Contractors: How stable is your surety relationship?

Contractors need a stable surety bond program.

Contractors need a stable surety bond program.

The construction economy hasn’t exactly shifted into high gear just yet, but the future looks a lot brighter. As we move into 2014, contractors gearing up to pursue public works projects or other bonded work will want to ask yourself: where do I stand with my surety?

Your capacity to qualify for the best terms on your surety bond program creates business opportunities for you and protects the interest of the community that depends on your work.
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Choose your card wisely to protect your money

Consumer rights differ for debit and credit cards.

Consumer rights differ for debit and credit cards.

Many people find it convenient to use credit or debit cards rather than carry cash or write checks for each purchase. Recent headlines concerning account information breaches should be of concern to card users.

Important differences between credit cards and debit cards may affect your decision about which to use for your purchases. Keeping these differences in mind when making purchases might help you protect your money if your accounts are hacked.
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Data Privacy Day: Protecting your personal information

dog_wifiData Privacy Day, observed annually on January 28, encourages all of us to make protecting privacy and data a greater priority.

Given the number of privacy-related events in 2013, it’s no surprise that Dictionary.com named ”privacy” as word of the year. Privacy and protection from identity theft go hand in hand. Identity theft is a major problem that is growing each year. Criminals can use your name, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal or account information to steal your identity.

You can minimize the chances of being an identity theft victim by: Read More

In case of fire: Benefits of a monitored alarm system

Consider a monitored fire alarm system.

Consider a monitored fire alarm system.

We know that functional smoke detectors can save lives and protect property, and every home should have them installed. But a monitored fire alarm system can offer additional property protection and benefits. Starting at about $100, the equipment can be surprisingly affordable and effective, and the monthly monitoring fee can be worth the expense in peace of mind and far offset the expense of a loss.
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