Risk Management

With yesterday’s deadline for U.S. businesses to accept EMV credit and debit card transactions or face liability for fraud, many of America’s small and mid-sized businesses are unprepared and at risk. Sterling Payment Technologies, which has helped thousands of businesses with EMV solutions, today announced an innovative protection program to support those still working toward…
BeMyDD (Be My Designated Driver), the nation’s largest designated driver service, today announced the launch of a 12-month, nationwide program to provide free designated drivers in 24 cities across the United States. The program continues a long-term initiative from BeMyDD to lower the rate of drunk driving deaths and promote social responsibility throughout the markets…
There are a lot of reasons to hire security staff for your bar, but deciding who to put in those positions can be harder than you think. Far too often, owners will onboard the first mountain-sized man that submits an application, but there's more to protecting your assets —your property and staff as well as…
Good decisions and safe rides home are now just a click away: Campari America and Kiip, a mobile rewards platform, have teamed up to promote responsible drinking and social safety by offering consumers credits for the popular ridesharing application Lyft. Using Kiip’s “Moments Targeting” technology, Campari America can engage consumers at the most relevant moment…
If you’ve been in this industry for any amount of time, you know that 1% of customers cause 95% of incidents at nightclubs and bars. All it takes is one. But being aware and proactive in protecting your venue and your customers can make all the difference. “Bad boys, bad boys, whatchya gonna do? Whatchya…
Since Illinois and several other states passed laws several years back effectively banning the happy hour out of concerns over drunk driving, some have begun to call for a review of such policies. The New York Times spoke to four people with four different takes on happy hour laws, including Audrey Saunders of the famous…
It’s a dreadful responsibility, but almost every bar owner and manager will eventually come face-to-face with the disagreeable task of terminating one or more employees. “Firing people is one of the toughest, most unpleasant things you do as an employer,” says James Walsh in his book, Rightful Termination, (Merritt Publishing 1994). “Your stomach tightens and…
Your bar is your safe haven. It is where you have put your money, your time, blood, sweat, and tears. And in order to keep it running like a well-oiled machine, it’s important to implement a certain level of security. Your staff may love their jobs and you all get along, but that doesn’t mean…
When opening a business, it’s important to have all of your legal ducks in a row. When it comes to opening a business that involves liquor, it’s even more important that every aspect of your business—in terms of avoiding litigation, liquor liability, and proper insurance—are set firmly in place to ensure you don’t hit any…
The bar business can throw plenty of confounding conundrums at owners and mangers. While we can’t safeguard you from every potential problem you’ll face, long-time industry consultant Bob Johnson has seen his share of situations over the years, and explains how he handled a few doozies. But the question is: What would you do?
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