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Decoding ‘IoT’ Technology for Small Business

By Beth Kotz From steam-powered engines to assembly lines and cutting-edge servers, technology has always been a powerful tool for businesses. Now, the next big thing in that line of progression is here: the Internet of Things. At its most basic, the IoT is simply a web of interconnected, Internet-enabled everyday devices outfitted with sensors […]

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3-plus IFTTT ‘bots’ to increase your small business productivity

Tech leaders are telling is that just about everyone will be replaced by a bot or artificial intelligence soon, so let’s start leveraging this power ourselves before it’s too late. One of the most powerful (and free) automation services available to us is If This, Then That – IFTTT.com. Trying to get started can be […]

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Digital tools for perfecting your company communications

By Bruce Hakutizwi Whether you’re forging a relationship with prospective customers or strengthening links with existing ones, the quality of your business communications will have a profound influence on your brand reputation. A coherent communications strategy will guide not only what you say, but how you say it. This means choosing the right channels – […]

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This week in small business: Win-win with women!

Women in Business month is behind us now, but articles featuring successful women and their role in boosting our economy are still proving to be popular. We have three of them this week, along with other inspiration and practical advice for the entrepreneur and small business owner. Leadership, management, and productivity A. Scott Anderson, CEO […]

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Small Business Owners Lagging in Technology. Is that You?

Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored by Capital One Spark. All the comments and opinions are my own. Looking forward to the November presidential election, pundits are already saying that the candidate who best leverages digital analytics and marketing is likely to win. The same is true in small business. That’s why the results of […]

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Perform these tech checks to assure your small business success in 2016!

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As one year comes to a close and we start looking forward to the New Year, many of us take a little time to reflect on where we’re at in our personal lives and the smart small business owner will also take a […]

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Leverage Resources to Boost Holiday Season Productivity

Editor’s note: This post is sponsored by Staples. All opinions and thoughts are my own. This is probably something that small business owners already know – or at least feel in their bones – but on average they work 52 hours a week, according to a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. Further, most work […]

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Why Your Business Will Only Grow As Big As You Grow Yourself and What To Do About It

If you’re a small business owner, it almost goes without saying that you’re committed to your business, but let me ask a simple question: Are you committed to yourself? I’m going to cut to the chase: Most of the time, to grow your small business, you must first grow yourself. I touched on this topic […]

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3 Reasons To Hire an English Major

There’s an old joke that goes like this: A recent graduate with a bachelor’s in philosophy goes into McDonald’s and applies for a job. The shift manager takes the application, thanks the applicant and says, “Sorry, we’re only hiring philosophy majors with a master’s degree, or higher right now.” It’s a fairly funny joke – […]

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Great Company Culture Essential to Small Business Success

This post brought to you by MetLife Small Business. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Susan Solovic. The Internet has had two very interesting, and important, impacts on small businesses. First, it has lowered the barrier to entry for entrepreneurs and second it has raised the bar for customer service. If you […]

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