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Merchant of the Month – Oaklandish

Posted in Merchant of the Month.


Merchant of the Month – Oaklandish Oaklandish is our unanimous choice for January’s Merchant of the Month and we are so happy to be working with them. They started as a T-shirt stand at a farmer’s market and became an apparel empire, beloved and recognized by the City of Oakland, California. We want to acknowledge …

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A New Kind of Political Candidate?

Posted in Dharma's Culture, Social Responsibility.


A New Kind of Political Candidate? In Chinese astrology, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey – which makes total sense given the number of apes, chimps, and bonobos that are running for political office this year! I read that weaknesses of people under this sign are being egotistical, arrogant, crafty, restless, and snobbish, so I …

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What Is Your Word for 2016?

Posted in Dharma's Culture.

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What is your word for 2016? In lieu of the stereotypical new year’s resolution, which I find to be waaaay too difficult to keep, often resulting in the “Second Arrow” of getting down on myself for not fulfilling, I’m taking the lead from our good friend, Mary Mix, who has come up with a much …

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Payment Gateway Fraud

Posted in Customer Support.


Payment Gateway Fraud We often recycle tips that have been mentioned in the past because we continue to field support questions about them, so this one is directed toward merchants using a payment gateway for accepting payments from their website. One way that payment gateway fraud is still being committed is when a merchant’s website is …

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Partner of the Month – ASBC

Posted in Merchant of the Month, Nonprofit, Social Responsibility.

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Partner of the Month – ASBC Dharma has many amazing partners that share our vision of sustainability and social responsibility: B Corporation, Green America, and Social Venture Network, to name a few. But recently we became a member of a unique organization called the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), based out of Washington DC. Like many groups that are …

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Annual 1099 Forms

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Annual 1099 Forms There are a couple of important reminders as we head into the new year: the first is that all Dharma MS merchants will be receiving annual 1099 forms via snail mail by January 31, 2016 as per the regulations passed by the IRS (which have been in effect since January 1, 2011). Since Dharma has used …

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Practice of Mindfulness

Posted in Dharma's Culture, Social Responsibility.


Practice of Mindfulness Recently, I attended a conference called Mindfulness and Well-being at Work sponsored by The Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley, California. This extraordinary organization is doing research into the nature of compassion, the science of happiness, the practice of gratitude, the fostering of kindness, and so much more. Here in the San …

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EMV: Converting Sooner than Later

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EMV: Converting Sooner than Later Maybe this blog should be named EMV – What’s Still New as we continue to advise and educate merchants about the Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV) initiative that continues to get a lot of press these days. This initiative only applies to card-present merchants accepting credit cards using a point-of-sale terminal or …

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See The World Through Grateful Eyes

Posted in Dharma's Culture.


See The World Through Grateful Eyes. All my life I have looked at the world as if the glass was half empty, which is not to say that I am a pessimist, but that for some reason I have programmed myself to be more affected by what’s missing in my life rather than what has …

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Our Hearts Go Out

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Our Hearts Go Out. Recently the Dharma staff had a company outing to sail out of San Francisco harbor for a whale watching excursion to the Farallon Islands, a wildlife refuge about 30 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is the season that Humpbacks, Grays, and even an occasional Blue whale can be …

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