When it comes to paying with plastic at the cash register, you know the drill. A quick swipe, a signature and the contents of your shopping cart are yours. But sometimes the cashier asks for one more thing:
“May I have your ZIP code, please?”
You may think it’s necessary to complete the transaction or it may seem like a harmless piece of information to give out, so you go ahead and reveal it.
But that simple decision can result in more junk mail heading your way and more telemarketers disrupting your day, said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy for Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit watchdog group based in San Diego, Calif. (READ ARTICLE)
According to an article by Julie Brooks published last week on Street Fight, demand for social media management among small business owners has “dropped off a cliff.”
At Main Street Hub, we know a few thousand small business owners — and a few social networks — who might disagree. In our experience, small business owners are very interested in using social media as a tool for gaining new customers and staying in touch with existing ones, and the prominent social media websites have taken notice. (READ ARTICLE)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels’ education charity and signed-memorabilia gift store will open to the public on Monday.
The Hamels Foundation held their grand opening Friday night for supporters inside their new digs at 880 W. Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr.
Cole and his wife, Heidi, who started their foundation in 2008 in Center City, are on a mission to help inner-city schools and establish a school in South Africa’s Malawi. The store features an array of signed memorabilia, gifts, and Phillies’ gear all donated by Cole. Items include a $100 signed copy of the Sports Illustrated published after the Phillies’ victory in the 2008 World Series and game-used Hamels’ cleats for $700, according to MainLine Media News. There are more affordable items like designed t-shirts and jewelry.
“Hopefully, this shows that we are here to stay,” Heidi Hamels told MainLine Media News. “Cole and I are honored to be part of Philadelphia and the local community.”
The office and retail shop will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.