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Technology Roundup: Networking

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.

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Making the Switch to Stackable Switches

These devices can better accommodate a growing network and, therefore, your growing business.

As your business grows is your network prepared to grow with you?  When building your small business network, you undoubtedly used stand-alone switches to connect employees to the resources they needed. But as a burgeoning small business, you may be finding that managing individual switches and adding new switches is a complex process. If that’s the case, it may be time to consider implementing stackable switches.

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Cisco Celebrates Small Business Week

We’ve said it before, small business is big business.  Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. They make invaluable contributions to the country’s economy in many ways, including creating 60-80 percent of new jobs. This week celebrates National Small Business Week and Cisco celebrates Small Business too.  Small businesses are a driving force of innovation, and technology plays a big part in enabling those efforts.  All week, on our Small Business blog we’ll be shining the spotlight on small businesses that have put technology to work for them to help them succeed. Take a look at these stories and videos!

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For Small Businesses, It pays to invest in business-class networking products

If your email inbox was anything like mine during the holidays, much of your time was probably spent hitting the Delete button. The number of emails I received from retailers trying to tempt me with special holiday offers was staggering. With prices so low, particularly for electronics touted as “prosumer,” who wouldn’t be tempted to buy those for a small business? Read More »

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