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Lead Story

Do you speak payments?


Industry Update

Bob Carr takes the encryption lead at IAPP

PCI SSC broaches possible changes

Aite identifies industry challenges

BofA, First Data give birth to BAMS


Bruce Reisman

GS Advisory Board:
Vertical market virtues - Part I

Acquiring by the numbers

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Cabbies moved to plastic

'Obolize' that card

Gift card legal perils - Part 1


Where there's avarice, there should be ire

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

Hard-to-place merchants:
An untapped opportunity

Jeffrey I. Shavitz
Charge Cards Systems Inc.

Pulling the PIN on older systems

Scott Henry


Street SmartsSM:
Independents Day

Jon Perry and Vanessa Lang

PCI: The merchant experience

Tim Cranny
Panoptic Security Inc.

Target portfolios for increased profits, merchant retention

Christian Murray
Global eTelecom Inc.

Smart specialization

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Company Profile

checXchange Money Transfer Systems Inc.

New Products

Portable card swipe

POS app for BlackBerry
Merchant Warehouse

New Optimum family member

Optimum T4205
Hypercom Corp.


Revisit your resolutions



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

July 13, 2009  •  Issue 09:07:01

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Revisit your resolutions

Resolve, and thou art free.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It's mid July; 2009 is more than half over. At the end of each year, most people reflect on the events of the preceding 12 months and decide to improve aspects of their lives that aren't working quite right. Unfortunately, after an initial burst of creative resolve, many folks tuck their resolutions and action plans away and don't give them serious thought until the holiday season rolls around again.

Part of this is because many people make outrageous promises to themselves in an effort to make up for lost time. And they try to change things they can't possibly hope to control. When they see themselves failing to meet their self-imposed expectations (usually about January 14), discouragement begins to take hold.

Time to take action

If you haven't checked your New Year's resolutions lately, why not pull them out this month and have a look? It's not too late to adjust your goals in light of new developments and knowledge. And in your revamp, be realistic and kind to yourself. Focus on things you can actually do to bring positive results to your business.

Here are some suggestions:

One step at a time

These are just some ideas for improving the way you work - and live - over the remainder of the year. Remember, consistent, small actions can lead to tremendous results.

And it doesn't matter what date you begin.

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