Small Business Saturday draws 40+ Lehigh Valley participants. Here are their deals. - lehighvalleylive.com

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Small Business Saturday draws 40+ Lehigh Valley participants. Here are their deals. - lehighvalleylive.comSmall Business Saturday draws 40+ Lehigh Valley participants. Here are their deals. - lehighvalleylive.comPosted: 30 May 2020 05:22 AM PDT More than 40 Lehigh Valley small business owners Saturday will be offering virtual deals on what they say will be one of their biggest shopping sales annually.Small Business Saturday typically is timed for following Black Friday in November. The nationwide effort for the past decade encourages communities to shop local as it kicks off the busiest shopping season of the year.The chamber is moving this year to hold the event twice -- this time with social distancing -- as many businesses struggle to survive financially during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their doors on March 19. Restaurants were then forced to offer menu items by takeout only with curbside pickup or delivery.Lehigh Val…

Time is now to recognize need for small business security - Chicago Tribune

Time is now to recognize need for small business security - Chicago Tribune


Time is now to recognize need for small business security - Chicago Tribune

Posted: 16 Jun 2019 04:40 AM PDT

Security has always been embedded within small businesses to Fortune 500 firms. From security personnel hired to prevent or catch shoplifters to cameras in parking lots, firms recognized security to be important. Today, however, in our 24/7 information-driven society it's important to have a security mindset.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission published a booklet entitled, "Start with Security: A Guide for Business, Lessons Learned," from FTC cases. This 14-page booklet in large type provides 10 steps to create a security mindset. Specific cases are cited illustrating each step with the names of many national firms you will easily recognize.

Step 1 is security should be present in every decision. In other words, start with a security mindset. No longer should businesses be keeping information "just because." By adopting a "lean and mean" approach to data (information) collection can help any small business be more secure. One good point made was "no one can steal what you don't have." Do not store any data or information such as credit or debit cards longer than necessary.

Step 2 is common sense by controlling who has access to any critical information. Follow the simple rule, "Need to Know," as far as access by your employees. For small businesses, this can be as simple as having your bank statements or any critical financial information snail mailed to your house or to a post office box in which only you have access.

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