“Kentucky isn’t just Bourbon and Tobacco”

January 27, 2016

Camp Springs Vineyard Winery as OMEGA MVP

When you think about wine, vineyards and tastings, your mind usually goes to one of two different places – Italy and Napa Valley. But have you ever taken a minute to see where else great wine comes from? It could be closer than you think!

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In late 2004, Chris Enzweiler was scrolling through his town’s local website, when he came across an article about the Kentucky wine grape industry and how the region was once the nation’s third largest grape and wine producer from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. After a bit more research, surveying the hills on his parent’s farm, and taking lessons on doing grape and wine production, Chris knew this was what he wanted to do. In 2005, 200 Vidal Blanc grape vines were planted and so began the beginning of the Camp Springs Vineyard, located in Camp Springs, Kentucky.

From that moment on every year seemed to be bringing something new and exciting. One white grape in a single field has grown to reds and whites expanding over three separate camp springs winevineyards (with a fourth on the way)!

By 2009, work on the new winery and tasting room was completed and opened the same day as the Camp Springs Herbst Tour. With no reservations required, you can stop by and enjoy a tasting of your choice of seven of their wines! Mr. Enzweiler describes it as “a welcoming, friendly atmosphere with a nice sample of wines that suit tastes from dry to sweet and red to white”. It’s the perfect way to spend your day with friends or family.

Looking for a night out for dinner? Camp Springs Vineyard offers that too! Chef Carle Hopper, graduate of Midwest Culinary Institute, prepares the most delectable dinners every Saturday night. Along with the dinner, you will receive a list of the four best wine pairing for you to taste throughout.

Including Camp Spring Vineyards, there are now six wineries in the area. Together, they have formed the first Northern Kentucky wine trail, allowing you to travel through back roads and scenic routes as you visit each unique winery. Make sure you pick up your Back Roads Wine Trail VIP Passport from any of the winery’s to receive validation at each stop.

So whether you’re in search of a fun day out or just wanted to explore the beautiful vineyards that are so close to home, make sure you put Camp Springs Vineyard Winery at the top of your list. Camp Springs Vineyard Winery is located at 6685 Four Mile Road, Camp Springs, KY 41059. Check out their website for their Saturday night chef specials and go visit them today!

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The OMEGA MVP program was organized to help recognize, celebrate and promote the merchants, vendors and partners of OMEGA Processing Solutions. Camp Springs Vineyard Winery has been an OMEGA merchant since 2009.


OMEGA VT Product Overview

January 20, 2016

Our secure, web-based Virtual Terminal (OMEGA VT) allows merchants to process transactions without having to purchase expensive processing software programs or countertop terminals. OMEGA VT resides on an off-site server and is accessible through a secure web portal from any PC with an internet connection, day or night. No software upgrades are ever necessary, and no worries about storing cardholder data on your PC. OMEGA VT eliminates the need for constant PCI upgrades to stay compliant and reduces your exposure to compromised card data. All card and cardholder data is stored on our secure PCI-audited server, not on your PC.

  • Customizable Sales Templates: Eliminate the clutter of fields you don’t use. Simple template customization for disabling unwanted fields.
  • Twenty Custom Fields: We know every business is different. Along with that comes the need to capture industry or business-specific information, so we have included the ability for you to create up to 20 custom fields that you can tailor to your specific needs.
  • Robust, Full-Function Reporting: Historical transaction information is stored for up to three years and can easily be accessed via the OMEGA VT Reporting Tool. Robust transaction search criteria options allow you to quickly find the data you are looking for, without having to sift through a filing cabinet or match up receipts and settlement reports.
  • QuickBooks: Formatted reporting
  • Batch Upload: For sending and authorizing large numbers of transactions simultaneously.

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Recurring Billing

Setting up recurring billing payments for membership, service or rental fees has never been easier. The OMEGA VT Recurring Billing utility is user-friendly, flexible and ‒ best of all ‒ comes with your Virtual Terminal account at no additional cost.

Customer Vault / Online Customer Database

The Customer Vault picks up where Recurring Billing leaves off by allowing you to store customer and card information securely off-site, without having to assign a specific payment plan. If you frequently do business with the same customers, but not always on the same days or for the same amounts, then the Customer Vault is a perfect fit for you.

eCommerce Gateway

OMEGA VT can be integrated with your website for accepting payments directly from your web store. Transactions are securely captured and processed in real time and generate a receipt that can be displayed and emailed. All transactions are recorded in the Virtual Terminal Reporting and can be quickly retrieved for performing voids and refunds.

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Retail Swipe/Card Present Processing

Do you process card present transactions but still want to take advantage of OMEGA VT’s other services such as mobile processing, recurring billing, customer vault or invoicing? You can, simply by using OMEGA VT’s        Retail Swipe program and a USB card reader.          Utilizing the Retail Swipe service gives you                      the best of both worlds, and there’s no need                                 to purchase an additional terminal.

Invoicing

Electronic Invoicing allows you to generate invoices with line-by-line detailed information. Invoices are automatically converted to PDFs, attached via email and sent to customers’ billing addresses. Customers simply follow a link in the email to pay their open invoices

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Level II and Level III Processing ‒ B2B

Earn lower interchange rates on B2B transactions with Level II and Level III Processing. Do you mainly process B2B transactions with an occasional consumer transaction? Level II Processing can mean a 0.50% -1.50% savings on interchange rates, and it’s built in to every OMEGA VT account. Level III Processing provides an even better interchange rate savings opportunity but is most appropriate for merchants who primarily process B2B transactions using government or corporate purchasing cards. Level III Processing requires a number of extended data fields and is limited to certain processing networks.

iSpy Fraud Security Suite

Stop fraud before it happens! iSpyFraud adds additional layers of security when using the OMEGA VT and payment gateway for processing transactions through your web store. iSpyFraud is a rule-set based, fraud-management utility that allows you to configure extensive filters to help you detect and screen suspicious transactions. The thorough reporting system gives you a quick and easy way to review transactions, block suspicious activity and zero in on malicious users. iSpyFraud looks at transactions both before and after processing and can decline them both before and after authorization. This security suite increases security, decreases chargebacks and reduces product lost from fraudulent transactions.

QuickBooksTM SyncPay

QuickBooks TM SyncPay plug-in provides support for synchronization and payment processing from directly within QuickBooks ProTM, QuickBooks PremierTM, and QuickBooks EnterpriseTM (version 2007+) . Not compatible with POS and Online versions.

Quickclick Integration and Shopping Cart

Quickclick is a quick and easy way to integrate the OMEGA VT and Gateway with your web store without having to hire a web designer. Quickclick is a 2-in-1 HTML generator that first allows to you create and customize products on your website and then create customized payment buttons and fields ‒ all without having to write a single line of HTML code on your own.

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VT Product Manager

The VT Product Manager is a virtual database that you    can use to store frequently sold items for quick recall  when making transactions. Also, you can create Item Packages that bundle multiple items. An Auto-Calculate tool totals the order total and auto-populates the information onto the screen. There is no additional cost   for the VT Product Manager.

Payer Authentication (VbV/MCSC)

Also known as Verified by Visa (VbV) and MasterCard® SecureCodeTM (MCSC), Payer Authentication allows consumers to shop online more securely. VbV/MCSC enables cardholders to create a PIN and assign it to their credit or debit card. During checkout, the customer is prompted to enter their PIN. The cardholder’s identity can then be confirmed by their Card Issuing bank. Visa and MasterCard reward merchant adoption of these programs by providing chargeback protection for domestic and international transactions.

Mobile Payments

Accept payments anywhere with the free iProcess Mobile Payment app. In addition, you can purchase an encrypted mobile swipe to swipe credit cards and obtain card- present rates.

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Make Your 2016 Business Wish List a Reality

January 4, 2016

What’s on your business wish list for 2016? A remodel or expansion? Equipment upgrades? A new point-of-sale system to better manage your business and control costs? Capital funding from OMEGA Processing Solutions can give you the short-term cash that you need.

How it works

With hassle-free business funding from OMEGA Processing, there is no collateral, hidden fees or closing costs. As an OMEGA merchant, you agree to sell back to us a small percentage of your future credit card sales. No fixed payment schedule or business-use restrictions means flexibility for your business. In addition, your capital funding agreement with OMEGA will not have any impact on your ability to qualify for other financing if needed.

Funding with OMEGA Processing is fast, with no strings attached. All funding decisions are made in-house by OMEGA personnel — often with 24 hours. Visit the Business Funding section of our website for more information and a free, no-obligation quote.

Short-term capital funding from OMEGA can help you focus on what you do best — running your business. Let OMEGA Processing help you take your business to the next level in 2016.

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OMEGA Processing Solutions and NKYSports.com Announce HS Basketball Game of the Week Schedule

December 28, 2015

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OMEGA Processing Solutions and NKYSports.com are proud to present another season of HS basketball hoops action with our featured Games of the Week. The action starts in just over week and continues through February. Here’s a look at the schedule:

Tuesday, January 5: Elder at Cooper

Saturday January 9: John Turner Classic at Newport HS Doubleheader with Campbell County vs. NCC AND Dixie vs. Newport.

Tuesday January 12: Ryle at NCC

Wednesday, January 20: Conner at Dixie

Saturday, January 23: All A9th Regional Finals at Lloyd HS

Friday, January 29: Highlands at Bellevue

Friday, February 5: Conner at Scott

Tuesday, February 9: Newport at CovCath

Tuesday, February 16: St. Henry at Ryle

District Tournaments: TBD

Regional Tournament: TBD

 


Helping you Achieve your Fitness Goals

December 23, 2015

World of Fitness Celebrated as OMEGA MVP

With the holiday season in full swing, many of us have thrown any kind of health and fitness routine out the window. From cookie exchanges to office parties and family get togethers, staying on track can seem next to impossible. Whether you’re looking to renew your commitment to better health or are starting on the ground floor, there’s no place better to start than at World of Fitness in Herrin, Illinois.

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It was the 1980’s and for James Vigiano, finding a gym in the area that provided the proper tools and atmosphere to work out in was nearly impossible. He wanted a CLEAN place of value where he, his brother, and the community could go to work out. In 1987, James opened that gym and World of Fitness became a place that goes above and beyond to meet everyone’s standards.

When most people think about exercise and fitness, ‘fun’ isn’t usually the word they would use to describe it. Even the idea of being in a gym for everyone to judge can be intimidating to many people. Not at World of Fitness. “A lot of our members refer to us as the ‘Cheers’ of the fitness industry, where everyone knows your name,” said World of Fitness General Manager, Michelle Cottonaro, describing the gym as ‘pleasant, friendly, and not intimidating’. “We like to pride ourselves on keeping a very clean and well maintained facility, as well as being very friendly, encouraging and motivating.”

No matter your fitness level, you’ll find exactly what you need. With a variety of options to match your timeframe, img2age group and overall fitness goals, World of Fitness offers memberships starting as low as $34 a month! All members are able to utilize 24/7 access to the gym, free group exercises classes AND three free sessions with a Certified Personal Trainer.

At World of Fitness, their goal is “to help our members achieve their goals,” Cottonaro said. When I asked her if there was any type of story that stood out to her, she told me about an elderly man who had just suffered a stroke. “He had to walk in with two canes and after starting here for his exercise, he was able to walk without any assistance. He lived to be 94 years young.” A story like this speaks miles to the dedication each employee has in assisting their members to achieve any goal they set.

Still not sure World of Fitness is for you? They also offer a free, no obligation 14 day pass for first time members to try out. Including the personal training sessions! Just in town for a few days and don’t want to miss your daily workout? You can purchase a $10 one-day pass and don’t have to go through the hassle of finding a member to go with.

World of Fitness is open 24/7 with office hours throughout the day Monday – Saturday. They are located at 1207 Weaver Rd., Herrin, Illinois 62948. For New Years and other specials, be sure to follow their Facebook Page and check out their website for more information on classes, trainers, and their great facility!

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The OMEGA MVP program was organized to help recognize, celebrate and promote the merchants, vendors and partners of OMEGA Processing Solutions. World of Fitness has been an OMEGA merchant since May 2015.


12 Days of Payments Industry Facts

December 10, 2015

1. Cash is the preferred payment method of up to 40% of U.S. consumers, with 25% preferring debit and 17% credit.

2. In the aftermath of EMV, card-not-present (CNP) fraud is expected to grow from $2.9 billion in 2014 to $6.4 billion in 2018.

3. Visa cards accounted for 304 million of the payment cards in US circulation in 2014, more than MasterCard and American Express combined.

4. Elsewhere in the world, MasterCard held the lead in card circulation, closely followed by Visa.

5. One in seven Americans have deposited a check via a mobile device in the past 12 months.

6. More than half of the 30.2 million card terminals deployed worldwide in 2014 went to the Asia Pacific region.

7. Gift cards earned the top spot on holiday wish lists in 2015 for the ninth straight year.

8. Three of four U.S. companies with loyalty programs generate a return on investment.

9. Black Friday weekend was the first time in U.S. history that online shoppers outnumbered brick and mortar ones.

10. The American Bankers Association estimates that 575 million chip cards will have been issued by the end of 2015.

11. Top U.S. debit card issuers include Wells Fargo (Visa) and USAA (MasterCard).

12. Top five PIN combinations: 1234, 1111, 0000, 1212, 7777

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A Gift to the Country

December 2, 2015

The Gift Shoppe on Main Celebrated as OMEGA MVP

In a day where just about everything you own is mass produced overseas, finding one of a kind items that will really ‘wow’ your friends and family is no easy task. Whether you’re buying for yourself or someone else, your search is over. The Gift Shoppe on Main, located in Brookville, Indiana, has the finest selection of handcrafted American made artisan gifts for all occasions.

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In 2009, Mike Martino was forced to retire from his career in the automotive industry. Partly due to foreign outsourcing, thousands of people in his surrounding area lost their jobs when the plant he worked with closed. Mike wasn’t finished. Three years earlier, he and his wife had purchased one of their dreams—a historical 1855 Greek Revival style home. What they first used for office and apartment rentals, they turned into a retail gift shop featuring American made handcrafted items, and The Gift Shoppe on Main began.

Having seen first-hand the effects of business being outsourced, Mike and Amy wanted to showcase both local and national American handmade products. “Knowing that we are supporting American artisans and their families is most definitely the best part of our business,” Mike said. They currently work with approximately 135 artisans and their family owned businesses.

It doesn’t matter who you’re looking to buy for because The Gift Shoppe on Main just about has it all. The artisans encompass many different mediums working with pottery, glass, metal, textiles, and wood. Products Gift Shop Ornamentshave such a vast range from jewelry to knifes, oil paintings to cedar chests, and everything in between. One of the many fan favorites is the fabric purses and accessories, made by Amy, herself!

With the holiday season here, The Gift Shoppe on Main also offers a variety of Christmas decorations. Add a special touch to your tree with a one of a kind hand blown glass ornament. Their hand sculpted ceramic and wooden nativity sets are a huge hit with customers.

In 2012, The Gift Shoppe on Main was presented “The Home Based Business Champion of the Year Award” by the Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center for their leadership and entrepreneurship, but that didn’t mean they were going to be satisfied. “We are always looking for new artists with a sense of originality and functionality,” Mike said. “We keep looking for items that keep our shop unique and fresh.”

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With every item being handcrafted, no two are exactly alike. You’ll find out who actually made each item, as well as how it was made, allowing you to be able to tell all of your friends and family who ask about your piece!

The Gift Shoppe on Main is open 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. They are located at 813 Main St. Brookville, Indiana 47012. Shop online at their website, keep updated with items and events through their Facebook Page, or stop on in their 1000 square foot display area for a fresh cup of coffee while you have a look for yourself!

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The OMEGA MVP program was organized to help recognize, celebrate and promote the merchants, vendors and partners of OMEGA Processing Solutions. The Gift Shoppe on Main has been an OMEGA merchant since November 2011.


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