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It’s been more than a year since the launch of the anscersX multibureau trade credit report, which offers credit managers a one-click look at credit scores of their customers from the three major credit reporting bureaus. Since the report was launched, we’ve listened to our users and are proud to announce some valuable additions to […]

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CMA President and CEO Mike Mitchell

CMA is proud to host the CreditScape Spring Summit 2016 next week in Newport Beach, with a significant focus on how technology can be leveraged to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of credit operations. Regardless of whether you are attending the event, we’d like to get a baseline for how much automation is being utilized […]

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— The Construction Credit Report is a new single-source report providing critical construction related data—   Yesterday, industry leaders in business credit data exchange on the West Coast– Credit Management Association® (CMA), Ansonia Credit Data and Southwest Business Credit Services– released THE Construction Credit Report, providing companies in the construction industry all the critical information […]

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Credit Management Association® and Trade Information Exchange are proud to announce that they have produced the anscersX Report, a single report that contains all the key elements about your customers’ paying habits needed to make most credit decisions.

The anscersX multi-bureau trade credit report combines key factors from the three largest trade credit reporting agencies (D&B, Experian and Equifax), giving credit managers the most complete payment story available. “We spent time reviewing all the elements on each provider’s business credit report to determine what would give anscersX clients the best insight into their […]

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Your Reminders on the main screen

New to anscers this morning – Construction Forms Filing Service users now have the ability to set up reminders for any project. double click any image to enlarge On a project screen, click the “Set A Reminder” button on the right hand side to add a reminder to a project. Choose the due date, add […]

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anscers RFI Enhancements

Published on January 14, 2013 by in anscers

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Several new enhancements were added to anscers RFI this weekend. The first enhancement – My RFI – can be found on the RFI Main page. My RFI is a new display filter that when clicked will display all the RFI’s entered by your company in the last 30 days. This feature was requested several times […]

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Advanced Search Link

Advanced searching is now available in the RFI, Alert and anscers Report area. Advanced search gives you access to 4 more search variables: anscers ID – (the number on the anscers Reports, RFI Reports and Meeting Reports) DBA Principal Phone To use the Advanced search click on the text link in the search window – […]

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On November 1, 2011 CMA’s Construction Services Department will offer new anscers® web pages for our service users. Our goal is to make the pages easier to read, easier to use and provide additional features. You will still access the pages by clicking on the Liens tab in anscers®. FORMS FILING REQUESTS Your main Forms […]

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R & G Demo - click to enlarge

Searching for companies with & in their name has been a weak area on anscers for some time. Last night we made some updates and changes to our searching logic that results in nice and clean search results for companies using & in their name. A search for R & G – will result in […]

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New anscers feature

New RFI feature on anscers – under the green check mark see how many days ago you responded. Great for members who contribute full AR and may want to update a response. You receive a green check mark on an RFI if you respond to it directly – or if you have a previous tradeline in anscers, […]

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Group Report Evolves On May 2, 2011

Published on April 25, 2011 by in anscers

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Increased adoption of the anscers RFI process has changed the way groups use their Group Report. To support this evolution, CMA has simplified the Group Report using a 99% RFI solution. If you understand the RFI process (submitting and responding to RFIs) you will easily adapt to the new Group Report process – now called […]

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New Group Home Page - Click to Enlarge

We have some exciting changes coming to anscers.com for Groups on May 2, 2011. Group and Network members will be able to see all the changes on their Group Home Page. The following enhancements will be made to the Group Home Page: 1. The ability to make and track your meeting reservation on the Group […]

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anscers Search Results enhanced

Published on February 7, 2011 by in anscers

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Today we launched an enhancement suggested by anscers user Alan Schlachter of Graybar Electric. Alan was having trouble finding the proper company to use because anscers was only displaying the top 10 search results. He knew the company was in the database but it was not displaying in the results. Using Alan’s input we implemented […]

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Join us for an exclusive, Electronic Bill Presentment & Payment educational webinar. We’ll discuss the advancements in both “print to mail” bill delivery and the significant benefits that electronic billing and payments provide for both you and your customers. The recent strides made in streamlining your manual billing processes have been significant. From achieving faster mail […]

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Release Your Inner Geek Presentation

Published on September 22, 2010 by in Web/Tech

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Release Your Inner Geek

Last night I had dinner with the CFDD Los Angeles group. It is a great group of CMA Members who work together to expand their credit knowledge and support each others careers. If you are interested in learning more about CFDD contact Denise Benner CFDD LA Chapter ,Vice President at deniseb@rolandus.com. I presented “Release Your […]

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Take Control of Internet Explorer Toolbars

Published on September 20, 2010 by in Web/Tech

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Nothing eats up your screen real estate more than adding toolbars to Internet Explorer. During tech support calls we have seen screens with a small 3 to 4 inch scrolling window. All the other space is taken up by the multitude of toolbars that come with Explorer or add to Explorer. There is one for […]

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On the Web, You Need More Java

Published on September 2, 2010 by in Web/Tech

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In the last few days we have heard from several members who could not access certain parts of our websites correctly. We could work the sites in the same web browsers with no problem. This lead to our Java discovery. Not coffee, but a series of scripts that do fancy things on pages like auto […]

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Tradeline entry screen for RFI

In our updates to anscers on August 21, 2010, we added the automatic creation of an Alert when a tradeline comment code of Bankruptcy is chosen. If you enter tradelines in the RFI or Past Due Report process and you select the comment code Bankruptcy from the drop down list anscers will ask you for […]

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Company Profile on anscers.com

Published on May 21, 2010 by in anscers

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CMA is preparing for networking and service enhancements with the launch on Monday May 24, 2010 of Company Profile and My Profile on anscers (under My Account). How does filing out your Company Profile benefit your company? Knowing more about your company allows CMA to increase data sharing opportunities between your company and others in […]

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New Help Button on anscers.com

Published on May 13, 2010 by in anscers

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Today we launched a new Help feature on anscers.com driven by SnapABug. The help button will be displayed on the anscers site, at the top of the window – before Log Off. When you click on Help a small window opens on top of what you are viewing on anscers. Enter your email and what […]

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Recorded Webinar Screen

Larry Convoy, Supervisor of Industry Credit Groups at CMA, put together a 50 minute webinar on how to use anscers.com as a Group Member. Larry focuses on how to make your group work for you everyday of the month, not just meeting day. Watching this training can increase your Group ROI (return on investment) by […]

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My Account Update on anscers.com

Published on April 15, 2010 by in anscers

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My Account Screen on anscers

The My Account area on anscers.com has been updated. It now displays important information about your CMA Membership and usage of free member benefits. My Account also updates you on your service usage and anscers activity. The My Account updates are the first step in keeping you informed of the value you are receiving from […]

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Create Your Own RFI Reference List

Published on January 18, 2010 by in anscers

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Today, anscers has re-launched a simplified version of our original anscers Network concept called RFI Reference List. We have removed the Network invitation and acceptance portions – and now simply allow every company using anscers to maintain their own RFI Reference List for the easy submission of RFI’s. References come from many sources: trade references […]

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Today we added a new feature to the database of the anscers.com system that will help to eliminate the entry of duplicate companies; continuous address updating and company merging.   Using a US Postal Service software anscers will standardize the addresses of all new companies added to the database. After the address is standardized anscers […]

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Three updates to anscers.com

Published on February 9, 2009 by in anscers

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CMA has made some significant updates to anscers this weekend that will benefit users in several ways and prepare you for new anscers services we have planned. Update #1 We have been soliciting full accounts receivable from anscers users and as a result of analyzing that data, updates had to be made to how we import trade lines. Many companies in […]

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Chapter 11 Searches on Google News

Published on November 18, 2008 by in Web/Tech

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It used to be trying to find Chapter 11 news stories for CMA Daily News was difficult. Now Chapter 11 searches in Google News have too many results to post. Since we have members in all types of industries selling into many states the best thing is for me to show you how to search […]

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The Consumerist Website

Published on November 3, 2008 by in Web/Tech

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I have been tracking the Consumerist website for a week now and have found that it provides valuable data for business and personal use. They were one of the first sites to announce Circuit City's planned closure of 155 stores, and they track consumer trends that can effect business. For example the backlash on overpackaging […]

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Google will be launching a new web browser in 100 countries today called Google Chrome. Google Chrome will attempt to make it easier for web users to interact with application based websites, like anscers.com. Below is a link to the comic style announcement about Google Chrome. Google Chrome Comic We will be spending some time […]

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Upgrades made to CFFS on anscers.com

Published on July 28, 2008 by in anscers

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Several upgrades to the Construction Forms Filing Service (CFFS) are available on anscers.com starting today. The upgrades are: 1. A confirmation page for each project submitted where the you can make changes to the elements of the project before submission. 2. Progress Release forms that have been requested are now saved into History on the […]

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One of the greatest challenges on anscers is identifying duplicate subjects. Since anscers accepts data from many sources (the online user, A/R contributions, fax contributions) duplicate subjects are easily created using different spelling of a company name, street abbreviation, or missing suite numbers. Too many duplicates create confusing search results and the need to view […]

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We are creating short video tutorials on how to use the anscers.com system. Click here to view the first one "Submit an Alert".Send your feedback on the video to damadril@creditservices.org.

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CMA launched anscers.com with the tradeline measurement Days Beyond Terms (DBT) as an option on each tradeline. A DBT measurement tells you, on average, how many days beyond terms a customer pays. The DBT measurement sparked conversation among anscers users, some claiming this measurement was the best to use, others suggested the use of Average […]

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e-mmediate is a blended product of ACH and check guarantee in a one step process. This 45 minute webinar discusses how to facilitate electronic payments “e-mmediately” for deposit directly into your DDA account within 2 business days, and those payments are guaranteed. No worries about NSF’s; the process works like credit card transactions for only […]

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Google Sites Launches – Uses for Credit

Published on February 28, 2008 by in Web/Tech

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From the site "Google Sites, a new offering from Google Apps, makes creating a team site as easy as editing a document. Use Google Sites to centralize all types of information — from videos to presentations — and share your site with just a few people, your entire organization, or the world." How could you […]

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anscers Testing New Search in Reports

Published on January 30, 2008 by in anscers

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anscers is testing a new company search in the anscers Business Credit Reports area. To try the new search log into anscers.com, click the Reports tab, then click on anscers Business Credit Reports. For a great comparison of the old search and new search – try a search today in anscers Business Credit Reports (new) […]

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FREE anscers RFI Tutorial Webinars

Published on August 23, 2007 by in anscers

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anscers RFI Reference service, comes out of BETA on 9/1/07. As we officially start charging for anscers RFI (outside of a group) and anscers Business Credit Reports we want to make sure you get the most for your money by learning how to use anscers. For more info about the services Download anscers_rfi_and_report.pdf Register for […]

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anscers RFI – Second Notice By Fax

Published on August 20, 2007 by in anscers

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anscers Users who use the RFI Reference feature (sending the RFI to references outside their trade group) had requested a second notice be sent to those who had not responded. The second notice by fax is now in place. Here is how it works. If the RFI Reference has not responded to the first fax […]

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Targets, deadlines and getting to work on time have long been the main sources of pressure for most workers, but now it seems the office is being plagued by a new problem: e-mail stress. According to new research increasing numbers of workers say they are swamped with a never-ending tide of messages. Read the full […]

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Basic shortcuts to smooth the use of Excel. CFO.com has a great article for us Excel users, ten shortcut tips. Here is one, click through for the rest: Saving, Printing, Opening. If you spend a lot of time opening, closing, and printing spreadsheets – and who doesn’t – the F12 key could become your best […]

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anscers Recorded Webinars

Published on August 15, 2007 by in anscers

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Training for one, or more. anscers Recorded Webinars $79 each. View as many times as you like for 60 days. Access the training you need, when you need it. anscers recorded webinars are available 24/7 from anscers.com. Here are just a few ideas how you could use anscers recorded webinars: Train during your lunch break […]

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anscers Business Credit Reports consist of tradelines and credit alerts added to the system through Groups, RFIs, and accounts receivable contributions. Contents of the reports include: 1. The last 12 months of trade data 2. The last 12 months of credit alerts 3. Past inquiries on the subject in the last 12 months The report […]

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We have fielded many questions regarding the anscers RFI and Business Credit Report pricing starting 9.1.07. The download attached explains more about the pricing, the size of our database, the services offered, and what you will see in User Billing. Download anscers_rfi_and_report.pdf Thanks for using anscers.com – we look forward to providing you valuable services […]

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Credit Reports are still in Beta and are free until September 1, 2007 To offer your company the best value for anscers Business Credit Reports, you only pay for the number of tradelines that appear on a given credit report, up to a maximum amount per report (see pricing below): NACM Members – 0.99 per […]

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Participation in the new anscers Metals Credit Network has increased to 26 members, which now includes representatives from the Steel Warehouse and the Aluminum Suppliers/Extruders Groups in Southern CA, the Metals Supply Group in Northern CA, the Las Vegas Materialman’s Group, and the Northern Nevada Construction Group. If you are interested in joining the anscers […]

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You can now buy recorded Webinars!

Published on May 24, 2007 by in anscers

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Now you can purchase recordings of selected Webinar programs. When you purchase a recorded Webinar, you will be provided with an Internet link to the recording, which you can view as many times as you like for 60 days. To view and hear the recorded program, you will need to have Internet access and speakers […]

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RFI Reference Instructions & Info

Published on April 25, 2007 by in anscers

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anscers RFI Reference feature which started its Beta on April 16, 2007 has resulted in lots of great feedback, and a few questions about how to properly use the feature. This information document will explain all the choices available with the RFI Reference feature. The focus will be on what happens when a Group Member […]

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Dictionary of Financial Scam Terms

Published on April 4, 2007 by in Web/Tech

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Thanks to Deana Marcroft for sending us the link for the Dictionary of Financial Scam Terms. "The  Dictionary of Financial Scam Terms is a free on line dictionary of financial terms as they are misused by con artists to lure investors into fraudulent money making schemes. An invaluable tool for investors, law enforcement, attorneys, financial […]

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Google_apps

For those techies in the credit crowd like me, you will be excited to hear about Google launching their Google Apps product. It seems to be tailor made for decentralized offices that need to share, calendars, spreadsheets and documents. Anyone who telecommutes might want to research Google Apps as a way to easily be in […]

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A new feature was added to anscers.com last night. We have integrated the ability for you to easily order an Experian report in 7 areas on anscers.com: anscers Business Credit Report RFI Report Group Credit Report Group Report Submitting an RFI Submitting an Alert Submitting a Group Report Request In any of these areas if […]

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anscers Help Section Being Updated

Published on January 29, 2007 by in anscers

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The anscers help section is being updated. Instructions for RFI have just been added, and more will be coming soon.

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GreenBrim.com – Bid on Finance Help

Published on November 13, 2006 by in Web/Tech

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Set to launch this month GreenBrim.com allows you to bid on finance and IT temporary help. Read more about the services from CFO.com in their article Accountants: Going Once, Going Twice.

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Merlin from the 43Folders.com has interviewed David Allen author of "Getting Things Done" each audio portion is about 10 minutes long. Hook up those speakers and take a educational coffee break. All Posts in the Productive Talk Series Introducing "Productive Talk" Podcast: 43 Folders meets David Allen Podcast: Interview with GTD’s David Allen on Procrastination […]

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50 Lessons – Business Videos

Published on November 1, 2006 by in Web/Tech

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Fifty Lessons works closely with the world’s most successful business leaders to capture, store and pass on their most important learning experiences, in the form of short and powerful videos. Video link: Author Robert Sutton on The No A$$hole Rule. We posted about this book previously, now listen to the author tell you how the […]

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(September 21, 2006) Check imaging at ATMs is poised to become a big business, much bigger even than some experts had thought up to now. Driven by the Check Clearing Act for the 21st Century (Check 21), enacted in October 2004, banks are just now starting to equip machines to take so-called envelopeless deposits, image […]

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  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intuit Inc. will feature several of Google Inc.’s products, including search and advertising, in its QuickBooks accounting software aimed at small businesses, the companies said on Wednesday. The deal between the two Silicon Valley-based companies marks the latest in a string of business partnerships where hardware and software makers have […]

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In an effort to capitalize on the growing number of eBay businesses, Microsoft began offering a new version of its small-business accounting software on Tuesday.   A pre-release beta version of Microsoft Office Accounting, formerly called Small Business Accounting, is now available for free download on Microsoft’s website. The latest version offers new features designed to […]

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Online Spreadsheets

Published on September 7, 2006 by in Web/Tech

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The Web Worker Daily blog highlights several online spreadsheet programs, with Excel like capabilities. Most of these services are free and great for sharing data with others in an online format. For decentralized offices you could use online spreadsheets to communicate with other offices, and to allow more than one person to work on an […]

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Microsoft Shares Your Pain – VIDEO

Published on September 7, 2006 by in Web/Tech

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Do you ever wonder what happens when your software crashes and you "Send an Error Report" to Microsoft? This video, actually created by Microsoft, will show you how Microsoft Programmers are sharing your pain. Get your speakers ready, its a funny few minutes. Via: VideoSift

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Website searchsystems.net provides access to over 37,000 public records databases. "The original, largest, most up-to-date and reliable directory of public records on the Internet. Online since 1997, SearchSystems.net continues to be by far the best resource of business information, corporate filings, property records, deeds, mortgages, criminal and civil court filings, inmates, offenders, births, deaths, marriages, […]

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Get On Track T-Shirts & Goodies

Published on September 1, 2006 by in Web/Tech

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The Get On Track T-Shirts and Goodies Store is ready for you to shop till you drop. Everything is for sale at cost – we are delivering the bottom line price to you. Stock up on t-shirts to wear at the conference, mugs and tile coasters to use at the office. We would love to […]

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Can your Customers pay on the web?

Published on August 30, 2006 by in Web/Tech

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Results of a five month study in the Consumer Collection arena by Online Resources Corp."showed the effectiveness of the collections web site in reaching delinquent account holders who were unreachable by phone, particularly for late stage accounts, which are past due between 90-180 days. In addition, late stage account holders who were offered and accessed […]

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This Is Broken.com

Published on August 23, 2006 by in Web/Tech

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20 minute Google video of Seth Godin at Gel 2006 Conference. Seth is a author of some of the most influential marketing books. There are some very funny bits on the video, but the message is serious for all of us. Are there areas of your customers credit experience that are broken? What can you […]

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Windows Vista Speech Recognition Demo Gone Awry – video blog posting from Google Video

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Approved for the National Association of Credit Management Certification Program CMA is pleased to announce this exciting new course format! We launched a beta test version of this online course in March 2006. Nine out of the ten students successfully passed the final exam and received NACM certification credit for the course. The class will […]

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