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Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings

The Council of Better Business Bureaus is calling out Donald Trump for what appears to have been a brazen effort to mislead the Fox News hosts who moderated last week’s Republican presidential debate, as well as the millions of Americans who tuned in to watch last Thursday night.

During the debate, the moderators and Trump’s opponent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, brought up the subject of Trump University, a now-defunct business that Trump established to sell supposedly educational courses and seminars on entrepreneurship. Trump University is currently being sued for fraud by numerous former students, who said that they were pressured to take on debt to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in fees and that the company did not deliver the type of educational experience it promised.

Related: Trump Numbers Are Falling – How Far Can They Go?

On stage last week, Trump angrily challenged criticism of Trump University, insisting that the organization had a “98 percent” approval rating among its students.

But it was when Rubio brought up the company’s D- grade from the Better Business Bureau that Trump really started to get creative.

He conceded that at one point the company did have a D- rating from the Better Business Bureau, but he said the rating was poor only because Trump University hadn’t bothered to submit data to the BBB. He insisted that the grade was subsequently “elevated to an A” once the data was supplied.

“The only reason that is was a D was because we didn’t care — we didn’t give them the information. ” Trump said. “When they got the information it became an A.”

Related: Here’s Why Donald Trump’s Lies May Be Good for U.S. Politics

During a commercial break, Trump was given a fax from his staff, which he handed to Fox moderator Bret Baier. He later posted the document on Facebook. It appeared to be a BBB Business Review giving Trump University (actually, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, after a 2011 name change) an A grade.

At least one news organization reported, at the time, that the document appeared to have been faxed to the Fox News set by the BBB itself.

On Tuesday, the Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a detailed statement setting the record straight.

“BBB did not send a document of any kind to the Republican debate site last Thursday evening,” it read. “The document presented to debate moderators did not come from BBB that night.”

It continued, “Trump University does not currently have an A rating with BBB. The BBB Business Review for this company has continually been “No Rating” since September 2015. Prior to that, it fluctuated between D- and A+. The document posted on social media on Thursday night was not a current BBB Business Review of Trump University. It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014.”

Related: Irony Alert: Trump Is Upset that Ted Cruz Is Lying

More damning, though, was the BBB’s account of how Trump University’s rating went from a D- to an A. The BBB said that, despite Trump’s claims to the contrary, the rating was never increased as a result of new information received from the company.

What happened is that as Trump University failed as a business, it stopped attracting new students, and with no new students, there were no more complaints filed to the BBB.

“During the period when Trump University appeared to be active in the marketplace, BBB received multiple customer complaints about this business,” the statement said. “These complaints affected the Trump University BBB rating, which was as low as D- in 2010. As the company appeared to be winding down, after 2013, no new complaints were reported.

“Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.”

Related: Trump’s Net Worth Isn’t His Only Claim That’s Fake

In other words, Trump was lying about Trump University’s rating on national television, and even provided misleading documentary evidence in real time to help him make his case.

In a sane campaign season, this sort of thing would be utterly disqualifying, but whether it will have much effect on Trump’s core support is doubtful. The billionaire’s supporters have proven remarkably immune to factual arguments about Trump’s obvious deficiencies as a candidate, and uninterested in proof that he frequently lies to them .



Small Business Bureau signs MoU with 12 groups to train entrepreneurs –

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Small Business Bureau signs MoU with 12 groups to train entrepreneurs

Twelve private training institutions have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Small Business Bureau (SBB) to train entrepreneurs.

GINA said this is being facilitated through the Micro and Small Enterprise Development programme (MSED).

The MoU will allow these institutions to train young entrepreneurs, who have benefitted from cash grants and loans through the SBB, in managing their own small businesses, GINA added.

Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin and his Permanent Secretary, Rajdai Jagernauth (GINA photo)

The institutions which will facilitate the training are the Ruimveldt Life Improvement Centre, Generation Next, Roadside Baptist Church Skills Training Centre, Partners of the Americas, Kuru Kuru Co-operative College, Action Coach Guyana, Guyana School of Agriculture, EMPRETEC, Cerulean Inc, the Critchlow Labour College, Management Options and Interweave Solutions.

Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin encouraged the trainers to utilise modern technologies which would make the training relevant to the contemporary business environment.

GINA said that the MSED programme which began in 2013 has trained more than 1,000 young entrepreneurs who accessed small loans and grants through the SBB.

Officer in Charge of the bureau, Gillian Edwards-Griffith said, “We have done to date 193 grants, $300,000 each, and in terms of loans with financial partners, we have three, of which two are active giving a total of 63 loans”.

The MSED programme will be evaluated by an independent body to give the SBB a fair idea of the successes prior to the second phase of the training.

Funding will be evenly disbursed among the training institutions, GINA added.

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    10 Tips For Selling Your Gold for Cash

    In today’s swerving economy, stocks are out, and gold is in.

    The price of gold is up 20 percent since the beginning of 2011, and by mid-August gold was going for over $1,700 per ounce. At times on Monday, its spot price hovered near $1,900 per ounce.

    So how do you cash in?

    If you’re like thousands of Americans, you go to a gold party, the hottest trend on the block, where you can have your jewelry appraised and get paid cash on the spot.

    But not so fast.

    With every good deal comes a case of buyer’s and, in this case, seller’s beware, a reminder that consumers should do their homework before selling their jewelry at gold parties or in a local jewelry store.

    The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers that while gold parties may be a fun and convenient way to make some cash, they may not provide you the best deal.

    Follow these tips from BBB to make sure you’re getting the best value for your gold.

    1: Understand the Scales

    The weight of gold helps determine its value, but keep in mind that jewelers use a different measurement standard called a Troy ounce. U.S. scales will measure 28 grams per ounce, while gold is measured at 31.1 grams per Troy ounce. Some dealers may also use a system of weights called pennyweight (dwt) to measure a Troy ounce, while others will use grams. A pennyweight is the equivalent of 1.555 grams. Be alert that a dealer does not weigh your gold by pennyweight but pay you by the gram, a sneaky way for the dealer to pay you less for more weight of gold.

    2: Know Your Karats text: Pure gold is too soft to be practically used so it is combined with other metals to create durability and color. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that all jewelry sold in the U.S. describe a karat fineness of the alloy. One karat equals 1/24 of pure gold by weight. So 14 karats would mean the jewelry was 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals. It is illegal for jewelry to be labeled “gold jewelry” if it is less than 10 karats. It is important to know the karats of your gold to make an informed decision on the scrap value of your jewelry.

    3: Keep Your Karats Separate

    Don’t let jewelry of different karat value be weighed together. Some dealers will weigh all jewelry together and pay you for the lowest karat value. Separate your jewelry by karat value before attending a gold party.

    Call a local jewelry store or check with an online source, such as www.goldprice.org. to verify the current market price for gold before you sell. Some dealers know people are just looking for quick cash to put in their pockets and will offer you money for your gold that is lower than the actual value.

    Check out jewelry stores and gold buyers registered with BBB at www.bbb.org. A BBB Business Review tells basic information about the business as well as any complaints and whether the complaints have been resolved when presented to the business by BBB.

    6: Know What You Are Selling

    Some gold items may be worth more when sold as they are, rather than if they are melted down. If your gold necklace or bracelet comes from a well-known designer or maker, it may have a value to some buyers beyond the gold it’s made of.

    7: Know the Fine Print

    If you choose to use a mail-away service, make sure you understand the terms and conditions. Send the items insured. Find out how long before you get reimbursed, how long they will keep your gold before melting it down, and how many days you have to turn down the offer. Take photos of your items before sending and make sure you hold on to all relevant paperwork and filings.

    Remember, you don’t have to jump at the first offer for your gold. Shop around for a few different bids. To ensure you are really getting the best price for your jewelry, have it appraised before selling. This may cost you more up front, but your jewelry may be worth more than its weight when you include workmanship, artistic value, and embedded gems for the piece as a whole.

    Keep in mind that gold parties, often hosted by friends and neighbors, are really more about fun than value. Taking all factors into consideration, sellers at gold parties will likely get between 70 and 80 percent of the real value of their item.

    Gold buyers are required by law to ask sellers for government-issued identification, This requirement is designed to protect consumers by helping police investigate the sale of stolen property and prevent money laundering. All reputable gold buyers comply with these rules, so ifyou don’t get asked to show your I.D. be warned.



    How to File a Complaint With the Better Business Bureau Online #better

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    How to File a Complaint With the Better Business Bureau Online

    The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a group of private BBB organizations in the US and Canada that aim to facilitate a fair marketplace for both businesses and consumers. The organization gathers information regarding reliability, fraud, and ethical business practices and informs the public of scams and other business-related issues. The BBB also provides consumers with the ability to file complaints that can help the organization act as a mediator between the consumer and the business in question. If you have a problem with a business, you should first try to resolve it directly and then use the BBB website to file an online complaint.

    Steps Edit

    Part One of Four:
    Framing the Details of Your Complaint Edit

    Contact the company directly. If you have a problem with a vendor, your first course of action should be to contact the vendor directly. You may be able to resolve the problem quickly in this way. For example, if you purchased an item that you do not believe matches what was advertised, you could take it back to the store and ask for a refund. [1] [2]

    Make a formal request in writing. If your first attempt at resolving the problem does not lead to a successful result, you should document your problem in writing. This will serve two purposes. It will give the vendor another opportunity to satisfy your concerns before the problem becomes bigger. It will also give you some documentation of the problem, which you will be able to use when you file your online complaint with the BBB. [3]

    • In your written letter, you should clearly identify the problem and the resolution that you would like. For example, you might say, “I am writing because the Acme Widgets that I bought do not glow in the dark, as the advertising claims. I would like to return them for a full refund.”
    • Summarize your prior efforts to resolve the problem. You should provide the dates and locations of any contacts you made with anyone from the company. For example, you might say, “On October 1, 2016, I returned to the Acme store in Anytown, USA, and I spoke with the manager, Mr. Smith. I asked to return the widgets, but he told me he would not refund my money.”

    Keep a copy of any letter that you send. In most cases, if your first effort to resolve the problem was not successful, you are not going to change the result just by putting your concerns in writing. The purpose of the letter is to provide documentation for your BBB complaint. Make sure that you keep a copy of the letter. If possible, you should print and sign the letter, and then save a scanned copy of the letter so you can upload it into your online BBB complaint. [4]

    Understand the limitations of filing a BBB complaint. The BBB will accept certain types of complaints and will attempt to help you resolve the dispute with the company. However, there are several types of disputes that the BBB will not accept. These disallowed issues include: [5]

    • Employee/employer disputes
    • Discrimination claims
    • Matters that are/have been litigated/arbitrated
    • Complaints against individuals not engaged in business
    • Issues challenging the validity of local, state, or federal law
    • Complaints against government agencies, including the postal service
    • Matters not related to marketplace issues

    Notify your local chamber of commerce. Most local communities have a chamber of commerce. This is an organization of the businesses in the community, which provides a variety of services for both the businesses as well as consumers in the area. You may wish to contact your local chamber of commerce to find out if they have a formal complaint process.

    Contact the attorney general for your state. In most states, the attorney general’s office may contain a consumer affairs bureau or department. You should check your state’s official website to find contact information for this office, and then contact them with the details of your complaint. The attorney general does not always get involved with individual complaints, but if your concern indicates a larger consumer problem, the attorney general may take legal action. [15]

    • For example, in Indiana, the attorney general website contains a link for you to file an online complaint directly to their office. [16]
    • The Massachusetts attorney general has a Consumer Advocacy and Response Division that accepts and responds to consumer complaints. [17]

    Post your concerns online or on social media. Although you may not resolve your problem this way, you can warn other consumers and perhaps exert some pressure on the company. Post your concerns on Facebook or Twitter. You may also use a source like Yelp.com to post your complaint. [18]

    Take legal action in court. If the amount of money involved is substantial, and you still have not received satisfactory treatment, you may wish to take legal action in court. For this, you should consult with a local attorney. An attorney can help you review the details of your case and determine if you have a valid claim that can be satisfied in court. An attorney can also help guide you through the legal process with drafting and filing a complaint, and taking the case to settlement or trial. [19]

    • If the amount is within a particular dollar amount, you may be able to file a complaint in small claims court. This is a division of your local trial court that has simplified procedures and generally easier paperwork. For information, you should contact the trial court in your county.


    Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings #business #insurance #companies


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    Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings

    The Council of Better Business Bureaus is calling out Donald Trump for what appears to have been a brazen effort to mislead the Fox News hosts who moderated last week’s Republican presidential debate, as well as the millions of Americans who tuned in to watch last Thursday night.

    During the debate, the moderators and Trump’s opponent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, brought up the subject of Trump University, a now-defunct business that Trump established to sell supposedly educational courses and seminars on entrepreneurship. Trump University is currently being sued for fraud by numerous former students, who said that they were pressured to take on debt to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in fees and that the company did not deliver the type of educational experience it promised.

    Related: Trump Numbers Are Falling – How Far Can They Go?

    On stage last week, Trump angrily challenged criticism of Trump University, insisting that the organization had a “98 percent” approval rating among its students.

    But it was when Rubio brought up the company’s D- grade from the Better Business Bureau that Trump really started to get creative.

    He conceded that at one point the company did have a D- rating from the Better Business Bureau, but he said the rating was poor only because Trump University hadn’t bothered to submit data to the BBB. He insisted that the grade was subsequently “elevated to an A” once the data was supplied.

    “The only reason that is was a D was because we didn’t care — we didn’t give them the information. ” Trump said. “When they got the information it became an A.”

    Related: Here’s Why Donald Trump’s Lies May Be Good for U.S. Politics

    During a commercial break, Trump was given a fax from his staff, which he handed to Fox moderator Bret Baier. He later posted the document on Facebook. It appeared to be a BBB Business Review giving Trump University (actually, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, after a 2011 name change) an A grade.

    At least one news organization reported, at the time, that the document appeared to have been faxed to the Fox News set by the BBB itself.

    On Tuesday, the Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a detailed statement setting the record straight.

    “BBB did not send a document of any kind to the Republican debate site last Thursday evening,” it read. “The document presented to debate moderators did not come from BBB that night.”

    It continued, “Trump University does not currently have an A rating with BBB. The BBB Business Review for this company has continually been “No Rating” since September 2015. Prior to that, it fluctuated between D- and A+. The document posted on social media on Thursday night was not a current BBB Business Review of Trump University. It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014.”

    Related: Irony Alert: Trump Is Upset that Ted Cruz Is Lying

    More damning, though, was the BBB’s account of how Trump University’s rating went from a D- to an A. The BBB said that, despite Trump’s claims to the contrary, the rating was never increased as a result of new information received from the company.

    What happened is that as Trump University failed as a business, it stopped attracting new students, and with no new students, there were no more complaints filed to the BBB.

    “During the period when Trump University appeared to be active in the marketplace, BBB received multiple customer complaints about this business,” the statement said. “These complaints affected the Trump University BBB rating, which was as low as D- in 2010. As the company appeared to be winding down, after 2013, no new complaints were reported.

    “Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.”

    Related: Trump’s Net Worth Isn’t His Only Claim That’s Fake

    In other words, Trump was lying about Trump University’s rating on national television, and even provided misleading documentary evidence in real time to help him make his case.

    In a sane campaign season, this sort of thing would be utterly disqualifying, but whether it will have much effect on Trump’s core support is doubtful. The billionaire’s supporters have proven remarkably immune to factual arguments about Trump’s obvious deficiencies as a candidate, and uninterested in proof that he frequently lies to them .



    Concordia Small Business Consulting Bureau #free #business #banking


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    Concordia Small Business Consulting Bureau

    Our vision is to provide high quality, professional business consulting services to organizations in the Greater Montreal area at competitive rates. The Concordia Small Business Consulting Bureau (CSBCB) has the services and skilled staff to meet the diverse needs of today’s entrepreneurs and local business community. Collectively, the Bureau’s consultants bring over 35 years of real-world experience from various industries including consumer and specialty goods, travel and lodging, telecom, banking and technology, healthcare, energy, real estate, and logistics.

    The Bureau adopts a multi-disciplinary and cross-functional approach to solving individualized client needs, bringing together our collective expertise in finance, marketing, strategy, management, operations and information technology into our decision making process to provide thorough analysis and comprehensive recommendations. We utilize the invaluable expert council from the highly respected and internationally acclaimed faculty members of the John Molson School of Business. We have access to market research databases, business related research studies and statistics covering almost every industry.

    Whether you are looking to launch your business and require a business plan, or already have an established business and are looking for market analysis for an expansion plan, or simply need advice for your business, the Bureau can help you in achieving your vision.

    The CSBCB is managed by a select group of five MBA students from the John Molson School of Business. The Bureau operates under the mentorship of Alexandra Dawson. Associate Professor in the Department of Management.



    Small Business Bureau signs MoU with 12 groups to train entrepreneurs –

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    Small Business Bureau signs MoU with 12 groups to train entrepreneurs

    Twelve private training institutions have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Small Business Bureau (SBB) to train entrepreneurs.

    GINA said this is being facilitated through the Micro and Small Enterprise Development programme (MSED).

    The MoU will allow these institutions to train young entrepreneurs, who have benefitted from cash grants and loans through the SBB, in managing their own small businesses, GINA added.

    Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin and his Permanent Secretary, Rajdai Jagernauth (GINA photo)

    The institutions which will facilitate the training are the Ruimveldt Life Improvement Centre, Generation Next, Roadside Baptist Church Skills Training Centre, Partners of the Americas, Kuru Kuru Co-operative College, Action Coach Guyana, Guyana School of Agriculture, EMPRETEC, Cerulean Inc, the Critchlow Labour College, Management Options and Interweave Solutions.

    Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin encouraged the trainers to utilise modern technologies which would make the training relevant to the contemporary business environment.

    GINA said that the MSED programme which began in 2013 has trained more than 1,000 young entrepreneurs who accessed small loans and grants through the SBB.

    Officer in Charge of the bureau, Gillian Edwards-Griffith said, “We have done to date 193 grants, $300,000 each, and in terms of loans with financial partners, we have three, of which two are active giving a total of 63 loans”.

    The MSED programme will be evaluated by an independent body to give the SBB a fair idea of the successes prior to the second phase of the training.

    Funding will be evenly disbursed among the training institutions, GINA added.

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  • Better Business Bureau fires back at Donald Trump #design #business #card


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    The Better Business Bureau says Trump University only received top ratings because it had already begun winding down, and there was little for anyone to complain about — though Donald Trump s campaign begs to differ. | AP Photo

    Better Business Bureau fires back at Trump

    03/08/16 12:29 PM EST

    The Better Business Bureau fired back Tuesday at Donald Trump’s numerous claims surrounding its ratings for his defunct Trump University business venture, issuing a point-by-point breakdown seeking to set the record straight. For one, it said, the business does not currently hold an A rating with the agency.

    In its joint statement, the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the local BBB that represents metropolitan New York, referred to the institution as Trump University rather than its later moniker, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, noting that it has not had a rating since September 2015. The rating for the venture fluctuated between D- and A+ over the course of the last several years.

    Pointing to its reporting and rating retention period of three years, the agency noted that Trump University’s rating was as low as D- in 2010, as well as the fact that as Trump U wound down operations in 2013, it received no additional complaints.

    Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy, the statement continued. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.

    In other words, Trump University only received top ratings because it had already begun winding down, and there was little for anyone to complain about — though the Trump campaign begs to differ.

    They gave the program a rating and they admit that the rating was an A+, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told POLITICO in an email. Any lower ratings were given prior to the submission of documentation and other applicable paperwork. Once submitted, the program was awarded an even higher rating than previously shared.

    As it had asserted last week. BBB also disputed Trump’s claim that the agency faxed a copy of Trump University ratings during last Thursday’s debate in Detroit. It also shot down the document Trump posted following the debate on social media, which it said was not a current document.

    It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014, the agency said in its statement.

    BBB also said it has never accredited Trump University.

    The agency’s statement comes amid two separate lawsuits against the organization, in New York and California.

    A federal appeals court on March 1 declined to toss out one of those lawsuits, a $40 million fraud case against Trump brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

    “We look forward to demonstrating in a court of law that Donald Trump and his sham for-profit college defrauded more than 5,000 consumers out of millions of dollars,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

    Trump has downplayed the lawsuit, saying it was peanuts and insisting he could easily have settled it, but didn’t want to set a precedent.

    He’s also accused Schneiderman of doing the bidding of his campaign donors, a charge the attorney general has called false.

    “This is a case about fraud. If you’re talking about someone who you’re looking at to be president, I think the issue of credibility is very important,” Schneiderman said on CNN last week. ”If you tell people we’re going to teach you Donald Trump secrets, and he’s never had any part of writing the curriculum — that’s fraud.

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    Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings #business #ethics


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    Better Business Bureau: Trump Lied About Our Ratings

    The Council of Better Business Bureaus is calling out Donald Trump for what appears to have been a brazen effort to mislead the Fox News hosts who moderated last week’s Republican presidential debate, as well as the millions of Americans who tuned in to watch last Thursday night.

    During the debate, the moderators and Trump’s opponent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, brought up the subject of Trump University, a now-defunct business that Trump established to sell supposedly educational courses and seminars on entrepreneurship. Trump University is currently being sued for fraud by numerous former students, who said that they were pressured to take on debt to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in fees and that the company did not deliver the type of educational experience it promised.

    Related: Trump Numbers Are Falling – How Far Can They Go?

    On stage last week, Trump angrily challenged criticism of Trump University, insisting that the organization had a “98 percent” approval rating among its students.

    But it was when Rubio brought up the company’s D- grade from the Better Business Bureau that Trump really started to get creative.

    He conceded that at one point the company did have a D- rating from the Better Business Bureau, but he said the rating was poor only because Trump University hadn’t bothered to submit data to the BBB. He insisted that the grade was subsequently “elevated to an A” once the data was supplied.

    “The only reason that is was a D was because we didn’t care — we didn’t give them the information. ” Trump said. “When they got the information it became an A.”

    Related: Here’s Why Donald Trump’s Lies May Be Good for U.S. Politics

    During a commercial break, Trump was given a fax from his staff, which he handed to Fox moderator Bret Baier. He later posted the document on Facebook. It appeared to be a BBB Business Review giving Trump University (actually, Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, after a 2011 name change) an A grade.

    At least one news organization reported, at the time, that the document appeared to have been faxed to the Fox News set by the BBB itself.

    On Tuesday, the Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a detailed statement setting the record straight.

    “BBB did not send a document of any kind to the Republican debate site last Thursday evening,” it read. “The document presented to debate moderators did not come from BBB that night.”

    It continued, “Trump University does not currently have an A rating with BBB. The BBB Business Review for this company has continually been “No Rating” since September 2015. Prior to that, it fluctuated between D- and A+. The document posted on social media on Thursday night was not a current BBB Business Review of Trump University. It appeared to be part of a Business Review from 2014.”

    Related: Irony Alert: Trump Is Upset that Ted Cruz Is Lying

    More damning, though, was the BBB’s account of how Trump University’s rating went from a D- to an A. The BBB said that, despite Trump’s claims to the contrary, the rating was never increased as a result of new information received from the company.

    What happened is that as Trump University failed as a business, it stopped attracting new students, and with no new students, there were no more complaints filed to the BBB.

    “During the period when Trump University appeared to be active in the marketplace, BBB received multiple customer complaints about this business,” the statement said. “These complaints affected the Trump University BBB rating, which was as low as D- in 2010. As the company appeared to be winding down, after 2013, no new complaints were reported.

    “Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the Business Review, according to BBB policy. As a result, over time, Trump University’s BBB rating went to an A in July 2014 and then to an A+ in January 2015.”

    Related: Trump’s Net Worth Isn’t His Only Claim That’s Fake

    In other words, Trump was lying about Trump University’s rating on national television, and even provided misleading documentary evidence in real time to help him make his case.

    In a sane campaign season, this sort of thing would be utterly disqualifying, but whether it will have much effect on Trump’s core support is doubtful. The billionaire’s supporters have proven remarkably immune to factual arguments about Trump’s obvious deficiencies as a candidate, and uninterested in proof that he frequently lies to them .



    Small Business Bureau signs MoU with 12 groups to train entrepreneurs –

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    Small Business Bureau signs MoU with 12 groups to train entrepreneurs

    Twelve private training institutions have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Small Business Bureau (SBB) to train entrepreneurs.

    GINA said this is being facilitated through the Micro and Small Enterprise Development programme (MSED).

    The MoU will allow these institutions to train young entrepreneurs, who have benefitted from cash grants and loans through the SBB, in managing their own small businesses, GINA added.

    Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin and his Permanent Secretary, Rajdai Jagernauth (GINA photo)

    The institutions which will facilitate the training are the Ruimveldt Life Improvement Centre, Generation Next, Roadside Baptist Church Skills Training Centre, Partners of the Americas, Kuru Kuru Co-operative College, Action Coach Guyana, Guyana School of Agriculture, EMPRETEC, Cerulean Inc, the Critchlow Labour College, Management Options and Interweave Solutions.

    Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin encouraged the trainers to utilise modern technologies which would make the training relevant to the contemporary business environment.

    GINA said that the MSED programme which began in 2013 has trained more than 1,000 young entrepreneurs who accessed small loans and grants through the SBB.

    Officer in Charge of the bureau, Gillian Edwards-Griffith said, “We have done to date 193 grants, $300,000 each, and in terms of loans with financial partners, we have three, of which two are active giving a total of 63 loans”.

    The MSED programme will be evaluated by an independent body to give the SBB a fair idea of the successes prior to the second phase of the training.

    Funding will be evenly disbursed among the training institutions, GINA added.

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