Vote for Best Rivalry!

Could there be a rivalry that’s any fiercer than the Wausau Log Game? It’s got all the elements that makes for great football: two schools in the same district, separated by a river, battling over a giant hunk of wood. Whether you’re a Lumberjack or a Warrior, this game has special meaning for the city. Now the game is part of a bigger battle: who’s got the biggest school rivalry game in the nation. The USA today poll has the Log Game pitted against other schools. Currently we’re slightly in the lead. But that could not last! Go on now and vote.

Business Member News

The Relylocal Local Rewards Card makes a great stocking stuffer or corporate holiday gift. For only $10, you’ll be giving someone a full year’s worth of savings at participating local businesses all over the Wausau area. Cards can be purchased at The Planted Seed, Cabin Pizza, or any of these other fine merchants. Need a lot of cards? Contact us directly for quantity discounts.

Cabin Pizza

Cabin-Pizza-ExteriorLooking for something a little out of the ordinary? Why not try one of the specialty pies from Cabin Pizza. Our newest RelyLocal Wausau Local Business member is also Wausau’s Number One Pizza! Brick oven baked pizza. Wide variety of specialty pizza found no where else. Free Delivery with $10 minimum. No order too large or small. Also, use your Local Rewards card to get a free order of Garlic Butter Pizza Fries with a Large 16″ or Family 18″ Specialty Pizza. That’s a $10 value. Don’t have a Local Rewards card yet? Cabin Pizza can get you one of those also.

Jalapenos Mexican Bar and Grill

Cinco de Drink-o is here again. Celebrate on every 5th of the month at Jalapenos Mexican Bar and Grill with  2 for 1 Margaritas ALL DAY LONG, $2.00 bottles of DOMESTIC & IMPORT beer, and Live music with Jim Carlson at 6:00 on our new “stage”…come and check it out!!

River District Theatre

RDT-Laughter-on-the-23rd-FloorLaugh out loud funny! That’s how I would describe the River District Theatre’s newest production: Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Inspired by plywrite Neil Simon’s early career experience as a junior writer (along with his brother Danny) for Your Show of Shows, the play focuses on Sid Caesar-like Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show  circa 1953, and his staff. Laughter features a local comedic ensemble cast that can’t be beat. If you liked television shows like 30 Rock, you’ll love Laughter on the 23rd Floor. See it this weekend and next. More information, tickets, and show times. . . 

Local Job Opportunities

Accent Window Fashions: Help Wanted…Interior Designer-Sales Professional to assist customers when they come into our showroom. For the right individual this position will lead into doing consultations in customers homes and businesses. Must be a dedicated, customer focused, and detail oriented individual. Must be a self-starter. Design background is necessary. Window Coverings knowledge is a plus. Must have computer skills. Full-Time or Part-time. If you are interested please drop-off, mail, or email Mary Derby a resume at mary@accentwindowfashions.com

Wausau Center for Visual Arts: The Center for the Visual Arts is seeking a candidate for the position of Operations Manager. Responsibilities include gift shop management, volunteer recruitment and coordination, facilities management and community events support.  Details and more information . . .

Credit Card Processing Money Saving Tricks

Between Halloween and New Year’s merchants will run more transactions through their credit card processing machines than any other time of year. The holidays can be bustling, so you need to me vigilant to reduce credit card fraud and save money. Rick Montgomery of Northern Air Merchant Services offers these tips for credit card processing Money Saving Tricks
Reducing chargebacks is another way to save money. A chargeback is a reversal of a payment card transaction that usually occurs when a consumer files disputes with their bank or card provider. Following these tips can help you reduce chargebacks:

1. Keep copies of your sales transactions and respond to retrieval requests by sending sales draft copies immediately
2. To avoid duplicate processing, reconcile your batches daily and ensure that the register/terminal totals match daily receipts
3. A timely sales slip submission, along with a written explanation of the validity of the charge, will be needed to try to reverse a chargeback when a customer denies making or authorizing a transaction
4. To be valid, the sales slip must include both a cardholder signature and the card account obtained directly from an imprint of the card itself or from electronically reading the magnetic stripe
5. Upon swiping a card, if the card number does not match the number embossed on the face of the card, ask for a different form of payment
6. Credits must be processed correctly and on time
7. Authorize all transactions, and accurately record the approval code on the sales slip
8. Never process a transaction on a card prior to, or after, the valid date
9. Sales transactions must not be processed prior to delivery of the product purchased. Proof of delivery, signed by the cardholder, should be obtained for every credit card transaction in which the merchandise or service is not delivered immediately at the point-of-sale
10. Ensure that your customers are aware of your return policy at the time of purchase. Stick to your policy. Display the policy at the point-of-sale and print it on your sales slips, directly above the cardholder signature

By law when a consumer makes a purchase with any form of plastic, the consumer has up 180 days (6 months) to dispute any transaction for any reason. The money is pulled from your account and held in reserve until the dispute is proven true or false. Be aware, be diligent and protect yourself.For more information about merchant processing, please call Rick Montgomery at 715-889-2409 or email rick.montgomery@fdiswi.com.

Closing Thoughts

The Abby Bank Producing Future Leaders video contest is still rolling through the end of the month. You can vote on which High School DECA and FBLA clubs produced the best financial literacy video. Head on over to the Buy Local Wausau Blog to learn more and cast your ballot.

The temperature is plummeting. Stay warm this weekend and keep it local my friends.