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To be safer, take a layered approach to network security

Network security is a topic that never seems to “get old” as there are new threats and stories we hear every day in the news and from local businesses about a breach or other security challenge that we need to be vigilant about.  Threats are everywhere, even in places that we might not consider such Read more about To be safer, take a layered approach to network security[…]

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How do I get the information I need out of Quickbooks?

QuickBooks can be a great accounting tool for a small business.   It quickly allows you to get started up for tracking your income and expenses without having to be an expert in accounting.  It even allows you to start with template charts of accounts for different types of businesses so that you don’t have Read more about How do I get the information I need out of Quickbooks?[…]

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What should I do about telephones for my business?

There are lots of options for implementing a telecom strategy for your business with today’s technology.  There was a time when picking your phone number and deciding your initial telecom strategy was daunting because if you every moved your office to another town or went from one system to another all of the history with Read more about What should I do about telephones for my business?[…]

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Can I use robotic process automation (RPA) in my small business?

The concept of automation is not new. Neither is the idea of using “robots” to do things that humans were previously required to do.  However, the idea of being able to afford any of this in a small business has been far out of reach as automation was widely considered an “enterprise” concept.  Good news Read more about Can I use robotic process automation (RPA) in my small business?[…]

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How long does it take to build a new website?

Having been in the website business for years, it was always amusing to me when a prospect for a new website would delay their decision to go forward with our web proposal, but then would hound us about how quickly it needed to be up and running as soon as they signed.  While this may Read more about How long does it take to build a new website?[…]

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What should I expect from my website?

While it may seem obvious to people in business today that they need a website, many don’t understand exactly why or what they should expect from their site.  As is true with most business tools the answer to this question depends upon your business and your target audience but here are some goals you should Read more about What should I expect from my website?[…]

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What is inbound marketing and how can I use it for my organization?

With the number of options available to consumers today, many of the traditional marketing techniques get filtered out as “white noise”.  Because of this and the importance of the web, many businesses are using newer techniques called “inbound marketing” to achieve their lead generation goals. The basic concept behind inbound marketing is that you draw Read more about What is inbound marketing and how can I use it for my organization?[…]

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Do I need a written information security policy for my business?

A written information security policy (WISP) is a document that a business can use to inform employees about ways to protect the information in their business.  It covers topics such as how complex passwords must be, how often they should change and how to store them.  It should also define the different types of information Read more about Do I need a written information security policy for my business?[…]

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Do I need a server in my office anymore?

Cloud! Cloud! Cloud!  It’s the buzz word of the times but is it really right for my business?  Let’s start by defining it. In short, when something is “in the cloud” it is simply on a server which is sitting somewhere else as opposed to in your office, and it is accessed over the internet. Read more about Do I need a server in my office anymore?[…]

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How do I control where my employees go on the internet?

There are different reasons for a business owner to want to control where employees go on the internet when they are at work.  First off, you might want to make sure the way employees are spending their time is on business activities not personal ones.  To achieve this, you would have to restrict websites that Read more about How do I control where my employees go on the internet?[…]