Brad's Business Highlights

Brad's Business Highlights

Monday: 8/18/2014

Columbia Banks is warning you to be on the lookout for fraudulent text messages claiming to come from your bank. Scammers will ask you to verify your social security and bank accounts numbers. Columbia bank Senior Vice President David Devine says they've already seen a couple of cases here in the northwest. He says its not so much the elderly targeted but the younger customer who uses the smartphone for everything and may even be signed up for online banking text alerts.

 
Tuesday: 8/19/2014               
 
Microsoft has pulled its August update for Windows. Users reported crashes and that notorious "blue circle or screen of death". In fact, Windows users are recommended to "un-install" the update if they already have it.                       
 
 
Wednesday: 8/20/2014
 
"Uber" wants to transport more than just people. The car-hailing service is testing on-demand delivery of medicine, toiletries and other drug-store products, right to your front door. They're calling it "Uber Corner Store" and it will be available the next few weeks in Washington, D.C. If it works, Uber may expand the service to other cities.         
 
 
Columbia Bank’s Business Insight: How philanthropy can affect your bottom line. As a business, it’s crucial to recognize there’s a certain level of responsibility to create and support the vibrant communities in which we live and work. Philanthropy can and should be a priority for any business, as it can affect your bottom line in great ways. Give back to your community in active, thoughtful ways that go beyond a sponsorship logo on a banner. Do some research on causes or special events that affect your community, and find a unique opportunity to connect your business to it. By making a philanthropic investment, your business can grow a relationship-centric culture with customers, boost employee morale and ultimately support economic development efforts unique to your community. Member FDIC.
 
Thursday: 8/21/2014
 
 We know the Seahawks have a great stadium, and the league's best fans with the 12's. But according to Forbes, we also have the NFL’s second-most overpriced beer. Forbes says a 16-ounce beer in a Seattle supermarket will coast you 99-cents. But at century-link, that pint is 8-bucks. That's a 710-percent markup. The league's best deal for beer is in Jacksonville, where a 16-ounce brew sells for 7-dollars.                      
 
Friday: 8/22/2014
 
Local companies are doing all they can to attract tourists from China. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports more than 100-thousand people are expected to visit Seattle from China this year. That's more than all international overseas visitors combined. Hotels and other businesses are doing even more to attract Chinese travelers. The Renaissance Hotel is considering an entire floor exclusively for Chinese tourists. Others are hiring Mandarin speakers and adding traditional Chinese amenities.