Business Background Check

Businesses getting into a partnership or individuals looking to avail the services of a business should first conduct a business background check. This assists them in making a more informed business decision. There are several agencies that provide information on businesses; the information can include data on lawsuits, liens, bankruptcies, and corporate information.

Individuals wishing to take the services of a law firm, a contractor, a car dealer, or builder can perform a business background check to try and ensure that they do not end up doing business with a trickster. Business background checks can also help in evaluating old-age homes and nursing centers where one may have to admit a family member.

Before agreeing to a business transaction of any sort with a company, whether advertising, marketing, or public relations firms, it is important to get a feel of their capacity to deliver as well as their market reputation. A business background check assumes even greater significance if it is for a one-time business transaction because once a deal has been agreed to; issue-resolving at a later date can be a long drawn process and most often with one-time transactions companies do not vigorously pursue an issue. Therefore, it is important to obtain samples of successful work done before making any written commitment.

Information necessary for a business background check can be obtained from the “Doing Business As” (DBA) records that are available at the county courthouse. The DBA records are public records and provide valuable information on businesspersons and companies that have been given a license to do business in a given region. By running a business background check on a prospective business partner, one becomes aware of the liabilities that one may possibly invite if the business partner fails to live up to his part of the deal.

Business background checks reveal business, professional, and personal information. The business information can consist of national property records, business name and address, FEIN, UCC filings, any civil litigations, and tax liens. Professional license verification, DBA filings, partnerships and affiliations are also checked. Personal information covered for a business background check includes social security numbers of owners and directors, aliases, and residence property owners.

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Business Background Check – It Pays to Know Someone Else’s Business

So what is business background check really all about? The following report includes some fascinating information you can use, not just the old stuff they used to tell you.

You’ve got work to do and have to hire a business to do it. Whether it is a contractor to work on home improvement projects or you plan to build a swimming pool, you want to make sure you pick the right business to do the job for you. That is why a business background check will help you in your decision. You can find out if the company you are dealing with is a fly-by-night type of operation or a company with integrity.

If you have got the time and patience, you can perform your own research. The internet holds all sorts of information, just waiting to be discovered. However, you have to know where to look. The most common place to start is your local Better Business Bureau, especially if it is a locally owned business. The Better Business Bureau can help you verify the company’s address and company officers. As part of your business background check, they can also tell you if there have been complaints against the company and if the issues were resolved or not.

Another step is typing a simple search in an internet search engine. You can find any mention of the company you want to do business with, from their accomplishments to financial information. If you have the company’s Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), you can find out much more in your quest for a business background check. For instance, that number could be run through the Secretary of State website and you can find out about the company’s officers, financial information and incorporation information. You can find out if the company had done business under another name too.

Hopefully the information presented so far has been applicable. You might also want to consider the following:

The Federal Employer Identification Number can also be run through Dun and Bradstreet’s database to find out even more financial information. Now, you can find out a bunch of information on your own as well as pay nominal fees for access into certain databases. Or, you can hire an investigator or an online corporation who specializes in the business background check. So how do you know if THAT online business is trustworthy? Look for the online Better Business Bureau emblem on their website.

What information do you really need to ensure that the company is one you want to do business with? Have they ever been sued for some type of business malpractice? What is their work ethic? How do they treat their employees? Do they have proper licensing to conduct business? With a business background check, you can determine all that information and more.

Just remember, you have only yourself to blame if the business you conduct with this company without going through all the business background check procedures bombs out and you lose money. It pays in the long run to spend forth the time and effort now in a business background check.

There’s no doubt that the topic of business background check can be fascinating. If you still have unanswered questions about business background check, you may find what you’re looking for in the next article.

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Business Background Checks – The OTHER Background Check

Are you a recruiter from a well known company and want to verify the background details of a new applicant? Are you a small business owner and want to run a background check about an associate in your business? For numerous reasons, there are times when professionals, business owners or company employees need to find out the real background of several people related to their business.

There are few services on the Internet which can help you run a business background check quickly and reliably. Read further to know how to find out the most reliable and accurate services online.

If you want to find out all the background details about any person across the country then you need the best lookup service which can provide all the relevant details reliably and accurately. There are basically 2 types of services available online which provides the business background check facility.

1) Free services: There are hundreds of free lookup services available on the Internet which can provide you the basic information like name, address, date of birth,etc. The only plus side about these services is that they are free to use. But the real disadvantage of using these services is that they do not maintain and update their record database regularly. There are often several mismatches you can find when you search for the data. We often end up wasting our valuable time finding the required information when we use free services.

2) Premium business background check services: There are few premium services available which maintain and update their records database on a daily basis. They are professional organizations which invest a lot to provide the most accurate and reliable data on time to their end users. The real advantage of these services is that they provide additional details about any person like his marriage/divorce details, criminal background history, birth records, previous employment background and many more.

You only need to pay a small one time fee to access their services. In my opinion, they are really worth the gold in terms of the type of detailed information they provide to their end users. I strongly recommend to try these services at least once and see the results. If you are not satisfied then you can ask for the refund without any hassles.

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Business Background Checks – The OTHER Background Check

The risk involved with hiring an employee is well understood, making pre-employment background checks a routine practice for most companies. Business background checks however, are far less commonplace; but why? Excluding small daily purchases and transactions with historically reputable companies, the level of trust you (or your company) extend to a corporation you chose to deal with can be extraordinary. Yet conducting background research on companies is rare in comparison with screening individuals.

Business background checks are complex because businesses play by a different set of rules. Realistically, you and I cannot drop our identity and start over when things go bad, our debts become too great, or our reputations become tarnished. Corporations can and often do. Along with completely dissolving a business or filing for bankruptcy, corporations may operate under alternative names known as “DBA’s” (Doing Business As), appear as local companies online, but physically exist overseas, or be registered as foreign corporations while soliciting business within your state. Proper screening requires a broad and extensive expertise. Fewer companies offer business screening for these reasons. As always, watch out for companies online claiming to instantly tell you everything about a company for a small fee along with a subscription to their database. There is no one size fits all method of conducting business background research and thorough results can and will not be instant.

Structure is Key!

The structure of a business background check is best determined by the purpose of the check and the level of risk. Here are just a few common needs for business background checks and sensible corresponding screening packages

Level One: Personal Consumer Protection

A basic business background check doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. A “level one” business background check can be performed in the area of $50. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of dealing with a company that you paid money to up front and never received a service, or had to repair a situation caused by bad service, the fee for a basic business background check will feel like the best money you’ve ever spent. As an example, a level one background check best corresponds to the following needs.You’re in the market to…

Hire a contractor.

Utilize a dog walking service.

Retain a babysitter or nanny through a service.

Move grandma into a retirement home.

A “Level One” screening package would generally answer the following questions.

Are they incorporated or registered with the state?

Have they been in business for a significant amount of time to have “expertise”?

Are they a DBA “Doing Business As” another name?

Are there unresolved complaints filed against them with the Better Business Bureau?

Have their past clients filed lawsuits against them for breach of contract or any other reasons?

Do they utilize criminal background checks on their own employees?

Level Two: Large Personal or Business to Business

Transaction.Maybe it’s property, machinery, equipment, vehicles, or even a timeshare. Whatever the case, you (or your company) will be entrusting this business with a large sum of money. A “Level Two” business background check would include the basic research of a “Level One” screening package and also go a few steps further. For example, we would seek to answer the following questions for our “Level Two” business background check:

Are they Incorporated or registered with the state?

Are they licensed and or Insured?

Have they been in business for a significant amount of time to have “expertise”?

Are they a DBA “Doing Business As” another name?

Possible additional searches on DBA’s discovered

Are there unresolved complaints filed against them with the Better Business Bureau?

Have their past clients filed lawsuits against them for breach of contract or other reasons?

Who are the principals of the company?

Have the principals of the company filed for bankruptcy multiple times?

Does the owner or principal have litigation against them from prior clients?

Does pending litigation or tax liens, suits, or other judgment put the owner/principal in a financially difficult situation? (You don’t want your money going to pay off other debts instead of paying for materials, labor, etc.)

Level Three: Business to Business Venture

Once your company joins forces with another company for a project, marketing campaign or other venture, their skeletons can potentially become yours. Their reputation can be reflected on you, and sometimes, their legal problems and can become your legal problems. A business to business venture is too significant not to invest in a thorough business background check. Once again, building on key parts of the “Level One” and “Level Two” business background checks, important research would include…

Are they incorporated or registered with the state?

Are they licensed and or Insured, and to what degree?

Have they been in business for a significant amount of time to have “expertise”?

Are they a DBA “Doing Business As” another name? (Possible additional searches on DBA’s discovered)

Are there unresolved complaints filed against them with the Better Business Bureau?

Have their past clients or business partners filed lawsuits against them for breach of contract or other reasons?

Who are the principals of the company?

Have the principals of the company filed for bankruptcy multiple times?

Does the owner or principal have litigation against them from prior clients?

Does pending litigation or tax liens, suits, or other judgment put the owner/principal in a financially difficult situation? (You don’t want your money going to pay off other debts instead of paying for materials, labor, services etc.)

Are the owners or principals involved with other corporations that would pose a conflict of interest?

Is this company as prosperous as claimed? (It’s not difficult or terribly expensive to make a professional looking website. What’s behind the website is what really matters.)

How long has the website existed?

How much traffic does their site receive?

Who links to them?

How much are they spending to market their website or product online?

What’s the reputation of the business online?

Who’s talking about them and what’s being said?

If no “buzz” is out there, why not?The examples could certainly go on. These basic packages can be modified for use in intellectual property research, business profiling for acquisition, “know your client” regulations in the financial industry and other specific needs. The bottom line is, spending roughly one percent of the “purchase price” or estimated cost of the transaction can save you exponentially over the cost and time of dealing with a irresponsible or deceptive business after the damage has been done. You’ll never regret proceeding with caution!

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Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.

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What Are The Greatest Changes In Shopping In Your Lifetime

What are the greatest changes in shopping in your lifetime? So asked my 9 year old grandson.

As I thought of the question the local Green Grocer came to mind. Because that is what the greatest change in shopping in my lifetime is.

That was the first place to start with the question of what are the greatest changes in shopping in your lifetime.

Our local green grocer was the most important change in shopping in my lifetime. Beside him was our butcher, a hairdresser and a chemist.

Looking back, we were well catered for as we had quite a few in our suburb. And yes, the greatest changes in shopping in my lifetime were with the small family owned businesses.

Entertainment While Shopping Has Changed
Buying butter was an entertainment in itself.
My sister and I often had to go to a favourite family grocer close by. We were always polite as we asked for a pound or two of butter and other small items.

Out came a big block of wet butter wrapped in grease-proof paper. Brought from the back of the shop, placed on a huge counter top and included two grooved pates.

That was a big change in our shopping in my lifetime… you don’t come across butter bashing nowadays.

Our old friendly Mr. Mahon with the moustache, would cut a square of butter. Lift it to another piece of greaseproof paper with his pates. On it went to the weighing scales, a bit sliced off or added here and there.

Our old grocer would then bash it with gusto, turning it over and over. Upside down and sideways it went, so that it had grooves from the pates, splashes going everywhere, including our faces.

My sister and I thought this was great fun and it always cracked us up. We loved it, as we loved Mahon’s, on the corner, our very favourite grocery shop.

Grocery Shopping
Further afield, we often had to go to another of my mother’s favourite, not so local, green grocer’s. Mr. McKessie, ( spelt phonetically) would take our list, gather the groceries and put them all in a big cardboard box.

And because we were good customers he always delivered them to our house free of charge. But he wasn’t nearly as much fun as old Mr. Mahon. Even so, he was a nice man.

All Things Fresh
So there were very many common services such as home deliveries like:

• Farm eggs

• Fresh vegetables

• Cow’s milk

• Freshly baked bread

• Coal for our open fires

Delivery Services
A man used to come to our house a couple of times a week with farm fresh eggs.

Another used to come every day with fresh vegetables, although my father loved growing his own.

Our milk, topped with beautiful cream, was delivered to our doorstep every single morning.

Unbelievably, come think of it now, our bread came to us in a huge van driven by our “bread-man” named Jerry who became a family friend.

My parents always invited Jerry and his wife to their parties, and there were many during the summer months. Kids and adults all thoroughly enjoyed these times. Alcohol was never included, my parents were teetotallers. Lemonade was a treat, with home made sandwiches and cakes.

The coal-man was another who delivered bags of coal for our open fires. I can still see his sooty face under his tweed cap but I can’t remember his name. We knew them all by name but most of them escape me now.

Mr. Higgins, a service man from the Hoover Company always came to our house to replace our old vacuum cleaner with an updated model.

Our insurance company even sent a man to collect the weekly premium.

People then only paid for their shopping with cash. This in itself has been a huge change in shopping in my lifetime.

In some department stores there was a system whereby the money from the cash registers was transported in a small cylinder on a moving wire track to the central office.

Some Of The Bigger Changes
Some of the bigger changes in shopping were the opening of supermarkets.

• Supermarkets replaced many individual smaller grocery shops. Cash and bank cheques have given way to credit and key cards.

• Internet shopping… the latest trend, but in many minds, doing more harm, to book shops.

• Not many written shopping lists, because mobile phones have taken over.

On a more optimistic note, I hear that book shops are popular again after a decline.

Personal Service Has Most Definitely Changed
So, no one really has to leave home, to purchase almost anything, technology makes it so easy to do online.
And we have a much bigger range of products now, to choose from, and credit cards have given us the greatest ease of payment.

We have longer shopping hours, and weekend shopping. But we have lost the personal service that we oldies had taken for granted and also appreciated.

Because of their frenetic lifestyles, I have heard people say they find shopping very stressful, that is grocery shopping. I’m sure it is when you have to dash home and cook dinner after a days work. I often think there has to be a better, less stressful way.

My mother had the best of both worlds, in the services she had at her disposal. With a full time job looking after 9 people, 7 children plus her and my dad, she was very lucky. Lucky too that she did not have 2 jobs.

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What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

The results of this past election proved once again that the Democrats had a golden opportunity to capitalize on the failings of the Trump Presidency but, fell short of a nation wide mandate. A mandate to seize the gauntlet of the progressive movement that Senator Sanders through down a little over four years ago. The opportunities were there from the very beginning even before this pandemic struck. In their failing to educate the public of the consequences of continued Congressional gridlock, conservatism, and what National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles of Confederation would do led to the results that are playing out today.. More Congressional gridlock, more conservatism and more suffering of millions of Americans are the direct consequences of the Democrats failure to communicate and educate the public. Educate the public that a progressive agenda is necessary to pull the United States out of this Pandemic, and restore this nations health and vitality.

It was the DNC’s intent in this election to only focus on the Trump Administration. They failed to grasp the urgency of the times. They also failed to communicate with the public about the dire conditions millions have been and still are facing even before the Pandemic. The billions of dollars funneled into campaign coffers should have been used to educate the voting public that creating a unified coalition would bring sweeping reforms that are so desperately needed. The reality of what transpired in a year and a half of political campaigning those billions of dollars only created more animosity and division polarizing one extreme over another.

One can remember back in 1992 Ross Perot used his own funds to go on national TV to educate the public on the dire ramifications of not addressing our national debt. That same approach should have been used during this election cycle. By using the medium of television to communicate and educate the public is the most effective way in communicating and educating the public. Had the Biden campaign and the DNC used their resources in this way the results we ae seeing today would have not created the potential for more gridlock in our government. The opportunity was there to educate the public of safety protocols during the siege of this pandemic and how National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles of Confederation provides the necessary progressive reforms that will propel the United States out of the abyss of debt and restore our economy. Restoring our economy so that every American will have the means and the availability of financial and economic security.

The failure of the Democratic party since 2016 has been recruiting a Presidential Candidate who many felt was questionable and more conservative signals that the results of today has not met with the desired results the Democratic party wanted. Then again? By not fully communicating and not educating the public on the merits of a unified progressive platform has left the United States transfixed in our greatest divides since the Civil War. This writers support of Senator Bernie Sanders is well documented. Since 2015 he has laid the groundwork for progressive reforms. He also has the foundations on which these reforms can deliver the goods as they say. But, what did the DNC do, they purposely went out of their way to engineer a candidate who was more in tune with the status-quo of the DNC. They failed to communicate to the public in educating all of us on the ways our lives would be better served with a progressive agenda that was the benchmark of Senators Sanders Presidential campaign and his Our Revolution movement. And this is way there is still really no progress in creating a less toxic environment in Washington and around the country.

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