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Building a network from scratch for your small business? These resources can help

There’s a lot involved in starting a small business—from setting up financial accounts and determining your legal structure to finding a location and hiring employees.  There’s also the issue of your technology infrastructure; set it up right and it can make your business. Set it up wrong and it could hamper your ability to support employees and customers, inhibit your growth, and create security risks.

Building a network is no small task, especially if you’re not technically inclined. In that case, you might want to consider enlisting the help of a local reseller. Whether you do it yourself or hire outside help, you still need to know what to do, what not to do, and what to consider before putting together your network.

This post is the first in a new series that provides a variety of resources on a particular technology or topic. Our goal is to provide information you can use when researching new technologies and deciding which ones to implement to help grow your small business. And just like building a network, we’ll lay the foundation by first focusing on fundamental networking technologies and build on that by covering more advanced technologies.

If there’s a technology or topic you’re interested in learning more about, let us know!

Articles

Building a Small Office Network

http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/solutions/small_business/resource_center/articles/connect_employees_and_offices/primer_building_a_small_office_network/index.html

Networking Basics: What You Need To Know

http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/solutions/small_business/resource_center/articles/connect_employees_and_offices/networking_basics/index.html

Blog Posts

Building a Basic Small Business Network

http://blogs.cisco.com/smallbusiness/building_a_basic_small_business_network/

Preparing Your Business for Growth

http://blogs.cisco.com/smallbusiness/preparing-your-business-for-growth/

Small Business Networking Dos and Don’ts

http://blogs.cisco.com/smallbusiness/small_business_networking_dos_and_donts/

Videos

Cisco reseller SOS helps Larry’s Automotive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p8W4xnnqks

Let’s Talk Small Business -- Network Basics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll2HRr7YJ7w&feature=relmfu

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