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New Accredited Businesses
September 2013 -November 2013

Adel, GA
K & L Locators
Piggly Wiggly/Ace Hardware

Albany, GA
Michael R. Carr, DMD
Microf, LLC
 
Americus, GA
Inscape Design Studio
 
Bainbridge, GA 
Dairy Queen
Davis & Lamb Construction
Seminole Sanitation Services
 
Camilla, GA
Seminole Sanitation Services
 
Cataula, GA
JMK Enterprises
 
 Columbus,GA
A-1-A Bail Bonding
American Classified
Columbus United Roofing & Construction
Cross Country Roofing
Donald C. Bowman, CPA
Elite Bookkeeping, Taxes & Payroll Services
First Progress Card
Flat Rock Sand & Gravel
G.S. Dental, P.C.
Supreme Service Company
Transmission Doctors and More
Walter F. Johnson PC, Atty.

  Cuthbert,GA

Michael R. Carr, DMD 

 

Donalsonville, GA

Michael R. Carr, DMD 

Seminole Sanitation Services

  

Hamilton, GA

Marilyn's Styling Salon 

 

Hazlehurst, GA

Piggly Wiggly

 

 Lenox, GA

Bagley Law Firm 

 

McRae, GA 

Piggly Wiggly

 

Midland, GA
Pair Foundation Solutions
 
Oglethorpe, GA
Piggly Wiggly (2 locations)

Thomasville, GA
Heritage Crystal Clean 

Waverly Hall, GA
Big Mike's Computer Repair

 

 Offline Use 1


BBB OnLine Program
This program will allow your business to install a dynamic BBB seal on your website that will link your site to your Business Review  
As part of the program, your company will also receive a customized QR Code for your business to be used in advertisements, estimates, brochures, etc. 

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DID YOU KNOW?

 

On November 30th, the Small Business Saturday, consumers spent $5.7 billion with independent merchants, an increase of 3.6% from a  $5.5 billion in 2012.  

  

 

ONLINE SAFETY FOR CHILDREN

It is more important than ever to know how to safely navigate the jungle of the WEB. 

 

OnGuardOnline.gov 

provides practical tips on all things online, from how to understand mobile apps and securing your wireless network to parental control tools. 

 

Visit Microsoft Safety & Security Center to learn how to use parental controls that are built in within various Microsoft products.

  

The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) that uses 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.  

 

Check out the BBB Parents' Corner to see more online safety resources, Safe Harbor Program participants, and much more. 

 

 


Check out 
Business Toolkits, Resources & Guides designed to support you and your business.
 
 
 
CONTACT US
Ph(706)324-0707/ 
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Fax(706)324-2181
P.O. Box 2587
Columbus, GA 31902
 
info@columbus-ga.bbb.org 
BBB Military Line®
 

Merry Christmas From the BBB Staff and the Board of Directors!

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The Better Business Bureau® Bulletin
Volume 40, Issue 4, October - December 2013

 

Better Business Bureau®
2014 Annual Meeting

 

Torch Awards and Students of Integrity Presentations

 

Better Business Bureau serving East Alabama, West and Southwest Georgia cordially invites you to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center on February 10, 2014. 

 

During this important event we will present Torch Awards to ethical businesses, award Students of Integrity scholarships, and elect  2014 BBB Officers and Board of Directors. 

 

Keynote speaker: TBA

 

Please RSVP by February 4, 2014.

  

Nominate a business here.

 

Download a Student of Integrity Scholarship form.

 

Deadline to apply for scholarship is set for Friday, January 17, 2014.

 

  
The Better Business Bureau®
 Wise Giving Alliance
 
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. It produces reports about national charities, evaluating them against comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountability, and publishes a magazine, the Wise Giving Guide, three times a year.

 

The Alliance does not rank charities but rather seeks to assist donors in making informed judgments about those that solicit their support. Evaluations are done without charge to the charity and are posted for free public access on the Alliance website.

 

The Alliance reports on nationally soliciting charities that the public has most often asked about as well as charities that request to be evaluated. Give.org includes over 1,200 reports on national charities. 

Click here to view the National Charity Report Index, which evaluates charities and provides a review. 
 


TAX IDENTITY THEFT 
AND HOW TO PREVENT IT
 
What is tax identity theft? 
Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to take your tax refund. Or to get a job. Or to do a number of other things that can and will result in trouble for you! In 2012, tax id theft accounted for 43 percent of Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) identity theft complaints. 
 
The numbers have gotten so bad that the FTC has declared January 13-17, 2014 Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Click here to go the website dedicated to this program. There you will find tips on how to spot tax id theft, whom to contact if you have been a victim (IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit 1-800-908-4490), and tips on how to prevent this from happening. 
 


And while we are on the subject of tax identities and with the tax time around the corner, check out tips for choosing a Tax Preparer that the IRS provides on their website:
  • Check the person's qualifications. New regulations require all paid tax return preparers to have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). In addition to making sure they have a PTIN, ask if the preparer is affiliated with a professional organization and attends continuing education classes. The IRS is also phasing in a new test requirement to make sure those who are not an enrolled agent, CPA, or attorney have met minimal competency requirements. Those subject to the test will become a Registered Tax Return Preparer once they pass it.  
  • Check the preparer's history. Check to see if the preparer has a questionable history with the Better Business Bureau and check for any disciplinary actions and licensure status through the state boards of accountancy for certified public accountants; the state bar associations for attorneys; and the IRS Office of Enrollment for enrolled agents.  
  • Find out about their service fees. Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund or those who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers. Also, always make sure any refund due is sent to you or deposited into an account in your name. Under no circumstances should all or part of your refund be directly deposited into a preparer's bank account.  
  • Ask if they offer electronic filing. Any paid preparer who prepares and files more than 10 returns for clients must file the returns electronically, unless the client opts to file a paper return. More than 1 billion individual tax returns have been safely and securely processed since the debut of electronic filing in 1990. Make sure your preparer offers IRS e-file.  
  • Make sure the tax preparer is accessible. Make sure you will be able to contact the tax preparer after the return has been filed, even after the April due date, in case questions arise.  
  • Provide all records and receipts needed to prepare your return. Reputable preparers will request to see your records and receipts and will ask you multiple questions to determine your total income and your qualifications for expenses, deductions and other items. Do not use a preparer who is willing to electronically file your return before you receive your Form W-2 using your last pay stub. This is against IRS e-file rules.  
  • Never sign a blank return. Avoid tax preparers that ask you to sign a blank tax form.  
  • Review the entire return before signing it. Before you sign your tax return, review it and ask questions. Make sure you understand everything and are comfortable with the accuracy of the return before you sign it.  
  • Make sure the preparer signs the form and includes his or her preparer tax identification number (PTIN). A paid preparer must sign the return and include his or her PTIN as required by law. Although the preparer signs the return, you are responsible for the accuracy of every item on your return. The preparer must also give you a copy of the return.

 

BBB Tips on New Year's Resolutions

 

If you resolved to:

 

... Get More Exercise and Join a Gym

 

Before signing up, visit at the same time of day you'd use it. How crowded, clean, and orderly is it? Read and understand the membership agreement so you can be aware of all costs and of the cancellation process.

Check out the gym at bbb.org.

 

... Lose Weight

 

Be leery of extravagant claims for products, supplements or diets like "eat all you want" or "lose 5 pounds a week!" Check with your doctor to make sure the plan is safe for you - and effective. Watch out for Free Trial Offers - you might need to cancel after getting the free trial item to make sure you don't keep getting billed.

 

... Stop Smoking

 

Consider different methods and which might work best for you. Be leery of guarantees - there may be restrictions, and quitters often have to try more than once or try more than one method to succeed. Get support - going it alone is tough.

 

 

... Get Whiter Teeth

 

Don't expect miracles - your teeth may end up looking better but not completely different

Ask your dentist about different methods to help you decide. Be leery of Free Trial Offers -- you might need to cancel after getting the free trial item to make sure you don't keep getting billed.

 

... Improve Your Credit Record

 

Beware of quick fixes ("your credit repaired instantly!") and guarantees (there may be restrictions.) Know your rights - the FTC rule, "Fair Credit Reporting Act" provides for you to get one free copy of your credit record a year, challenge anything that is incorrect or too old to be reported, and to put your side of the story on the record. AnnualCreditReport.com - the only truly free credit report site, authorized by federal law.

Consider a CCCS - Consumer Credit Counseling Service. National Foundation for Consumer Credit,  nfcc.org.

Check out Managing Credit - Made Simpler, BBB program designed to provide customized credit management guidance to different types of credit users, based on their specific needs and perspectives.

 

 ...Get out of Debt, Save Money, Invest

 

Be cautious of get rich quick schemes. Understand how the market works. Check out BBB's Smart Investing, developed in partnership with FINRA, which will help in understanding account statements, gives tips in how to take control of your money, provides investor alerts, let's you check out the broker, etc. 

 

 

  

UNANSWERED CUSTOMER CONCERNS 
September 2013 - November 2013 
 
 

 

1st Direct Products

 

Americus

GA

 

A Little Southern Heart

 

Sylvester

GA

 

AAA Wood Floors & Ceramic Tiles

 

Phenix City

AL

 

Adrenaline Motorsports

 

Tifton

GA

 

Affordable Paint & Body

 

Lagrange

GA

 

All Star Transmission (2)

 

Opelika

AL

 

Allstar Heating and Air

 

LaGrange

GA

 

Alpha Garage Door (2)

 

Columbus

GA

 

Americas Best Value Inn

 

Albany

GA

 

Ansco Group (2)

 

Reynolds

GA

 

Appliances and More (2)

 

Columbus

GA

 

Asa Performance (2)

 

Columbus

GA

 

Auburn Realty, LLC (2)

 

Auburn

AL

 

Baby's Dream Furniture, Inc. (2)

 

Buena Vista

GA

 

Beauty Circle

 

Columbus

GA

 

Best Auto

 

Auburn

AL

 

Blanchard Garage & Body Shop

 

Columbus

GA

 

Budget Car Sales

 

Tifton

GA

 

Burgess Automotive

 

Pelham

GA

 

Carmart

 

Opelika

AL

 

City of Blakely Utilities Dept.

 

Blakely

GA

 

Columbus Camper Center LLC (2)

 

Columbus

GA

 

Columbus Pathology

 

Columbus

GA

 

Credit Central (2)

 

Columbus

GA

 

D & D Painting

 

Phenix City

AL

 

Diamonds Motor Group LLC

 

Columbus

GA

 

DirectBoats.com

 

Americus

GA

 

Dixie Realty

 

Columbus

GA

 

Dixie Service Cleaners

 

Lanett

AL

 

Dykes Automotive

 

Opelika

AL

 

Eden Edge Fashion Consulting

 

Plains

GA

 

Eiland Pools (2)

 

Columbus

GA

 

Eldred's Mobile Service

 

Smiths

AL

 

Eric's Tires

 

Tifton

GA

 

Evans Realty Inc

 

Auburn

AL

 

F.L.I. Properties

 

LaGrange

GA

 

Finds & Consigns

 

Columbus

GA

 

Fred's

 

Bainbridge

GA

 

Function Events

 

Albany

GA

 

G & B Customs

 

Columbus

GA

 

Geeks Computer Store

 

Albany

GA

 

Genesis Lending Online Services (2)

 

Columbus

GA

 

Georgia Car Credit, Inc. (2)

 

Moultrie

GA

 

Georgia Locators and Recovery

 

Leesburg

GA

 

Grubby's Small Engines

 

Poulan

GA

 

H & H Contractor

 

Hamilton

GA

 

HDK Towing

 

Auburn

AL

 

Holiday Care Transportation

 

Columbus

GA

 

Jackson-Hewitt Tax Services

 

LaGrange

GA

 

Jesus Professional Installation and Services (2)

 

Phenix City

AL

 

Jimmie's Maintenance Construction

 

Phenix City

AL

 

Keesee Pools L.L.C.

 

Opelika

AL

 

Kia of Albany

 

Albany

GA

 

Knight & Poole Investments

 

Albany

GA

 

LaGrange Toyota

 

LaGrange

GA

 

Lawrence Roofing & Repair (2)

 

Columbus

GA

 

Lee Affordable Insurance LLC

 

Leesburg

GA

 

Little Roofing Company

 

Phenix City

AL

 

McCuller Motors

 

Albany

GA

 

Melton Funeral Home

 

Tifton

GA

 

Mill's TV (2)

 

Leesburg

GA

 

moonlightspecial.com (2)

 

Cataula

GA

 

Motel 6

 

Columbus

GA

 

Nebcare

 

Columbus

GA

 

New China Express

 

Columbus

GA

 

North Gate Village Apartments

 

Columbus

GA

 

Northside Motors

 

Lagrange

GA

 

Oly's Automotive

 

Auburn

AL

 

Orthodontic Care of Georgia

 

LaGrange

GA

 

Partners First Credit Card

 

Columbus

GA

 

Parts "R" Us

 

Columbus

GA

 

Poka Metal Artwork

 

Auburn

AL

 

Pops Handyman Service

 

Columbus

GA

 

Precision Tune Auto Care

 

Columbus

GA

 

Quality Home Repairs

 

Donalsonville

GA

 

Randolph Hines Home Improvement and Roofing

 

Albany

GA

 

Remarkable Renovations

 

Cataula

GA

 

Signmakers

 

Columbus

GA

 

SIPS Team USA

 

Bainbridge

GA

 

South Georgia Business

 

Columbus

GA

 

Southeast Contractors

 

Opelika

AL

 

Steve's Cycle

 

Tifton

GA

 

Summer Wind Apartments

 

Auburn

AL

 

Sunn Roofing

 

Cusseta

GA

 

Tenneson Nissan

 

Tifton

GA

 

The C.B. King Law Firm

 

Albany

GA

 

The Greens at Auburn (2)

 

Auburn

AL

 

The Ultimate Handyman

 

Columbus

GA

 

Total Eclipse Window Tinting

 

LaGrange

GA

 

Tri-City Cleaners

 

Phenix City

AL

 

Web Mark Design LLC

 

Albany

GA

 

Young's Title and Pawn

 

Fitzgerald

GA



  
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