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Mobile Football Madness: Best Apps For The Gridiron

9/1/2010
College football season is in the first quarter and the NFL season about to kickoff. Take your football experience mobile this fall by arming yourself with the best mobile apps for following your team, be it fantasy or real, and staying in the game no matter where you roam. Here's 20 of the best.

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BP Oil Spill Lessons For SMBs

5/21/2010
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has put BP in headlines, but not in a way that reflects well on the oil company. Business owners take note: you can learn from BP's mistakes.

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10 Tips For Processing Payments

5/20/2010
Getting paid is crucial to success for any SMB and processing payments efficiently and effectively and offering customers appealing payment options can let any smaller business compete with bigger companies.

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Tech CFOs More Optimistic On Economy

5/10/2010
50% of CFOs in the IT industry believe the U.S. economy will improve in the next six months, a more bullish outlook than their counterparts in other industries according to a national survey.

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SMBs Demand Fast ROI On IT Investments

4/28/2010
According to a CompTIA survey, 80% of SMBs wants technology solutions that "deliver immediate payback in terms of minimum disruption of business continuity and seamless integration with existing solutions" and are most interested in virtualization, unified communications, and mobile.

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4 Tips For SMBs To Go Green

4/22/2010
On Earth Day, environmental responsibility gets top billing, but the businesses can slash power costs with a few simple energy conservation tips and go green at the same time.

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Online Hiring Shows Steady Growth

4/12/2010
Online hiring is on the rise with strong demand for mobile, social media, open source ,and cloud computing skills in particular according to data from online talent marketplace Elance.

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SMBs Not Optimistic, Not Hiring

4/1/2010
Despite some isolated bright spots about the economy, a bevy of recent data on SMB confidence and hiring indicates business owners see the glass as not even half full.

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SMBs Continue Hiring Trend

3/30/2010
U.S. Small businesses created approximately 50,000 new jobs in March and almost 175,000 since mid 2009, while wages and hours worked remained flat.

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SMBs See The Future Is Mobile

3/24/2010
Despite the cost cutting prompted by the great recession, SMBs are holding the line on wireless spending and see mobile as crucial to remaining competitive and surviving.

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The 10 Most Strategic IT Vendors For SMBs

2/26/2010
The most strategic vendors for SMBs may be the same as for large enterprises. Or, the local and regional vendors that keep serve the IT needs of smaller businesses may just fly under the radar of national and global vendor rankings.

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A Great Time To Be Back On The SMB Beat

2/15/2010
Today marks my return to the exciting, dynamic world of small and midsize businesses IT. It's good to be back. Moreover, it's a good time to be back on this beat. With signs of economic recovery flickering on the horizon, SMBs are poised to compete on a playing field that technology continues to level.

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How To Calculate Your Odds Of Business Success

6/9/2009
Calculators provide clear concise answers -- that's the appeal, but for a question as complex and abstract as "will my business succeed" reducing probability to a single percentage is more parlor trick than useful tool -- fortunately a new free online calculator looks (a little bit) deeper.

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Business Owners Need A Holiday

5/29/2009
With every dime precious, taking time off from work, much less an actual vacation, might seem to be an unthinkable luxury, but it turns out that small business owners are planning vacations this summer at about the same rate as last year.

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Business Owners Don't Fear Recession

5/22/2009
The recession is scaring the bejesus out businesses of every stripe, but owners of small and midsize businesses have been to the brink of failure before -- many times -- and know how to survive.

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Take Credit Card Payments On Your Phone With Intuit GoPayment

5/21/2009
For today's mobile businesses, accepting payment from any location at any time is crucial to maintaining cash flow and increasing business -- cash only doesn't cut it anymore. A new offering from Intuit offers businesses another option for taking payment via mobile phones (and not just smartphones).

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More SMBs Embracing Social Media

5/20/2009
The results of a recent study from AMI-Partners indicate that more than half of small businesses now consider social media to be a significant factor in acquiring customers and retaining existing customers.

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Real Small Business Leaders Tell It Like It Is

5/20/2009
Amid the government power players and big business representatives at National Small Business Week, 9 small business leaders took the spot light to tell a congressional committee about their businesses and how they're coping with the recession.

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SMBs Can Trim Costs By Sending Workers Home (To Work)

5/14/2009
If there was ever a time to think out of the box about ways to cut costs, it's now. One tactic that's hardly new, but deserves another look is telecommuting (or Web commuting). Rather than thinking outside the box, you may want to think outside of the office.

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Cost Cutting Resources For SMBs

5/13/2009
Saving money is always important, but in these economic times it's the difference between staying in business and closing up shop. As the recession grinds on the cost cutting resources are growing.

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4 Words You Don't Want To Hear About Your Business

5/7/2009
Differentiation is what makes your business more appealing to customers. You can differentiate your business with the quality of your products and services, your pricing, customer support, and myriad other ways, but keep your ears perked up for four words that mean you're not standing out from your competitors.

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10 Ways To Improve Your Online Advertising In A Recession

5/5/2009
Cutting back on advertising in a recession is tempting, but if you slash your marketing spend, your competition may seize the opportunity to grow their market share. What you can do is make your marketing more effective. Here's 10 ways to get more from your online advertising.

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5 Tips For Avoiding Litigation In A Recession

4/30/2009
With cash tight the last thing your business needs right now is a lawsuit. But the inevitable collection difficulties that come with a recession increase the likelihood of a business dispute. Here's 5 tips to help your business steer clear of litigation and handle it effectively if it does happen to you.

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Top 10 Tech Investments For Your Business

4/23/2009
Where to spend scarce dollars on IT is a never ending challenge for business owners. Deciding which investments in infrastructure, hardware, or software will yield the most return is a black art, but according CIOs these 10 places are a good place to start.

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HP Introduces iSCSI SAN, SAS For Blades

4/20/2009
Furthering the integration of LeftHand Networks, HP is rolling out LeftHand's SAN/iQ-iSCSI storage area network software and its own Virtual Storage Appliance for BladeSystem servers, allowing storage for multiple blade chassis on one SAN.

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Tax Planning Tips For Next Year And Beyond

4/15/2009
Figuring out your tax strategy after you've already spent the money and booked the revenue may work fine, but if you head further upstream and structure your financial management processes you can make tax prep easier, maximize your deductions, and minimize your tax liability.

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Citrix Fakes Web 2.0 With NetScaler Enhancement

4/14/2009
Consumers and business-users can't get enough of Web 2.0 applications. Businesses love the quick deployment, adaptability, and potential to drive sales and increase customer engagement. But Web 2.0 apps have a catch: an insatiable appetite for server computing power.

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8 Last Minute Tax Deductions For Your Business

4/13/2009
With 3 business days remaining until the tax filing deadline, it's late to be thinking about deductions. However, if you haven't filed yet, you might be able to slip it under the wire and it's never too early to makes plans for TY 2009 deductions.

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9 Things That Will Get Your Tax Return Audited

4/10/2009
The nightmare scenario that every business owners dreads is an IRS audit. It brings your business to a halt and it can get much worse once the books are open. However, certain things make auditors more likely to target your business. Read on and adapt accordingly.

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9 Tax Filing Mistakes That Will Delay Your Refund

4/8/2009
Due to the recession, cash flow is crucial for small businesses, sole proprietors, and individuals. Though the infusion of capital from your tax refund likely won't save your business it can be a welcome influx for any strapped organizations. Plus, it's your money anyway -- don't risk delaying getting it back by making these mistakes.

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10 Last Minute Tax Filing Tips

4/7/2009
If you've waited until the last minute to file your returns these tips may make the process easier for you and can help you out on your next quarterly payment as well.

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Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Ways To Fund Your Business

4/2/2009
Need a cash infusion? You can forget about banks or VCs? Those traditional funding sources are strapped or stingy or both. If your businesses needs a significant investment to tap a new market, lock down the one you have, or upgrade equipment, you'll need to get creative.

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E-Mail Marketing: Make $57 For Every Dollar You Spend

3/26/2009
That insanely boastful ROI figure comes courtesy of the Direct Marketing Association. The organization estimates that e-mail marketing can generate $57 for every dollar invested. But even if that figure doubles reality it doesn't explain reports that 60% of smaller businesses haven't even tried e-mail marketing. What are you waiting for?

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