Spring is officially here. But you wouldn’t know it by looking out the window. I guess for however many years of mediocre winters we’ve had, we finally have been subjected to a Traditional Wisconsin Winter and don’t how to deal with it. At least this issue of the newsletter is full of springtime goodness.

Business Member News

Common question I receive is ‘how do I get my news items into this weekly newsletter.’ We highlight the businesses that send in information to be included in this weekly letter. So please send your news items and releases to michaelmartens@relylocal.com by Wednesday at 5:00pm to be included in the next issue.

Hsu Growing Supply

I’d like to welcome our newest RelyLocal Business Member: Hsu Growing Supply. Hsu Growing Supply manufacturers organic leaf compost, top quality soil mixes, and kiln dried plain and colored wood mulch for gardeners, greenhouses, and landscapers. You’ll findHsu Growing Supply at garden and landscape supply centers across the area, or contact them for bulk purchase at their facility.

 

Lawn and Garden Show

The annual Garden, Lawn, and Recreation Expo is this weekend in the Patriot Center and Cedar Creek Mall. This free show starts Friday at 3:00pm and runs for the weekend. At the show this year you’ll find RelyLocal Business Members: Hsu Growing SupplyExterior Professionals, and TurfMDs. Be sure to stop by their booths, pick up some info and let them know you saw them on RelyLocal. Rural Mutual Insurance, while not an exhibitor has their offices in Cedar Creek, so be sure to stop in and say hi.

The Wedding Store

The Wedding Store is excited to announce that at this time next week we will be offering Fibi & Clo sandals. This is a fairly new and  beautiful designer line of <flip-flops> if you will, that will certainly please any bride and her attendants after a long day of high heels!

Local Business Roundtable

Our next Local Business Roundtable is scheduled for Thursday March 28, 7:30am at the Entrepreneurial and Education Center in Wausau. Our free monthly networking event has really taken off, for the last two months we’ve averaged 30 participants each. This month we’ll ask the question that’s on most small business owner’s minds: “What is the economic outlook  for area businesses.” Please bring your insights and experience and prepare to join us for our next Local Business Roundtable on Thursday, March 28, at 7:30am.

Food Court Wars

Have you ever wanted to be a participant in a cooking reality show? Coming to Wausau this June will be a production of the new Food Network series Food Court Wars, hosted by Tyler Florence. You and a partner could compete to win a spot at a mall food court with rent covered for an entire year. Auditions are being held now,details on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

Deal-a-Rama Postcard

Our April Deal-a-Rama Postcard is starting to fill up. This 9×12 large, full color postcard goes to 5,000 homes in the Wausau and Weston metro areas. The next card, to be mailed in late April, will feature lawn, garden, and home improvement businesses. This is a great opportunity to get your message in front of homeowners looking for these services at a cost of about a nickel an impression. Learn more about the Deal-a-Rama.

Credit Card Processing Tips and Tricks

Credit Card merchant accounts are a necessary part of doing business. Rick Montgomery at Northern Air Merchant Services, continues his weekly series on how save money with your merchant account.

Batch and Close your transactions daily. Skipping days can cause your processor to “downgrade” all your transactions in that batch. Generally a card issuer requires a transaction to be batched and closed within 48 hours. If a merchant swipes a card today and it is approved, that is a guarantee to the merchant they will get paid for that sale. If the card holder goes on a shopping spree and limits out their card, or the card gets stolen later that day and the thief limits it out and the merchant fails to close it out for a few days, the card issuer is on the hook to pay the merchant even though they may not actually collect it from the card holder. So to account for the higher possible risk the card issuers will charge a higher fee on all transactions if they are over 48 hours old and the processor will pass that higher fee to you.

Closing Thoughts

Have you met the Local Leaders? A new feature on the RelyLocal Wausau site is a section where we highlight the local business owners that make our community great. We’ve got a few online now with more added weekly. Tell your story to the local community, contact us today to get your local leader feature added to the site.