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Three cheers for Champion Brewing Company

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Even before he got into home-brewing as a hobby, Hunter Smith thought it would be great to own and operate a brewery one day. Like many craft brewers, he says, he began with home-brewing and worked his way into the business, driven by “punk rock values” and sincere passion.

And business is good when the business is good beer.

As one of Virginia’s fastest-growing breweries, Champion Brewing Company has to brew a lot of beer to keep up with demand. In fact, they brew over 10,000 barrels a year, and delivering the best and freshest product is something Champion Brewing takes seriously. That’s where Ting’s crazy fast Internet comes in.
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In business with Ting: FleetUp

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When you think of cell phone service, you probably think of a smartphone sitting in someone’s pocket, sending and receiving calls, text messages and bits of data. You might not think about trucks trekking all over the country or fleet vehicles buzzing all over town, sending analytic and other data back to HQ for the back office team to pore through and make business decisions with.

FleetUP, a service of TrueLite Trace Inc., is a fleet management solution based in Milpitas, CA that’s taking a smart tech-focussed approach to fleet management and uses Ting to handle the all-important mobile data part of the equation.

Connecting to the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port of a vehicle, the same port your mechanic uses to diagnose your car in the service bay, a FleetUp device can pull a ton of data from vehicles on the road. Everything from engine revolutions per minute, speed, throttle, braking and much more is available via a vehicle’s OBD port. With GPS on board and a Ting SIM card inserted into every FleetUp device, the relevant data can be sent back to the client every ten seconds.

We talked with Kimberli Lee, Marketing Manager at FleetUp, who filled us in on FleetUp’s mission to deliver real-time analytic reports to their clients and how Ting helps make that happen.

Firefly: Where everybody knows your game

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If you’ve got a taste for craft brew, good food, crazy fast fiber Internet and great retro games (and maybe a penchant for cancelled sci-fi shows that really deserved better than they got) then Firefly is the place to be. If you’re in Charlottesville, VA or if you’re ever passing through, it’s a great place to spend an evening, surrounded by games of all sorts.

Owner Melissa gave us the grand tour as Firefly hosted a DOTA 2 Pubstomp for The International 5. It was a great mix of fun, food and frenetic gaming action.

Firefly is among the first businesses in Charlottesville to get crazy fast fiber Internet from Ting and offer it up to patrons via a free Wi-Fi connection. The gig was invaluable for a live streaming event like our Dota 2 Pubstomp; the streaming broadcast came in high definition and without a hiccup.

I had a chance to speak with Melissa about how Firefly came to be, what it’s like stepping up to crazy fast fiber Internet and how the idea for an arcade-turned-bar came to be.

“My long term boyfriend Mark’s dream was to always have an arcade bar. Somewhere where you could hang out, play games with friends and order good food – not just a place to go sit and drink. When Mark passed from cancer in January, I ended up inheriting the bar,” she said. “While I have a business background, running a restaurant has been a new experience for me.”

Firefly’s journey and story is an interesting one and the atmosphere reflects it. There’s the standard bar stuff like draft beer, a pool table and Wednesday night karaoke. There are also a bunch of retro arcade machines, pinball and a ping pong table. Those looking for sit-down fun can play any one of the tons of board games on offer. Aside from the decor, Firefly has great food (including craft beers and healthy snacks) and a spacious layout that’s perfect for drinks with friends or an evening out with the kids.

Save your business money…
or get really good at foosball

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Scenario one: Your business sees the potential of saving a lot of money by switching to Ting. The office is filled with the sound of voices raised together in joyous song.

Scenario two: You realize you’re already getting the best mobile deal for your business. We give you a sweet foosball table. The office is filled with the sound of plinking balls, spinning plastic players and the occasional profanity for good measure.

Either way, you win.

Today, we’re launching a new promotion just for businesses with six or more devices on a single account with one of the major carriers. Send us three recent bills and we’ll run an in-depth analysis and get back to you on what (or, I guess, whether) you’d save with Ting.

If you would not save with Ting, we will ship you a brand new foosball table.

In business with Ting: Wallaby

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes. There is no one size fits all solution for business mobile. That’s why Ting doesn’t do traditional business cell phone plans. In this Ting for Business series, we’re connecting with some of the businesses that use Ting to find out what they do, how they do it and why they chose Ting for their business mobile.

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Matthew Goldman is the CEO of Wallaby Financial and a Ting business customer.

Like all good startups, Wallaby takes a modern problem and finds a simple, elegant solution. That’s how we operate too, so it’s a natural fit.

The problem we set out to solve is with mobile plans that are too rigid, too unfriendly and ultimately, too expensive.

In Wallaby’s case, the problem is wallet overload and consumers missing out on the best deal by not choosing the best card for a given transaction.

As Goldman put it when we asked for the elevator pitch, Wallaby is “helping consumers get the most out of their wallets.”

App of the Week: Square Register

Today’s App of the Week lets you accept credit cards and run your business from anywhere!

No longer do you have to spend a fortune setting up a static point of sale to sell your product or service. Using Square Register and a smartphone, you can process popular credit cards like American Express, Visa and MasterCard and only pay 2.75% per swipe – no monthly fees or commitments!

The app is super simple. Create an account and get your hands on a free Square Reader. When you’re ready to sell, enter a payment amount or choose a saved item from your virtual shelf, swipe a credit card and that’s it! The customer then signs a digital receipt which can be sent by email or text – whichever they prefer.

With the ability to customize your register, apply discounts, issue refunds and more, it’s an excellent point of sale solution for many small businesses out there.

Learn more about this useful app in our video below!

Square Register

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Free

Download Square Register on Google Play

Download Square Register in the App Store