• December 19, 2014

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Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 4:30 am

Business Resource Center schedules workshops

The Central Texas Business Resource Center plans several workshops in July to help business owners.

BUSINESS PLAN BASICS is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. This workshop covers a thorough overview of business planning, with a Q&A session. A workbook for preparing a business plan is included. Cost is $25.

TECHNIQUES FOR PROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 29. This workshop will discuss specifics about how to market a business and budget for related costs. A workbook for preparing a marketing plan is included. Cost is $25.

Reserve a seat at least one day in advance. Call 254-200-2001 or email marcusc@workforcelink.com.

All classes are conducted at the Killeen Workforce Center, 300 Cheyenne.

M. Clare Haefner

Watch out for scams as summer heats up

Summer is a great time to take a vacation or make much-needed home repairs. But, as the weather heats up, so do scams. The Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is warning consumers about some of the top summer scams.

Fake travel agents and websites are known for touting too-good-to-be-true deals in the hopes of getting your money in return. Whether it’s a fake timeshare rental or a falsely promised Disney vacation, don’t let a vacation scam take you for a ride. Make sure the offer is legitimate by checking bbb.org first. If there is no BBB Business Review on the company, dig deeper. Google the phone number or website to see if others report problems.

Keep your belongings safe during your move. Always research the company with the BBB. Not all price quotes online or over the phone are legitimate (or binding), and crooks are not likely to send an estimator to your home in advance. Also, remember that the lowest estimate can sometimes be an unrealistic, low-ball offer, which may cost you more in the end.

Before paying for concert tickets online, make sure the seller is reputable. Oftentimes, phony sellers will trick consumers into wiring money with no intention of sending real tickets. Be wary of sellers who: offer a sad tale as to why they cannot use the tickets; only accept cash; want the money wired or transferred through a prepaid account; and/or pressure you to act quickly.

Be wary of high pressure door-to-door sales tactics. Before saying yes, get all promises in writing, including start and finish dates. Never sign a contract that has an open-ended completion date or blank spaces.

For more tips you can trust, go to bbb.org.

M. Clare Haefner

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