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Fersten Adds Two New Sales Reps in Canada
August 11, 2014

Fersten Worldwide, Champlain, N.Y., has hired Sandy Baer and Beth Timbers for its sales team Baer will represent Fersten Worldwide and FILA Golf in the Great Toronto Area west territory while Timbers will handle the east territory. The territories are split by Highway 400.

SBA's Regulation Watchdog Is Stepping Down
August 11, 2014

For a little-understood department in a backwater federal agency, the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy attracts a lot of attention. The office is charged with making sure new government regulations aren’t too burdensome for small businesses. That puts it in the middle of the everlasting war between those who want less regulation and those who want more.

Today, advocacy’s top official said he is resigning. Winslow Sargeant, appointed as chief counsel for advocacy by President Obama in 2010 and confirmed by the Senate the following year, said he plans to spend more time with his family.

CPSC Magnets Trial in December? Zen Magnets Vows to 'Fight Until the End'
August 11, 2014

Two years ago, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took the uncommon step of filing administrative complaints against multiple rare-earth magnet companies who refused to voluntarily recall magnetic adult desk toy products deemed to be defective by CPSC staff. Specifically, the agency alleged that these companies sold products containing small, but high powered, rare-earth magnets, which pose a “substantial product hazard” to children.

To date, nearly all of the magnet companies have reached a settlement with the CPSC over the government’s claims regarding the magnetic products.

T-shirt Company Replaces Redskins with Rednecks
August 11, 2014

San Francisco-based T-shirt company Headline Shirts has taken full advantage of the Redskins name controversy by introducing a new line of shirts based on the team logo. But instead of a Native American, a redneck—complete with raccoon tail and mullet—is prominently featured.

(No idea if this violates trademark law, but if it does, and a judge does not overturn the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's ruling canceling the Redskins' trademark registration, there's nothing the team would be able to do about it.)

The image above has been a big hit on Facebook, imgur and Reddit.

How Much Can I Charge a Customer for Using a Credit Card?
October 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Answer: The safe and easy answer is “nothing.” Some states prohibit surcharges for credit card use, period. Some states permit it but with some complicated qualifiers, like no surcharge on debit cards, surcharge limited to what you actually paid and other such language buried in your merchant service agreement. The regulations are too many, making…

11 Keys to Great Success in Life and Business: Key 7: Be Accountable
November 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm

The key difference between big businesses and small businesses is that big businesses are driven by timely accountability. Big businesses have boards of directors/advisers to whom management needs to report. If you want to maximize your results, you need to be accountable. Most small-business owners started their businesses because they wanted independence. I get it.…

Homeland Security Investigating Royals Merchandise
November 5, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents removed boxes of merchandise from a store in Overland Park, Kan., after the owner was accused of violating trademarks held by the Kansas City Royals and MLB. According to KSHB 41, the DHS agents, along with Kansas' Johnson County Sheriff's Department, removed dozens of boxes containing…

Maeli Rose Recalls Children's Hoodies
November 5, 2015 at 5:58 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Maeli Rose, Arcadia, Calif., is recalling its Girl's Hoodie due to a strangulation hazard. The hoodie has a drawstring that poses a risk of strangulation inside of the hood's lining surrounding the face. The drawstring can…

How Well Do You Know Your Customer's Business?
November 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Your job is to solve your customers’ problems. Period. That’s all. You need to become a part of their organizations. This is vital if you want to earn the right to charge a little more and be compensated for your expertise. Think of your job as earning a job at your target prospects' companies. This…

Starline Inc. Expands Partnership with Regional Sales Representatives
November 5, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Jim Bull, vice president of sales for Starline Inc., Grand Island, N.Y., announced the expanded partnership with K.C. and Michael Fields of Columbus, Ohio-based K.C. Fields & Associates as the new representatives for the Northeast — Mid-Atlantic. They will represent Starline Inc. in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, southern…