11February
2016
Brace Your Business for Disaster Scams

Few things in life are certain, but when disaster strikes, the number of fraud incidents will probably skyrocket. In the wake of a hurricane, tornado, flood, fire, earthquake or other unexpected catastrophe, fraudulent operators are always quick to surface. Often, however, they carry warning signs to alert savvy business owners. Construction Con Jobs Construction fraud is particularly common following a disaster, in part because businesses focused on reopening as soon as possible may not vet contractors as carefully as they would in better times. That’s what fraudsters are counting on. If your facility needs repairs after a disaster, work with…

11February
2016
Managing Your Business through a Crisis: 6 Steps to Success

By nature, most people avoid planning for crisis situations.¬†After all, there is so much to do in the here and now without trying to second guess the future.¬†Business leaders are no exception when it comes to the often thankless task of crisis planning.¬†Unfortunately, disaster can strike any company, at any time. Even more difficult than actually planning for such an occurrence is the task of determining what possibilities to plan for. Lately, the list seems endless, from natural disasters like earthquakes or floods, to man-made disasters like terrorist attacks or oil spills. Within the walls of a business, the crisis…

11February
2016
Put It in a Letter

American actor Lee Marvin once said: “As soon as people see my face on a movie screen, they knew two things. First, I’m not going to get the girl, and second, I’ll get a cheap funeral before the picture is over.” 1 Tip: Contact Information A letter of instructions also might include contact information for individuals who could be helpful in the distribution of your assets, such as your lawyer or financial professional. Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about their own funerals, and yet many of us have a vision about our memorial service or the handling…