Need a refresher on how to handle dress codes, hiring best practices, tip pooling, and more? Join IRA Advisory Council member and Laner Muchin hospitality attorney Rob Bernstein Wednesday, September 12 for Protecting Your Business - a presentation on key labor and employment issues.

Tickets are still available for the 2nd Annual Cubs Rooftop Member Mixer this Monday, August 27 at Wrigley Rooftops. Don't miss a night out with hundreds of industry professionals.

Registration is now open for our next Hospitality Hires Chicago hiring event Wednesday, September 19 at the Palmer House Hilton. Sign up now for the opportunity to interview and hire pre-screened candidates seeking career opportunities in hospitality. Contact Matt Quinn to learn more.
Heartland Payment Systems: How to Process Payments in an Outage

Most payment processing systems, including point-of-sale terminals, operate through an internet connection. Unfortunately, technology isn’t always the most reliable. It can freeze, glitch or shut down altogether, bringing everything – including processing payments – to a screeching halt. That’s why it’s imperative that your business has equipment in place to keep business transactions up and running in the event of an internet outage.

Click here to learn more from Heartland Payment Systems .
Internal Controls and Fraud Prevention in Restaurants by Dirk Ahlbeck, Principal at Sassetti LLC

Dirk Ahlbeck has more than 20 years of experience servicing the restaurant and hospitality industries. Dirk improves profitability and performance by utilizing benchmarking and related metrics, developing more streamlined accounting systems, applying best practices and identifying unique tax-saving opportunities. 

Check out Dirk's five points of advice on maintaining a process for reducing fraud in restaurants.
IRA Calendar




September 28: Hamburger Hop

September 26-30: Chicago Gourmet