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United in Service and Support: Join the National Association of Licensing Compliance Professionals

By now, you ve seen The BARS Program s ideas and recommendations for establishing and maintaining proof-of-age carding policies, training procedures, and even a bit of our perspective on ‘trending now topics. Another important endorsement for any retail (off-premise) or restaurant (on-premise) institution selling alcohol is active participation in the business of liquor licenses. Join the National Association of Licensing Compliance Professionals (NALCP) and you ll become a part of the nation s first and... Read More

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Legalization of Marijuana Means Big Money for Canada

At The BARS Program, we re devoted to high-caliber, proactive compliance training for the lawful sale of age-sensitive products. And while our dedicated focus is on the alcohol and tobacco industries, happenings within the ever-growing world of marijuana do grab our attention. It s no surprise then the recent Wall Street Journal article, “Canada to Legalize Pot in Mid-October,” further beckoned our attention. Canada will soon become the largest national government to lift sanctions on... Read More

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"Happy Birthday" Takes on Contrasting Format

“Happy Birthday to you…” When the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 was established in the U.S., it jumpstarted a sort of rite of passage, or coming of age ideology. The celebration of one s 21 birthday is now synonymous with the legal ability to purchase and/or publically consume alcohol. Before 1984, the legal drinking age was determined by local jurisdiction and varied from state to state. Today and in recent years, many states... Read More

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Double-Duty Brand Assurance with The BARS Program and TiPS

Acumen. Intellect. Judgement. Considering ways to strengthen your brand s armor against government-backed stings? Then employ double-duty protection by layering The BARS Program with TiPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS). In tandem, the two will accelerate your employees knowledge and confidence in the appropriate and lawful practices of selling and serving alcohol. On its own, TiPS provides an educational foundation through in-person and online teaching sessions to demonstrate to servers and bartenders the correct way of... Read More

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Tokens of Gratitude in Pursuit of Lawful Alcohol Sales

Tips vs. TiPS. One is a monetary token given as gratitude in exchange for a service; the other a skills-based training program designed to prevent alcohol misuse. Either way you look at it, both are an investment in a person. If you aren t familiar with Training for Intervention ProcedureS or TiPS, your brand likely has a compliance-training deficit. Here s why. TiPS is a 35-year-strong program giving bartenders and waiters the skills and confidence... Read More

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Use the Weight of Conversation to Help Safeguard Against Government-Backed Stings

At The BARS Program, we often find word-of-mouth to carry substantial weight, especially when it results in proactive approaches to compliance training. Not too long ago at a national restaurant chain s regional manager meeting, talk turned to compliance-training. The manager of the chain s Colorado locations recognized he needed to call in reinforcement to help properly train staff and safeguard the brand s reputation after two of his restaurants failed government-backed alcohol stings. After... Read More

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Introducing New Compliance Training Videos

The BARS Program is pleased to announce the availability of newly refreshed compliance training videos. The recordings are accessible online and include a revamped training video and procedural videos intended to breakdown The BARS Program s Checker component of the program. The procedural videos are part of a four-part series showcasing a Checker conducting a Basic Visit, 2-in-1 Visit, and Verify Visit for convenience and grocery stores, and an entirely new Restaurant Visit video. Employers... Read More

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Achieving Sustainability, Social Responsibility Though Self-Regulation

Self-regulation. It s one of the key ingredients to achieving sustainability and social responsibility – two prominent themes in the world of business these days. It s also a topic we recently discussed with Bill Young, longtime ally of The BARS Program s compliance-training platform, and global senior director of alcohol for Molson Coors Brewing Company. Young says self-regulation within the alcohol industry takes many forms. There s active involvement with local/federal governments to design... Read More

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