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JUNE '17 MERCHANT OF THE MONTH

June 26, 2017
The Riverside gang headed to downtown Vancouver, WA, for our June Merchant of the Month Mixer at Pacific House, which housed the biggest turnout to date, with over 40.
The "Cheers-style" bar created neighborhood appeal, with amazing food and drinks accompanied by fast and friendly service. Weather you ordered a juicy burger, some chicken wings, a scotch egg, nachos, or the mac & cheese, Pacific House ...

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STAR-POWER PROFILE: AMII GRACE

June 12, 2017
If you’ve ever called into Riverside Customer Service, you probably recognize the name and voice of Amii Grace, our dedicated Customer Service Manager.
Over the 2 ½ years Amii has been with Riverside, she has been instrumental in growing and training our team, establishing protocols, and streamlining processes implemented daily. On any given day, Amii might be helping account executives with client solutions, ...

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RIVERSIDE COUNTS DOWN TO #2 WIN AT 100 FASTEST GROWING

June 11, 2017
IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE!!!
In a jungle themed ceremony last Thursday, Riverside Payments swung vine to vine all the way to a second place win.
Portland Business Journal's 100 Fastest Growing  Businesses is a highly esteemed and sought after award where businesses from Oregon and Southwest Washington are recognized for their 2-year growth percentage and honored at the sold out event. 
From the moment ...

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MAY '17 MERCHANT OF THE MONTH

June 1, 2017
Riverside traveled the backroads of Oregon City to a rustic bar on the outskirts called Beavercreek Saloon and Kissin' Kate's Cafe where we celebrated our May Merchant of the Month. 
Proprietor, Barbara Brooke, and bar manager, Amber Naramore, staged the scene with an elegant table set to the nines and festooned with balloons, and flowers to welcome the Riverside crew.
Many enjoyed the hearty menu selections ...

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1ST ANNUAL SPIRIT WEEK

May 23, 2017
As if the Riverside crew doesn't have enough spirit, CEO, Brandon Skinner, took it to the next level by introducing Spirit Week to the mix where each day featured a different theme.
MONDAY: PJ DAY
TUESDAY: MARDI GRAS DAY
WEDNESDAY: COLORS WAR
THURSDAY: SUPERHERO DAY 
FRIDAY: ALOHA DAY
Below are some highlights from the week, and to view more, be sure to visit our Facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/RiversidePayments/?ref=aymt...

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JASON REESE WINS CFO OF THE YEAR

May 21, 2017
In a luncheon ceremony held last Thursday at the Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom, the Portland Business Journal presented Jason Reese with the CFO of the Year Award.
A man of few words, Reese accepted the award with humility and dignity, though admitting he was hoping to get out of the delivery of a speech with the delivery of his baby son, but unfortunately for Jason and fortunately for the rest of us, the little guy ...

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APRIL ’17 MERCHANT OF THE MONTH

May 3, 2017
To close out the month of April, Riverside honored our Merchant of the Month, “The Sextant Bar & Galley” at a mixer at their location along the beautiful Columbia River in Portland, OR.
Plenty of regulars showed up for the party, and with the addition of the Riverside crew, the energy was booming. Everyone enjoyed the amazing food, like Sextant’s famous homemade Fish & Chips, French dip, and ...

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RIVERSIDE EARNS SPOT IN TOP 100!!!

April 30, 2017
Riverside Payments joins The Portland Business Journal's esteemed list of winners for "Fastest-Growing Private 100 Companies."  
Over 1000 attendees will participate in this year's event that honors companies who have demonstrated immense economic growth over the last three years.
The celebration will take place on Thursday, June 8th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center.
It's going to get ...

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RIVERSIDE SECURES BACK-2-BACK WINS AT BGA

April 21, 2017
Vancouver Business Journal presented Riverside Payments with the First Place award for Fastest Growing Business 1-5 years, 2016.  The Business Growth Award’s Ceremony took place at the Heathman Lodge Wednesday, where Co-Founders Brandon Skinner and Jason Reese took the stage to accept the award. 
“It’s a true honor to win this award again and a testament that consistent hard work over ...

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Gurtner Annihilates March Madness 2017

April 17, 2017
And then there was ONE…
March Madness began 6 weeks ago with 62 reps competing in a head-to-head competition for the top spot. In the end, only one person could claim the win, and that honor most deservedly goes to…
National Champion March Madness 2017
JUSTIN GURTNER
Justin attributes his win to mindset, consistency, and keeping his eye on the prize. “Some days weren’t ...

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Jason Reese Named CFO of the Year Finalist

April 13, 2017
 
Portland Business Journal recognized our very own Jason Reese—CFO and Riverside Co-Founder—as a finalist for 2017 CFO of the Year, Oregon and Southwest Washington.
All finalists will take the stage on May 18th at a luncheon in the Portland Hilton's Grand Ballrooms to receive an award, where the winners in five categories will be announced. Honorees will also be profiled in an upcoming special ...

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Midwest Madness Pits Justin against Nick in Final 2

April 10, 2017
Justin Gurtner and Nick Wagner outlasted 60 other reps to earn their positions in the FINAL 2 OF MARCH MADNESS, Riverside Style!!!
Though Justin is off to an early lead with 200, Nick is a true competitor and it's anyone's WIN for the taking. 
Who will reign supreme in this final round of competition?
Will it be Justin from Gulfport, Mississippi...
 
 "Successful people never worry about what ...

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Riverside Named Finalist in BGA Awards 2016

April 9, 2017
Vancouver Business Journal honors Riverside Payments as a finalist in their annual “Southwest Washington’s Business Growth Awards” in the category–Fastest Growing Business 1-5 Years.
Finalists for the BGA are chosen by a panel of independent business experts. Riverside attributes their rapid growth to a successful business model, setting lofty goals and consistently reaching ...

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IT'S DOWN TO THE FINAL FOUR OF MARCH MADNESS

April 6, 2017
The beginning of March marked the start of March Madness where 62 Riverside Account Executives endured a head-to-head competition to see who will reign supreme, come out on top, and claim this year's title.
 
WE'RE DOWN TO THE...

 
CARRIE HOUSE VS. NICK WAGNER
&
JUSTIN GURTNER VS. KYLE MEYER
 
As the stats stand currently Nick Wagner has the jump ...

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SKINNER EARNS SEAT ON BOARD OF SUSAN G. KOMEN

April 1, 2017
Riverside Payments congratulates Brandon Skinner for his recent appointment on the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen (SGK) of Oregon and SW Washington.
SGK CEO, Andrew Asato, suggested Skinner apply for a board seat during a lunch meeting earlier this year, and Skinner was grateful for the opportunity. After satisfying the application process and board vote, Skinner was selected to fill the seat.
 
“It ...

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MARCH '17 MERCHANT OF THE MONTH

March 26, 2017
Riverside Payments honored Oregon City’s Rivershore Bar & Grill along the beautiful Willamette River for being our outstanding Merchant of the Month in March.
Party goers enjoyed an array of happy hour selections, fabulous steaks and the freshest seafood, while partaking in their $10 off bottles of wine night where the champagne and wine was flowing.
Dollar For Portland was onsite raising money to help local ...

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FEBRUARY '17 MERCHANT OF THE MONTH

March 26, 2017
February Merchant of the Month brought Riverside to Great Notion Brewing where we honored them for being outstanding merchants in the Alberta community of Portland, Oregon.
Guests of the event sampled an array of food from their unique menu described as “creative comfort grub,” and the flavors did not disappoint. Even the whiskey and wine lovers went crazy over Great Notion’s house-brewed drafts served ...

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POLAR PLUNGE 2017

February 26, 2017
This past Saturday, Riverside Payments participated in the 2017 Polar Plunge at Broughton Beach on Marine Drive in Portland, Oregon.
The event benefited Special Olympics of Oregon (SOOR), and Riverside Hammerheads proudly raised and contributed over $900 to the cause!!!
We met at The Sextant Bar & Galley for some pre-event festivities before walking over to the beach on the Columbia River where we geared up in our ...

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STAR-POWER PROFILE: NICK CLAY

February 20, 2017
Before Riverside, Nick Clay held a position as merchandiser and account manager for Coca-Cola for nearly 7 years. When longtime friends Brandon Skinner and Jason Reese approached him with an offer to work for them at Riverside Payments, Nick became their first employee.
Nick first met Brandon and Jason when he was about 7. From the age of 4, he enjoyed playing hockey, and even after aging out of Junior B hockey in Beaverton, ...

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STAR-POWER PROFILE: ADAM HARDEN

February 14, 2017
A native Texan before growing up in Tacoma Washington, Adam Harden has quickly climbed the corporate ladder of success here at Riverside Payments.
Before Riverside, Adam held the position of Department Manager at Fred Meyer for 9 years—working every holiday, every weekend, and every Black Friday with little quality time to spend with loved ones. Shortly after his move to Riverside, Adam realized a vast difference ...

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STAR-POWER PROFILE: AMIE SANDERS

February 5, 2017
It became clear from the very beginning, Amie Sanders was destined for great things with Riverside Payments.
Coming from a background of cell phone sales and management for more than a decade before coming to Riverside, Amie was no stranger to the corporate world, and quickly became identified as a force to be reckoned with. Though once in school to become an EMT, Amie’s propensity for sales pulled her in another ...

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JANUARY '17 MERCHANT OF THE MONTH

February 1, 2017
On January 30th, Riverside Payments brought the party to Vancouver, WA where we honored our Merchant of the Month, Main Event East for being upstanding business owners who give back to their community.
They served up fabulous food & drinks, as well as fast, friendly service. A Happy Hour Menu is available from 3 to 7 and 10 to close. A few of our favorites are the Tenderloin Steak Tips, Meatloaf Muffins with ...

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STAR-POWER PROFILE: JEREMY SHROYER

January 26, 2017
For Jeremy Shroyer, pairing his aptitude for sales with his love of helping people thrive is the winning combination that inspires him every day.
When Jeremy’s job as the Sales and Marketing Director for a retirement community became less about helping people, and more about corporate policy, he knew it was time for a change. His friend, Brandon Skinner, introduced him to Merchant Services before founding Riverside ...

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STAR-POWER PROFILE: Justin Gurtner

January 13, 2017
JUSTIN GURTNER
Justin came to Riverside about 3 months ago, and quickly earned respect as a dedicated and hardworking Account Executive who bypassed the learning curve to close deal after deal right out of the gate.
Long before Riverside, Justin earned a living cooking at a concession stand in a Bingo Hall, followed by a cashier’s job at Sam’s Club, where he quickly moved into a supervisory role. Though ...

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DECEMBER MERCHANT OF THE MONTH

January 6, 2017
Riverside Payments honored owners of Tapped Brew House & Pub, Adam Trent, Max Holloway, and Brandon Langendoerfer, this past December as our Merchant of the Month for being upstanding business owners who enjoy giving back to their community. 
The event kicked off at 6pm to convivial patrons enjoying the unique scratch-made menu, 18 rotating taps, craft cocktails, and the elite Whiskey ...

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“LO LO LO” Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

December 15, 2016
 
Our rates are currently at an all time LOW!
Did you know that NOW is the best time to make a switch from your current processor? We know you’re busy, as are we, but I’m about to tell you 3 reasons it makes sense to switch before the New Year.
 
It’s our fiscal year end and we have tons of incentives and specials going on. You could qualify for a FREE iPad or incredible signing bonuses. We ...

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THINK PINK THIS OCTOBER

October 3, 2016
It’s that time of year again…
Though women should be cognizant of their last mammogram or when it’s time to schedule their first—life’s other priorities often supersede this crucial task on your “to-do” list.  October is a great reminder that if you’re due for a mammogram …
Pick Up the Phone and GET IT SCHEDULED.
 
THE HARSH REALITY
Out ...

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SEPTEMBER MERCHANT OF THE MONTH

September 7, 2016
On September 1st, 2016, Riverside Payments honored our very 1st Merchant of the Month, Bruno Amicci, at his popular downtown Vancouver establishment, Low Bar.  The celebration was well received by patrons who enjoyed an extended happy hour, beer specials and plenty of giveaways, including the grand prize, a $100 gift certificate to Low Bar presented by Riverside Payments.  
The ...

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RPI Launches Merchant of the Month Mixer at LOW BAR

September 7, 2016
Riverside Payments congratulates our first Merchant of the Month, Bruno Amicci, of Vancouver’s popular downtown pub, LOW BAR. A celebration will take place there on Thursday, September 1st from 6 to 9pm where you’ll enjoy Beer Specials, Giveaways, Raffles, and an Extended Happy Hour.
The Merchant of the Month Mixers are hosted by Riverside Payments and benefit Dollar 4 Portland, an organization ...

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SOUTHWEST WA BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP AWARDS 2016

August 18, 2016
Riverside Payments is privileged to announce their recent nominations for the Southwest Washington Business & Leadership Awards 2016. Winners will be announced at an event that will take place on September 15th at the Hilton.
The first nomination is for 2016 Business of the year in the large business category where the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) recognizes businesses that invest in their ...

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Visa Heads the Charge for Faster Chip Transactions

July 24, 2016
Since the October 2015 deadline for EMV Compliance / aka Chip Card Technology, American consumers and merchants have undergone a learning curve when it comes to the new technology, which isn’t actually so new, since Asia, Canada and Europe have been implementing it for years.
The biggest complaint we hear from our merchants is that the technology is too slow. We have numerous convenience stores, coffee houses, ...

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EMV NON-COMPLIANCE ENCOURAGES CHARGEBACKS

July 7, 2016
As America approached the deadline for EMV compliance back in October of 2015, the majority of merchants still hadn’t upgraded their equipment to avoid liability for fraudulent transactions.
“The deadline was pushed out so many times, I don’t think people took the transition seriously,” Brandon Skinner, Riverside Payments President and CEO, stated. “As a result, fraudsters continue to prey ...

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RIVERSIDE GENERATES REVENUE BY SAVING MERCHANTS MONEY & INCREASING JOB OPPORTUNITIES

July 7, 2016
Entrepreneur Brandon Skinner had a vision of creating the World’s Best Merchant Service Provider when he and Jason Reese founded Riverside Payments in 2014, and have since become a leader in the industry, exceeding all projections and quickly earning top 5 rankings out of 3000 processors nationwide.
Skinner based his business model on the core values of Integrity, passion, excellence, community, and fun, instilling ...

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PORTLAND PARTYWORKS VIDEO TESTIMONIAL

June 7, 2016
If Portland PartyWorks is all about FUN, Riverside Payments is all about SAVINGS & SERVICE, and that's just what proprietor, Jesse Zeiger, got when he switched his merchant services to Riverside. 
For Jesse, the numbers added up, and with 30% savings from his previous provider, it made perfect sense to switch. He now enjoys the most competitive rates in the industry, along with "amazing customer service." ...

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Mojave Grill & Cantina Video Testimonal

May 31, 2016
Referred by a personal friend using Riverside for all three of his restaurants, Betty Cantu, owner of Mojave Grill & Cantina, decided to make the switch to Riverside Payments and like her friend, has been extremely happy with her decision. 
One of the big things Betty was looking for in her processor was significant monthly savings, and Riverside quoted her over $300 a month in savings, which she has realized ...

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Little Ángel Pepe Fund

May 25, 2016
Tragedy struck Battleground, Washington this past Monday when little Pepe's life was cut short at the hand of another in a senseless act of violence by his Mother's boyfriend. Though Pepe's mother was attacked trying to save her son, her efforts weren't enough to prevent this grave outcome. 
Riverside would like to donate a portion of every sale from now until the end of June to help little Pepe's family with ...

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3 Great Reasons to say YES to American Express

May 13, 2016
If you’re like most merchants, you struggle with the decision to accept or deny American Express cards, complaining that their merchant fees are so much higher than that of Visa / MasterCard.
So, why are AMEX fees so high, and are there any benefits a merchant can realize by accepting American Express?
American Express has a different business model than most credit card issuers. Rather than making their money ...

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Riverside #1 for Restaurants

May 3, 2016
Riverside is honored and proud to have earned the top spot for Merchant Processing in the Restaurant industry from topcreditcardprocessorsratings.com as of May 1st.
CEO, Brandon Skinner, attributes our ranking largely to our Point of Sale partnerships and the FREE POS Programs we offer restaurant merchants and other businesses.
“We have extensive knowledge of the restaurant industry and its unique demands, which ...

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Riverside Takes First at BGA in Vancouver, WA

April 20, 2016
The Vancouver Business Journal awards Riverside Payments FIRST PLACE at the Business Growth Awards yesterday for fastest growing business in the category of 1-5 years.
“We are extremely honored to have earned this high achievement from the BGA. Our successful business model, coupled with the team effort of the most amazing professionals in the business all striving to become the World’s Best ...

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Riverside Payments Selected as Finalist For BGA Award

April 5, 2016
Vancouver Business Journal honors Riverside Payments as a finalist in their annual “Southwest Washington’s Business Growth Awards” in the category of  Fastest Growing Business 1-5 Years.  
 
"We had many quality companies enter. This year was once again truly amazing and the number of exceptional companies that entered makes your selection truly worthy of recognition," ...

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Rapid Growth Fuels Seattle Expansion

March 3, 2016
 
Riverside Payments, Inc. announces the expansion to our newest office in the heart of downtown Seattle’s Columbia Tower this week.
As we’ve successfully filled a need for business communities in the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Riverside Payments begins a five-year expansion effort to provide local support to cities across the U.S. With offices currently residing in Portland, ...

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Vancouver Business Journal Recognizes Riverside

February 19, 2016
Special thanks to the Vancouver Business Journal for doing this great article on Riverside Payments!! Also, a big shout out to our amazing staff from marketing, sales to customer support and of course our clients for their continued business and support! It was a very exciting 2015 and 2016 has even greater things in store for our amazing team!
 Riverside Payments, a one-stop merchant service provider founded in ...

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5 TIPS FOR MAINTAINING BALANCE THIS SEASON

December 16, 2015
 Balance Indulgence
If you have multiple holiday parties on the weekends, eat well during the week to counteract your indulgence. It’s not about losing weight. It’s about not packing on the pounds. Add a bit more exercise to your routine. If you are not accustomed to exercise, try downloading “7 minute workout” to your smart phone and squeeze it in when you can.
 
Stay Healthy
Consider ...

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Holiday Strategies to make your Party Special

December 11, 2015
Everyone has a signature style they bring to their parties that sets them apart from other hosts. Here are some tried and true strategies that will bring joy to both you and your guests.
There’s nothing worse than a stressed out host, so do as much as you can in the days leading up to the party. Choose menu items you can make ahead of time. I’ll shred my cheeses, do my chopping, get things ready on cookie ...

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After Hours Fundraising Efforts Prove Profitable

November 23, 2015
After Hours Fundraising Efforts Prove Profitable
Portland, OR: Last Monday, the staff of Riverside Payments, Inc. donated their time and money to support Dollar for Portland, an organization that raises funds for families struggling to pay exorbitant medical expenses. Employees reached out to their own friends and family, collectively acquiring more than 70 new donors for the cause, totaling over $1200 ...

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One of the Fastest Growing Merchant Companies in the Nation Announces its New Location

November 9, 2015
Vancouver, WA: Today, Riverside Payments, Inc. opened its new Vancouver office to support the exponential growth the company has experienced over the past year. The expansion allows for an additional 4500 square feet of office space to accommodate HR, training, customer support, and the management of 9 other companies founded by Riverside President and CEO, Brandon Skinner, employing over 200 executives and independent ...

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The 411 on PCI

November 1, 2015
Riverside Payments takes our merchants’ security extremely seriously, which contributes to the low rates we are able to provide our clients—because the lower the risk, the lower the rate! PCI Compliance is one of the ways we get you to the highest level of security available.
What is PCI?
PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.  A PCI Security Standards Council ...

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The Award Winning POS in the Pacific Northwest

October 11, 2015
Riverside Payments is the preferred processor for Future POS and are honored to partner with such a reputable Northwest company who has developed a point-of-sale system that we are proud to offer to our valued clients.
Offering local service in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years—Future is a flexible, customizable, and reliable POS system created specifically for the restaurant industry. From cocktail lounges ...

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EMV and HOW IT AFFECTS YOU

October 3, 2015
Now that the October deadline for EMV compliance has passed, a surprising number of merchants still haven’t implemented the new chip technology. There seems to be a divide in the number of merchants who know about EMV, who have already switched to EMV, and who haven’t a clue what EMV stands for, or how it specifically affects them as a business owner.
Here are a few FAQs and simple answers to help merchants ...

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5 DAYS TO EMV

September 25, 2015
The Countdown to EMV continues with the compliance deadline just 5 days away!
Are you protected?
No one ever thinks fraud can happen to them. Would you be surprised to know that credit card fraud is the #1 crime in the world and a billion dollar a year industry? While Target and Albertsons can bounce back, an incident of fraud can cripple the small business owner.
Riverside Payments helps lower your rates by increasing ...

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Three Quick Facts on EMV

September 22, 2015
1. Deadline is October 1st, 2015. 2. After which, fraud liability shifts to the party less equipped for EMV. 3. Riverside Payments can help you meet the deadline.
With the deadline only 8 days away, there’s still time to get set up with the new EMV compliant equipment if you contact Riverside today. We’ll send a local rep out immediately to assess your needs and customize your program, which will include ...

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Clover: Affordable POS for Small Businesses

September 20, 2015
Clover is the perfect solution for small business owners who want a more affordable POS, scaled to fit their exact needs, without paying extra for what they don’t need. As business grows, merchants can customize their system with countless downloadable apps that help add efficiency to their growing business.
Clover is perfect for…
QSRs, Breweries, Wine Shops, Coffee Roasters, Boutiques, Vape Shops, Music ...

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The WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW of EMV

September 7, 2015
WHAT
EMV stands for Europay MasterCard Visa and are all the new credit cards coming out with the embedded microchip.
WHEN
In October, 2015 the much anticipated migration to EMV cards is due to take effect in the United States.  
 
WHERE
Europe, Canada, Latin America, and the Asia/Pacific region have long adopted this technology with the U.S., the world’s largest user of payment cards, ...

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Tips for Reducing mCommerce Fraud

August 21, 2015
With an increase in mobile payments comes a rise in fraudulent transactions and an imminent need for increased security measures. Being the newest form of transaction, there aren’t as many data points for fraud algorithms, so detection is at a minimum. Many merchants have a false sense of belief that mobile transactions are more secure.
It’s simply a catch 22—merchants accepting payments through multiple ...

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Mobile Commerce Attracts Criminals

August 14, 2015
With the advent of Near Field Communications-enabled smart phones (NFC) like Apple Pay and most recently, Samsung’s NFC payment system from their Galaxy S6—mCommerce is expected to continue its ascent along with a higher risk for fraudulent transactions. Projections are circulating that the mobile payment industry will reach extremes of $1 trillion by 2017.
Over the last several years, instances ...

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RFID Blocking Sleeves and Wallets

August 2, 2015
You may have noticed recent TV commercials advertising products that prevent sensitive data from hacker attacks. These hackers skim information straight from your credit cards and you’re none the wiser until you get the bill, or receive an alarming call from your credit card company reporting suspicious activity on your account.
The products are called RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Blocking Sleeves or Wallets, ...

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What is EMV Compliance?

July 17, 2015
The Nationwide shift to EMV, but just what is Chip Card Compliance?
EMV (Euro MasterCard Visa), also known as chip cards, or smart chips—is becoming the global standard and refers to all the new credit cards coming out with the computer chips embedded in the card. You may even have a couple in your wallet as we speak.
The U.S. has been migrating towards this technology for several years, while Canada and ...

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Processing with Banks Cost Merchants More Money

July 13, 2015
You spent years dreaming of owning a business, taking measures to bring that vision to life, conceptualizing, and executing every last detail. Finally, it’s time to set up your credit card processing, but where do you go?
 
Most people when getting set up with their Merchant Services go through their Banks or Costco, because it seems like a logical solution and it’s easy to just walk into a bank and ...

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