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New Cisco Capital Financing Helps Empower Partners

January 25, 2011 at 9:57 am PST

IT spending is on the rise says a recent report from Raymond James & Associates. In fact, 2010 was the first year in a decade to see double-digit growth. So what’s one of the reasons for that spike?

According to the report, an improved credit environment has played a part. And guess what? Here at Cisco, we’re doing our part to make it easier for partners to get fast access to credit decisions. Cisco Capital is opening its doors to small business with competitive financing in the US, Canadian, and European markets.

With straightforward, flexible leasing options, competitive rates, and fast credit processing, Cisco Capital can help any business acquire the solutions it needs to be successful. I got the chance to chat with Kristine Snow, President of Cisco Capital. She filled me in on what exactly Cisco Capital is doing to expand small business financing.

Want to learn more? Here are the specifics:

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How Can Technology Help Your Small Business? Hear from the experts!

January 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm PST

- How can technology help you serve customers better and attract the best employees?

- What are the basic pieces of IT equipment you need for a small office network?

- Can doing it all yourself be a bad thing?

- How is technology allowing small businesses to act like big businesses (but at an affordable price tag)?

- What is this thing called “the cloud” and why should I care?

These questions and more were answered this week by Cisco’s own small business technology experts, Andrew Sage and Ian Pennell, in a video interview as part of the Talk2Cisco series.

Learn more about this interview and the Talk2Cisco webcast series.

What do you think:  are there questions you have that Andrew and Ian didn’t answer? Let us know!

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Got 3 Minutes? We’ve Got Your Top Cisco Partner Headlines

January 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm PST

OK, we realize you’re busy. You’re working full time, taking the kids to school, sending out tweets, and going on business trips, so when do you have time to peruse the top headlines?

If you’ve got three minutes, you’ve got all of the latest Cisco Partner headlines and news that matters.

Partner Update, our bi-weekly video newscast features all the top headlines that matter to partners — in less than 5 minutes. Watch the latest newcast below and be sure to like our Cisco Channels Facebook page so you don’t miss an episode.

If you’d like to submit an item for one of our broadcasts, leave a comment here on the blog or send us a tweet @Cisco_Channels.

Keep reading for links and details of what we covered in the newscast…
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Small Biz talkon Talk2Cisco

In case you didn’t catch it yesterday Cisco hosted a session about Small Business on Talk2Cisco a live, real-time, social, interactive, online video broadcast.   Some of our SMB leaders driving the initative here  shared their views, and took questions live, online all around the topic of  Small Business.  They tackled the question from a viewer why should small businesses even care about technology when they have a business to run,  shared real life stories of small busiensses that used  IT as a real business tool  and, of course, gave a bit of  advice on what small businesses should  look for in technology as  part of the session. 

Suffice to say there’s nothing “small” about this intiative to us and we’ve been driving it hard for about 3 years now with milestone after milestone.  There’s  loads of info, customer stories, and other goods on the SB site and Cisco has lots to say on the topic.  So if you want to know more about what Cisco is up to in the land of small business, have an opinion or thought to share we welcome you to join us in our conversations…and think small!

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Talk2Cisco Recap: How Technology Can Help Your Small Business

Earlier this week, Talk2Cisco featured two leaders in the small business technology industry, Ian Pennell and Andrew Sage. They took a number of questions from the viewing audience and talked about everything from what mistakes to avoid when upgrading your network to what cloud really means to small businesses.

Below are a few of the highlights from the broadcast. Feel free to send in a question for Ian or Andrew…I’ll be sure they get it. Or you can reach out to Andrew directly on Twitter @andrewsage.

Talk2Cisco: How Technology Can Help Your Small Business

2:28 Why businesses should prioritize technology

7:30 The role of the partner when building a small business

13:20 Mistakes to avoid when upgrading your network

27:14 Upgrading your network: What to consider, How Often, The Cloud

Related Website:  Small Business at Cisco

More about Talk2Cisco:

Talk2Cisco is a live, real-time, social, interactive, online video broadcast featuring Cisco leaders, as well as other leaders in the tech and business industries, answering questions submitted by you, the viewer. Using UStream, Talk2Cisco puts you directly in touch with the source of the information, covers topics of interest to you and connects you with others who follow Cisco business and technology. Join the conversation and be in the know …now.

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