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  • 08/21/2015 10:10 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    Do you accept credit cards as payment for the goods and services that you provide to your customers?  These days, most small businesses answer “yes” to that question.  For those who currently swipe the magnetic stripe on credit cards, including most restaurant and retail establishments, there are major changes coming soon that may have serious implications for your business. 

    The major credit/debit card issuers have begun to distribute new cards that contain an embedded chip on the front which should make fraudulent card use more difficult.  The fraud reduction benefits of the new cards will not be realized if merchants do not have the technology to accept the new cards.  It is important for all merchants who accept these cards to upgrade to the new technology because on October 1, 2015 there will be a shift in the fraud liability.  This means that after that date, merchants who swipe chip cards will be liable, rather than the bank, for any fraudulent transactions. 

    What should you do? 

    1.     First, if you have not already been contacted by your merchant services provider, payment processor, or financial institution, you should contact them.  The solution for each merchant will depend on how they have set up their payment processing, how it interfaces with their POS (Point of Sale) system, etc.  At the very least, you will need to acquire new devices that will be able to process the new cards in place of the swipe machines currently in use.  There are varying charges and steps necessary, depending on the system that you use.  Again, your best source of information should be your current processor.

    2.     If you find that the new technology changes will not work with your current POS system, and you want to continue with that system, you may need a change in processing companies.  This is why all merchants who swipe cards should be taking action now – October will be here sooner than you think.

    3.     There is a great deal of information in the press and on the Internet about these changes.  One of the most complete and unbiased resources is www.emv-connection.com/merchants.  This site has listings of videos, Frequently-asked Questions, and other information to help you.  Educate yourself now, talk with your providers, and begin to determine the best solution for your particular circumstances.

     

    At 9am on September 23rd, the Alexandria SBDC will be presenting a one-hour workshop on this issue to clear up and clarify any remaining issues.  The Presenters will be Chris Harrison and Scott Johnston of WorldPay.  We encourage everyone who accepts credit card transactions to attend this free one-hour session.  Registration is through the SBDC website http://alexandriasbdc.org/event/dip-the-chip/.

    Small Business Owners – Don’t put this off!!!  Now is the time to act.

  • 02/02/2015 1:19 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    It's that time of year again! Invoices for membership dues have been sent out today, please renew your membership so you can continue to grow with us at the Eisenhower Partnership.

  • 02/02/2015 1:15 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    Alexandria City Council is currently considering a request by NOVA Parks that the city renew the current lease on Cameron Run Park for another 40 Years, at the current rate of $0.25 per year, $10.00 for the life of the lease. NOVA Parks is interested in renewing the lease 6 years earlier than the expiration of the current lease, apparently to allow them to make unspecified capital improvements to the park. Although we at Eisenhower Partnership do not oppose the current use in principle, we question committing to another 40 years without exploring best uses for over 39 acres of land for the next 40 years. We have already sent a letter asking the council to consider this matter carefully, please see the link here: Letter to City Council.pdf.

    Also, a petition is currently being circulated by a group called Concerned Citizens of Alexandria, asking for a steering committee to study the matter before deciding (Here).


    This information is only to inform. Cameron Run Park has been an important part of the Eisenhower Valley. It is our opinion that careful consideration is required before making a move of this importance.

  • 10/29/2014 11:16 AM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    The 2014 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business Summit & Expo will take place on November 3rd at the Westin Alexandria. The Summit will gather Alexandria businesses and community leaders together to discuss the State of Business in Alexandria and how to further Alexandria's economic power. Register online today at www.AlexChamber.com

    We hope to see you there!

  • 10/28/2014 11:56 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    You’re invited to answer that question by visiting AlexEngage -- a new online forum and a tool of the What’s Next Alexandria civic engagement initiative. AlexEngage will allow you to express your opinion for decision-makers to read, see what other residents are saying, and discuss important issues in the City.

    Join the conversation at http://engage.alexandriava.gov/!

    We look forward to hearing your ideas about the future of Alexandria, and how we can work to make it a better place for us all. Participate soon, this topic will close on Friday, October 31st.

    Thank you for participating!
  • 10/07/2014 1:01 AM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    On September 29th the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association held their annual meeting and published their 2014 Annual Report. This report is a review of economic growth and a new marketing campaign for Alexandria in 2014 and a look ahead at what is to be expected in 2015.  ACVA launched an aggressive new marketing approach in 2014 to promote the Alexandria tourism sector. The brand was titled “Extraordinary Alexandria” and drew the beautiful story of the vibrant, contemporary Alexandria experience one gets in our inspirational historical City. The report describes the increase in sales and economic impact tourism has had on the city as well as increases in the King Street Trolley and National Harbor Water Taxi ridership. From FY13 to FY14 ACVA has had a 5% increase in actualized sales revenue and has reached a much larger regional target radius through their new marketing campaign.

    Looking forward to 2015, the ACVA report states, “In Carlyle, the National Science Foundation broke ground on their new headquarters, which promises an important new source of visitation when it opens in 2017. Continuing development of Potomac Yards and its potential to add a 5th Metro stop will further expand our position as a city of neighborhoods. Across the river, our neighbors in National Harbor opened the Tanger Outlet mall, added the Capital (ferris) Wheel, and broke ground on the MGM casino, which will include a 3000 seat entertainment complex, all creating additional attractions that will complement the Alexandria experience.”

    The ACVA annual report helps to illustrate the exciting growth Alexandria has seen in 2014, and the exciting growth to come. You can find a link to the report along with the Extraordinary Alexandria media campaign below.

    2014 ACVA Annual Report

    Please find us on LinkedIn, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on important economic and business developments affecting the Eisenhower Valley.

  • 10/06/2014 2:55 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    On September 27th, ground was broken by family members of fallen Alexandria Police officers and the Alexandria Police Foundation on a new memorial honoring the 18 Alexandria Police officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1800s. The memorial is to stand in front of the Alexandria Police Department's Wheeler Avenue headquarters and fundraising for memorial was taken over by the Alexandria Police Foundation in 2013. The Alexandria Police Department is still fundraising to make a memorial that would "properly honor the courage, sacrifice and memory of these officers."

    The Eisenhower Partnership has donated $1000 to the fund as a part of our responsibility to the community and the Police force that serves to protect our community every day.

  • 10/06/2014 2:45 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    The Alexandria Small Business Development Center is offering a FREE workshop titled; Federal Contracting: Federal Government Technical Proposals. It will take place on Wednesday, October 15th from 9am-12pm in the AEDP Ballroom located at 625 N Washington Street, Suite 400.

    The workshop is being led by John Boulware and he will provide an introductory overview of the Federal Technical proposals process. Sign up today at http://alexandriasbdc.org/event/technical-proposals/ to reserve your spot!

  • 09/24/2014 8:29 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    The Eisenhower Partnership is now on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Please like us and follow us to help promote our mission and to stay up to date on current events and news in the Eisenhower Valley.

    Facebook - Eisenhower Partnership

    Twitter - @EisenhowerPart

    LinkedIn - Eisenhower Partnership

  • 09/24/2014 7:51 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    The Alexandria State of the Market Report is released twice a year by the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and “…provides the latest updates on the City’s economy, the status of different development projects, insights into the office and retail markets, and residential sales patterns.” The information found in this publication seeks to provide an economic update for business owners, real estate professionals and any interested citizen of Alexandria or its surrounding area. Specific topics are covered in more detail in a spotlight section found at the end of the publication. This edition’s spotlight is on the growth in development in Old Town North. There are a number of active and planned development projects taking place in Old Town North, and the City has identified a need for a new small area plan for the neighborhood, which is scheduled to begin in 2016.

    Alexandria - The State of the Market: Mid-Year 2014

    You will also be able to find this publication on our LinkedIn page. We are also developing an Eisenhower Partnership Facebook page where this document will be posted as well.

    Please like us on Facebook, follow us on our new Twitter account @EisenhowerPart and find us on LinkedIn to stay up to date on news and updates concerning the Eisenhower Valley.

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