Top 5 tips for collections businesses

first_img continue reading » Many small to mid-sized businesses find payments to be their most significant challenge. Odd, we know, but all too common. You’d think companies would want to develop the simplest way to accept and receive money. This is especially true of the ARM/collections industry.Collections are fraught with outdated systems and methodologies that make collecting on-time payments from their customers a nightmare. Over time, invoices pile up, accounts go past due, and cash flow dwindles. Implementing a strong collections strategy is vital to your business. While you can’t force clients to pay on time, you can change how you operate to be more efficient and convenient to improve your cash flow.Make Payments EasyYou need to facilitate a convenient payment structure if you want to receive your money on time. A web portal that allows customers to pay when and where they want is ideal. More payment options mean that clients can use their preferred methods to quickly and easily pay off their monthly balance. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Road Resurfacing Work to Begin

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisStarting today contractors for the city of Alpena will begin resurfacing work. The streets include Windsor Court from Franklin Street.Ontario Street from Franklin Street. North Street from Ontario Southward to the end.Fourth Avenue from Franklin Street, and Franklin Street from Ontario Street to 5th Avenue. Traffic flow will continue but drivers may experience delays.The resurfacing work is expected to take 3 weeks to complete but may be extended due to delays or weather.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Resurfacing Work, Road WorkContinue ReadingPrevious United Way of Northeast Michigan Gift Organizations Mini GrantsNext Fletcher Street Depot Grand Opening Hosting ‘All Aboard’ Fundraiser for Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuarylast_img read more

Whicker: Can Brewers star Christian Yelich stay hot for one more month?

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “I guess that shows how smart I am,” McDonnell said.Yelich has spent 2018 making his believers look smart and the Marlins look otherwise.He led the league in hitting (.326) and slugging (.598) and was second in home runs (36) and third in RBIs (108).After the All-Star Game, Yelich traded his pedestrian wood bat for a lightsaber. He cranked 25 home runs in 65 games and hit .367, slugged .770 and fashioned a 1.219 OPS. Thus he simplified the debate over who should be NL Most Valuable Player.Milwaukee might well designate Jan. 25 a civic holiday. That’s when General Manager David Stearns got Yelich from Miami for Lewis Brinson and three minor leaguers, and when he signed center fielder Lorenzo Cain, a former Brewer who had helped the Royals win a World Series. The Brewers tied a club record for wins (96) and open the National League Championship Series at home against the Dodgers on Friday night.Miami’s self-defoliation made even less sense when one considers Yelich’s neat contract. This year, he made $7 million for all that damage. His $49 million, seven-year deal expires in 2021, when he will make $14 million.But McDonnell felt a familiar ambivalence.In 2017, the NL MVP was Giancarlo Stanton, also signed by McDonnell out of Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, also traded by the Marlins.Miami made Yelich its first-round pick, 23rd overall, in 2010. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, former Dodgers reliever Grant Dayton and Oakland hitter Mark Canha all came in that draft. The Marlins’ personnel shop has always found players, almost as quickly as its management team trades them.“Obviously I’m happy for Giancarlo and Christian,” McDonnell said. “I just wish they were still playing for us.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.McDonnell used to sneak into Notre Dame’s ballpark like a safecracker until he realized he was the only scout there. At Westlake, the scouts always gathered. That was a complication.Tom Battista was a scout for the Red Sox. He now works for the Braves. He is McDonnell’s friend, and he was also seeing Alecia Yelich, Christian’s mom, whom he later married. McDonnell tried to blend into whatever crowd Westlake had. He didn’t want anyone, particularly Battista, to know the Marlins were so enamored with Yelich.“I had a lot of people tell me, later, that we picked their pocket,” McDonnell said.“Team Yelich has really done a great job,” said Zach Miller, Westlake’s coach at the time. “Alecia had a plan for Christian and it’s come to life.“I remember a bomb he hit off Tyler Skaggs (Santa Monica) at Westlake,” Miller said. “That one wound up on second base on the JV field. There was one at St. Paul that hit a car in the parking lot beyond center field. But he always wanted what was best for the team. That’s why he played all those positions.”“I’d seen the ability, but I hadn’t seen the fire, the leadership,” McDonnell said. “One day, they played El Dorado and Christian slid into home and the catcher got a little rough, and Christian came up ready to go. He wasn’t having any of it. That answered that question.”Maybe the football genes came out. Alecia’s grandfather was Fred Gehrke, a former L.A. Rams receiver for Bob Waterfield who became the general manager of the Denver Broncos when they won their first AFC championship.But Gehrke’s real legacy is the curling horn on the Rams’ helmet. He designed that, primarily because all the NFL helmets were blank at the time.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies He was a left fielder when he was a freshman. He was a first baseman as a sophomore.Shortstop beckoned him as a junior. He finished his Westlake High career as a third baseman.“That was the only question anybody had,” said Tim McDonnell, the Miami Marlins’ scout. “Did he have a position?”So Christian Yelich won the National League Gold Glove award for left fielders in 2014, the youngest Marlins player ever to win one. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Christian’s uncle Chris was an offensive lineman at UCLA when Rick Neuheisel was quarterbacking.At 26, Christian has already pocketed history. He hit for the cycle on Aug. 30 and Sept. 20, both against the same team (Cincinnati), which was unprecedented. He was 6 for 6 the second time.“I saw the ball in the air (that became a triple) and thought, no way this has just happened again,” he said.Yelich hit .310 at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the first one Team USA ever won, and was all-tournament.But now that Yelich spent 2018 daring himself to beat whatever he’d done yesterday, he officially says goodbye to shadows.Instead, he will be followed wherever he goes. As will Tim McDonnell. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

Holy Lightning Balls! What the Heck?

first_imgIt seems lightning is getting worse…more deadly and more common. Golfer Phil Mickelson’s hotel was hit by lightning in Illinois knocking off the chimney and starting a fire. And severe weather shut down last night’s Backstreet Boys concert in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Recently five workers in Wellington were blown off a roof by a bolt of lightning killing at least one. But did you know that lightning comes in balls too?Ball lightning may be an atmospheric electrical phenomenon, the physical nature of which is still controversial. The term refers to reports of luminous, usually spherical objects which vary from pea-sized to several meters in diameter. It is sometimes associated with thunderstorms, but unlike lightning flashes, which last only a fraction of a second, ball lightning reportedly lasts many seconds.Laboratory experiments have produced effects that are visually similar to reports of ball lightning, but it is presently unknown whether these are actually related to any naturally occurring phenomenon. Scientific data on natural ball lightning is scarce owing to its infrequency and unpredictability. The presumption of its existence is based on reported public sightings, and has therefore produced somewhat inconsistent findings. Given inconsistencies and the lack of reliable data, the true nature of ball lightning is still unknown. Until recently, ball lightning was often regarded as a fantasy or a hoax. Reports of the phenomenon were dismissed for lack of physical evidence, and were often regarded the same way as UFO sightings.Natural ball lightning appears infrequently and unpredictably, and is therefore rarely (if ever truly) photographed. However, several purported photos and videos exist. Perhaps the most famous story of ball lightning unfolded when 18th-century physicist Georg Wilhelm Richmann installed a lightning rod in his home and was struck in the head – and killed – by a “pale blue ball of fire.”last_img read more