net additional annual revenues of $45,000.00. Upon redemption, additional revenues come into play because gift card recipients tend to spend 33% more than the value of their cards. Therefore merchants that sell five gift cards per day can increase sales revenues $60,000 per year more than they currently generate in the absence of issuing gift cards.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Key Facts About Gift Cards

Gift cards empower customer acquisition and retention-minded retailers

In an up and down economy, retailers (large and small) simply cannot afford to leave money on the table. To do so ultimately requires laying off loyal employees or missing out on opportunities to sustain their business until the economy stabilizes. Whether by lowering credit card processing costs, or accessing cash advances when traditional financing is no longer an option, retail merchants must come to know of the equity they build simply by accepting credit cards in their business. In most cases, tapping into this equity enables retailers to sustain, expand, and reposition their businesses into dynamic profit centers.

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