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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Many services available at no cost

Data breaches and loss of personal identifying information have spawned products and services to help consumers prevent or minimize the risk of identity theft. Some rights and protections you have under federal or state laws can help you protect your identity and recover from identity theft at no cost, but some people either prefer to pay a third party to perform these services or they are not aware that many of the services are available at no cost.

Free Fraud Alerts
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Monday, April 4, 2011

In Leelanau County The Penning Group will Sponsor 1st Business Forum of Industry Experts to Discuss Issues Relevant to Small Business Owners

The Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will launch the 1st Annual Leelanau Peninsula Business Forum on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 7:00 am - 9:00 am at the Leelanau Sands Showroom.

The following presenters will each speak for approximately 15 minutes and all will be available after the forum to answer individual questions:

Legal & Entity Formation and Business Planning
--Dan A. Penning, The Penning Group

Lending Opportunities for Small Businesses
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Like many business professionals, your laptop and cell phone have become a corporate archive of important and confidential business information about your company. Smart phones have allowed sensitive data to be available at your fingertips that can be carried most anywhere. Identity thieves can have an easy time of accessing data that is legally protected if you don't address security issues in your overall Information Technology plan. Many businesses find it more cost-effective to secure the information they have rather than try to repair the damage and rebuild consumer...

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

More and more checking account owners are using their debit cards or online bill paying methods. With these rising trends, checkbooks are left unaccounted for, for periods of time. Check fraud can occur in one of many ways, such as (1) the victim writes a check but it is intercepted by a third party who fraudulently alters the check, (2) a third party creates an entirely new fraudulent check from the information on the real check, or (3) checks are stolen from the victim and the third party writes fraudulent checks, forging the victim's signature. For purposes of this article, the victim is...

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Budget Proposal Includes Anticipated Proposals to Change Both Tax and Spending Policies

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder called the consideration of his proposed Executive Budget a "defining moment" for the state this week as the Executive Budget was submitted to state legislators for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Snyder commented on his budget as an opportunity to "stop living in the past and start looking to the future."

As expected, the lynch pins of Snyder's plan call for the reduction of business taxes by in excess of 1.8 billion and a significant...

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