Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Not just for the joyous message that it brings all Christians, but the fact that this is the holiday as a family we decided early on not to travel. While Thanksgiving and Christmas may be spent at a relative’s houses, Easter is the holiday that is our’s as a family to spend on our own. That makes this holiday one.

Business member news

Have you seen the stickers? RelyLocal Wausau business members proudly show their affiliation with Wausau’s community campaign to support local business by displaying Relylocal stickers on their windows and doors. Jump on board with RelyLocal and get your own set of stickers, contact Michael for more information.

Best-1 Plumbing and Heating

Please welcome new RelyLocal Business Member: Best-1 Plumbing and Heating, Inc. I’m sure you’ve seen their trucks rolling around town. Since 2001, Best-1 has been serving the plumbing, heating, and electrical needs of commercial, industrial and residential customers of the Wausau and Central Wisconsin area.

Cloverbelt Credit Union Scholarships

Attention high school seniors! The deadline is fast approaching but you still have time to apply for a $500 scholarship from Cloverbelt Credit Union! If you are planning to attend a 4-year university or a 2-year technical or trade school and you, your parents …or grandparents have a minimum of 6 months’ membership in good standing at CCU, you are eligible to apply. Winners will be selected on the basis of information submitted on their completed application. For more information or to apply, click on the link below.

Jay’s Auto Ladies Car Care Clinic

Would you love to save money on car care? Knowing how the mechanics of your car works and the warning signs to watch for can save you big money on a costly repair. Plus there are many little things you can do to keep your vehicle in top condition. Jay’s Auto Repair free Ladies Car Care Clinic will teach you how your car works and what trouble signs to watch for. Also great for new drivers, both make and female. Next class is Saturday, April 20th.

Design Resumes

The job search process is more difficult than in prior years. The competition is stiff and you need to get all your “wow achievements” in your resume and other career marketing documents like cover letters and thank you or follow up letters so you create the right first impression and focus the reader’s attention where you want it. Headlines, branding statements, and keywords may all sound like foreign language to the job seeker. Writing tighter and providing unique value is an art that can take years to master. Throw in networking and social media, and the job seeker is likely to get confused and start procrastinating. Contact Design Resumes to learn more about highlighting your “wow achievements”.

Deal-a-Rama

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.

Northern Air Merchant Services

I learn something every time I talk to Rick at Northern Air Merchant Services. Don’t let credit card merchant fees eat up your profit margins, talk to Rick on how your business can save money. Here’s part 3 in his continuing series on credit card education:

Do you know what Interchange Rates are? Don’t feel bad, most business owners don’t. After all you’re not in the card processing business, all you know for sure is that today about 50% of your customers pay with plastic and that % is rising daily and you have to offer it as a payment form or they will find a place that does. This is the fee a card issuer charges you to take the card from your customer….HUH?? Yep, you heard right, when a bank issues a credit or debit card to an individual they assign it an Interchange Rate. Whatever that rate is, is what you pay them for the privilege of letting the customer pay you in that form. Most of the fee’s you pay a processing company go directly back to the banks that issued all the cards you take in. The processing company is tasked with collecting these fees and paying the issuing bank. Neither your customer nor you know what that IC rate is at the time of transaction, but all are published online by Visa, MC, Discover and AMEX on their respective websites by card type. Next time we will cover the different ways fees are charged. Stay tuned….

Closing Thoughts

I’m sure you’ve seen the news about the American Legion clubhouse and golf course changing hands. Thanks to a financial investment by Dick Dudley, the golf course, bar and restaurant will be open this spring. But a change of ownership means other changes as well. The bar and restaurant will undergo a name change and you could be a part of the process. If you have great name for the new facility, email your entry to Don at Grandads.com. The winner will receive a golf and dining package.

Have a great holiday weekend and keep it local, my friends