Many businesses need to spend any excess budget on business items as the calendar year comes to a close. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is actually holding an online webinar to help businesses determine which choices to make before the end of the month.
Business owners face decisions in the next two weeks that could impact their 2011 income tax bill and their choices may depend on their outlook for the year ahead.
In the final weeks of the year, business owners frequently move to lower their tax burden by taking on debt — buying equipment, vehicles or office supplies — and delaying income until the next tax year. This year, those decisions may be a little more complicated depending on how much of an economic recovery the business owner expects in 2012, said Randy Wright, tax partner with Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. in Fort Myers. Read more>>
Even though the SBA is using our competitor for their online meeting, they make the point: online meetings are a valuable business tool especially if you are looking to do business in new ways in 2012.
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Local governments are now eagerly discussing how to utilize information and communications technology (ICT) investment to advance their economic development plans. Topic awareness has increased, and yet total comprehension and plan execution is still a work in progress. Regardless, we’ve seen notable progress.
Back in 1997 I managed the public sector account teams for US West in the state of Arizona. It was my responsibility to understand and support the ICT needs and wants of our local government, education and public safety customers.
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Tags: 2011, broadband, economic development, execution, market research, planning
A few weeks ago, I was asked to give a short speech on social media. “You have 8 minutes”, they told me. I scratched my head. I have so much to say! How am I going to do this in 8 minutes? I don’t know any more if it was Top Chef or Cake Boss that suddenly triggered a thought in my head. Social media is just like cooking or baking. Your dish tastes best when you pick the right ingredients, add the right quantities, mix them together at the right time and see the process through. “That’s it”, I shouted with excitement, “I’m going to talk about the “must have” ingredients of social media”. Here are some of the takeaways from the 8-minute version I came up with (condensed version):
Educate and enable your employees. Education and enablement are on-going activities that need to be constantly reassessed to reflect and cater towards participants’ level(s) of social maturity. Read More »
Tags: engagement, investment, people, planning, social media, strategy
Very often, technology decisions occur because something broke, or perhaps because something has become so outdated or so difficult to manage that replacement of the offending product is the only way to avoid employee insurrection. But if your company’s technology decisions are solely made during such a state of emergency, then you’ve been missing the boat when it comes to getting the most out of your IT investment.
This is tantamount to driving your car and making left or right turns based solely on traffic conditions and then seeing where you end up at the end of the day. Not necessarily a bad thing if you’re just exploring the area, but it’s not exactly a business class response focused on expense control and profitability in a competitive environment.
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Tags: channel, IT, planning, purchasing, reseller, VAR