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As an industry professional, do you find it worthwhile to join bar and trade associations, and attend their conferences? Here's why your participation is so vital:

When you join, your membership dues support the associations' many initiatives. They include: keeping you updated (collections industry news, changes, regulations, certifications, more); lobbying on your behalf; monitoring court cases of importance to your business; offering members-only Webinars; and so much more.

When you attend, you have many opportunities to hear, be heard, even find new business. Be the first to learn what's happening in the collections industry. Attend industry-specific Continuing Legal Education programs. Share what you know with attendees. And, of course, network. Bonus: If you're listed with one of the premier law lists, their staff will amplify your own networking efforts by obtaining the roster of people signed up for conference meetings, provide those lists to you in advance, identify attendees who have business to send, even help you connect with people you'd most like to meet. I hope to see you there!

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 Industry News

Updates on the TCPA along with court interpretation
by Sara M. Donnersbach, Esq.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 was passed signed into law in 1991, as an amendment to the Communications Act of 1934. The TCPA regulates telephone solicitations and the use of automated telephone equipment. In addition, the TCPA limits the use of automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded voice messages, SMS text messages and fax machines, to initiate any telephone call to any residential telephone line, for collection or otherwise.
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6 steps in the US collection suit process what to expect
by Robert M. Tharnish, Vice President, Corporate Quality and International
What actually happens once an account is submitted to an attorney for suit? Here's a brief summary of six steps that describe the process from the decision to sue to its outcome.
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How to take advantage of face-to-face networking opportunities
COSE Update
"Tell me about yourself." It's a simple statement, but when you're trying to turn a stranger into an acquaintance, it's a powerful four-word tool — one that you should always keep at the ready when you attend a business networking event.
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Debt collection starts with a credit application!
Steve Harms - Credit and Collections
Debt collection really begins when you first sign on your client or customer! At the beginning of the relationship, you aren't anticipating collection problems, of course, but you do know that a certain percentage of customers go bad and turn into collection problems.
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Where to find great talent: 5 contrarian ideas
"To succeed, surround yourself with great talent." Sounds great. Also sounds expensive. Hiring the best is really hard to pull off in practice, especially if your goal is to hire Lamborghinis and all you have is a Kia budget. So what can you do? Try taking a contrarian investment approach to hiring.
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Gigabit Wi-Fi: 802.11ac is here: 5 things you need to know
Gigabit Wi-Fi, 802.11ac, is officially here, but what does that really mean? Here's a list of the five things you need to know before you invest in this new wireless technology.
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