News, Information and Commentary
December 2017
Reindeer Pond, Vashon Island, WA
Holiday greetings from your professional family

A few thoughts from
Jon Flora, President & CEO

Greetings from Anchorage, Alaska!  

As 2017 enters its final weeks, you are probably seeing or hearing about changes with NACM National and reassignments of territories to other affiliates. (Click here to see our comments .
While it remains to be seen how this conversion will go, it has at least one good part. I have been hearing from quite a few of you in recent days.  Whether out of concern or just having questions about what all this means, I am appreciative of the calls. It is always great to talk with members even when the reason for calling may be one of apprehension or curiosity.  

Amid all the angst about National change, you’ve been sharing how grateful you are to have NACM Business Credit Services as your resource. We appreciate your kind thoughts because ours is a relationship not to be messed with lightly. 
Many of you know that I live on an island near Seattle. We have 10,000 full time residents and among the population is some incredible musical talent. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Vashon Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert.  A program of sacred and seasonal music, it was an unexpectedly uplifting performance that has set a positive tone for my holidays.

During a very complicated and beautiful cantata, 60 voices and 20 piece orchestra changed my outlook at least for a while. I found myself realizing how fortunate I am. I have a great family, enjoy good health, and I get to work every day with a special group of people at NACM BCS. And we get to work with you.

We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to be working with you, our members and partners. You are all important to us.

For the Board of Directors and staff, I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and joyous holiday season. And, here’s to 2018 marked by our friendships and joint prosperity.
Thanks for being part of the NACM family. 
Alaska Holiday Luncheon & Seminar - Today!
Join us for today's annual Alaska Holiday Luncheon and Seminar. We will gather on at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Anchorage.

The program will feature Alaska's State Economist for an annual look at the 49th State's economy; Paul Krause, NACM Collectons Manager will present tips for " Being successful in Collections" , and Larry Felix VP of Sales for Carlile will address "How to drum up sales in a down economy".

The Alaska Supplier and Food group meeting will precede the program.

Click on the button below to register.

For "Lower 48" members wishing to attend, please call us at 800-432-5710 for hotel information.
Dean Middleton, President
December Lunch & Learn:

Credit Card Surcharging: New opportunities to recoup your costs
December 7th / 12:00 P.M. (pst)

 Our partners at UTA and Vantiv have unveiled a new software product to help you accurately calculate credit card surcharges. It's now legal in most states to pass along those costs to your customers and now you will be able to accurately calculate the correct amount using this service.

Join Dean Middleton, President of UTA, for an introduction to their new service. Dean brings many years of experience in payment processing and is looking forward to sharing this new opportunity.

The session is also available via teleconference for members in other locations unable to attend in person.

presented by UnitedTranzactions

March 18, 2018
Hawaii Winter Credit Forum
Honolulu, Hawaii
March 16, 2018
The Hawaii Winter Credit Forum returns to Honolulu for a second year. Great speakers are already signing on and we thank UTA, Experian and D&B for again sponsoring the program.

Whether you're Kama'aina or coming from the mainland on business or vacation, join us on March 16th for a day of professional education. Registration is open! Click below.

Hiq Lee, President
Experian BIS
Keynote Speaker
We are very pleased to welcome Hiq Lee, President of Experian Business Information Solutions as our Hawaii Keynote Speaker. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Hiq has had a wealth of management experience in the credit information field with tours of duty at Experian, D & B, and Equifax.

A good friend of NACM BCS, Hiq will be speaking on leadership and high performance in your work and career.

Be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity!
The changing Saudi Arabia
Women driving cars? Concerts? One of the USA's strongest allies in the Middle East is experience major change thanks to a young Prince focused on getting things done.

Read this New York Times article:

NACM member Nintendo learns lessons from past
The success of the company's latest gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, is the result of lessons taken from the failed  Wii U , according to the president of Nintendo America.

CNN interviews Reggie Fils-Aimé

Business news highlights
It is important to stay on top of local news where we do business. Just click on the location of interest to read more:

Seattle: Seattle home buyers need a raise
Seattle: CEO pushes Boeing to be nimble

Hawaii: Rural hospitals on life support
Hawaii:   Stable growth forecast for Hawaii

Alaska: Signing of LNG joint development
Alaska:  DiCaprio supports farmed salmon

Arizona: Apple working on driver-less cars
Experian/Moody’s Analytics Q3 2017 Main Street Report
We have exciting news to share with the release of the Experian/Moody’s Analytics Q3 2017 Main Street Report. View the latest insights on small business credit conditions and read commentary from the economists at Moody’s Analytics.
Use the latest quarterly small business credit data to spot trends before they affect your bottom line.
Q3 2017 Highlights:
  • Stable credit conditions as balance sheets improve
  • Wyoming is the state to watch closely
  • Retail in Hawaii and Florida under scrutiny

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EXIM support isn’t always what your company needs right now. But if you’re not checking in periodically to discuss your export situation and available solutions, you may be losing business to the competition.

Request a FREE consultation today , and your local specialist will be in touch within two business days to talk through your needs and how EXIM can help you grow your business.
Latest Job Opportunities
Looking for a job or trying to fill a position? Check out the Job Bank!

If you are needing to fill a position or are looking for a job, the NACM Job Bank is for you. It gets a lot of traffic and - best of all - it's a FREE service for our members! 
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Industry Trade Groups
Puget Sound Area

Dec. 12  11:30 a.m. Transportation
Dec. 14 11:30 a.m. Flooring
Dec. 19  11:30 a.m. HVAC
Dec. 20 11:30 a.m. Food & Tacoma Construction
Dec. 21. 11:30 a.m. Wring & Ad Media


Dec. 5   11:00 p.m.  Alaska Suppliers & Food  


No meetings this month - Mele Kalikimaka!

Upcoming Professional Programs
Lunch & Learn Schedule
All presentations available electronically

Dec. 7 -- Credit Card Surcharging Made Easy

Dean Middleton, UTA
NACM Office, Seattle & Live Webinar - Registration required
FREE for Members

Seminars & Conferences

Dec. 5 -- Alaska Holiday Luncheon & Seminar

Mar. 16 - Hawaii Winter Credit Forum

April 4-5 - CreditScape 2018

April 5-6 - Southwest Business Credit Services Construction Credit Conference

June 10-13 - National Credit Congress
Plan Ahead for 2018
CreditScape 2018 Summit:
Change Management
April 4-5, 2018
Garden Grove, California

Presented by
Credit Management Association
Southwest Business & Construction Credit Conference
April 5-6, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona

Presented by:
Southwest Business Credit Services
National Credit Congress
It's not early to start thinking about NACM's National Credit Congress. We head for Phoenix June 10-13, 2018. For Early Bird registration, click on the link below.

Scholarship opportunities are also available now to attend Congress. To apply for an award from NACM BCS, please click below on Scholarships.

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