BBB Offers Free On-Site Document Shredding And Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Better Business Bureau will hold their annual “Secure Your ID” Day. This year the event has been expanded to two days.

BBB invites the Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia community to BBB “Secure Your ID” Day Friday at DuPont Community Credit Union, 4503 Hixson Pike, and Saturday at Lee Corners, intersection of Lee Hwy and Hwy 153.  Consumers and small businesses are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents.

BBB staff will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.

“Properly destroying documents that include information you do not want getting into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft, but it does not end there,” said Jim Winsett, BBB president.  “That is why BBB experts will also be on hand offering important advice and simple steps everyone can take to prevent ID theft in their daily lives, both online and off.”  In 2013 alone, 13 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $21 billion.

Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded and take home the tips and resources you need to help protect yourself. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, and paper clips, are okay to be shredded.

As the result of two nationwide Secure Your ID Days in 2013 alone, BBB helped individuals and small businesses at more than 113 sites across the country shred 3 million pounds of sensitive documents—all for free.  
 
“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” added Mr. Winsett.  “Our goal here is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft.  With community-based BBB’s across North America collaborating simultaneously, we will have a tremendous coast-to-coast presence that will reach many people and, hopefully, prevent a lot of theft.” 

For more information on BBB “Secure Your ID Day” and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit: www.chattanooga.bbb.org.


HR Business Solutions Moves To New Address

HR Business Solutions, LLC is an INCubator graduate. They are moving from Suite 301 in the BDC/INCubator to a place of their own at 108 Baxter St. Monday will be the first day of business at their new location.  "In just three years, HR Business Solutions, LLC, has quickly become a much-sought-after resource for small businesses and entrepreneurs who want to make ... (click for more)

Baker Donelson Recognized Among Leading Economic Development Firms In Mississippi And Tennessee

Baker Donelson has been recognized by  Southern Business and Development  magazine as one of the "Best Economic Development Law Firms" in Mississippi and Tennessee. The publication polled the members of the Southern Economic Development Roundtable, a group of economic developers, educators, economists, site consultants and CEOs in the South, to vote on 30 categories ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Principals Say Part 1 Of TN Ready Testing Should Be Cut Due To Online System Failure

Hamilton County principals are asking that Part 1 of the TN Ready Assessment be dropped this year due to the recent crash of the online system for the program. The principals also asked that any Part 1 TN Ready test results  not be applied to students’ grades or to evaluations and rankings for school personnel and school districts. The local principals also ... (click for more)

Allan Walsh Named New Bradley County Workhouse Superintendent

Sheriff Eric Watson announced the appointment of Allan Walsh as superintendent of the new Bradley County Workhouse, which will begin construction soon and be opened this year.  Plans are for the new facility, to be adjacent to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Jail and Courts complex, to hold up to 128 non-violent, low security inmates. A graduate of Bradley ... (click for more)

What Our Schools Are And Have Been Doing About Bullying

Bullying has been a widely discussed topic during the last few weeks in the wake of the incident involving the Ooltewah High basketball team.  Contrary to public opinion, Hamilton County Schools have not been passive in our efforts to address bullying now or for the past several years.  Unfortunately, bullying is a societal norm that is infiltrating our school community, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Warmth For Cold Days

I come across all sorts of warm things every day and as we burrow out of sub-freezing temperatures for a day or two, shaking off ice and snow, allow me to share a few things for a change that may take the bite out of the winter wind. This is what helps me. * * * Judy Bellenfant, who has been a soul mate ever since we shared jokes in high school classrooms, sends along this ... (click for more)