Dharma Blog

New Partner – Spring Bank

Posted in Dharma's Culture, Social Responsibility.

Spring Bank. Dharma is privileged to announce a new partnership with Spring Bank – a community bank serving the needs of underserved consumers and small businesses in the New York Metropolitan area. In addition, Spring Bank recently became a certified B Corporation, joining a community of companies recognized for socially responsible business practices. In fact, …

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Beware

Posted in Customer Support, Industry News and tagged with , .

Beware. In 2011, Congress created a new watchdog agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which was charged with oversight of the financial industry in the wake of the 2008 mortgage/banking meltdown.​ The Bureau promotes fairness and transparency to protect consumers from deceptive practices not only in the banking and mortgage industries, but also …

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Call-to-Action

Posted in Dharma's Culture, Social Responsibility.

Call-to-Action. I recently attended my favorite annual conference called Wisdom 2.0, which is billed as the intersection of mindfulness and technology. It seems that a lot of successful tech companies have discovered the value of promoting mindful practices in the workplace, but beyond the scientific and biological benefits of such practices, the greater value is …

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Transparency

Posted in Dharma's Culture, Industry News, Social Responsibility.

Transparency. I have been invited to speak about transparency on a panel that the local B Corp community is sponsoring next week. I don’t know if there is such a thing as an expert on this subject, but I can tell you that I have over 25 years of experience working in an industry that …

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Surcharging

Posted in Customer Support.

Surcharging – part deux. We like to revisit this topic from time to time as rules sometimes change, plus we like to educate new merchants on industry practices. We are often asked about surcharging, which is the practice of passing on the processing fees to customers. First, merchants are not allowed to surcharge for debit …

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Giving Back – Prison Mindfulness Institute

Posted in Dharma's Culture, Dharma's Giving Back, Nonprofit, Social Responsibility.

Giving Back – Prison Mindfulness Institute This month we are highlighting The Prison Mindfulness Institute, whose mission is to provide prisoners, prison staff, and volunteers with effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal development, using proven mindfulness-based interventions. The higher aspiration is to transform the correction system as a whole in order to mitigate …

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Merchant of the Month – Poco Dolce

Posted in Merchant of the Month.

Merchant of the Month – Poco Dolce The only thing better than highlighting a merchant that produces high-end chocolate goodies is eating said high-end chocolate goodies! As you could probably guess, we are mostly all chocolate snobs at Dharma, with the possible exception of a certain staff member with a Whoppers addiction! Poco Dolce is …

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We Respect All

Posted in Dharma's Culture, Social Responsibility.

We Respect All. To borrow a line from the B Corp movement, our company was formed to be a force for good; to support and to serve the community of all beings in need. In addition to being a certified B Corp, Conscious Capitalism member, Green Business Network member, Social Venture Network member, and a …

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Giving Back

Posted in Dharma's Culture, Dharma's Giving Back, Social Responsibility.

Giving Back. Normally we highlight a specific nonprofit to which we have made a donation so that our stakeholders can get a sense for the type of charities that we support as part of our Giving Back program. Soon we’ll be updating our website with the list of 2016 beneficiaries, but we want to take …

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