Business Owners Shocked by massive increase in ATT Rates
Rates increase over 100%
Like many business owners, this central Orange County Business Owner only wants to have an old fashioned land line. Since he has free long distance on his cell phone, the line only can call other phone numbers in the local area and receive calls. The owner who wishes to remain anonymous explained. “I just wanted a phone line for my business. When I called ATT they kept taking me over to the cell phone department, but this is a land line. When I finally got through, I was told that the only way I could lower the cost of my land line was if I leased four tablets for my employees. But I am a one-man business. Why would I want to play with four tablets all day long. They just try to get you for everything they can.”
(see photo of bill) The cost of a ATT Land Line is almost $1,000/year. Assuming the monthly fees stay the same it’s $99780/year. Based on the previous amount of $39.81/month or $477.72/year that’s an increase of 109%.
We tried to reach out to ATT but were unable to connect with anyone who could explain these increases.
Father and Son Team develop The Balcony Bar ideal for OC’s increasing number of Apartment and Condo dwellers
Balcony Living Announces Their Innovative Attachable Tabletop Surface, The Balcony Bar.
Father-Son team announce Kickstarter campaign for their new product the Balcony Bar: a solution to traditional balcony and patio furniture.
Costa Mesa, CA Balcony Living, an Orange County outdoor accessory company, has announced their newest product called The Balcony Bar. This attachable tabletop surface easily clamps to most balcony and patio railings around your home. No tools are required and installation will not damage the balcony. The father-son company was founded to create forward-thinking outdoor product solutions for enjoying the best moments of life with family and friends.
As a Father and Son team, Rick and Scott Melgren have worked hard designing and building Balcony Living products. As a company they strive to achieve the highest level of standards to deliver a quality product that people can enjoy with their family and friends. Rick, as an inventor saw the problem of limited space on today’s balcony spaces and wanted to design products that could help people maximize their outdoor area. Scott, with an education in Marketing and with an understanding of today’s online marketplace, wanted to help bring his dad’s products to life.
The Balcony Bar is designed as a portable alternative to difficult-to-move tables used on patios and backyards. Where the traditional outdoor table is limited to one location and blocks views, the Balcony Bar clamps onto your railing to create an instant surface great for drinks, food, plants and even décor items. It allows people to sit higher than a table, making it possible to see above your railing and experience the best views possible.
Founders Rick Melgren and his son Scott Melgren have started a family tradition of inventing products creating innovative ideas to share with the world. Rick is well-known to be a man of many exciting projects throughout his life, and previously had much success with his Southern California based motorcycle and BMX accessories manufacturing company. Scott is a marketing executive and has helped Rick with ideating, constructing dozens of ideas since he was young. The Balcony Bar is coming to retail in late 2016, and they have announced a Kickstarter to fund the creation of the first 3 color-ways of tabletops.
“We’ve started with the Balcony Bar to get the wheels turning with plenty of other product ideas to get you and your friends outside and enjoying an outdoor style of living.” – Rick Melgren / Co-Founder
You can find out more about this innovative product on the social crowdfunding site Kickstarter– http://www.balconyliving.com/kickstarter
Helene Sankovitch contributed to this story. Photos courtesy of PostNet.
Local Couple open B2B Service Center
New B2B Business in Town Provides Business-Enhancing Print, Marketing and Shipping Solutions for SMBs and SOHOs in Northern Orange County
Fullerton, Calif. – Local husband-and-wife team Roy and Ko Chou are slated to open a new PostNet center in Fullerton, located at 1545 South Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton. Their new Business Service Center provides customized, business-enhancing print, marketing and shipping solutions for small-businesses and small-office/home-office (SOHO) professionals throughout Northern Orange County. The idea is that small businesses may not have employees with the expertise or equipment to do jobs themselves. If you are a one or two person operation, you don’t have the resources to hire a graphic designer, invest thousands of dollars in printing equipment, and figure out how to distribute your marketing material through the mail.
The new business’ menu of services includes graphic design, full-service digital printing, direct mail, signage, document binding and finishing, and ancillary business services, like private mailbox rental and more. Unlike other mail places, PostNet has strategic partnerships with all of the major logistics companies – UPS, FedEx, U.S. Postal Services, and DHL – offering a multi-carrier selection coupled with in-center professional packaging services to meet the specific shipping needs of its customers.
PostNet in Fullerton has both a physical storefront in the community as well as an Online Print Center, offering customers the benefits of quick online transactions and traditional face-to-face service. “Whether entrepreneurs are looking for printing, shipping or marketing solutions, PostNet is filling the void for convenient services that are essential to the success of small businesses,” said Chou, who previously owned a consulting business. “We are looking forward to supporting the growing Fullerton business community.”
PostNet is a growing franchise which screens franchisees to make sure they have the know-how and equipment to meet the needs of today’s small businesses. PostNet fills a niche in this growing business sector with its comprehensive suite of solutions from design to distribution. “Our franchise partners understand the challenges and opportunities that are unique to small businesses in their communities because they are small business owners themselves,” said Steve Greenbaum, co-founder and CEO of PostNet. “Of course there are other providers that design, print and ship, but the culture, guidance and direction we provide small business owners make the difference, creating ongoing partnerships between us and our customers.”
Founded in 1992, PostNet is the leading business-to-business franchise known for providing customized, business-enhancing print, marketing and shipping solutions. PostNet locations offer full-service digital printing; direct mail; signage; document binding and finishing; graphic design; and ancillary business services, like private mailbox rental and more. They also offer professional packaging services and shipping with UPS, FedEx, DHL and the U.S. Postal Service. In addition, with the brand’s bricks and clicks business model, each PostNet franchise has both a physical storefront in the community as well as an Online Print Center, offering customers the benefits of quick online transactions and traditional face-to-face service. PostNet has nearly 700 franchise locations across 10 countries.
PostNet has won numerous awards and recognitions including: 2015 Entrepreneur Franchise 500; 2015 Franchise Gator Top 100; 2015 Entrepreneur America’s Top Global Franchise; 2013 Top 10 Best Franchise for Veterans by Military Times; 2013 Satisfaction Award from Franchise Business Review; and 2013 Mail Innovations Award from the U.S. Postal Service. For more information about PostNet services, go to www.postnet.com; for information about owning a PostNet franchise, visit www.postnetfranchise.com.