Mountain Stream Group Expands Client Payment Options

Male hand digital plastique card computer e-commerceIt used to be the only payment methods for businesses were cash or the company check. Then came along corporate credit cards. And, now the integration of the Internet with the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (Check 21 Act) has changed the way we all do business and opened a whole new world of invoicing and online payment possibilities.

For several years now we have been sending our clients invoices by email, and have been accepting credit cards through PayPal. While this has been greatly appreciated by our clients, they’ve asked for more options. So, we’re pleased to announce the addition of a new online invoice payment options — QuickBooks Payments (formerly known as Intuit Payment Network).

With the addition of this payment methods, our clients now have multiple options to choose from when paying their invoices:

  1. corporate or cashier’s checks through postal mail,
  2. credit cards through PayPal, or
  3. ACH or bank-to-merchant electronic payments through QuickBooks Payments.

All of the online payment methods are free of charge to our clients.

We will be adding links to our invoices — as they become available for our accounting system — that will let you select which online payment methods, if any, you’d like to use. In the meantime, if you are interested in using any of the online payment methods let us know and we’ll make the arrangements. If you have any questions or would like more information about our payment methods please contact us at info (at) mountainstreamgroup.com or call Jeff Klingberg at +1 847 453 8895 x701.

Updated: 09 June 2017

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Mountain Stream Group Adds Satie North America To Our Roster Of Clients

Satie System ProClip electrical panel comparison

Satie’s Proclip system save up to 30% in space over traditional electrical panels.

We are pleased to announce the addition of Satie North America — the North American operation for Satie SAS (Satie System) — to our roster of clients. Satie designs and manufactures a modular electrical panel frame system with an integrated wire management system. The patented system helps OEM machine builders, system integrators, panel board builders, switchgear manufacturers and alike shrink space requirements, cut material costs, increase productivity and reduce weight — saving users up to 25% over traditionally designed electrical panels. To learn more about their products visit www.satiena.com.

We will be assisting them in developing a public relations campaign and trade show efforts among other services.

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Four Keys To North American Success For Foreign Corporations

North American Success Photo

North American success for foreign corporations can be elusive. A recent LinkedIn post asked for experiences from foreign national corporations who have had trouble introducing their products and services to the North American market.

From our experience in this area, foreign national corporations typically encounter the following issues.

1. Send a foreign national to open the operation just because someone believes there is a large untapped market in North America, but no research is done and no North American success plan is formulated before coming.

2. They attempt to apply their current sales policies and distribution channels they utilize in their home country in North America, which typically is unsuccessful.

3. They send people to manage the North American operations who have little to no understanding of the culture, and given limited time and resources to learn it.

4. If they hire a Canadian or United States national to manage their operation, there is a communication issue between the North American operation and the home country. Typically, the reason is the North American operation does not have a seat at the executive table when decisions are made, and little training or effort was given to introduce this person to their new employer.

5. Very limited financial and human resources are allocated for operations, sales and marketing — especially sales and marketing.

6. No or limited inventory of product is on hand in Canada or the United States and long lead times to get product sold to North America.

7. Cut and run. For as much as foreign corporations talk about managing for the long term, they tend to apply short term thinking when measuring North American success, which leads to huge turnover of employees and management teams — ultimately resulting in cutting their losses and closing shop after 3, 4 or 5 years.

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Mountain Stream Group Adds HYDROMECH To Our Roster Of Clients

We are pleased to announce the addition of HYDROMECH to our roster of clients. HYDROMECH is a start-up company who has designed a new, patent-pending hydraulic lift system for recreational vehicles, boat lifts and residential construction. The proprietary hydraulic pump distributes the appropriate amount of fluid to each linear actuator to enable a synchronized lift action in applications like pop-up campers.

We will be assisting them in developing a corporate identity and marketing materials, and conducting business development and public relations efforts among other services.