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April 9, 2009
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Attorney General Koster Sues Unscrupulous Locksmith Company
from Missouri Attorney General
Attorney General Chris Koster took action today to stop a Florida locksmith company from deceiving and overcharging customers in Kansas City, Mo. According to the Attorney General, Dependable Locks, Inc., violated Missouri law by fraudulently advertising itself by at least 16 different names that all led consumers to one company. In addition, company workers charged consumers 2-3 times more than the price quoted them to unlock their cars. More

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Criminal Activity Boosts Alarm System Sales
from KHON
Recent surges in vandalism, burglaries and thefts have sparked a huge boost in sales for local security companies. Companies say they are the busiest they’ve ever been and warn door-to-door salesmen might offer you a deal that’s too good to be true. From one end of the island to the other, residents and businesses have been targeted by thieves and vandals. More

CCTV Doorbell Could Catch Crooks
from Grantham Journal
The most exciting development in doorbells since the novelty theme tune will soon be sweeping households in Grantham. The ‘Electronic Door Viewer’ uses cutting edge technology to take a digital photograph of everyone who comes to your door. More

Home Security System could be Medical Treatment
from Maryland Daily Record
A home security system can be considered medical treatment under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act, the Court of Special Appeals has held. The decision could mean the Comfort Suites hotel in Chestertown will have to pay to install a home alarm system for Carol Simmons, who was brutally attacked by a robber while on the job in September 2006. While Judge Kathryn Grill Graeff agreed “medical treatment” has a liberal definition under the Workers’ Compensation Act, she made clear the appellate court ruling did not mean home security systems are medical treatment in Simmons’ or any other case. More

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Are you Networking?
from Sacramento Small Business Examiner
No matter what level you're at in business whether it be pre-planning, start up, or existing, networking is key. The old saying " it's who you know " has proven true in today's economy. Networking is a business and a lot of entrepreneurs have made it a successful one. Companies like LinkedIn, facebook, and PartnerUp have provided tools to conveniently network and have proven to be assets to so many small businesses. As small business owners, we should be taking advantage of these tools to strengthen our own business. More

Can Twitter Really Help Your Small Business?
from Fox Business
You've probably heard of Twitter, even if you aren't sure what it is. Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service--think public instant messenger stream. From your mobile device or computer you send updates called tweets, which are text posts of up to 140 characters. Your tweets can be read by others, and you can sign up to follow the messages others write so that you can get short, quick updates from them. More

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Strategies: Top Nine Small-business Tax Audit Triggers
You've finished preparing your small-business taxes, right? No? Don't worry — I've got some last-minute advice to lessen your chances of getting audited as you rush to the wire before April 15. Frankly, the likelihood of getting audited is pretty darn slim in any case. In fact, small incorporated businesses (Subchapter S) had less than one-half of 1 percent chance of being audited in 2008, according to the IRS. More

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