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SENTINEL TRIBUNE INSIDE Wednesday, January 26, 201 1 Page 3 Arthritis /Fibromyalgia Support Group meeting The Arthritis/ Fibromyalgia group will be meeting at the Redwood Area Hospital on Tuesday, February 8, from 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. in the education room. The topic for this meeting will be, "Medications: RX 2011 Arthritis" presented by Larry Leske, Pharmacist - Guide Point Pharmacy, Redwood Falls. Monthly meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month through May. The purpose of this group is to provide information about arthritis and fibromy- algia as well as fellowship and friendship. All infor- mation provided will be in accordance with the Arthritis Foundation Guidelines. Group leader is Maydra Maas, RN, CNS from Redwood Area Hospital. Meetings will be held in the Redwood Area Hospital Education Room located in the west wing of the hospi- tal. Please use the entrance on Gould Street. These meetings are free and open to the individuals with arthritis, or fibromyalgia, their families and friends as well as other interested peo- ple of this area. For more information, call Maydra Maas at 507-637-4562 or visit our website at www. redwoodareahospital.org. Seven scams that target small businesses Being vigilant against fraud is not only good for a company's financial health; it also strengthens customer trust in the business. Becoming a victim of fraud can have a negative finan- cial and reputational impact on a business, and the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) recommends owners train their staff to look out for seven common seams that prey on small companies. Every year the BBB receives thousands of com- plaints from small business owners who fell for an invoicing seam or were mis- led into paying for products and services they didn't want. Seammers aren't always trying to steal money from a business; sometimes they are after a company's financial or customer data and will use many kinds of high and low-tech methods for getting it. "Small business fraud can come from internal threats, such as employee fraud, or from external full-time scammers," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB. "Because small business owners often lack the time and resources to fight fraud, they are a popular target for any num- ber of different seams." The BBB is warning busi- ness owners to look out for the following seven seams that commonly target small companies: 1. Directory Seams - A perennial problem that has plagued businesses for decades involves deceptive sales for directories. Commonly the scammer will call the business claim- ing they just want to update the company's entry in an online directory or the scam- mer might lie about being with the Yellow Pages. The business is later billed hun- dreds of dollars for listing services they didn't agree to or for ads which they thought would be in the Yellow Pages. 2. Office Supply Seams - Some scammers prey on small business owners hop- ing that they won't notice a bill for office supplies like toner or paper which the company never ordered. Every year, the BBB receives thousands of com- plaints from small business owners who were deceived by office supply companies and billed for products they didn't want. 3. Overpayment Seams - Be extremely cautious if a customer overpays using a check or credit card and then asks you to wire the extra money back to them or to a third party. Overpayment seams target any number of different companies includ- ing catering businesses, manufacturers, wholesalers and even sellers on sites like eBay, Craigslist and Etsy. 4. Data Breaches - No matter how vigilant your company is, a data breach can still happen. Whether it's the result of hackers, negligence or a disgruntled employee, a data breach can have a severe impact on the level of trust customers have in your business. You can learn how to defend your company from a data breach for free with BBB's Data Security - Made Simpler at www.bbb.org/data- security. 5. Vanity Awards - While it's flattering to be recog- nized for your hard work, some awards are just mon- ey-making schemes and have no actual merit. If you are approached about receiv- ing a business or leadership award, research the opportu- nity carefully and be wary if you're asked to pay money. 6. Stolen Identity - Scammers will often pre- tend to be a legitimate corn- Westbrook Ag From page 1 old shop was simply not big enough to handle today's larger equipment," said Simonson. While touring the new building of 110' by 150' Simonson pointed out that improve overall efficiency in the company. Simonson commented that having this area to set up new farm equipment, will help us to avoid crunch time in the spring. Simonson said, Simonson feels fortunate to have such a veteran staff of people, several of the employees have worked there for over 30 years. Simonson said, "with our staff's experience, we are Lincoln Simonson Simonson said, "when we bought the business almost four years ago we envisioned an expansion to our facility as we moved forward." In June of 2008 the com- pany put in an all new basic software system. The new system coordinates parts inventory, invoices, shop orders, payroll and much more. "We added that to improve our overall efficien- cy to better serve our custom- ers," Simonson said. Seeing the need to expand, the company pur- chased the building package in December of 2009. They began construction with foot- ings being dug in late June of 2010, after fighting wet weather in May and June. The building was completed and ready for use by November 21 of 2010. The building and the connecting building which is 40' by 70' create an additional working space of 19,300 square feet, more than doubling the size of the former facility. "Our The new shop has plenty of room for the biggest tractors in the business. the building is efficiently heated using in floor heating. The double insulation makes the building a very comfort- able place to work in. Simonson said, "our techni- cians love working in it, if they have to work underneath a machine the floor is very warm." The new building which is being used mainly for equipment setup and com- bine work, will help to "We used to order equipment for March delivery, now we can order in December and set it up during the winter months." Simonson is proud of the fact that they are a full ser- vice dealer. "Most of our repair is done in house. Our technicians have had a lot of manufacturer training, and they participate in on going training and upgrading of their skills" he said. second to none in the area." Simonson is extending an invitation to people to come and see their new addition. There will be factory repre- sentatives on hand to visit with customers, also there will be new equipment on display to look over. Simonson said, "Stop in for a visit Wednesday February 2 for a fun day at Westbrook Ag Power." pany for the purposes of ripping off consumers. When it comes to stolen identity, the company doesn't necessarily lose money, but their reputation is potentially tarnished as angry customers who were ripped off by the scammers think the real company is responsible. 7. Phishing E-mails Some phishing e-mails spe- cifically target small busi- ness owners with the goal of hacking into their computer or network. Common exam- ples include e-mails pre- tending to be from the IRS claiming the company is being audited or phony e-mails from the BBB say- ing the company has received a complaint. If you recewe a suspicious e-mail from a government agency or the BBB, don't click on any links or open any attach- ments. Contact the agency or the BBB directly to con- firm the legitimacy of the e-mail. For more advice on how to manage your business effectively, visit www.bbb. org/us/Business- Resources/. Late start again ... Students were walking to school, after school announced a two hour late start Monday morning. Late starts are coming more often with the country roads being easily blocked by blowing snow. Wednesday February 2, 2011 lOam - 2pm Lunch Served 11am - 1 Certified Service Center WESTBROOK AG POWER www. westb roo kag powe r. com Westbrook, MN * Ph. 507-274-6101 188490