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Locksmith provided vital service for surviving rig workers
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When locksmith Ray LeCompte Jr. got a call this April saying that as many as 50 car keys could be needed for vehicles at the Houma-Terrebonne airport, he hadn't yet seen the TV news. But LeCompte, manager with Pop-a-Lock in Houma, La., ended up helping employees who escaped off the flaming Deepwater Horizon rig get home. In the swift and dangerous exit from the sinking platform, grabbing the keys to their vehicles back in the Houma airport parking lot was the last thing on their minds. So LeCompte, along with a locksmith from the New Orleans Pop-a-Lock, spent the afternoon of April 21, helping them get in their cars and on their way. More

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Business owners go back to school for new skills
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With the start of the new school year, many small business owners are about to become students. Some are brand-new entrepreneurs who want to learn the basics, such as how to use accounting software. Others are veterans who want to learn new skills so they can expand their business. Owners who want to learn have a wide variety of options. Traditional options like colleges and universities offer courses, but so do trade organizations and chambers of commerce. Some government agencies also have courses. More

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Minnesota law goes after phony local advertisers
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A law that went into effect in Minnesota Aug. 1, promises legal leverage for local florists and other business owners who expect to sue deceptive advertisers. The law was written to help small business advertisers—particularly florists and locksmiths—in their fight against services from out of state masquerading as local Minnesota-based companies More

7 reasons to use Groupon for your small business
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By now you may have heard of the popular online coupon marketplace known as Groupon. With Groupon, businesses can offer steeply discounted services or products to be showcased for Groupon's vast following. A certain number of users must sign up in order for the offer to take effect, which spurs users to spread the word about your company. By being featured on Groupon, your business can greatly increase its customer pool–although you will sacrifice profit margins and must share revenue with Groupon. Groupon sounds like a pretty good deal, especially since businesses only pay for sales made, but is it right for your business? The following list outlines some situations in which it could be beneficial (or detrimental) for your business to try using Groupon. More

Lockheed announces wireless alarm system
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Lockheed Martin has demonstrated a wireless perimeter security system that can detect and verify intrusions designed to spoof traditional technologies. The Versatile Advanced Monitoring System can detect stationary objects, single or multiple intruders, air-dropped items, left-behind items, and even intruders who vault perimeter fences or drop by parachute, the company said. More

Popular gym uses fingerprint sensor instead of entry card
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The latest in security or Big Brother loosening his belt? The 24 Hour Fitness chain of athletic clubs is rolling out a cardless entry system in which members scan an index finger at the front desk to gain entry. It's fast. It's easy. And no one has to keep a plastic card around. But before giving out information like a fingerprint, it's important to ask how it's going to be used and what will happen to it, said Ed Imwinkelried, a law professor at the University of California, Davis. More

Google Earth watching your backyard...And maybe more
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For anyone doing anything private in their backyard, beware... local officials may use Google Earth to watch over you. One town on New York's Long Island is using Google Earth to crack down on pool owners without permits, and some privacy advocates say the move reeks of "Big Brother." Administrators in the town of Riverhead, N.Y., say it is their job to make sure that every structure is safe, up to code, and on the books—and found that turning to the internet was the fastest and cheapest way to do it. More

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