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Guarding your SMB and its customers against hacker attacks

Cyber attacks on large companies like Target, JPMorgan Chase, Home Depot and Sony brought business cyber security worries right home to millions of customers’ wallets. While small-to-medium sized business owners may be aware of the threat, they often think it won’t affect their business.   The odds are it will.   In fact, as large corporations deploy better cyber security measures, hackers are switching to…   Continue Reading »

Just in: It’s clean, it’s green, and it could be big bucks for small business

An opportunity just opened up for dozens of small and medium-sized businesses in the tech and energy sectors, and it could be worth as much as $300,000 to a business that wins. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its “Small Business Vouchers Pilot”.   Five National Laboratories, 100+ small businesses Five national laboratories will lead the $20 million pilot, which came out of the…   Continue Reading »

Learn how your SMB can save time and money with cloud technology

Turns out one of the most effective tools small to medium sized business can utilize to grow lies in the cloud. Cloud technology can streamline and automate a whole host of operations for growing businesses, from payroll to expenses to marketing.   In fact, cloud technology use by U.S. emerging businesses is expected to leap from 37 percent to almost 80 percent in the next…   Continue Reading »

Consumer spending rising: is your growing business ready?

May brought welcome news for small-to-medium business (SMB) owners as the U.S. Commerce Department reported retail sales up 2.7 percent year over year, and up 1.2 percent from April. Restaurants and bars especially benefitted from this trend, reporting sales increases of 8.2 percent from May 2014.   Now’s the time to make sure your SMB is poised to capture more of that increased consumer spending,…   Continue Reading »

Look before you leap: a Duty of Care checklist for companies with travelers

In a globally connected world, business travel is essential. But it comes with the chance that your people will face risks. These range from natural disasters to civil unrest and war. Mistakes can cost your company, big time, but experts say you can manage those risks and deliver on your Duty of Care if you think ahead of time – in detail – about the…   Continue Reading »

Small business resources that streamline the hiring process

As the U.S. economy continues to strengthen, more small business owners are hiring than in years past, a recent National Federation of Independent Business shows. More than half of small-to-medium businesses added jobs or were trying to fill open positions in May, according to the NFIB, one the nation’s largest small business associations. Turns out 29 percent of those small businesses said they had difficulty…   Continue Reading »

Today is the day your business becomes permanently profitable

It’s tougher than ever running a business these days. Over three-quarters of small business owners haven’t fully recovered from the recession, with many working long hours and forgoing raises. To make ends meet, they use personal guarantees, credit cards, loans, and sometimes even defer their own compensation[1].   It doesn’t have to be this way.   Money problems occur when one of two things happen:…   Continue Reading »

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