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End of Year Planning: A Small Investment Today Will Help Your Business in 2012

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.

A Year of Value, a Great Low Price

We offer a WebEx package that lets you invite up to seven people plus host called WebEx 8. This lower-priced package, just $19.99/month is fully-featured and includes our video features and WebEx mobile -- which lets anyone host and join a meeting while on the go using their mobile phone or tablet.

But here’s the big savings you can grab for next year by acting now: Read More »

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What’s New? Partner Update Newscast Recaps Top Cisco Headlines, in Less Than 5 Minutes

November 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm PST

It’s time for another Partner Update newscast. This week, Andrew’s feeling a bit hungry and tries unsuccessfully to eat an air sandwich. The concept of an air sandwich is explained in detail during a live Virtual Partner Velocity broadcast with speaker, strategist, and New How author Nilofer Merchant. While the air sandwich may be low in fat and calories, it’s also lacking in taste. In the business world, an air sandwich can mean a company lacks innovation. Grab a real sandwich and tune into this episode of Partner Update to learn how to get rid of air sandwiches.

This newcast’s highlights also include: WebEx and Jabber news from the Collaboration Summit, incentives for partners, SMARTnet service deals, CRN’s Top 100 stars of the IT industry, how to enter our new contest, ways Cisco is helping partners with marketing, a recap of our Twitter chat with Cisco’s VP of Global Partner Marketing, a new free social media ebook for partners, and more.

Keep reading for additional information on the news we covered, links, and time stamps so you can forward ahead to the items that interest you.

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Watch the NBA D-League Score with Cisco WebEx [video]

Sixteen teams in different locations participated in this year’s NBA Development League Draft using Cisco WebEx as their connection to players and coaches to see and be seen! From California to Texas, to Nevada to Maine, everyone was connected either by computer or mobile device to experience the excitement of the draft.

The draft was held on November 3, 2011. It was a two hour event with eight rounds and a total of 128 picks. Participants joined WebEx from their homes, office and a few were at draft parties in restaurants. Those with webcams were able to share their reactions while others could watch from their computer or mobile phones -- even iPads!

The event opened with Read More »

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Learning in an Online Environment – Drexel University and Learning@Cisco Share Best Practices

According to the American Society for Training & Development, 37 percent of training in 2009 involved electronic technology, up from 15 percent in 2002, while face-to-face instruction fell to 59 percent. As the paradigm of education continues to evolve to meet new institutional and business requirements, developing instructional strategies for new virtual education environments is becoming key to improving student results.

Watch below as David E. Fenske, Dean, iSchool at Drexel – College of Information Science and Technology and I discuss Talent Development in a Virtual World – TelePresence, Trust & Learning.

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Black Friday is Really My Cyber Monday When I Shop Online with WebEx

Oh my, I hate crowds.

My daughter is 12 and thinks Black Friday is actually a holiday that follows Thanksgiving. The media has effectively gotten into her brain and she doesn’t even know why she wants to go shopping, but she knows she must. I keep telling her she doesn’t need a $50 VCR but she just doesn’t get it. I suppose I will take her and a friend to the mall and leave them there. There’s no way I am entering the abyss.

Then I will go home and do some real shopping.

My sister-in-law and I team up every year to work out who’s getting what for whom to make sure we get things people will like and to eliminate redundancies. Since I happen to be a big WebEx champion, we do it online.

We shop together using WebEx.

I know that makes me sound a little geeky, and maybe I am, but it’s so fun to surf the internet together and look at the same things at the same time. She had ideas, I have ideas. Sometimes we are sharing and often we are both finding things and then passing the ball back and forth to see each other’s discoveries.

While we shop, she can stop and talk to her toddler, we can both grab snacks and, maybe most importantly, we aren’t losing our minds in the crush of the crowd. It works well for us and I can imagine Read More »

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