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DIRECT CONNECT CONTINUES TO ACQUIRE SALES OFFICES WITH PURCHASE OF FLORIDA ISO

CHANTILLY, VA, March 15, 2016 — /EPR NETWORK/ — Direct Connect today announced that it has acquired another payment processing sales portfolio, Merchant Processing Solutions (MPS) in Fort Lauderdale, FLA.

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This transaction is part of Direct Connect’s commitment to growth through acquisition and is the company’s sixth acquisition since being recapitalized by The Beekman Group in 2015.

MPS provides merchant services to more than 500 restaurants and retail businesses across the United States, with more than $100 million in annual processing volume.

Owned jointly by Yamilet Strauss, Claudia Mosley and Diana Lizarazo, the independent sales organization (ISO) is a perfect fit for the Direct Connect business model: it is an active retail ISO acquiring merchants on the First Data platform, but it needed the financial and technological infrastructure and support to compete in today’s rapidly-changing payments infrastructure.

“MPS has grown successfully because of their people, and their top-down commitment to providing service and support to customers,” said Matt Clyne, Direct Connect’s CEO. “Direct Connect adds financial strength and stability, state-of-the-art technology and highly experienced human resources to the mix, making for an unbeatable combination and assured growth for MPS.”

Clyne said Direct Connect purchased five companies in 2015 and has already laid the groundwork for three more acquisitions in the first half of 2016. Direct Connect continues to actively seek out sales offices with low attrition and a commitment to the highest levels of service and support.

ISOs interested in investment capital or acquisitions opportunities are invited to visit www.directconnectps.com or contact the company at 800.747.6273.

“We intend to be a very active buyer in the marketplace,” Clyne said.

About Direct Connect
Based in the Dulles Corridor of Northern Virginia, Direct Connect provides innovative technology and payment processing services to businesses across the United States and Canada, including retail, restaurant, government contractors and service industries. Through a robust partner program, Direct Connect works with financial institutions, non-profit organizations, associations and software developers to incorporate payment solutions and enhance customer service. With a 20+-year history and more than 25,000 merchants in its portfolio, Direct Connect was recapitalized in 2015 by The Beekman Group, a New York City-based private equity firm positioning us well to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry.

Contact-Details:
Nancy Drexler, Acquired Marketing
ndrexler@acquiredmarketing.com
917-743-5258

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THE IPO PROJECT – YOU’RE NEXT: THE NEW ROAD TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

ATLANTA, Georgia, May 04, 2015 — /EPR SMALL BUSINESS NEWS/ –360 Player Experience, LLC present The IPO Project – You’re Next competition. The competition affords budding or new entrepreneurs the opportunity to ignite their dream. The idea behind the national competition is to provide all of the support necessary to avoid the statistics published by the Small Business Administration stating that 50% of all new businesses fail within 2-5 years. The IPO Project – You’re Next competition provides 10 winners with financing for their new business venture and infrastructure support for the business in the areas of accounting, human resources, marketing, and information technology.

The IPO Project – You’re Next competition seeks to find the most innovative product or service business concepts to evaluate. The entrepreneur seeking to win the competition need only apply online at www.theipoproject.com and pay the application fee. The evaluation team will review all applications, select, and electronically notify the 100 semi-finalist on July 15, 2015. The week of August 17-21, 2015 the 100 semi-finalist will travel to Atlanta, GA and present the future of their idea to a panel of 25 industry professionals. Collectively the panel will select 10 winners to receive the investments and infrastructure support in their idea. The IPO Project- You’re Next competition winners will be announced and notified by September 15, 2015.

As Pandora Radio representatives stated,”The IPO Project is American Idol meets Shark Tank.”

The IPO Project – You’re Next competition along with sponsors that include Energy 1 Federal Credit Union, Regus Group Companies, HillChase, LLC, Club-e, IASC, Inc. and the Invest Atlanta team is poised to help entrepreneurs from 18 to 80.

In John Hope Bryant’s book, “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism” he posed the question; ” …Imagine if we could turn people with few opportunities…into tomorrow visionaries and entrepreneurs.” The IPO Project – You’re Next competition answers this call to action and takes it a step further by providing the necessary support to bolster entrepreneurial success.

CONTACT:
Marjorie Waye, President
360 Player Experience, LLC
201 17th St Ste300, Atlanta, GA 30363
T: 844-968-7360
F: 404-963-0900
info@theipoproject.com
www.theipoproject.com

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Financial Architect® “The Fastest Way to Legally Raise Capital – Guaranteed!”

It has just been reported in “The Private Capital Access PCA Index Q2, 2013 report in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., measures the demand for capital and financing activity for privately-held businesses. Privately held businesses continue to find it difficult to raise new financing in the current business environment, according to 59 percent of small business owners who responded in the second quarter survey results. Only 33 percent of those who applied for business loans from a bank were successful. The research also shows that many small business owners are tapping into their personal assets to fill financing gaps with 41% of business owners saying they transferred personal assets to their business over the last three months.

There is a better way: As former Wall Street financiers turned entrepreneurs, the principals at Commonwealth Capital Advisors know what you’re going through or about to go through. They have felt the pain of attempting to capitalize start-up and early stage companies. They know how to succeed, but more importantly, they know about failure and how to avoid it.

To find out how by reading the Abridged Edition of the E-book their CEO wrote entitled: “The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early Stage Companies.”

VISIT: http://www.commonwealthcapital.com/main/21.php?username=4750

If you are serious about raising capital for your start-up or early stage company, this resource was made for you. “The Secrets of Wall Street…” will open your eyes to the truth on how the world of capital works. It’s designed to enable any Entrepreneur to make a qualified decision on how to go about effectively raising capital.

The unsolicited testimonials continue to stream into their website.

It’s their “pay it forward” gift to you to help you to turn your dream into reality.

Charles David Dreher
Executive Vice-President

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Behrman Stein Names New General Counsel

Behrman Stein announced that Michael Stark has been named General Counsel. He will assume this position for Behrman Stein. Mr. Starkwill replace Liam Teller, who will retire at the end of the year following eight years of service in the position.

“Liam Teller has played an integral role in what has been a very dynamic period in our industry during which our firm experienced significant growth and development. His contributions are many, and we deeply appreciate his tireless efforts,” commented Joseph Behrman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Behrman. “We are very pleased to welcome our new partner, Mike Stark, who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Behrman Stein at this critical time of ongoing growth and change for our firm and our industry. His extensive and varied background in the commodities, investment banking and broker-dealer communities will be invaluable to our capitalizing on future opportunities,” added Mr. Behrman.

“Working with Liam Teller these past eight years has been an exceptional honor and pleasure for all of us at Behrman Stein. His wisdom and counsel supported our strategy and our actions, and we thank him for all he has given us,” said John Alberts, Chief Administrative Officer. “We welcome Mike Stark to Behrman Stein and look forward to continuing to build our firm with his guidance and leadership.”

Mr. Stark has been involved in nearly all aspects of the financial-services industry. After earning his MBA from Cornell University , Mr. Stark traded US Treasury Bonds and related instruments for seven years before getting his JD from the University of Georgia Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Behrman Stein, a global commodity trading advisory firm, has served companies and their investors for more than 10 years.

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Behrman Stein launches Portfolio Management Services

Behrman Stein a leading Hong Kong commodity trading advisory firm has launched Portfolio Management Services (PMS) with two new offerings, the Growth Scheme and the Arbitrage Scheme, aimed at investors with low to moderate risk appetite seeking to maximise returns on investments in this challenging economic environment.

Behrman Stein’s dedicated wealth managers will help the investors to carefully understand their financial goals and advise them with the right product mix. It has robust portfolio management software that enables the entire construction, monitoring and risk management processes. It relieves investors from all the administrative hassles by using proactive reporting measures.

Mr. Joseph Behrman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Behrman Steinsaid, “PMS is fast gaining eminence as an investment avenue of choice for High Networth Investors. While offering a range of specialized investment strategies to capitalize on opportunities in the market, Behrman Stein’s PMS combines competent fund management, dedicated research and state of art technology, thereby ensuring a rewarding experience for all clients. It will ensure that investors with unique needs, varying risk appetite and focussed financial goals can maximise returns on investments and also get multiple conveniences and benefits even in today’s challenging financial environment.”

The Arbitrage Scheme is formulated to generate consistent returns on a regular basis under low risk environment to outperform the fixed income bearing financial instruments by reasonably good margin. The scheme is recommended for investors with very low-risk profile desiring higher liquidity and looking for regular, consistent and reasonable returns to outperform inflation with reasonably good margin on a short (6 month & above) to longer time horizon.

The Growth Scheme is formulated to primarily invest in commoditiy instruments to grow the wealth of the investor with medium to longer time horizon. The scheme is suggested for investors with moderate risk appetite having inclination for better than market returns on the portfolio during medium to long term perspective of 18 to 36 months.

Arbitrage Scheme — Investment Strategy: The objective is to provide consistent, positive returns by taking advantage of mispricing across different segments of financial markets; e.g., spot v/s future; future v/s future, etc. It is a direction–neutral arbitrage portfolio scheme. The trader will enter into simultaneous transactions of long-position in one market segment and short-position in other market segment, eventually creating a hedge. It envisages index arbitrage where the index is bought/sold and the underlying component basket of shares are sold/bought to lock in a profit in cash/future segment. It envisages various derivative strategies & special situation arbitrage opportunities such as dividend arbitrage & buy-back arbitrage. It offers extensive use of in-house developed statistical & technical software to enhance the returns. It also provides optimal use of algorithmic trading system to ensure fast, seamless & efficient execution of various strategies to maximize the returns.

Growth Scheme — Investment Strategy: The objective is to provide unbiased commodities investment strategy based on rigorous fundamental analysis, while taking cognizance of market conditions & movements. It seeks to use a combination of “top-down” and “bottom-up” approach to arrive at a basket of investment-worthy commodity options and futures. It offers qualitative buy-and-hold strategy based on fundamentals and flexible style. The cash component is parked in liquid funds/ bank deposit/ any other liquid money market instruments. It is diversified across sectors and stocks with no concentration risk with priority to quality management with intent of good corporate governance.

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How To Sell Your Gold In New York

Take a good look at that gold bracelet you got for your high school graduation, because you are actually looking at something that can be sold and at a huge profit at that. That is if you are not the type who holds on to things for their sentimental value. But in cases where someday you have to sell gold in New York, that would be one practical decision to make too.

In selling gold or a gold item, you must know the value of what you have and know the identity of the buyer. And if you are realistic enough, you will have a good chance of selling your precious piece of jewelry at an excellent price. There are some excellent gold buyers in New York, like the Gold Standard Jewelry & Gold Buyers , that you can sell your gold to. When you do that, the following tips will be of help to you:

Get the right weight. Authorities and experts in the gold business recommend that you sell your gold to certified gold dealers. Beware of gold dealers who will get all the leverage they can at your expense. Crafty gold dealers use measurements that are not standard, so that your gold will weight lower than its original weight. Research about the proper and legal way to measure gold and alert yourself for anything that looks suspicious when you deal with your gold buyer.

Be aware of the market price of gold. Keep yourself updated on the latest trends in the gold trade. Gold sales are like negotiating for used cars – they may pass you by when you’re not looking and you end up with the worst deal. You the price of gold that you have before you discuss a deal with your buyer. There are websites that can you updates on the prices of gold.

Veterans in the gold business will advise you to be realistic in your dealings. You have to accept the fact that sometimes you will not get your gold’s full value. Professional gold dealers will always want to edge you out in the deal since they will also be selling your gold to other people. Sometimes you have to live with the fact that you will only get 70 percent of the total value of your gold. If you sell your gold to professional dealers, some will even offer you 50 percent of the gold’s real value. But that’s how the gold trade sometimes work.

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Entrepreneurs Raise Significant Capital Under SCOR

Most start-up, early stage and later stage privately held companies could use an extra $1,000,000 in equity capital. If this is the case for you, consider registering the securities at the state level under the Small Company Offering Registration (SCOR) to attract and build a pool of individual investors. This involves submitting an application (Securities Offering documents) for registration with the state(s) regulatory authority where the securities will be solicited and sold.

By registering the securities at the state level under SCOR you are allowed to advertise your securities offering through the general media. Once registered and your advertising plan approved by the state regulators, you will be competing head-to-head with financial institutions for individual investors. Your ability to advertise may not be effective unless your company can provide a higher “current yield” for consistent cash flow to investors. A SCOR Offering enables you to advertise in your regional Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, local newspaper, as well as direct mail and or radio advertising. Imagine investors calling you to inquire about funding your company. This is an extremely important strategy.

Most states support SCOR and are anxious to help entrepreneurs qualify for the funding they seek. But the entrepreneur will need to do most of the “heavy lifting” when it comes to the design of the securities to be offered. How much of the company should be sold for how much? Is there a way to sell Bonds or other forms of debt to investors? What about preferred stock with no voting rights? What are investors looking for when investing in privately held companies? Where does one begin? These are only a few of the questions that must be addressed and answered before creating a securities offering under a SCOR.

One such company is offering this knowledge and advice complimentary as a “Pay it Forward” tactic, the primary focus of its overall business strategy.

Commonwealth Capital Advisors (CCA) has been the advocate for the entrepreneur since its inception in April of 1998. Assisting start-up and early stage companies in the process of raising seed, development, and expansion capital through the issuance of securities, is its only business. As the “Architects of Finance” they produce the proper deal structures through the use of GAAP compliant pro forma financial projections (blueprints), house them in securities offering documents (legal paperwork) and then direct them to Broker Dealers (stockbrokerage firms) to have their securities sold to raise substantial amounts of equity capital. Amounts can range from $100,000 to $50,000,000 for operating companies and up to $500 million dollars for REITs or other Investment Funds.

You no longer need to spend vast amounts of time and money engaging in effectively raising capital. The entire capital raising process can be done by the entrepreneur through the use of CCA’s revolutionary Financial Architect System™. Financial Architect®, a patent pending system, was invented by Wall Street Investment Bankers, Securities Attorneys and CPAs.

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Two E-Books On ‘Raising Capital’ Are Now Available On AMAZON-KINDLE

Commonwealth Capital Advisors (CCA) has just released its e-book entitled, “The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early Stage Companies” on AMAZON-KINDLE. The Abridged Edition is available for download for one dollar ($1.00). Entrepreneurs can now read the first two chapters and determine if deploying a securities offering to raise capital is right for their company’s capital raising needs. They also learn how to successfully structure a deal that will benefit both their investors and their company without giving away any permanent equity or voting control. The Expert Edition of the e-book sells for one-hundred dollars ($100.00) and includes 19 chapters from “The Five Most Important Concepts When Raising Capital” to “Soliciting & Selling Securities to Raise Capital.”

Commonwealth Capital Advisors is an Investment Banking Advisory firm established in 1998. They are very different from Private Equity and Venture Capital firms who require as much equity ownership and voting control from a company, as possible. They are closer to Investment Bankers, but unlike them CCA’s fiduciary duty remains on the entrepreneur’s side of the table.

“CCA’s primary purpose is to increase every entrepreneur’s probability of raising substantial amounts of capital to the highest degree possible, at a mere fraction of the traditional cost, without the need to give up permanent equity ownership or voting control.” CCA is the advocate for the entrepreneur by specializing in assisting start-up and early stage companies raise seed, development, and expansion capital through the issuance of securities. The amounts raised can range from $100,000 to $50,000,000 for operating companies and up to $500 million dollars for Real Estate/REITs or other Investment Funds (i.e. Oil & Gas projects, Film Production Companies and Venture/Hedge Funds). The capital raising process can be done by either the entrepreneur through the use of CCA’s revolutionary patent-pending Financial Architect System™ or they can hire Commonwealth Capital Advisors to oversee the process.

To download the Abridged Edition visit: : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZK5Q9C

To download the Expert Edition visit: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002NU5LN6

To download the Abridged Edition in the UK visit:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003ZK5Q9C

To download the Expert Edition in the UK visit:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002NU5LN6

ezW2 2009 Makes Filing W-2 and 1099 Easy, Fast & Risk Free for Small Businesses

Halfpricesoft.com recently released ezW2 2009, the easy-to-use W2 1099 filing and printing software for small businesses. Best of all, anyone interested in trying ezW2 2009 can do so totally risk free by downloading the full-functional W2 1099 software for free. ezW2 1099 W2 software was specifically engineered with non-accountant business owners in mind. Its intuitive interfaces allow the user to get started on filing and printing Forms W2, W3, 1099 and 1096 without the long learning curve typically associated with financial software.

New to the 1099 W2 software 2009 edition is the ability to print 2 sets of W2 or 1099 data on one red form sheet – the top half of the sheet for one employee and the bottom for another employee. This feature can cut the employer’s cost for red form sheets in half. Of course it also includes the latest versions of Form W2, W3, 1099 and 1096 for compliance with the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration.

Business owners and managers new to ezW2 can try the w2 1099 software risk free, without cost or obligation to ensure they like the software and that it meets their needs. ezW2 software can be downloaded for free at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/w2_software.asp. This is not a demo or trial version with limitations. It is the complete software with all features and no time limit. However, a license key is required to print documents without a “DEMO” or “SAMPLE” watermark across each page The license key can be purchased for just $39.

To make sampling ezW2 2009 even easier, the w2 1099 software download package includes a sample database. Instead of wasting time entering data, small business owners and managers can upload the sample database and begin testing features and functions immediately after installing which saves time and money.

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Business Broker Sees Better Days Ahead For Ontario Businesses

A business broker serving the Greater Toronto Area is receiving strong anecdotal signals from the business resale marketplace that the worst of the recession may be over.

“There are many more enquires from people interested in buying a business,” said Steve Skrlac, a business brokerage professional. “The start of the year was quite slow. People were frightened and very few business brokers that I spoke to were closing deals,” said Skrlac. “Interest from investors of small businesses has certainly picked up though. Business brokers are fielding more calls and good offers on businesses are coming in,” asserts Skrlac.

The business resale market in Canada has slowed considerable since the fall of 2008. Buyers were frightened of committing to an investment when the economic future was uncertain and many business owners pulled out of the business resale market altogether until the economy improved. Business brokers get paid based on transactions and this group was particularly hit hard by the recession.

The recession put a virtual stop on the small business resale marketplace. Overall business resales fell by up to a third in volume according to Skrlac. “I never thought it could have gotten so slow in the market,” says Skrlac.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the worst is now over though. “Calls are significantly higher than from even 3 months ago. Buyers are coming back to the marketplace now,” says Skrlac. “More business owners who have held off on listing their business for sale have also decided to list. Many business brokers are much more bullish about the market now than they were compared to just last Spring,” adds Skrlac.

Steve Skrlac is a professional in the field of business brokerage. He serves the Ontario marketplace from Toronto to Hamilton.

Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Real Estate, Brokerage is based in Hamilton, Ontario. Steve Skrlac, MBA, CFA focuses on small businesses for sale valued at under $5 million.

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Business Interruption Insurance Protects Against Lost Profits

The business industry these days is in need of some help. Businesses left and right are being forced into bankruptcy, regardless of whether they’re neighborhood staples or new up-and-comers. On top of having to worry about keeping their profits in the green, business owners also have to adequately protect their establishments against catastrophic disasters such as fires, tornados, floods, etc. A recently published article on InsuranceAgents.com reveals the importance of business owners purchasing a quality business interruption insurance policy.

The article, titled Business Interruption Insurance: When Disaster Strikes, emphasizes that a quality business interruption insurance policy can help prevent a business from stopping or slowing down production should a catastrophe strike. Most standard policies include compensation for profits the company would have earned had the property not been affected by a catastrophe. For example, if a business’s building burns down to the ground and the business is forced to relocate, all of the profits it loses are covered.

Any expenses the company pays for are also covered in a standard policy, particularly electricity and heat, which may occur even if a business’s operations are put on a temporary hiatus. There are some disclaimers, however, to a business interruption insurance policy.

“Keep in mind that a business interruption insurance policy is not your standard policy,” the article describes. “It is not sold by itself, but instead is most commonly added onto a property insurance policy or included in a separate package. More often than not, it takes longer to renovate a building than initially anticipated.”

So how affordable is quality coverage? The price of a business interruption insurance policy depends on a variety of factors, including the location of the establishment, premise of the business and how easily it adapts to operating at a temporary location. Business owners looking to obtain a business interruption insurance policy for their business should contact a business insurance agent today.

Go to InsuranceAgents.com for more information and to receive insurance quotes from up to five local agents.

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Expert Edition Book On Amazon Kindle Helps Entrepreneurs Raise Capital For Their Start Ups

The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early Stage Companies”, Expert Edition, by Timothy Daniel Hogan was just published on AMAZON KINDLE by Commonwealth Capital Advisors.

Mr. Hogan has over 24 years experience in the Investment Banking and Securities Industry, held Six (6) NASD securities licenses and registrations primarily of “Principal” status. Mr. Hogan is a former Director of Compliance and Senior Trading Principal for North American Financial Group, Inc. a SEC Registered Investment Bank and Securities Broker. Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee for North American Capital Advisors, Inc. a SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm.

Mr. Hogan supervised the management of eight internal departments in relation to Federal and State(s) securities laws, as well as, overall firm productivity, operational systems design and technological implementation. Mr. Hogan has been a Founding Principal of seven entrepreneurial endeavors, including an eighteen-hole championship golf course and real estate development, a software development firm, other Internet related businesses, as well as, an investment banking company. He has held board and executive committee seats on various firms. His securities industry training started in 1984 with a few large securities brokerage and investment banking firms, such as, Merrill Lynch, E. F. Hutton and Shearson Lehman Brothers, now known as, Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney. Mr. Hogan holds a double major (Marketing & Finance) Bachelors of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business.

If you are determined to raise capital for your start-up or early stage company, this resource was made for you, and will open your eyes to the process that will get your company funded. It is the only resource available online that shows Entrepreneurs the whole process so they can successfully get the capital they need without wasting time or money where others fail. Get right to the source, and turn your dream into reality.

About Commonwealth Capital Advisors, LLC (CCA)
Commonwealth Capital Advisors (CCA) is comprised of former Wall Street Investment Bankers, Securities Attorneys and CPAs who invented Financial Architect®, a patent pending system designed to substantially reduce the cost (in time and money) of raising capital, through selling securities. The firm has provided conventional investment advisory services to public and private business since it was established in 1998.

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USBSwiper.Com Allows Businesses To Affordably SWIPE And Process Credit Cards Out In The Field Using Only A Customer’s Laptop And An Internet Connection,

Newly-developed USBSwiper offers Customers the unique opportunity to simply, easily and securely process customer credit cards with true mobility. Customers can simplify their businesses by being able to swipe credit cards anywhere whether at their store location or out in the field using only the customers Laptop, Internet Connection, USBSwiper software interface and magnetic card reader and the PayPal merchant processing system.

Richard Freedkin was a small business owner with a big problem. As a Real Estate investor and consultant who traveled the country conducting seminars and selling his books, he was wasting time and losing business whenever he typed in customers’ credit card information into PayPal’s virtual terminal by hand at each of his workshops. He needed a simple way to swipe credit cards at any seminar or convention location with only his internet connection and laptop.

When he asked developers in an online forum about available credit card swipers that were compatible with PayPal, everyone said it couldn’t be done except for 25-year-old Drew Angell, a certified PayPal ACE developer. Just over 6 months later, the pair founded AngellFree, Inc., and officially unveiled the only PayPal compatible credit card swiping solution at the annual Ebay Live! event in Chicago.

“I needed a product like this for my business, and thousands of other business people also need and are looking for something like this too. Other Wireless or Mobile Credit Card Solutions are just too expensive,” said Freedkin. “It was a situation where necessity was the mother of invention. Because of USBSwiper, I can now process payments for 30 to 40 of my books in just a few minutes and I have all of my reports and records centralized in one place. The best part is that unlike other merchant credit card processors, the money is deposited into my account instantly.”

The USBSwiper software, along with USBSwiper’s compatible magnetic card reader, can be used on both Mac and PC platforms. Unlike applying for and using merchant credit card processors, using USBSwiper in conjunction with PayPal will save small business owners merchant credit card processor fees, paperwork, time, lost interest, and lost fees during refund transactions.

“All you need is a computer with an internet connection and you’re set to go,” said Freedkin. “We’ve seen USBSwiper utilized by kiosk owners, microbreweries, artists, airport curbside checkers, taxi cab companies, and flea market sellers. The applications are endless for the small business owner, especially if you sell products either online, from a storefront, or in person at a customer’s home such as a home improvement or HVAC company. There are virtually thousands of different applications that this will work for inexpensively. Now everyone can enjoy true affordable wireless credit card processing”

The Word is spreading said Angell. “Everyone is so excited about this product, and it makes me feel great to know how much it’s already helped people out and to hear the positive feedback. I’m looking forward to introducing it to so many sellers who could truly benefit from it and grow their business.”

The True Wireless Mobility that this product offers has now sparked Freedkin and Angell to create a national sales force of Independent USBSwiper Representatives who will market the product Nationwide. According to Freedkin, “In this economic climate of Job losses and layoffs, many people are opening up small businesses. This opens up a huge opportunity for many people to create financial freedom by marketing this phenomenal product and to create a great residual income while at the same time, helping those businesses who have wanted to, but could not afford to have wireless credit card processing in the field before.”

For those who would like to learn more, please visit www.usbswiper.com.

About AngellFree Inc.: 

Founded in 2008 and based out of Lake Zurich, Illinois, AngellFree, Inc., provides small business owners with web and application development solutions.

Contact Details: USBSwiper.com, 830 W. Rt. 22 #235, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (224) 677-0283 Office, (847) 307-8464 Fax, Richard@USBSwiper.com, www.USBSwiper.com

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The G Murphy Partnership helps you turn your dreams into reality

Due to the state of the economy at the present time, financing for new and existing businesses has become a far more difficult proposition. With no positive outlook for the economy expected in the near future, banks and other lenders are tightening up on their credit available to businesses, which makes getting finance even more difficult than before.

“The G Murphy Partnership believes that today it is more important than ever to have an expert in the financing field work with you in getting your financing,” says Gregg Murphy, President. “Working with a professional person, through their contacts with the lenders can make all the difference between getting the finance you need and getting turned down.”

The G Murphy Partnership strives to create financial solutions for all of our clients. Each of their clients individual needs are carefully reviewed and analyzed, after which together they prepare and implement a customized plan and strategy in order to move forward in successfully securing their financing needs. “Through years of experience and building relationships with financial institutions, we are able 

to make the process of securing funds an easier and more successful proposition for our clients,” says Murphy. “We value all our client relationships and consider them as a partnership working together to achieve the same financial goal.” The G Murphy Partnership, a television commercial production agency is one of many satisfied G Murphy’s clients. “With the advise, proper direction and easy to follow plan, The G Murphy Partnership turned a daunting task into both an enjoyable and learning experience. Getting the finance was the icing on the cake!!!,” says Jenny Munford, President. “We’re thrilled to be able to reciprocate with a television commercial production for G Murphy. The commercial will help promote G Murphy’s services to other businesses needing financing, as well.”

Whether you’re starting a new business or wanting to grow an existing one, through their expertise and know-how, they’ll work with you to prepare a solid strategy and business plan… then help you present your case to the banks.

Contact The G Murphy Partnership today for a free consultation. info@thegmp.ca

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Accepting Credit Card Payments Via Phone Is A Perfect Solution For Small Businesses

With the ever changing economy and advancements in the way people do business, companies need to be innovative to survive. They need to connect directly with their clients and conform to their needs and demands. Most importantly, they need to solve their client’s main problems including how to get paid. One company that is doing just that is Cell Charge, IncRecently, Cell Charge gained global recognition on an Eye on America segment where they were featured for their innovative methods of accepting credit cards. To view the segment you can go to Cell Charge’s website. www.cellcharge.com.

Eye on America showcased how Cell Charge solves client’s issues by enabling businesses to process their customers MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards through their existing phone. The segment emphasized the need for easily accepting credit card transactions, especially in light of the fact that 1/3 to ½ of shoppers charge their purchases and don’t carry enough cash for the average transaction. Therefore, businesses realize to get those buyers and to be competitive, they need to offer their customers the ability to use credit. The show also acknowledged that today a tremendous amount of business is now being conducted outside the confines of the office. Fortunately, recent technological advances have also made it easier for merchants to handle these point of sell transactions out in the field.

President of Cell Charge, Dave Garboski, was interviewed for the segment. Garboski stated, “Some small businesses still believe that getting a merchant account is costly and difficult to do. It’s not. At least it’s not difficult with Cell Charge. Since your phone is the only equipment necessary to process transactions, you do not need to buy or lease anything else. Therefore, the high upfront cost of purchasing equipment is eliminated. But perhaps the best feature to businesses, large and small, is the fact that there are no hidden fees or penalties and no contract is needed. In today’s economy that is truly a blessing.”

Eye on America also highlighted one primary difference between Cell Charge and other companies, that being the fees charged. Often when processing credit card transactions there are different fees associated depending on the type of card and also how the card is being transmitted (i.e., swiped, keyed in, etc.). They acknowledged that Cell Charge’s unique method of bundling their packages, alleviated confusion by offering a one-size fits all package plan and bundle plan. This allows businesses to know exactly what they will pay per transaction, with no surprises come bill time.

Progress is a way of life in America, fast moving and constantly changing. With the ability to accept credit cards from anyone, anywhere, anytime, via your phone you have the added advantage to keep up and reach new levels of success. Stop by CellCharge http://www.cellcharge.com today to find out more. More convenience, more sales, more satisfied clients. That’s how business should be done. CellCharge Processing, an authorized partner of Sage Payment Solutions is a registered ISO/MSP of Harris Savings and Trust Bank—Buffalo Grove, IL

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Gopay Pty Ltd Is A Specialist Ecommerce Application Developer

GOpay is part of the WebStation Australia Pty Ltd group whose team in conjunction with Microsoft pioneered internet commerce before the first browsers in 1993. The group includes GObookings Systems Pty Ltd who in 2000 developed Australia’s leading enterprise appointment management system –GObookings AppointmentDiary V8.

GOpay can provide the online credit card payment gateway ‘connection’ between your web site or business and your bank account. GOpay is specially licensed to facilitate the transfer of funds from your customer direct into your bank account. If required applications can be developed as a solution to meet that special need. In addition GOpay can provide you with a raft of off-the-shelf ecommerce tools to take advantage of the opportunities ecommerce has to offer. We suggest you ask a GOpay consultant where you can use GOpay to best advantage for your business. www.gopay.com.au

There are essentially two categories of ecommerce tools provided by the WebStation group, and both are supplied by GOpay and its sister company GObookings. GObookings Systems provide Enterprise level appointment and booking systems for a satisfied client base within Australia and the USA.

GObookings Version 8 clients include a mix of Federal and State Government departments, universities, health care services, global corporations, medium to large and small businesses… all successfully using the scheduling booking systems as an integral part of their operations.

Unique configuration flexibility along with a well proven product distinguishes GObookings from competitors.

In addition there are off-the-shelf customizable options with easy to use interfaces and advanced feature and business rule options available to satisfy any size business or government department. If preferred the GObookings engine can also be top and tailed as middleware. See www.gobookings.com.au.

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Barclays Local Business report workplace “dreamers” of today make tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Barclays Local Business research reveals untapped potential of today’s workforce. Workers caught staring into space at their desk or ‘away with the fairies’ during business meetings are a mass of untapped, entrepreneurial talent, according to research from Barclays Local Business.

The latest survey by Barclays Local Business reveals how employees showing signs of distraction are likely to get out and start their own business, as nearly half of today’s UK business bosses (44 per cent) admit to having plotted their entrepreneurial future whilst daydreaming in the work place of a previous employer.

Although an increasing number of bosses are paranoid about employees wasting time at work on social networking sites like Facebook, it appears they cannot stop employees from dreaming of a more productive and satisfying future in their working life.

John Davis, marketing director for Barclays Local Business said: “This survey highlights what many bosses have probably suspected for a long time – that for some employees, their current job is the last thing on their mind when they are at work. However, whilst they may be wasting their employer’s time they are not necessarily being idle; as they are planning for their own future. For budding entrepreneurs, the routine of their day-job can spark dreams of going onto bigger and better things.”

These dreamers turned entrepreneurs clearly know the value of downtime with only eight per cent interrupting their holidays to come up with a killer small business idea. Similarly, just six per cent were prepared to think about being their own boss in between pints down the pub. It’s also no surprise then that the survey also reveals that almost 40 per cent of UK business bosses view plain old common sense as the winning ingredient for ongoing success.

Davis added: “For employers there is nothing more frustrating than letting untapped talent slip through the net as staff showing entrepreneurial signs provide huge benefits and help small, medium or larger companies grow. Perhaps it will serve as a warning to any boss that they shouldn’t take their eye off the ball when it comes to keeping their staff interested and engaged and developing their people.”

The survey also uncovers the concerns keeping aspiring entrepreneurs awake at night; just under 40 per cent admit to feeling nervous about giving up the financial stability of a full time job, while nearly one in five (19 per cent) worry about getting into debt. Added pressure on their home life was also a worry for six per cent.

About Barclays Local Business
Barclays Local Business provide services and a comprehensive range of tailored business banking products to more than 600,000 businesses typically with a turn over less than £1 million.

Barclays Local Business supports businesses with:
– Named business manager, locally based allocated to the clients business. 1,600 Local Business Managers in 600 locations

– Barclays Trading Places’ Awards, recognising people who have overcome adversity to set up in business

– Give start-ups standard banking transactions free for up to 18 months. Wide range of free advice and information -Starting & Running Your Business CD-ROM; consultations with a panel of legal, accountancy & marketing experts; Business Opportunity Profiles & Business Information Factsheets; Legal & tax helpline

– Free ‘Mindleaders‘ online business skills training worth £1,000 and award winning software packages that will help save businesses time and money

– Individual solutions that offer support outside of the usual banking services e.g. unique award winning software packages that will help save businesses time and money

– The ability to speak to a qualified business Manager – out of hours or when their local business manager is engaged with customers. Flexibility to bank when and how they want – online and telephone banking and a full counter service at 1600 branches nationwide.

Figures taken from research carried out by YouGov on behalf of Barclays Local Business Banking. Total sample size was 2427 SME owner-managers from across the UK. Fieldwork was undertaken between 11-17 May 2007. The survey was carried out online. The figures have not been weighted.

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Expert System Enables Start-Ups and Early-Stage Companies to Control Their Own Financing at Low Cost

Commonwealth Capital Advisors (CCA), an investment banking advisory firm, today announced that it has combined a number of software modules and features that were previously sold separately under its Financial Architect System™ product line. It has also significantly reduced the overall cost of the combined products and services.

The Financial Architect System™ is a patent-pending method designed to help entrepreneurs simplify the process and reduce the cost of raising capital through issuing securities. In addition, CCA has added templates for issuing “Seed Capital Convertible Bridge NotesTM” – a simple and rapid form of financing for small companies – to one of its two consolidated product suites.

“The goals of the Financial Architect System™ and the changes we’re announcing today are simple,” said Charles Dreher, CCA’s Executive Vice President. “We want to help start ups and early stage companies significantly lower the costs and increase the speed of raising capital. Just as important, we want to provide business owners with an easy-to-use expert system that will enable them to choose the right deal structure for capital they need without giving up equity unnecessarily.”

“Using our system, an entrepreneur can create the necessary documents for convertible bridge notes in about two hours and start raising capital the same day,” Dreher noted. “To raise additional capital using our system, a client can then produce a securities-offering document, for legal counsel review, compliant with Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 in as little as 20 hours at a fraction of the time and cost it would take using conventional methods.”

“We believe there’s significant and growing demand among business owners for control over their financing strategies. The low cost of the Financial Architect System™ and the way we’ve simplified our offerings into just two product suites designed to meet this ‘do-it-yourself’ approach,” he concluded.

About Commonwealth Capital Advisors, LLC
Commonwealth Capital Advisors is an investment banking advisory firm with representation in Chicago, Harbor Springs, MI, and other locations in the United States as well as internationally. The firm has provided conventional investment advisory services to public and private business since it was established in 1998, and has spent the last four years developing the Financial Architect System™ as a complete expert system for start-up, early-stage and seasoned companies, both public and private, that seek capital.

CCA’s software allows clients to evaluate and create securities-offering documents for deal structures including common equity, notes with equity kickers, participating preferred shares, and common equity with bank debt.

In addition to its capital raising software, the firm provides clients with access to accredited “angel” investors, private equity funds, hedge funds, registered investment advisors, broker-dealers and many other sources of capital, around the world, that have an interest in funding start-up and early-stage companies. Access to this “Commonwealth Capital Club” network is on a password-protected area of CCA’s website and is part of the Financial Architect System™.

More information on CCA is at www.CommonwealthCapital.com/members/4750 or at its international web site www.CCAIntl.co.uk For a limited time, CCA is offering its comprehensive proprietary guide to financing, The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early-Stage Companies, at no cost through the above links.

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