Are YOU EMV-Ready?

May 14, 2015

EMV- payments are coming, and they’re coming soon! The EMV liability deadline is October 2015under five months from now!

EMV is a joint, international effort between the card brands to increase card and cardholder security. Rather than relying on card magnetic-stripe technology (which is the same technology used in cassette tapes), EMV payments use “smart” or “chip” cards. The new cards encode a user’s account information in the embedded chip, which generates a unique, one-time code for each sale. This prevents the data from being stolen and used to create counterfeit cards.

Rather than swiped, smart cards will be entered into the terminal during a transaction. Consumers will also have to either a sign a pin pad or enter a PIN to complete a transaction. This all means that existing swipe terminals must be upgraded to EMV-compliant equipment in order to take advantage of the new security measures.

EMV Deadline — October 2015

The October 2015 Fraud Liability Deadline means that there will be a change in financial responsibility if a fraudulent transaction takes place. Merchants who experience fraud or chargebacks while using a non-EMV processing equipment will assume the liability for those transactions.

EMV Readiness Resources

As the deadline approaches, EMV education efforts are ramping up. Here’s a look at the ones we think are most helpful. addresses the basics of how to identify and use a chip-enabled terminal, how to slide EMV cards into the readers and, most importantly, not to remove the card until prompted to do so. was recently launched by the Electronic Transactions Association to help protect both merchants and consumers. The site is a one-stop information resource for merchants about today’s payments landscape. provides up-to-date information for all industry stakeholders on the status of EMV migration, along with tutorials and educational resources that will assist with migration.

Visa online EMV toolkit includes a step-by-step guide to adopting chip as well as videos, infographics, and other resources to help merchants make the seamless transition to chip-activated terminals.

Chip 360 from MasterCard is a campaign that aims to communicate actionable information, educate on steps to take and advocate why the change is needed to protect cardholders

Learn about EMV and chip cards with frequently asked questions from Discover Card and American Express.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

OMEGA Processing Solutions can upgrade your processing equipment to EMV-compatible terminals today at little or no cost. Contact your Account Executive or our Customer Service Center at 866.888.9724 Ext. 7 for more details.

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OMEGA Processing Solutions Selected to Join Cincinnati BBB Leadership Circle of Companies for Second Year

May 8, 2015

Invitation-only circle is an ‘elite group’ of businesses committed to bringing about an ethics-centered community

OMEGA Processing Solutions and the Cincinnati BBB recently announced the company’s renewed participation in The Center for Ethics at BBB’s Leadership Circle of Companies. This is the second year that the two have partnered on this effort to bring about an “ethics-centered community” in Greater Cincinnati.

“OMEGA Processing is very proud to have been selected to participate in the Leadership Circle of Companies,” said Todd McHugh, OMEGA Processing Solutions President. “In an industry that is not always known for adhering to the highest ethical principles, it’s an honor to be recognized for doing what’s right and helping to educate and motivate others to do the same.”

Leadership Circle companies support The Center for Ethics at BBB through efforts in five major programs: The Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics, BBB Accreditation for Charities, In Pursuit of Ethics Educational Program, Students of Integrity Scholarship Program and BBB Military Line. The BBB looks to partner with Leadership Circle Companies to “empower people to make better buying decisions, run stronger businesses and make smarter charitable investments,” according to BBB President and CEO Jocile Ehrlich.

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Selling Safe!

May 7, 2015

Electronic Transactions Association recently launched, a one-stop information resource for merchants about today’s payments landscape. Designed for merchants, the site will help you evolve your point-of-sale experience, advance your brand, engage your customers and SELL SAFE.

Check it out for the latest information on identifying and utilizing the latest in payments technology that helps protect both merchants and consumers.

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Are You Receiving This Level of Service from Your Credit Card Processor?

May 5, 2015

If your answer is NO, then WHY NOT?

We were so excited to receive this letter from one of our merchants.

April 29, 2015

Dear OMEGA Team,
I wanted to say thank you for your great customer service. We’ve been working with you since last fall, and it has been a very positive experience. Any time I’ve had a question or need assistance (from the initial set-up, to reporting, to PCI compliance, or my many other questions), every member of the team has been quick to respond and very helpful. One instance in particular was when I reached out to Support the DAY BEFORE our fundraising event. Your team recognized the urgency of the situation, and I got a call personally from our Account Executive AND an immediate email and phone call from Support. The OMEGA team was able to provide assistance right away, and our event ran smoothly.

I’m extremely happy that we work with the OMEGA Processing Team. You are all amazing, and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your customer service and how well all of you work together. I’ll be sure to recommend you to others.

Satisfied OMEGA Processing Merchant

Ready to receive this level of service from your merchant services provider. Contact 866.888.9724 Ext. 7 to learn how.

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Pay It Forward Day

April 30, 2015

Today, April 30, is “Pay It Forward Day.” Started 2007, this international movement is celebrated each year on the last Thursday in April. With an overall goal to “make a difference and experience the true power of giving… one good deed at a time,” Pay It Forward Day hopes to inspire 5 million acts of kindness around the world this year.

How can you participate? Here are some ideas

  • Pay for someone’s coffee
  • Collect food for a local charity
  • Send a thoughtful card or email

It can be as simple as giving a compliment or letting someone else have the parking space you were hoping for.

For more information on Pay It Forward Day go to

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Ghandi

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EMV 101 for Small Merchants

April 24, 2015

Big changes are coming to the 1.2 billion payment cards in today’s wallets. Today’s mag stripe cards (which is the same technology used in cassette tapes) are being replaced by EMV-enabled cards containing micro chips. With the October 2015 EMV deadline just a few months away, the Electronic Transactions Association has produced an EMV 101 video for small business owners. Take a few minutes to learn about the upcoming changes!

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Happy Earth Day — April 22

April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day, which is a day set aside for the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

Want to do your part to save the planet? Contact OMEGA Processing to learn more about our resource-saving solutions.

Electronic Invoicing

With electronic invoicing from OMEGA Processing’s virtual terminal, OMEGA VT, you can generate invoices and automatically e-mail them to your customers. And, your customers can pay directly from the e-mail. Switching to paperless invoicing you can save yourself and your customers time and money while at the same time working to save thousands of trees.

Generating the invoice is simple. You can set up invoice terms and payment methods. Line-by-line detailed information, including Item Description, Quantity, Unit and Cost, is shown to your customer. There’s NO limit to the number of invoices that can be sent, and NO website is required.

Online Merchant Statements

OMEGA Processing Merchants have the option of viewing their statements through our secure online Merchant Portal rather than receiving a paper statement. Our enhanced secure Merchant Portal allows you to:

  • View monthly credit card sales by card type
  • View year-over-year credit card sales by month
  • View special announcements and product information
  • View and update account information
  • View past-months merchant statements

Contact us today at 866.888.9724 Ext. 7 or to learn more about this paper-saving and money-saving options!

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