Before meeting up, look up any prospective business partners online. A simple web search, the Better Business Bureau, review platforms such as Yelp or even social media, can show you how a business interacts with their customers.
Be sure to confirm the business is properly insured and can provide any and all licenses and permits as required by your city and state. Also consider requesting a background check for individuals working around children.
Note: Staples does not verify business licenses or conduct background checks as a requirement for joining the Community Business Directory.
When meeting up with a business owner or provider for the first time, insist on a public place such as a café or shopping center. Inform a friend or family member where you’re going or even invite someone along, and bring your phone for emergencies. And always trust your instincts.