Category: Blog

July 9, 2011 B.J. Kharrazi

What do you have to say to your clients and prospects and what do they have to say about your business or company? You certainly do not need social media to reach out to your customers and clients but it doesn’t hurt to spread your name and brand in a way others looking for someone more »

July 8, 2011 B.J. Kharrazi

… and stick it to Wall Street at the same time! Sounds like the best of both worlds to us! In November 2009 Ellen Brown wrote at AlterNet that bailing out the banking system “…has only fixed the economy for bankers and the wealthy; it has not done much to address either the fundamental problem more »

June 5, 2011 B.J. Kharrazi

Source: Catalyst House In 2006 Douglas Rushkoff, when asked The Edge Question, “What is the most dangerous idea?,” replied, “open source currency.” Well now a new P2P digital currency, called Bitcoin, may provide the ideal medium to engage in commerce outside the official economy and  — it’s decentralized, anonymous, and its supply is moderated by a mathematical formula to more »

May 25, 2011 B.J. Kharrazi

Remember those old Visa commercials used to highlight places where they “don’t take American Express.” Well for legal medical marijuana dispensaries, it looks like a reversal: American Express won’t take them. As of late April, paitents using their American Express cards topurchase medical marijuana received notice that their cards were declined. The rejection of the more »

May 5, 2011 B.J. Kharrazi

At 1st National Processing, we are beginning to embrace social media as a powerful marketing and branding tool – and, we’ve yet to think of one business that couldn’t benefit from some sort of social media component in their marketing and advertising mix.

April 13, 2011 B.J. Kharrazi

Business owners often ask us what they should they be doing for social media their company. In our “expert” LOL opinion, this question cannot be glossed over, let alone without doing bonafide research. That being said, asking is the first step and so we will answer it with the help of social media experts at more »

April 10, 2011 B.J. Kharrazi

Source: Lynnea Bylund | Catalyst QuickBooks Its a new era for Los Angeles bargain seekers with a constant stream of strongly discounted coupon offers: 40% off a Princess Cruise ticket, 55% off a facial, or $125 worth of laundry and dry cleaning for $60. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and big corporations are gambling that the new discount coupon more »

March 22, 2011 B.J. Kharrazi

Google’s SEO expert and spokesperson, Matt Cutts, was asked: “If you were an in-house SEO of an advanced level, within a large corporation, what 3 things would you make sure you had included in your 2011 strategy?” Matt’s advice applies equally to virtually any small business pushing it’s Internet presence.

February 18, 2011 B.J. Kharrazi

Source: Catalyst House Keri Salls posted to her blog about cool research project published by Saras Sarasvathy, a Professor at the University of Virginia, captures distinctions between entrepreneurs & corporate executives in how they think. In her article in the new issue of  Inc Magazine, Leigh Buchanan says, “Saras Sarasvathy concluded that master entrepreneurs rely more »

February 11, 2011 B.J. Kharrazi

Source: MarketWatch | Emily Maltby Chargebacks are reverse credit-card transactions that can happen when a consumer disputes a charge, if the card is lost or stolen or if there’s a processing error. Business owners are ultimately responsible for the amount charged back to the company. To recoup the loss, merchants must prove to the card more »