18 Dec

The virtuous cycle: Supporting small businesses & building local communities

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Buzz Points is the only program of its kind to support the “bank local, buy local” movement. In conjunction with National Small Business Week, we’re proud to celebrate our partnerships with small businesses and local merchants around the country. We’ve placed a premium on helping our local business partners succeed and holding ourselves accountable toward that goal.By any measure, we generated new opportunity and increased customer loyalty for small businesses nationwide. In just the last year, we categorized 20,000 more merchants as locally-owned businesses, vastly expanding the number of locations where Buzz Points users can earn additional rewards for supporting local organizations. Throughout 2015, Buzz Points Preferred Local Business partners averaged three reward redemptions from users per month, increasing customer loyalty to the tune of 200% from 2014. And on the whole, cardholder reward redemptions at Preferred Local Businesses spiked 143% over 2014 levels.Beyond revenue and customer loyalty growth, our team and platform have provided local businesses with specific marketing insights to help them better serve their local communities. Since partnering with the Buzz Points program through Fort Community Credit Union, the owners of Wisconsin’s The Sweet Spot café and bakeshop have enjoyed increased visibility into their customers’ buying habits. “Buzz Points gives us the financial and marketing benefits for doing what we were already doing,” they explained.The owner of Wisconsin’s Crimson Salon and Spa has stated that Buzz Points “is the most successful marketing system for our business to date!” What The Fork, a food truck based in Scranton, PA, has even studied Buzz Points customer purchase behavior and regularly adjusts incentives and rewards, gamifying the loyalty experience for its customers.We appreciate the trust and partnership of our small business affiliates, spread across 17 states around the country. We salute your commitment to your communities, and we look forward to growing with you!To learn how the Buzz Points solution can create new opportunities for your small business, contact us! continue reading »last_img read more

20 Nov

‘Every vote must be counted,’ Biden says—as Republicans try to stop that from happening

first_imgAgain, he was celebrating democracy—and pointing to the legitimacy of his lead by way of a warning to those who hope to overturn the vote, be they official Republican partisans or federal judges (or justices) acting as partisans. “Every vote must be counted,” he emphasized, at a moment when his opponent is trying to prevent exactly that from happening.“We the people will not be silenced. We the people will not be bullied. We the people will not surrender,” Biden concluded. “My friends, I am confident we will emerge victorious. But this will not be my victory alone or our victory alone. It will be a victory for the American people, for our democracy, for America. There will be no blue states and red states when we win. Just the United States of America.” – Advertisement – Unlike Trump, Biden was careful to stick to the facts, saying “I’m not here to declare that we have won. But I’m here to report, when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.” He went on to point out that his winning margin in Wisconsin is “virtually the same” as Trump’s 2016 margin in the state, while his current—and presumed to be still growing—lead in Michigan is “substantially bigger” than Trump’s 2016 margin. Biden also said he feels “very good” about Pennsylvania, and cited flips in Arizona and the second district of Nebraska.“Of special significance to me is that we’ve won the majority of the American people and every indication is that that majority will grow,” Biden continued, pointing to a popular vote lead of three million and growing. “Indeed, Sen. Harris and I are on track to win more votes than any ticket in the history of this country.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

16 Oct

Wolf Administration Addressing Food Security in the Commonwealth

first_imgWolf Administration Addressing Food Security in the Commonwealth SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today unveiled its food security plan – Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-free PA, and announced the receipt of a federal grant aimed at addressing hunger in young children up to age 5.On September 29, 2015, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order establishing the Governor’s Food Security Partnership (Partnership). The Partnership is comprised of the secretaries of the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and EconomicDevelopment, Education, Health, and Human Services. It is responsible for promoting coordination, communication, and joint planning between government programs and entities in the private sector in providing nutrition and food assistance to Pennsylvanians.“Over the last year, the Partnership has worked with public, charitable, and private leaders in food security to develop the goals and initiatives needed to create a hunger-free Pennsylvania,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “For many Pennsylvanians, food insecurity is a daily part of life. It is estimated that more than 1.7 million Pennsylvanians, or 13.8 percent, experience food insecurity – we believe that the goals established in the blueprint will change that.”Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas, Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding were joined by advocates and stakeholders at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg today to kick off the plan.“The Department of Agriculture is committed to connecting low-income Pennsylvanians in need of food assistance with healthy, nutritious products produced right here in the commonwealth by our more than 59,000 farm families,” said Secretary Redding. “That includes connecting them to Pennsylvania products through innovative programs like the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System, Farmers Market Nutrition Programs, and Farm-to-School programs.”“The Hunger Blueprint demonstrates the Wolf Administration’s commitment to help Pennsylvanian’s eat better and stay healthy,” said Secretary Osborne. “Our capacity to communicate and collaborate at the state and local level is not only evidence of a government that works, it ensures that by working together every Pennsylvanian, including our seniors, has the food they need to live and age well.”The plan lays out the Administration’s goals of providing all Pennsylvanians with access to healthy, nutritious food, which will improve their well-being, health, and independence. Pennsylvania will leverage the strength of its community and business partners; federal, state, and local resources; and innovations in the charitable food network to set the table for a hunger-free Pennsylvania. The Blueprint’s goals by 2020 are:Every county and/or region in Pennsylvania will have a local food alliance to combat hunger in their local communities.The SNAP participation rate will increase from 90 percent to 98 percent or higher.The number of children benefiting from free and reduced price meals during the school year (linked to nutrition programs in summer) will increase from 20 percent to 30 percent.Sixty percent of students benefiting from free and reduced priced school meals will participate in school breakfast. This is an increase from 47 percent in 2014-15.The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program redemption rate will increase from 308,000 to 340,000 checks annually.Double SNAP Bucks will be available at all highly accessible, high-need farmers’ markets, and additional SNAP recipients will have access to SNAP employment and training and SNAP education.Pennsylvanians will have streamlined access to food security information and benefits.The average number of people participating in WIC programs will increase from over 245,000 to 260,000.Pennsylvania will improve access to healthy, nutritious food.“With hunger, no amount is an acceptable amount,” said Secretary of Health Karen Murphy. “Although Pennsylvania is a world leader in agricultural production, 1.7 million Pennsylvanians struggle to secure enough food to feed themselves and their families. The department is proud to participate in the Blueprint for a Hunger-Free Pennsylvania, which lays out multiple initiatives that will help drive us closer to the goal of full nutrition security in the commonwealth by 2020.”Additionally, earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service awarded $500,000 to Pennsylvania to help improve retention of children in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). These funds will enable the Pennsylvania Department of Health to better fulfill its crucial role in ensuring young children up to age five have a foundation for nutritional success.For more than 40 years, WIC has provided nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to other health and social services. The program serves low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding and postpartum mothers, infants, and young children up to the age of five who are found to be nutritionally at risk.For more information about the hunger plan, visit www.dhs.pa.gov/ending-hunger. For more information on the WIC program, visit www.health.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img September 21, 2016last_img read more

19 Jan

SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal PH archery team wraps up SEA Games campaign sans gold Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Members of the Philippine fencing team display their respective medals from the 29th Southeast Asian Games. (L to R) Brennan Wayne Louie (gold), Nathaniel Perez (silver) in mens individual foil; Hanniel Abella (silver) and Harlene Raguin (bronze) in women’s individual epee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLFil-American Louie Wayne Brennan took the men’s individual foil gold medal over compatriot Nathaniel Perez in a dominant show for the Philippines Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games fencing.Finally getting his slot in the individual category after playing in team events on his freshman year with the national team, Brennan bested Perez, 15-14, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT It was an all-Filipino final as Brennan ousted Thai Sopanut Mayakarn in the semifinal, while Perez dispatched Jet Ng Shang Fei of Singapore.Brennan, who owns a fencing club back in Los Angeles, replaced former champion Emerson Sugui in the PH team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Philippine women’s epee team also had an impressive showing, turning in a silver and a bronze.Hanniel Abella bested teammae Harlene Raguin in the semis. But she lost in the final against Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa of Vietnam. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Raguin took the bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more