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The Real Dangers of Identity Theft

Let’s face it – it’s scary in today’s information age! According to the Better Business Bureau, Identity theft costs the economy over $56 billion every year and affects over 9 million people.

Shredding ServicesCredit cards, bank accounts, social media – unfortunately, in today’s world, these all have the potential to be unsafe.  As mobile usage increases and accessibility to your account and personal data through these channels becomes more and more mainstream, identity thieves are able to steal both financial information and control of your accounts.  One of the primary methods of doing so exploits the use of personal information, such as birthdays or names, in your password.  Combine that with that credit card or bank statement you just threw out, and you have a recipe for trouble.

But identity theft does not only occur by accessing people’s personal accounts and information.  This data is oftentimes stolen from the very companies that they do business with or their employers.  Although identity theft is often thought of as a high-tech crime, the majority of identity theft occurs offline – oftentimes by thieves rummaging through garbage to obtain sensitive information.

As a business it is your obligation to think about protecting the personal and sensitive information of your customers.  As of June 23, 2015, there have already been 380 major breaches of security reported across the following categories – note business has the highest percentage:

  • Banking/credit/financial (10.3%)
  • Business (40.5%)
  • Education (8.2%)
  • Government/Military (7.1%)
  • Medical/healthcare (33.9%)

So what can you do to reduce your risk?

Take advantage of AbilityFirst Professional Business Services.  We offer secure document shredding services in the Greater Los Angeles area, for your business or home use.  This cost effective and time efficient solution can help protect your business and safe guarding important personal information.  Our offer on-call or drop off document management, in addition to scheduled removal.  Our shred process is recorded, the data is stored for 90 days, and the facility is monitored by 24/7 security system.

We also guarantee the quality of our service.  It will not only save you money, but significantly reduce the demands on your time.  Your confidential documents will be taken off-site to ensure security, and you will be provided a “certificate of destruction” as confirmation of the completion of service.  And while delivering these business services, AbilityFirst Professional Business Services is helping adults with physical and developmental disabilities realize their full potential.  You get quality service and competitive prices, while supporting those challenged with disabilities – a definite win-win solution.

Come explore how our services can support your business –   call AbilityFirst at 866-766-2006 or request a quote at http://www.abilityfirst.org/businessservices/requestquote.aspx?Shred=1

 

AbilityFirst Professional Business Services

Shredding Services Los Angeles Area

What’s the Big Secret?

The employment landscape for people with disabilities is certainly more accessible today than it’s ever been. While that is good news, the surprising truth is that the major corporations that are the foundation of that landscape are enjoying as many benefits from employing these individuals as the employees are realizing from their jobs. Just check out this list of companies that employ workers with disabilities:

  • PepsiCo
  • 3M
  • Merck
  • IBM
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Prudential Financial
  • AT&T
  • KPMG
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Comcast NBCUniversal

Those are some big names, and this is by no means a comprehensive list. So what do these companies know that others don’t?

The truth of the matter is that these companies are benefiting from the resilient work ethic and incomparable loyalty of this demographic of workers. Studies involving these companies reveal improved productivity and morale among their employees who are not disabled, after hiring someone with disabilities. These workers almost universally bring with them such positive attitudes and dedication that it changes the perspectives of their coworkers, and also garners strong positive impressions from clients and the public.

As if all these reasons weren’t enough, there may even be direct financial benefits to a company’s bottom line when hiring people with disabilities. Check the IRS’ website for current tax assistance laws, or visit the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment’s site for support and information.

AbilityFirst has been bringing individuals with disabilities together with employers for decades, with great success for both parties. Their light industrial staffing services are highly effective at placing the right individual in the right position, and giving both the employee and employer the right training and support to build a profitable relationship.

If you’re interested in AbilityFirst’s light industrial staffing service, or for more information about our value added warehouse services, email Isis McDonald or call (866) 766-2006. You can also see more about our value added warehouse services and other business services on our website.  We can’t wait to start working with you!

AbilityFirst Professional Business Services

Light Industrial Staffing – Los Angeles

Finding a Partner for your Staffing Needs

Are you looking to improve profit margins in your light industrial workflow?  Consider AbilityFirst’s light industrial staffing services! We provide quality staffing at competitive rates, and we have the experience to address a wide variety of needs across diverse industries.

Once an individual or individuals have been hired, AbilityFirst provides a specialist to work alongside your new employee to assist in training, communication, quality of work, and to be a liaison between you and your employee, all at no extra cost to you!  You’ll find that this service brings diversity to your workforce, while maintaining your current standards of quality.  This program is great for business, and great for your community, too!

If you’re interested in AbilityFirst’s light industrial staffing service, or for more information about our value added warehouse services or shredding services email Isis McDonald or call (866) 766-2006. You can also see more about these professional business services on our website.  We can’t wait to start working with you!

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Professional Business Services Los Angeles
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Family Reunions

After spending the weekend celebrating the holiday with immediate family, we spent a little time discussing how nice it would be to be able to get all the extended family together in one place.  Family Reunions can be a fun and memorable way to reconnect with loved ones. There are plenty of families that look forward to these events each year with excitement. What truly can make the difference between success and failure is your choice of venue.   But where can you go that will not only fit all your extended family, but provide entertainment for all the generations?

Think about it for a moment.

Your cousin Steve has three “adorable” kids who want to show you how excited they are to see you by attaching wet lollipops to your arm hair. When you try to detach yourself from this sticky prison, they twist themselves around your legs like some new biotech gravity belt device (that actually sounds kind of cool). When you resort to your Tae Kwon Do training to free yourself, old Steve-O loses it and starts yelling at you AND the kids, proving to everyone why grandma wrote the lot of you out of her will years ago and left everything to her nine cats. Then Steve leaves in a huff, and nobody else will talk to you for the rest of the weekend.

Where did we go wrong? How could this fiasco have been prevented?

The answer is camp.

Yep, you heard me.

Those three little angels were desperately trying to adhere themselves to your skin through corn syrup because they had nothing better to do. They were bored. And what’s worse, they were bored in an unfamiliar environment.

But what does just about every kid like? What is it that kids have been doing since the dawn of time, that makes them more tired and happy and fun to be around than any other activity? What keeps the kids out of their parents’ and uncles’ and grandparents’ arm hair?

CAMP!

Kids of all ages feel at home in a camp setting. They can be themselves, and their parents can let that happen because it’s not an environment that has to be protected from children. Then a funny transformation takes place: the parents start to relax. They were kids once too. They like to breathe in the fresh air. They enjoy a walk in the woods or a story by the campfire.  Sharing cabins is a bonding experience that can’t be recreated in a sterile hotel environment.  Before you know it, kids and adults alike are taking it easy, enjoying each other and the space they have to be themselves without worry.

Camp Paivika is the ideal rental venue for your family reunion. Located in the San Bernardino mountains, it holds the honor of being a Los Angeles accessible venue, without being a “Los Angeles” venue. No traffic jams and overpriced food to put a strain on family budgets. Camp Paivika has it all in one place: great food, comfortable accommodations, spacious and inviting gathering places, endless activities and the friendliest staff you’ll find.  They even offer high-speed internet for those of us who want a more modern camping experience, or just need to stay in touch.  Camp Paivika is the most versatile rental venue around, and can make your reunion a relaxing and enjoyable experience for every member of your family. The facility is also fully accessible to wheelchair users and others with special needs, so everyone can participate.

To see pictures of this amazing rental location, learn more about camp rental, or to reserve Camp Paivika for your next event, visit our Rentals page. If you have any questions or would just prefer to make your arrangements with a live person, our friendly staff is available! Just contact Camp Paivika Director Kelly Kunsek via email, or by phone at (909) 338-1102, ext. 5001.

We look forward to seeing you here! Bring the kids.

AbilityFirst Camp Paivika
Camp Rental Facilities

Out-Sourced: How to Tell When You’ve Sent Your Business to the Wrong Company

It’s commonplace today for companies to contract with outside vendors to fulfill chunks of the business process. It’s also fairly common to view the vendors performing the work as another cog in the wheel, letting them spin round and round, instead of evaluating them as a resource.  So what can your cogs do for you? We’re glad you asked.

When you outsource professional business services, you do so to save time, money, or both – which can give you the leg-up on your competition.  But if your competition is outsourcing too (and it’s very likely they are), it boils down to who has the best team as their outsource resource. The following three concepts can help you identify whether you are outsourcing to the right vendors, and maximizing your resources.shutterstock_204774604

  1. Enthusiasm. Any vendor to whom you are outsourcing business should not be complacent about your work, just as you should not be complacent about the vendor. Check in with the vendor and inquire about their work environment: do their employees seem happy? What is their motivation? Does the management take any steps to encourage and support the employees?  Employees that are engaged and invested produce better results in less time.
  2. Cost. If you have been paying an arm and a leg for an outsource supplier because you simply always have, it’s time to reevaluate.
  3. Control. Your business is ultimately responsible for the product you put out. If during the outsourcing process you feel like there is no transparency or that you have no access to your project, then you are not in control. This doesn’t mean  you need to hand-hold the resource to get the job done, but it does mean that you should be able to quickly and easily find out the information that can help you redirect any portion of the project that is getting off track.

If you are looking at this list and feeling concerned that you may not be maximizing your outsourcing relationships, consider giving AbilityFirst a call. AbilityFirst Business Services employs individuals of various abilities to work together as a resource for companies that wish to outsource fulfillment, mailing, packaging and light assembly, among other tasks.  Because AbilityFirst partners with the  company, we can ensure that our workers are thoroughly trained, and that your business has ample transparency into our system.

And do you know what you will see when you peek behind the curtain?  You will see workers with unparalleled enthusiasm for their jobs, and a level of motivation that keeps your projects on task and on time.  And in addition to all of this, our structure and history make it easier for us to bring you affordable services that can save you money over your competition.

Our three warehouse locations make the partnership convenient, and our friendly staff make the transition seamless.  With a flexible, client-based approach, we have your solutions to your outsourcing needs for value added warehouse services.  We also offer light industrial staffing if your needs are on-site.

If you are interested in finding out how AbilityFirst Business Services can serve you, please call email Isis McDonald or call (866) 766-2006. You can also see more about our value added warehouse services and other business services on our website. At AbilityFirst, your success is always our highest priority!

AbilityFirst Business Services

Value Added Warehouse Services – Los Angeles

http://www.abilityfirst.org/businessservices.aspx

Love is in Bloom – Weddings Migrating out of Doors

As the years go by, successive generations increasingly abandon the formal for the casual. Performers are making appearances on stage in jeans and T-Shirts instead of suits (and those are the ones that dress up!).  People make hundreds of casual friends on Facebook without ever being formally introduced. Paper invitations with embossing and engraving are being eschewed in favor of the evite.

And while perhaps still laced with many of the trappings of tradition (formal if only because of their tenure), weddings too are now trending in a deliberate fashion toward the casual. Possibly as a societal response to what some may see as outdated stricture, or because things that buck against trend often become trendy, or maybe just because it feels right, couples are frequently foregoing the lavish, formal galas of yesteryear, and instead holding their nuptials in beloved and more relaxed environments.

One such wedding style seeing a major surge in popularity is the outdoor wedding. There is something magical, to be sure, about making a lasting commitment surrounded by the timelessness of nature. Concrete and white walls can feel cold and transient; mountains and trees and sky that have been present and immovable for millennia convey a sense of eternity.  There is also a sense of familiarity with the outdoors no matter where you are that transcends boundaries and brings people together, inviting families to cross the isle, so to speak.  Expectations are eased, a more casual approach to everything is not only permissible but welcome, and all-in-all this makes for a more relaxed bride, groom and guest.

For many couples, this manifests in a destination wedding – basking in the beauty of someplace like Hawaii or Tahiti, getting married barefoot on the beach at sunset.  While this may be the dream for some, for others it is an illuAbilityFirst Camp Paivika Wedding Venuesion; it may seem exciting at a glance, but the logistics of getting family and friends to join you on your big day are potentially insurmountable, and the idea of getting rained out quickly derails the plan when there is no shelter to serve as a plan B.  And if you had your heart set on a father-daughter dance, all that sand may just break it.

This is where a local outdoor venue, such as Camp Paivika, can become the perfect rental venue. Located in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest, in close proximity to San Bernardino, the Inland Empire and Lake Arrowhead, Camp Paivika is accessible to family members of a wider range of means and ability to travel. The Camp grounds are framed by the majesty of the mountains and forest, with inspiring views. The structures available to you are also inspiring – a large dining hall with a maximum occupancy of 195 boasts a large fireplace, lofty wood-beamed ceilings, and the tables, chairs, and audio-visual equipment that can be included in your camp rental. The outdoor fire ring and stage provide memorable backdrops, and the staff and food we provide are on par with some of the finest resorts in the business. The camp even has overnight accommodations available on-site, and is accessible and accommodating to individuals of all backgrounds and abilities.

At Camp Paivika, you can have the day your way – hold your ceremony outside, and reception seated in the hall with open access to the outdoors. Or do the opposite. Or do everything outside, and have the hall and other indoor areas as a backup, or for food and gifts. It’s your day, and at Camp Paivika, you can get support for whatever style of wedding suits you.

Even if you decide to wear a suit.

If you are looking for a wedding venue rental, or even if you are just starting to dream about how that might look, please visit website for more pictures and detailed information.  Or even better, drop by and see us! Our friendly staff is available to answer any questions you may have, or to help you book your rental – just contact Camp Paivika Director Kelly Kunsek via email, or by phone at (909) 338-1102, ext. 5001.

Best wishes!

AbilityFirstCampPaivika

Camp Rental Facilities

http://camppaivika.org/rental.htm

Outsourced Document Shredding can be a Vital Business Decision

Document management and security is a key element to maintaining the trust of your customers, and the security of your organization. Apart from the practical benefits, regulations from HIPAA and FACTA make handling sensitive information in a secure way a legal requirement, and failing to do so can actually lead to legal action.Shredding Services

Unfortunately, in-house shredding can often be a tedious, time-consuming, and by extension expensive task, and so it is often forgotten, overlooked, or just put on the back-burner. With this in mind, outsourcing your document shredding becomes a vital part of protecting your business, and can even save money, since your employees’ time isn’t consumed by running office shredders, or dealing with repairs and replacements.

AbilityFirst Value Added Warehouse Services in Los Angeles offers a certified, proven, and secure service to make sure your sensitive documents are destroyed, and to keep your business in compliance with the law. AbilityFirst can manage your confidential documents on a schedule, as an on-call service, or you can use the drop-off service at one of AbilityFirst’s three convenient locations. All three methods are 100% safe, secure, and undeniably convenient – giving you the peace of mind that your customers, and your business, are safe.

For more information on this value added warehouse service, email Isis McDonald or call (866) 766-2006. You can also see more about our value added warehouse services and other business services on our website. At AbilityFirst, your success is always our highest priority!
AbilityFirst Business Services

Light Industrial Staffing – Los Angeles

http://www.abilityfirst.org/businessservices.aspx

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