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MID:COM Hires Jeff Christiansen as IT Administrator/Engineer

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Midwest Computer Register (MID:COM) has hired Jeff Christiansen as its IT Administrator/Engineer. Christiansen graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in electrical engineering. Christiansen most recently owned Advanced Tech Solutions, an IT company based in Hampton, IA. In his new role, Christiansen will be responsible for the day-to-day IT duties of the company as well as product and ...

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Eric Leskinen to Lead Consulting Division of P3 Propane Safety

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Eric Leskinen will be heading up the consulting division of P3 Propane Safety, the company announced. Leskinen has 27 years’ experience in the petroleum and transportation industries, his concentration being propane safety. A key component in the consulting business will be the development of customized policies and procedures for retail marketers of propane. Leskinen said, “We see a significant need ...

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Close-up: Specing a Propane Crane Truck

By Stephen Bennett “The biggest mistake fuel oil people make when they go into the propane business is they buy too small a truck with too small a crane,” said Roger Smith of Kurtz Truck Equipment, Marathon, N.Y. A service truck with a crane is needed for installing propane tanks above the hundred-gallon size, Smith said. The cost of a ...

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Wells Fargo Survey: Small Business Optimism Inches Upward in Q3

Small business optimism improved slightly in the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, yet overall it has remained relatively stable throughout 2016. In the quarterly survey, which measures the optimism of small business owners and was conducted July 6-12,, the overall Index score increased slightly to 68 from 64 in April. This represents the highest optimism reading since January 2015 ...

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Business Owners: Staffing is Top Challenge

Small business owners report that hiring and retaining talent is their most significant business challenge, according to a quarterly survey by Vistage Worldwide. Vistage, a global organization that assembles and facilitates private advisory boards for CEOs, conducts a quarterly survey covering a variety of small business topics. More than one-third of the 1,300 respondents cite staffing as the most significant ...

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Survey: Small Businesses, Middle Market Companies Agree Growth is Priority

Small businesses and middle market companies in the U.S. are in growth mode, according to the American Express Business Growth Pulse. The survey found that 92% of middle market firms ($10M -$1B in revenues) and 80% of small businesses with less than 100 employees and at least $250,000 in revenue say growth is the top priority for their firms. A ...

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Elvis, Barbie, Chihuahuas, US Marines and Warm Weather

By Steve Abbate One of my favorite card games that I play with my family is Fact or Crap. If you never played, it’s fairly simple. One person picks a card, reads it and the other players state if they think the statement is true (Fact) or false (Crap). I thought it would be helpful for this article to play ...

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Understanding Interchange and How It Impacts Your Processing Rates

By Collin Sullivan, National Accounts Manager, AVATAS Payment Solutions As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, credit card processing can be complex, and one of the most confusing aspects of the whole industry is interchange fees. Continue reading to get a quick primer on what interchange is, as well as some tips to help ensure that you are paying the lowest ...

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Selling Fuel Oil Online

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Automated selling as a way to compete on price By Stephen Bennett The will-call business has changed, according to some in the fuel oil industry. For starters, they don’t call it will-call. “On-demand” is the preferred term. Mark A. Stillman, president of Energy Edge Advisory Group, moderated and participated in a session on E-commerce at the NEFI Visions conference in ...

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New York’s downstate and upstate fuel oil associations go their separate ways By Stephen Bennett Two trade associations that represent fuel oil companies in New York City and Long Island, and fuel marketer Petro, have quit the Empire State Energy Association, citing dissatisfaction with its performance. The Oil Heat Institute of Long Island and the New York Oil Heating Association, ...

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