7 Rochester Networking Events for March 2017

There’s a bunch of great Rochester networking events happening in March that you should consider joining. Take a look below at my list of the 6 Best Rochester networking events for March. I have also included a couple of my own events, like the ROC City Hot Sauce Festival. I hope you see you there, or bump into you at a networking event in the area!

1.ROC City Hot Sauce Festival

Hot sauce lovers can’t miss this event! It’s also a great chance to mingle with other business owners in the local restaurant industry. Your ticket includes access to the build-a-plate station with burgers, Zweigle’s Hots and all the traditional fixins, samples of all restaurants’ hot sauces at their individual booths, a chance to vote for your favorite hot sauce in the People’s Choice Award, and 1 drink ticket redeemable for beer, wine or soda.

  • Date/Time: 3/2/17; 6-9PM

  • Location: Burgundy Basin, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY

  • Fee: $20 pre-sale (tickets must be purchased by EOD 2/28) or $25 at the door

  • Event Link: ROC City Hot Sauce Festival – Eventbrite

 

2. West TipClub Business Networking Event

From the event organizers: “Join us on Wednesday morning, March 8, for our powerful business networking event that comes with a unique twist. We use a structured format that allows for spotlight introductions followed by our famous “lightning round” so connections are made instantly! For first time guests, there is no cost to attend. Register early before the event closes out, and feel free to forward this invitation to an associate!”

 

3. FEI Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Networking Event

The Financial Executives International Rochester Chapter is hosting a special social networking event integrated with a presentation on insurance industry updates and learning opportunities.

 

4. Eastside Business Expo 2017

From the event organizers: “Join us for an evening of business awareness and networking with businesses from across the eastern suburbs.This event is open to the public and attendance for networking and exploring is free. Registration for attendance is highly encouraged to ensure we have enough refreshments available and to give our exhibitors an idea of how many people to expect.”

 

5. FemCity Rochester March Social

A business networking event for women:  “Come prepared to learn the impact that strengths awareness can have on you personally and on your performance at work, home and in your community — and how to identify the areas where you have the greatest potential for building strength.”

 

6. March vBeer Meetup for VMware Users & Professionals

From the organizers: March vBeer will be held at The Lost Borough in Rochester NY. The Lost Borough Brewing Company is the realization of a dream for two life long friends – Dave Finger and Dan Western – in search of the perfect pint of locally brewed craft beer. After years of experimentation with all styles of artisan beers, they have decided to leave their mark by opening a local brewery where they can share their passion with others while providing a truly different craft beer experience.”

 

7. Monthly Young Professionals Happy Hour at Blossom Road Pub (Hosted by AMA Rochester)

About the event: Enjoy some great food specials and meet fellow marketers to put answers into action and solve the biggest problems in the marketing industry. We discuss a new topic every month. This a recurring monthly event on the 4th Tuesday. $1 Off Appetizers – $1 Off Wine – $1 Off Drafts

 

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Have an event you would like to see featured for next month?

Please send the following information to Mike Krause at mike@salessensepayments.com for consideration:

  • Event Name:
  • Brief paragraph about the event:
  • Event Time/Date:
  • Event Address:
  • Event Fees: We prefer to feature free or low-cost events that are open to the general public
  • Event Info/Registration Link:

About Sales Sense Payments

Sales Sense Payments can help save your business thousands of dollars a year in merchant processing fees. We also offer complete point-of-sale (POS) solutions and EMV-compliant credit card machines in addition to platforms for customer loyalty programs. If you process credit card transactions for customers, we can save you money.  Sales Sense Payments is a Rochester-based business, deeply supportive of the success of our local businesses.  Let’s talk!

 

6 Best Networking Events in Rochester, NY for January 2017

Rochester NY Networking Events

Here is my roundup of great Rochester area networking events for January 2017.  It’s a new year, and a great time to step out of your comfort zone to explore new opportunities for growing your business. A great way to take the first step is to make some valuable connections to other business owners and professionals in the community.  You never know what unexplored opportunities are waiting to be discovered!

Take a look below at my list of the 6 Best Rochester networking events this January. I have also included my own seminar in number 3, which I hope you’ll be able to join me for as we discuss 10 actionable tips for driving more business to your doorstep.  I hope you see you there, or bump into you at a networking event in the area.

1. Family First and Sales Sense Payments Wine and Chocolate Event!

About the event: Connect with professional business owners and enjoy some wine and chocolate!

 

2. Member Open House at Arthur Murray

About the event:  Please Join Us for a SPECIAL Brighton Chamber of Commerce Member Open House Networking Event

 

3. Seminar: 10 Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Business

Join me for my own seminar!: I have been in the financial services industry for more than 20 years, and I will be sharing my insights and top 10 tips for driving more traffic to your business in this interactive seminar.

4. Rochester Chamber of Commerce Speed Networking Event

About the event: Meet over 20 people in just over an hour with this non-conventional networking event. You will sit down for 3 minute mini-meetings.  It’s an exciting combo of shameless self-promotion and forming new professional relationships and potential referral partners.

 

5. Monthly Young Professionals Happy Hour at Blossom Road Pub (Hosted by AMA Rochester)

About the event: Enjoy some great food specials and meet fellow marketers to put answers into action and solve the biggest problems in the marketing industry. We discuss a new topic every month. This a recurring monthly event on the 4th Tuesday. $1 Off Appetizers – $1 Off Wine – $1 Off Drafts

 

6. FemCity Rochester Morning Coffee Talk

About the event:  This is a casual meet and greet for women in the Rochester area. Get to know the group members, and feel free to bring a friend. Be sure to bring business cards to share as you make connections!

 

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Have an event you would like to see featured for next month?

Please send the following information to Mike Krause at mike@salessensepayments.com for consideration:

  • Event Name:
  • Brief paragraph about the event:
  • Event Time/Date:
  • Event Address:
  • Event Fees: We prefer to feature free or low-cost events that are open to the general public
  • Event Info/Registration Link:

About Sales Sense Payments

Sales Sense Payments can help save your business thousands of dollars a year in merchant processing fees. We also offer complete point-of-sale (POS) solutions and EMV-compliant credit card machines in addition to platforms for customer loyalty programs. If you process credit card transactions for customers, we can save you money.  Sales Sense Payments is a Rochester-based business, deeply supportive of the success of our local businesses.  Let’s talk!

November Networking Events in Rochester NY

Sales Sense Payments is all about helping local business thrive, so I spend a lot of time networking and getting to know Rochester’s business owners and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, there aren’t many great local networking event calendars or resources, so I often find myself spending quite a bit of time each month researching these opportunities online across dozens of different websites. I figure, why not make the most use of that time and share my list of events with you?  

Take a look below at my list of the 7 Best Rochester networking events this November. While I can’t attend every event I bookmark, give me a heads up so I can keep an eye out for you if we will both be in attendance!

1. Rochester West Business Networking Event from TipClub

From the organizers: Join us for our powerful business networking event that comes with a unique twist.  We use a structured format that allows for spotlight introductions followed by our famous “lightning round” so connections are made instantly! 

 

2. Rochester Chamber Networks After 5

From the organizers: Spend an evening under the stars without ever leaving the comfort of indoors when the DoubleTree by Hilton Rochester hosts Chamber Networks After 5. Mingle and make business contacts in DoubleTree’s newly renovated indoor garden and check out other updates recently done at one of the most unique hotels in the Rochester area.  Enjoy snacks and a cash bar in the stunning atmosphere.

 

3. RYP Professional Development: 6th Annual Entrepreneur’s Expo

From the organizers: Rochester’s youngest business owners will be the focus of Rochester Young Professionals’ 6th Annual Entrepreneur’s Expo, a networking and business event.

 

4. November vBeer with VMUG and Splunk

From the organizers: Join our monthly vBeer event at Roc Brewing Co. and Splunk. Socialize with other members and technologists from around Rochester. Tour the brewery and drink some great Rochester beers. Registration is not necessary and only used for head count. So come join us for a fun night out!

 

5. Rochester Women’s Network Orientation

From the organizers: Are you changing careers – new to the area – new to our network? A long-time member looking to reap more benefits from your RWN membership? Interested in learning more about what RWN has to offer? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are cordially invited to join us for an Orientation and Recruitment meeting.  Learn more about RWN, one of the largest networking organizations of its kind.  Network with new people and begin to take full advantage of a networking organization with 250 members from 200 local businesses, including 100 women owned businesses!

 

6. Monthly Young Professionals Happy Hour at Blossom Road Pub (Hosted by AMA Rochester)

From the organizers: Enjoy some great food specials and meet fellow marketers to put answers into action and solve the biggest problems in the marketing industry. We discuss a new topic every month. This a recurring monthly event on the 4th Tuesday. $1 Off Appetizers – $1 Off Wine – $1 Off Drafts

 

7. Flow B2B Kick Off at The Galley Restaurant in Spencerport, NY

From the organizers:  Flow is a networking group focused on B2B businesses on the Erie Canalway. We want to connect and form alliances that result in the growth and advancement of our businesses, and to elevate tourism along the Erie Canalway and within our own communities. Join us for our first meeting as we make introductions and begin strategizing for prosperous 2017 tourism season! 

 

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Have an event you would like to see featured for next month?

Please send the following information to Mike Krause at mike@salessensepayments.com for consideration:

  • Event Name:
  • Brief paragraph about the event:
  • Event Time/Date:
  • Event Address:
  • Event Fees: We prefer to feature free or low-cost events that are open to the general public
  • Event Info/Registration Link:

About Sales Sense Payments

Sales Sense Payments can help save your business thousands of dollars a year in merchant processing fees. We also offer complete point-of-sale (POS) solutions and EMV-compliant credit card machines in addition to platforms for customer loyalty programs. If you process credit card transactions for customers, we can save you money.  Sales Sense Payments is a Rochester-based business, deeply supportive of the success of our local businesses.  Let’s talk!

Best Practices in Preventing Credit Card Fraud, Part 2

 

Best Practices in Preventing Credit Card Fraud, Part 2

In Part 1, we covered several ways of making sure you are using a reputable merchant services processor for credit and debit transactions.  Now let’s talk about how to safeguard your business from fraud once you begin processing electronic payment transactions.

 Your business is vulnerable during transactions from two sources: your employees and the consumer presenting the credit or debit card.

 Staff Fraud

Making sure that a consumer’s personal data is secure so employees cannot access this information is key. The majority of systems in use now do not show the entire credit card number but rather just the last four digits. This keeps the numbers from getting into the wrong hands.

Keep a close eye on returned transactions to be sure the canceled transaction has corresponding returned merchandise. Returns are a favorite method of internal fraud – the credit card gets the money put back on it but the goods are not returned.

Customer Fraud

You can’t judge a fraudulent customer by their appearance or demeanor. Larceny hits all social levels and even innocent looking elders can be thieves. Thieves are masters at finding your business’s vulnerabilities and exploiting them.

Card present transactions

Make sure your staff really pays attention when they process transactions and ask for additional identification if something seems off. Gut feelings are allowed.

·       Always check for a signature match to the card

·       Never accept unsigned credit or debit cards

·       Make sure the cardholder name matches the signer’s information

·       Make it a point to get to know regular customers by sight if not by name

·       Pay attention to the purchasing habits of your customers, particularly regulars

·       Emphasize the importance of checking information closely with your staff

·       Be on the lookout for distracted or nervous behavior

Card not present transactions (online, mail, phone)

·       Imprint the credit card whenever possible

·       Never hesitate to use the fraud prevention features of Address Verification Service (AVS) and Card Verification Code (CVC or CVV2)

·       For high monetary purchases, get a faxed signature or a copy of both sides of the credit card

·       Use the VERIFIED BY VISA program for extra security

·       Use delivery confirmation for shipments to protect against no delivery claims

·       Get authorization verification from the card issuer bank before delivering the purchase to the customer

For more information about preventing credit and debit card fraud and economical payment processing, contact Mike Krause at Sales Sense Payments, Inc., 585-704-6453, email: Mike@SalesSensePayments.com. Please visit SalesSensePayments.com.