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August 26, 2011

Tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods—Mother Nature is making headlines every week. Did you know that according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, based in Tampa, FL, at least 25 percent of businesses close after a natural disaster and never reopen?

It’s not just a major weather catastrophe that can seriously impact your business. Even a loss of electricity (the transformer down the street “suddenly” stops working) or the data pipeline to your office is accidentally cut. Even minimal outages that shut down your phone systems or keep you from processing orders for a day or more can lead to incalculable lost revenue. And we won’t even...

August 10, 2011

If you’re running a small enterprise, then you probably get at least one text or email every day with promises of some technology that’s allegedly newer, faster, or better. From smartphones and tablets to turbo-charged servers, savvy marketers claim that buying this “one” is the magic answer for expanding your business. It’s no wonder you’re overwhelmed by all the choices. In an interview with USA TODAY, Todd Thibodeaux, CEO of the Computing Technology Industry Association, said, "There is so much change out there, small business owners often experience fear and frustration, as they try to keep up.”

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July 27, 2011

These days “outsourcing” means more than manufacturing widgets internationally and small businesses can take a page from the “big boys” who outsource to cut costs. If you’re a small- to medium-sized business owner, you may already be using outside payroll, billing, and/or collections services because Business Process Outsourcing(BPO) allows you to get rid of a high-dollar in-house accounting department. Or you may be thinking about consultants who could provide assistance with your advertising and marketing efforts; customer service/help desk; print, graphics, and other media; and data entry.

The same savings can occur in your information technology (IT) department, a department that can eat up a lot of a...

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