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Central Illinois Exclusive Business News & Tips
Cyber Security Can Creep Into Your Home And Business
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month,
and the Better
Business Bureau is scaring up
the latest on cyber security risks and ways to avoid them. Watch
out for these spooky dangers lurking in the corners of our everyday
What’s in a domain name, really? For small businesses,
it’s the best way for customers to find them and for vendors to
network with them. But what if a suspicious-looking email
appears in your inbox threatening to take over your company’s domain
name because it conflicts with a trademark, or the sender has
filed a registration ahead of you for the same name? BBB advises to
stop and think before sending a response.
The practice is called domain squatting or cybersquatting,
and it’s defined as the act of registering, trafficking in, or using
a domain name in bad faith. It’s been on the uptick for the last
decade, as businesses started creating websites and registering their
names associated with them.
company’s domain by doing a domain name search for your company’s
website and checking the status of the domain registration.
·Avoid selecting any
of the links in the email to protect your computer and any other
devices connected to the network.
·Research your rights,
and learn more about anticybersquatting by visiting ICANN. Another
resource available is the Uniform Dispute
Resolution Policy (UDRP), a less costly way to pursue
cyber squatters and an optional way of consulting professional domain
check out this full article and ways to report this kind of phishing
If there is one piece of advice I could offer to anyone,
it would be to always show gratitude.
You’ve seen the articles out there. The ones that
talk about people don’t leave their jobs, they leave their
managers. The articles about how to be a better co-worker,
manager, leader, etc. To me, it comes down to communication and
gratitude. Saying ‘Thank you’ regularly- with meaning of course-
or other recognition is a foundation of trust in your
business. You need to show your team that you see the work and
effort being done and recognize it as valuable. The return on this
investment is ten fold and yet not investing the time and effort into
saying thank you could cost you dearly. People take notice when
you don’t show gratitude and it begins to build some
resentment. It’s simple, “Thank you for communicating that change
to the team.” “Thanks for making sure I saw that message.” “Thanks
for being a team player today.” As I have spoken with college
students this year, I’ve asked them “What kind of environment do you
want to work in? What kind of benefits are you looking
for?” They offered different variations, but the bottom line was
1. They want to be recognized and 2. They want to be appreciated.
Start with gratitude. Is simple but powerful.
One way you can show recognition and gratitude to someone
on your team as a BBB Accredited Business, is to nominate them for the
Better Business Bureau’s Service Award. This award is exclusive to
you and we recognize your hard working member on your behalf at our
Torch Award event (December 11 this year) Here is a link to submit your
nominationand here is a link
to get your tickets.
Thank you for making the effort to be better each
day. Thank you for never settling for mediocre. Thank you for
striving towards excellence in your business. All of these
characteristics build trust with your employees and your customers.
I hope to see you on December 11.
business has an incredible story, and we are working to get those
stories out in the community, through Storytellers and Facebook Lives.
Our first Storyteller is on Air Ace Heating and Cooling! Check out their
your favorite Business for a Torch Award here.
for nominations is November 10th, 2019.
find out more about the Torch Awards visit our Facebook Event or
call (309) 670-1186
Valley Regional Blood Center to begin serving UnityPoint Health hospitals
in Peoria and Pekin
Effective January 1, 2020 MVRBC will be the sole provider of
Blood Products and services in the Peoria area as well as the majority of
the Central Illinois communities. See the full press release here.
MVRBC is also planning on opening a Donor Center in Peoria in
mid to late December. This is on top of the numerous mobile blood drives in
Peoria. You can schedule your own mobile blood drive and support your local
community by contacting Jim Watts by phone at 217.241.7546 or email at
Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold the 5th Annual Recycle Your Style Contest. High school students within Goodwill’s territory are encouraged to donate their used clothing. The high school that donates the most pounds of clothing will win a SMART Board donated by Bradfield’s Computer Supply. The contest runs from October 1st through October 31st. “This has been a very successful campaign for us,” said Bob Parkhurst, Goodwill Vice President. “We are grateful for Bradfield’s Computer Supply’s donation of a SMART Board each year. That prize really heats up the competition among the high schools.” Donations of items other than clothing are encouraged, but only clothing will count toward the contest. Only high schools are eligible, but others can participate including teachers, family and school supporters. Donors need to tell the Goodwill donation attendant which high school they are supporting for their donation to be counted. Donations can be made at any of Goodwill’s nine stores o
The Pekin Women's Leadership Network empowers women to become effective leaders by providing essential skills and strategies for professional and personal growth. A variety of carefully tailored programs are designed to support women in all phases of their careers. Why is this program needed? Although women have made great strides in achieving equality, a leadership gap continues. In 2013, 20 women serve in the Senate, and only 78 women serve in the House of Representative. Overall, women hold 98, or 18.3% of the 525 seats in the 113th U.S congress. Locally, the statistics are even worse, with only 1 woman serving on the Pekin City Council. The business world does not fare much better, with only 22 women CEO's in the Fortune 500. Our focus is on helping young women develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed and flourish in their chosen career paths. Sessions scheduled for the 2013-2014 series include: November 1st - Women in Politics - Rep. Cheri Busto
Yesterday's Says Goodbye to the Past: Welcoming the Next Generation of Schramm Pekin, IL- Yesterday’s Bar & Grill isn’t the same these days, and Pekin is here for it ! Pekin Restaurant Week couldn’t be a better reason to see (and taste) the changes. Family owned for nearly three decades, YBG has been taken on by the next generation of Schramm: Chef JoElle. Chef JoElle has returned to her hometown to take up the torch of family business. With a bachelor’s degree in restaurant management and culinary arts, she had pursued upscale dining scenes of the Windy City for several years, returning to help family as the world faced the COVID-19 pandemic. “I returned when the world shut down,” says Chef JoElle, now owner of Yesterday’s Bar and Grille. “Being close to help my family was just the right decision.” Chef JoElle’s innovative restaurant management mindset helped to keep revenue incoming, pivoting the business to offer oven ready meals of everything from whole