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SNAP benefits permanently increased by more than 25 percent in USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan

News, Building Your Business, Featured, Seasonal Trends, EBT, Retail

On Monday, August 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. As a result of this re-evaluation, the average SNAP benefit–excluding additional funds provided as part of COVID-19 pandemic relief–will increase beginning on October 1, 2021. 

Merchant Spotlight: Hawkins House of Burgers

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80+ Years of Serving Los Angeles… from Locals to Celebrities

goEBT EBT processing merchant Hawkins House of Burgers, home to “The Best Burger in Los Angeles,” has been a staple in the Watts neighborhood of southeast Los Angeles for more than 80 years. Cynthia Hawkins, the youngest of 14 children, is the third generation of her family to manage this business, which has adapted over the years to fit the needs of the community.

Merchant Spotlight: Sr. Cliff's Texas Style Burritos

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50 Years and Counting in the Food Industry

goEBT EBT processing merchant Sr. Cliff’s Texas Style Burritos, home of the original Soul Man burrito, has been providing Afro-Mexican fusion food to the Compton community since 1992. However, the story of this community staple actually began in 1969, when founder and co-owner Cliff Williams arrived in California.

Join goEBT at the GACS 2020 Southern Convenience Store and Petroleum Tradeshow

EBT, GACS, Events

goEBT will be at the GACS 2020 Southern Convenience Store and Petroleum Tradeshow and Convention in Macon, GA on Tuesday, November 17-19, at the Macon Centreplex.

The GACS 2020 Southern Convenience Store and Petroleum Tradeshow and Convention serves convenience store owners and operators in the Southeast, making it the perfect outlet for suppliers in the convenience store industry to display their products and demonstrate their services.

How the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act can support the health of your business

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Now more than ever the American people will be turning to local businesses to meet their families’ nutritional needs. With the economic impact of COVID-19 the number of applicants for government assistance has doubled. As part of the U.S. government’s $2T stimulus package, an additional $15.5B has been allocated to the SNAP/EBT government benefits program.

Merchant Spotlight: Knicker Knacker Market

Building Your Business, goEBT News, Merchant Spotlight, EBT, Retailer

While we have numerous customers scattered across the country with unique qualities, this month's Merchant Spotlight provides a wide range of products and services for their customers that many others can not match. Knicker Knacker Market and Grocery Store has built a business for anyone that may come walking through their doors, which is why they have become so prevalent among the people in its community. If you are located in the Montgomery area or perhaps, just passing through, make sure to stop in and see what makes Knicker Knacker so special. Knicker Knacker Market and Grocery is located at: 163 Lee St. Unit A, Montgomery, AL 36104.

Merchant Spotlight: Roeser's Bakery

Merchant Spotlight, C-Store Trends, EBT, Retailer

Roeser's Bakery is much more than just your average, every day bakery. This bakery's owner, John Roeser, has made sure that his bakery caters to customers in a way that stands out among the rest. First, he draws them in with the glow of his 20-foot neon sign that shines down the street. Roeser SignThe huge sign calls back to Roeser's opening, over 100-years ago, and shines just as brightly as a sign outside a Broadway theater.

Roeser’s Bakery was founded in 1911 and although the world has seen much change since that time, Roeser’s is still a refreshing reminder of the tried and true standards of baking and a great neighborhood business. Opened during WWI, the bakery has continued to serve the people of Chicago through our country’s highs and lows. That isn’t to say that Roeser’s Bakery has been untouched by events of the past.  When I asked about struggles his business had faced, John told me, “Sometimes it’s food costs- butter, sugar crop, eggs, etc... sometimes it’s maintenance costs- bread slicer breaks down, mixer breaks down, or one of the ovens breaks”.

John also mentioned a struggling economy can sometimes bring about struggles in his business as it does with most. John is an affirmative man, though, and remains hopeful and hardworking through it all. “The way to overcome them [hard times] is to just buckle down, don’t give up, find ways to be more efficient and do your best to keep steering the ship in the right direction, that’s all you can do.” With a family-owned business still in tact after over 100-years, it’s hard to argue that Roeser’s Bakery has proven this strategy to be a success.

Keys to Succeeding in Every Geography Type:

Building Your Business, C-Store Trends, EBT, Retail, Retailer

One of the most important parts of starting or owning a business is making sure there is a market for your products. Depending on your business type, where you decide to set up shop can make or break your business before it even starts. Since many of you have already planted your roots than this can serve as a reminder if you decide to expand or possibly help you sell to your clientele. 

Preparing Your Business For The Summer Rush

Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, Seasonal Trends, C-Store Trends, EBT, Holidays

 The first day of Summer is on the horizon, but what have you done to get ready for increased sales? Depending on where you are located summer can either be great for business or not at all. No matter which side you may fall on, you need to be prepared to keep your business profitable or to capitalize on the season. 

October 2020 is Around The Corner, Make Sure Your Business is Prepared For New Mandates.

Building Your Business, Industry News, C-Store Trends, EBT, Retailer

Payment Securities are at the forefront of business needs. Banks are constantly updating and improving their technologies to keep their customers safe and reduce liability. EMV chips were mandated in the U.S. nearly 4-years ago for in-store purchases. Businesses had to adapt to this "new" form of payment or accept full-responsibility if a customer's information were to be stolen. Citgo and Landmark/Exxon are some of the more recent gas stations to come out and commit to improving their systems. Each company combined owns over 500 gas stations all requiring new systems to avoid liability issues with payment security standards council and protect their customers from types of fraud. Other businesses are executing their plans to comply with mandates, and we want to make sure that you are following through with your plan as well.