Memorial Day is just around the corner. This holiday has come to mark the start of summer, although with our current cooler weather, it’s not feeling quite like it yet. I know quite a few people will be hitting the road, but if you are sticking around this Memorial Day weekend, the Buy Local Wausau Blog has a few local activities you shouldn’t miss.

Business Member News

RelyLocal’s Local Business Marketing helps small and independently owned businesses increase their visibility online. Large businesses, corporations, and retail chains have a dedicated marketing department and budget to keep their name in front of the consumer. RelyLocal helps even the playing field so that the small guy can compete against the giants. Want to increase your visibility? Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Jackies Attique

Jackies Attique
I’m loving these vintage planters, and now all decorative vintage planters and vases (McCoys, Royal Copley Shawnee, etc) marked KR9938 on their tags are 50% off. Wouldn’t these look great on your front porch, back deck, or just sitting in the windowsill?Find them at Jackies Attique in Rothschild.

Marathon Savings Bank

Marathon Savings Bank and the Badger 4-H Club present their 37th annual Mini Farm Day on Saturday June 1st from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Bring the kids down to the Marathon Savings Bank parking lot on 5th & Scott Streets in downtown Wausau to see live farm animals and get some free milk. Ice cream, BBQ, hot dogs, and fresh Wisconsin cheese will also be available. More info. . . 

CJs Catering

Are you working downtown and don’t have time for a sit down meal? Tired of bringing cold sandwiches every day? Well starting May 28th, Cj’s  Grab & Go will now be all around the 400 Block from 11:00am – 1:00pm, Monday to Friday. For years those little trucks have stopped outside of manufacturing businesses and now downtown employees can benefit. Make Cj’s Grab & Go your go-to spot for express meals with no waiting. Different day, different deals, different deliciousness. Find them on Facebook to learn their daily specials and location.

Jean Bean Soups

Uggh, after that recent warm stint, our return to cooler weather feels downright chilly. Fortunately The Planted Seed now serves hot Jean Bean soups during the lunch hour. Head on over, grab a cup for lunch and bring home a quart for dinner. More about Jean Bean Soups. . .

The Wedding Store

Did you know that The Wedding Store LLC is not just a wedding planning center? We can also help you with your Corporate Luncheon, Catered Meeting, or Retirement Party! Stop by and take a look at all of the beautiful rental items we have on hand, and check out the great local services that we can hook you up with for your event! Find out more. . .

Caring Transitions

Estate Sale:  May 31-June 2nd, Schofield (watch next week for the address). Tools, fishing gear, mowers, Harley items, office furniture/supplies, housewares, bakeware, seasonal decorations, small appliances, linens, and various other items. May 31 – June1st 9:00am – 4:00pm, Sunday June 2nd 9:00 – 1:00 Cash & Credit Cards Accepted. No Checks please. All sales final. No guarantees/warranties on items. Numbers handed out at 8:30AM. Buyers arrange for someone to help you move large purchases.  More info and to view pictures. . .

Internship

Do you know a college student looking for a summer job? RelyLocal Wausau is looking for an intern to help promote their Local Rewards Card program this summer. Drop us a line if you want to gain valuable work experience and make some great connections with the local business community. Read the full description on the Buy Local Wausau Blog. . . 

Credit Card Risk

This week in our final installment of credit card risk aversion,Rick Montgomery of Northern Air Merchant Servicessummarizes credit card risks, security and tokens

The last few weeks we have discussed some scary stuff. Taking cards for payment is risky but tokenization technology helps merchants decouple the value of customer intelligence from the previously unavoidable risk of handling cardholder data and accepting the associated compliance costs. If actual PAN (Personal Account Number) data is stored or transmitted inside the merchant environment—even encrypted or truncated—the merchant’s environment is in scope from a PCI compliance perspective. By storing and using tokens instead, merchants can reduce their PCI compliance obligations dramatically. Furthermore, longterm storage of encrypted PANs is currently limited to three years, but tokens remove that restriction and allow a merchant indefinite retention, for long-term data trending/marketing/advertising with all of the additional benefits described above. Why manage a higher level of risk, liability and cost than necessary? Get tokenized.

Closing Thoughts

NOAA Weather Radio
This weeks devastation in Oklahoma reminds us of the frailty of life and how fleeting our personal possessions can be. Considering the size of the tornado and the population density it hit, early warning helped keep the loss of life to a minimum. In the 2001 Siren, WI tornado, the warning sirens failed to operate; putting the entire town at risk. That’s why I have a NOAA weather radio in my house and I recommend everyone else get one. They’re less than $30 ($29.99 at Fleet Farm- located on an end cap near the fishing tackle). Get one and use it, the next life it saves could be your own.