Avoid A Spooktacular Shopping Trick This Halloween

 

Avoid A Spooktacular Shopping Trick This Halloween

(Mohave, AZ – October 18, 2017) With only a few weeks to Halloween, stores and websites offering costumes, decorations and more seem to be popping up overnight. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises shoppers to do some research before making a purchase online or in-store.

According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween spending is expected to reach a record $9.1 billion this year, up 8.3 percent from last year’s record of $8.4 million.

Scammers will try to cash in on this trend and to help avoid chilling cons, BBB is offering five tips:

  1. Research the company: Check out the business at org to view its Business Profile and read what consumers have shared about their experience.
  2. Double check the site’s security: Only provide credit card information on secure sites. Look for the prefix “https://” in the URL box listing the website’s address to be ensure the site is secure.
  3. Ask questions at seasonal stores: If buying from a seasonal store, ask if it will be open after Halloween and if returns will be accepted. If not, consider taking more time to be sure the item is exactly what you want before making the purchase.
  4. Consider the pros and cons of renting vs. buying: Renting a costume that will be worn only once might be a good alternative to buying. While renting may be a smart way to get a great costume at a good price, keep in mind the item is used. Pay close attention to the condition of the costume before checking out to ensure you are not responsible for previous damage.
  5. Understand the return policy: Know the store’s refund and return policies before buying. For online orders, federal law requires goods and services be delivered within 30 days, unless a different delivery period is specifically stated by the merchant.

For more information you can trust, visit BBB.org.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview with a BBB spokesperson, please contact Debi Pennington at 928-302-3701 or dpennington@arizonabbb.org.

About Better Business Bureau Serving Central, Northern & Western Arizona

BBB is an unbiased organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews® on more than 4.7 million businesses and 11,000 charities, all available free at bbb.org.  Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona is supported by over 11,400 BBB Accredited Businesses. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business reviews and charity reports, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust.

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Welcome Debi Pennington To The Better Business Bureau

Debi Pennington Joins Better Business Bureau as Regional Director for Mohave County (Lake Havasu City, AZ – October 11, 2017)

Better Business Bureau serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona (BBB) welcomes Debi Pennington as new Regional Director for its Mohave County office in Lake Havasu City, succeeding Elaine Cullen who retired in September 2017. Pennington will continue to serve Mohave and La Paz Counties, building on three years of community involvement since the opening of the office in 2014.

Pennington joins BBB as key liaison to Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, Kingman, Parker and surrounding communities. In a continued effort to help locals select brands and charities they can trust, Pennington plans to collaborate and join forces with other organizations, serving both consumers and businesses.

“We are grateful for the trust and support local organizations, nonprofits, businesses and consumers have offered since our opening in 2014, and look forward to continuing and expanding partnerships to better serve the community,” said Matthew Fehling, BBB President/CEO.

Prior to joining BBB, Pennington worked as Educational Director for Interagency Council of Social Services, where she lead over seven educational programs, collaborated with local leaders to optimize outreach, worked with organizations to establish services, and evaluated the impact of community programs. Pennington holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Arizona State University.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Pennington and her two daughters relocated to Lake Havasu City eight years ago. In her free time, she volunteers for a variety of local events and currently serves as an ambassador for the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I hope to continue building awareness of BBB programs that help promote trust and consumer confidence in our area,” said Debi Pennington, BBB Regional Director for Mohave County. “Elaine Cullen did an amazing job and has left a great framework for me to follow.”

The BBB Mohave County Campus is located at 60 S. Acoma Blvd., Suite B102 in Lake Havasu City. To learn about BBB and its more than 11,800 BBB Accredited Businesses, visit www.arizonabbb.org or contact the local office at 928-302-3701.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with a BBB spokesperson, contact Debi Pennington at (928) 302-3701 or dpennington@arizonabbb.org.

New Program Aimed At Helping Arizona Startups

New Program Aimed at Helping Arizona Startups to be Led by Kimberly Roland at Better Business Bureau

(Lake Havasu City, AZ – August 10, 2017) Better Business Bureau (BBB) has a century-long reputation of building trust in the marketplace and now is looking to help build better businesses from the ground up through entrepreneur programs. To lead its new effort, BBB Serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona welcomes Kimberly Roland as Director of Entrepreneur Programs. Roland joins the organization as the Director of Entrepreneur Programs.

The new director will drive innovation at BBB and the greater community through the creation of entrepreneurial programming and spaces where both accredited businesses and startups can cowork, collaborate.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the Arizona and American economies, so creating a space where they can incubate, learn, collaborate, and work will certainly advance our mission,” said BBB President/CEO Matthew Fehling. “Entrepreneurial programming focused on ethics is an innovative addition to the long list of services we already provide accredited businesses and community members.”

Prior to joining BBB in July 2017, Roland served as the Manager of Partner Relations in Entrepreneurship + Innovation at Arizona State University where she managed programs and external partnerships in the greater business and startup community. She has also worked for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and Feeding America and has extensive experience in nonprofit programming and innovation.

Background areas include: program development, research, human centered design, social media management, evaluation, grant writing, event management, cultivating strategic partnerships, program and process innovation, and evaluation.

“I am excited to use my experience and background in innovation and program development to help BBB serve Arizona’s startup community,” said Roland. “There are so many valuable resources offered by local organizations that collaboration will be key to our success. My hope is that the new program’s collaborative effort will truly impact and help entrepreneurs.”

Roland is a Phoenix native. She is incredibly passionate about food, traveling, and issues of social justice.

To learn more about BBB Serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona and its efforts to help small businesses, visit www.arizonabbb.org

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For more information or to schedule http://BBB.ORGan interview with a BBB spokesperson, please contact Elaine Cullen at 928-302-3701 or ecullen@arizonabbb.org.


About Better Business Bureau Serving Central, Northern & Western Arizona

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities – all available for free at bbb.org. Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB Serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona covers 10 counties through its campuses in Phoenix, Lake Havasu City, Prescott and Yuma supported by over 11,600 BBB Accredited Businesses. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to high standards of ethical business practices. BBB provides objective advice, free business and charity profiles, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust.