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tablet.pngGuest post by Terrie Howard Carter, Verizon’s small business marketing manager.

Verizon Small Business knows that having the right technology to run your business is critical to keeping your business operational.  According to the US Small Business Administration, it is vital that small business owners understand and use advanced technologies, as it will help increase business efficiency and even expand operations.   

Our small business customers, such as Make My Cake Bakery in Harlem, New York, shared with us that they realize that technology is a part of everyone’s life now and even though they fought against new technologies initially, it has provided them with a means to communicate with their customers.

How do you stay on top of your business?  The most recent addition to the busy small business owner’s toolkit is the tablet. Tablets now provide thousands of business applications designed to simplify and automate many of your day-to-day tasks, such as schedule management, rich media presentations, account management, credit card payment acceptance, to name just a few.  Tablets make doing business in the office and on-the-go more convenient and productive. 

 

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vzsmbiz504-hero_sweeps-287x239.jpgVerizon’s small business customers can get some great rewards and opportunities, in addition to innovative broadband and communications services. 

For example, Verizon Small Business customers who are enrolled in Small Biz Rewards  can enter an exclusive sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip for two to the seventh annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, plus $10,000 of spending money on a reloadable Verizon Small Biz Rewards Prepaid MasterCard® .*

You can also earn additional sweepstakes entries just for completing easy activities listed on the Verizon Small Biz Rewards site. Verizon will award 10 prizes – such as gift cards to your favorite place for coffee and donuts – each week leading up to the grand prize announcement on August 4th.

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Six DIY Marketing Tips You Can Do Now

by Employee ‎06-27-2014 08:47 AM - edited ‎06-27-2014 08:48 AM

marketing - hands.pngFor those of you who keep track, June is Entrepreneurs Do-It-Yourself Marketing Month. Below are some marketing ideas you can quickly implement to help drive business and/or increase your company’s brand awareness. I suspect many of you have already done or are executing on some of these tactics. If not, get started now.

1. Update or get a website for your business. There are many low cost, no cost options. Believe me, some of the do-it-yourself ones are so easy. It’s as simple as picking a template, dropping in some text and publishing. Now you have a website and can be found online!

2. Communicate with your customers. Collect their contact information so you can send them regular (not spam) updates on new products or services or specials/discounts.  If you already have a customer list, remind them you are still around and let them know what’s new. This can be done via email or snail mail. 

3. Get online.  If you don’t have a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or other online presence, consider starting one to connect with your current and potential customers. If you already are online, continue to engage with your fans and followers. Just be sure to have a plan in place to maintain that presence, keeping it relevant and fresh. 

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If you have a great idea that can help solve an issue in education, healthcare, sustainability and transportation enter the Verizon Powerful Answers Award, deadline next Monday. The Powerful Answers Award is a multi-million dollar global challenge, launched last year with much success, designed to spark innovative thinking and problem solving across industries and to generate ideas, solutions and answers for some of the world’s biggest issues. As demonstrated by last year’s winners, the Award encourages innovators, developers, entrepreneurs and others to submit ideas that leverage Verizon’s cutting-edge technology and help deliver groundbreaking solutions and social good.
Submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2014, at www.powerfulanswersaward.com through YouNoodle’s competition platform. The submissions will be judged by panels of industry experts, and winners will be announced in early 2015. For more information click here or visit http://vz.to/1haquJM.
 

 

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Free Webinar Featuring Farrah Gray Offerings Tips For Business Growth

by Employee ‎06-20-2014 08:28 AM - edited ‎06-25-2014 02:44 PM

VZ Webinar Series ICON.jpgThe latest free webinar from Verizon’s small business team features entrepreneur, best-selling author and philanthropist Farrah Gray. 

He shared strategies for how small-business owners can think differently and make radical changes to better market their business and brand for growth, as part of the Verizon Small Business Ready Webinar Series.
Gray was named as one of the most influential black men in America by the National Urban League. Ebony Magazine and Black Enterprise recognized him as an entrepreneurial icon and best-selling author. Raised in poverty on Chicago’s South Side, Gray began his entrepreneurial career at the age of six selling homemade lotion and hand-painted rocks door-to-door. He is the CEO of Farrah Gray Publishing.
The Verizon Small Business Ready Webinar Series is designed to keep small businesses informed to help them gain a competitive edge. All webinars are available for on-demand replay. To view past webinars visit www.verizon.com/webinar.

Farrah Gray - small.pngPlease click here to catch the replay or visit http://vz.to/1qlzyQ4.

Go to this link for Gray's PR Audit: https://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/farrahgray.

 

 

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Guest post by Lee Gierczynski, media relations manager for Verizon.

Verizon and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce presented Greater Philadelphia’s second annual Small Business Week May 12-16, paying tribute to the region’s more than 150,000 small businesses and their key contributions to the regional economy. The event coincided with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week. The 2014 Small Business Week featured a series of events allowing small-business owners to gain insights to better run their business and opportunities to network. The week’s activities included a number of activities to celebrate small businesses an after-hours networking event/business expo Verizon hosted on May 14.

 

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Our Customers Share Their Story

by Employee ‎05-15-2014 12:08 PM - edited ‎05-15-2014 02:30 PM

While this week is National Small Business Week designated by the U.S. Small Business Administration, here at Verizon we honor, celebrate and support small business owners every day. We love to hear from our customers and learn how our services are helping them to run and grow their business and allowing them to quickly connect with their customers no matter where they are or while in transit. Below is a recap of some of our small business customers and their story. All of these videos are located under the Small Business tab on Verizon’s Youtube Channel. You can share your story with us on Facebook and our next video could be about your business.

 

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Verizon's Small Biz Customer: Cafe Zona Sur

by Employee ‎05-15-2014 11:02 AM - edited ‎05-15-2014 11:02 AM

I recently visited one of Verizon’s small business customers, and it was a great experience. Jose Luis Hernandez and his wife Maria Medina operate Café Zona Sur, a restaurant in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn that’s focused on a fusion of fresh, simple and delicious food. As co-owner and head chef, Luis shared that the dishes they serve represent their journey with food. And Verizon’s reliable voice and broadband services are helping Luis and Maria on their journey. Luis came to the U.S. from Mexico as a teenager and started working in a restaurant, chopping vegetables and making salads. Over the years, Luis took on more responsibilities as his passion for food grew and he realized cooking is an art. He worked in many restaurants during this time– including some very well-known, four-star establishments. Eventually Luis became a sous-chef, overseeing a couple of dozen of chefs, and he gained experience in preparing many different types of cuisines.
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VZW small biz - Carter Services.jpgThis post resides on the Verizon Wireless News Center, by Ken Muche.

The rise of mobile technology in business. 

Scott Carter was in high school when he founded Carter Services in 1974. That was enough of a feat; however, not long after, the Torrance, Calif.-based company became one of Southern California’s top service providers for all things heating, cooling, refrigeration, electrical and more. 
Back then, Carter would service appliances whenever he could schedule the time, mostly between classes and after school. Mobile phones were decades away, so he made do with the high-tech tools of the era: landline phones and word of mouth.
“When I first started, I just had an answering service,” said Carter. “If I wasn’t in the office, [customers] would sometimes have to reach out to [other] customers in their homes to try and find me. As you can imagine, it wasn’t the best system in the world.”
To read the rest of this post and learn how Scott grew his business click here or go to http://vz.to/1oJsiKf.

 

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You Can Do it: Use Those Free Resources!

by Employee on ‎05-13-2014 06:52 AM - last edited on ‎05-15-2014 06:50 AM by Employee

iStock_000015811687Small - FREE.jpgThis post is by Ellen Yu, media relations manager for Verizon.

 

So many free resources are available to help any small business owner or someone looking to start a business. That's great news. However, the not so great news is: Are these [overwhelming amount of] information being consumed?

 

Probably by some small business owners, but not by all. My parents used to own a small business and I know they never had time as they were crazy busy running their restaurant that was open seven days a week. In hindsight, and in my opinion, it was a mistake.  

 

Sure, how they operated their business worked, but there is always room for improvement; room to increase margins and revenue; and room to work smarter such as adding some new technology to track sales, inventory and more. But they didn’t make the time and they weren’t informed…bottom-line, they could have automated some tasks which could have given them some time back in their very long day to spend with my brothers and me.

 

Of course, back then there weren't as many resources as those that are readily available today. I urge all small business owners to make the time, even if it's just 15 minutes a day to read an article or watch a webinar – focus on a topic that can help you grow your business. Also, consider using new tools which can potentially help you save money and free up some of your precious time.

 

Many people want to give you free help, why not take them up on their offer and use the information to your advantage?

 

Below you will find a shortlist of free resources in no particular order, some are from Verizon

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Activities Supporting Small Businesses

by Employee on ‎05-12-2014 08:16 AM

VZ GPCC logo.jpgGuest post by Lee Gierczynski, media relations manager for Verizon.

 

 

Verizon is proud to once again sponsor the second annual Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Week, May 12 –16. We have a number of activities lined up for small business owners in the Philadelphia-metro area so please join us.

 

Today, join our social media contest to help kick off the week. Just follow both @PhillyChamber and @VZSmallBiz, then tweet out to us and tell us something cool or fun about one of your favorite regional small businesses and use the hashtag #PhillySmallBizWk to be automatically entered. All tweets must be posted by 4 p.m. ET today, May 12, for your chance to win an UP by Jawbone fitness tracker.

 

Mark your calendar to network with us and other small business owners in the area this Wednesday at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District starting at 5:30 p.m. Click here to register or go to http://vz.to/1uUiBwL.

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WPA2Security.jpgGuest post by Bob Elek, media relations manager for Verizon.

 

Internet security is on every one’s mind these days, and that’s a good thing.  More than ever, broadband connections serve communications, commerce and entertainment functions.  Personal privacy and protection of your customers’ information are a vital part of any of these functions and many other Internet-based activities.

 

Wireless networks offer both convenience and mobility within your business.  Many years ago, Wired Equivalent Privacy – or WEP – was chosen as the encryption standard used to secure wireless networks. 

 

WEP still offers some level of protection, but over time, the technology to crack WEP encryption has become widely available.  If someone manages to overcome your encryption they can use your wireless broadband services and gain access to private information you may be sending or receiving.  Fortunately, newer, improved encryption standards have been developed and offer significantly greater protection.  For that reason, we have been encouraging our broadband customers, both FiOS and High-Speed Internet (HSI), to change their routers from WEP to the strongest encryption their networks and devices can support, which for almost everyone today is WiFi Protected Access2 or “WPA2,” encryption.

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TELL US YOUR STORY

by Employee on ‎04-17-2014 06:48 AM

tell us your story.pngGuest post by Terrie Howard Carter, Verizon’s small business marketing manager.

 

The Verizon Small Business Ready – Make Your Dreams a Reality Campaign wants to know how Small Business Ready you are?

 

Small Business Owners know how to run their business better than anyone else in the world. It’s why they’re Small Business Owners in the first place. And when their business is reliable from top to bottom, they’re unstoppable. That’s why reliability permeates everything Verizon provides small business owners. Whether it’s fiber optic fast FiOS Internet or consistently fast High Speed Internet. Whether you need fast internet speeds, reliable phone lines, or tech support– You can count on Verizon to make sure you'll be ready for business.

 

Tell us how your small business runs with Verizon Small Business services to be considered for selection as our Small Business Ready Business of the Month. 

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Is Your Business Ready?

by Employee ‎04-16-2014 11:14 AM - edited ‎04-16-2014 11:52 AM

small biz ready.pngGuest post by Terrie Howard Carter, Verizon’s small business marketing manager.

 

Now’s a great time to switch to Verizon for your business services. Verizon Small Business has a suite of new offers designed to make sure your business is Small Business Ready.

 

SMALL BUSINESS READY INTERNET

Get reliable High Speed Internet or blazing fast FiOS Internet for your whole office with 99.9% network reliability.  Power your business to its maximum potential with FiOS Quantum.
With blazing fast internet speeds up to 500 Mbps, getting document downloads and online support has never been faster.

 

  • NEW! Faster 25 Mbps download/25 Mbps upload speeds for the same price.
  • Fast speeds even when multiple employees and devices are online at the same time.

 

SMALL BUSINESS READY PHONE SERVICE

You'll get a line packed with features and one basic line you can use for incoming faxes and credit card transactions.

  • Unlimited nationwide calling on the primary business line.
  • Need more lines? Pay just $30 a month for each additional line with unlimited calling.

 

SMALL BUSINESS READY SUPPORT AND VALUE

You’ll get the Verizon Worry-Free Guarantee too, that includes:

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Free Webinar Featuring Dan Rather Offering Leadership Principles for Small-Business Owners

by Employee on ‎03-31-2014 07:33 AM - last edited on ‎05-12-2014 10:58 AM by Employee

D Rather.jpgVZ Webinar Series ICON.jpgThe latest free webinar from Verizon's small business team took place Wednesday, April 2, featuring award-winning broadcast journalist Dan Rather. He shared leadership principles from the world's most powerful leaders and explained how small businesses can benefit from those principles.

 

The Verizon Small Business Ready Webinar Series is designed to keep small businesses informed to help them gain a competitive edge. All webinars are available for on-demand replay.  To view past webinars visit www.verizon.com/webinar.

 

If you missed hearing Dan live, watch the replay.  Click here to watch the replay or visit http://vz.to/1sESLLh.

 

 

 

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iStock_000036752826Small - jigsaw puzzle.jpgGuest post by Monya Emery, Verizon’s Supplier Diversity Manager, working closely with small business owners across the country to help them become one of Verizon’s vendors.

 

Deciding to do business with a large corporation is a major decision, and it can be a challenging task. Lots of small business owners dream of one day working with large companies. They see themselves bidding on and winning contracts, while growing their small businesses into global forces.

 

Over the years Verizon has worked with countless small businesses. Some of these partnerships have been successful, and others not so much. To help small business owners who may be considering whether to vie for a larger company’s work, we will periodically offer a series of tips on this site.  Here is the first one:

 

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Now Available: Security for Your Devices, from Laptops to Tablets

by Employee ‎02-26-2014 07:42 AM - edited ‎02-26-2014 08:16 AM

iStock_000035081068Small - security.jpgAs communications devices continue to proliferate, cyber criminals are expanding their efforts to try to wreak havoc on them.

 

A recent survey conducted by McAfee found that nearly 90 percent of consumers around the world own more than one Internet-enabled device and in the U.S. 65 percent have three or more devices. The continued growth in multiple-device ownership and complex threats to privacy and security have fueled demand for threat and identity protection across the spectrum of devices in a customer’s home or business.

 

Consumers and small businesses can address this new reality with Verizon Internet Security Suite Multi-Device powered by McAfee. With this service, subscribers can protect all of their PCs, laptops, Macs, and Android smartphones and tablets with one easy-to-use central management console.

 

Verizon Internet Security Suite Multi-Device powered by McAfee offers comprehensive digital life protection, with award-winning anti-virus and anti-malware capabilities. It also provides added personal information and identity protection through features that keep data safe from risky websites and applications; create hard-to-guess passwords for online accounts; and enable safe banking on mobile devices.

 

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VSBR Logo (3).JPGGuest post by Harry Mitchell, director of communications, for Verizon.

 

Small businesses are the backbone of this country’s economy, and we at Verizon salute our valued small business customers. To demonstrate our appreciation, we’re giving away $35,000 in to our loyal small business customers in the Great Grant Giveaway. 

 

How? Between now and April 15, 2014, all Verizon Small Biz Rewards members can enter for the chance to win $500 or $2,500 to help with expenses or to help expand their business – and one lucky winner will get a $10,000 grant.

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Updates to Verizon's Online Support

by Employee on ‎02-05-2014 02:46 PM - last edited on ‎02-06-2014 12:08 PM by Employee

Marcia OT.pngGuest post from Marcia O’Toole, communications manager for the Verizon small business website.

 

If you have not visited the Support area lately, we invite you to see the variety of helpful information and tools available.  We now offer video “QuickGuides” on common questions, such as how to add a wireless printer to your network and how to fix a slow Internet connection.  Recently, we introduced 10 online support tools, more online help topics and easier navigation.  This set of enhancements is part of our ongoing initiatives to significantly upgrade the Verizon My Business experience.

 

The 10 new online support tools for your Verizon business phone services include:

  • Troubleshooting lost dial tone
  • Creating and checking on a repair ticket
  • Modifying call forwarding settings
  • Resetting your voice mail password
  • Setting up your Wi-Fi service

Please note that you will need to sign-in in order to use the tools.  If you are not yet registered for an online account, take a few minutes to take care of it.

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Making SMBs ‘Business Ready’

by Employee on ‎02-03-2014 12:08 PM

Small business owners often have a dream and, through hard work and planning, they realize that dream.

 

In its latest TV ad, Verizon is celebrating five small businesses that are small business ready, thanks to their use of communications and broadband technology. The ad, which you can watch here, is running in these markets: New York City; Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y.; Dallas/Fort Worth; Boston, Ma; Washington D.C.; Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Los Angeles and Palm Springs, Calif.; Norfolk, Va., Providence, R.I.; Sarasota and Tampa, Fla. 

 

The ads provide a glimpse of what it takes these small business owners to run their business, and how technology is powering their success.

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Guest post by Phil Santoro, PR manager supporting Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Follow Phil on Twitter: @VerizonPhil.

 

Time is money. Bob Bond knows that business axiom as well as anyone. That’s why when it was time to grow his business, he turned to Verizon FiOS for his Internet service.

 

Bob owns a patent illustration, graphic design, and photography business in a recently restored old brick building in downtown Lynn, Massachusetts. His team of professional illustrators, designers and photographers work seven days a week, turning out high-quality images that must get to his clients immediately. As the business grew, so did Bob’s reliance of an Internet service that could not only give him fast reliable download speeds but more importantly, fast, reliable upload speeds. He had FiOS installed and he says “I don’t know what slow is anymore.”

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10 Tips to Help You Launch a Successful Small Business

by Employee ‎01-15-2014 01:02 PM - edited ‎03-18-2014 01:55 PM

smallbiz owner.jpgGuest post by Monya Emery, Verizon’s Supplier Diversity Manager, working closely with small business owners across the country to help them become one of Verizon’s vendors.

 

Now that the holidays are over it’s time to get down to business.  You’ve made your resolutions and set your goals. And this year your main goal is to become an entrepreneur. Yes, you want to be in the elite category of being one of the nation’s small business owners. Maybe you’ve dreamed of launching a small business for years or perhaps it’s a new aspiration.  In either case, starting a small business can be one of the most exciting, exhilarating and challenging experiences of your life. There are a lot of decisions to make and a lot of moving parts to consider. These 10 easy steps can help you launch the small business of your dreams by taking some of the guesswork out of the start-up process.

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Prize-Winning Amounts Announced in $10 Million Powerful Answers Award

by Employee ‎01-15-2014 11:24 AM - edited ‎01-15-2014 11:26 AM

vzpaa-winners-panel-updated-366x251.jpgPost by Debi Lewis, director on the Verizon Wireless Corporate Communications team, overseeing national communications efforts around innovation.

 

The three $1 million winners of the first Verizon Powerful Answers Award were revealed today by Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The prize amounts for the other 12 winners, who each took home between $850,000 and $285,000, were also announced.

 

TinyTap, based in Israel and the top prize winner in the education category, is simplifying app development and creating the world’s first user-generated content (UGC) educational app store. Smart Vision Labs, of New York City, the top prize winner in the healthcare category, is creating a portable vision examination device that, with a single snapshot, measures refractive errors of the eye and generates prescriptions, all without patient interaction. Mosaic of Oakland, Calif., the top prize winner in the sustainability category, is creating an online platform for individuals to invest in clean energy projects.

 

"The winners of the Powerful Answers Award show what happens when the passion of technology entrepreneurs meets the power of our mobile and broadband networks,” said McAdam. "We are so inspired by these visionary people and their life-changing innovations. We can't wait to see what they do next."

 

McAdam also announced that the company will continue the Powerful Answers Award program in 2014.

 

The winners are:

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PAA-sustainability.jpgPost by Debi Lewis, director on the Verizon Wireless Corporate Communications team, overseeing national communications efforts around innovation.

 

When Verizon announced its Powerful Answers Award nearly a year ago, the company challenged innovators, developers and entrepreneurs to create ideas that would leverage Verizon’s cloud, broadband and wireless networks to deliver great solutions and social good. The Award carries with it a total of $10 million in cash prizes and the potential to collaborate with Verizon’s network experts.

 

More than 1,300 entries, three rounds of judging and lots of great conversation later, the 15 winning ideas were announced last month. On Jan. 8, 2014, the winners in the three categories – healthcare, sustainability and education – will be in Las Vegas at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show as Verizon reveals the prize amounts for each company and the culmination of the Award program.

 

The winners in the sustainability category feature solutions that will help in the United States as well as in the developing world. They range from a disaster relief and assistance portal, to solutions that make investment in solar and sustainable energy easier, to collaborative consumption in the taxi/transportation industry. Other winners focus on better pest control and management and helping companies manage their waste disposal more effectively and efficiently.

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Verizon Powerful Answers Award – Education Winners

by Employee ‎01-15-2014 09:15 AM - edited ‎01-15-2014 09:24 AM

PAA - ed.jpgPost by Debi Lewis, director on the Verizon Wireless Corporate Communications team, overseeing national communications efforts around innovation.

 

When Verizon announced its Powerful Answers Award nearly a year ago, the company challenged innovators, developers and entrepreneurs to create ideas that would leverage Verizon’s cloud, broadband and wireless networks to deliver great solutions and social good. The Award carries with it a total of $10 million in cash prizes and the potential to collaborate with Verizon’s network experts.

 

More than 1,300 entries, three rounds of judging and lots of great conversation later, the 15 winning ideas were announced last month. On Jan. 8, 2014, the winners in the three categories – healthcare, sustainability and education – will be in Las Vegas at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show as Verizon reveals the prize amounts for each company and the culmination of the Award program.

 

The five winners in the education category delivered a wide range of solutions, from apps to help children with autism and those who teach them, to apps that teach financial literacy to students, to apps that help children with developmental delays. The other winners are a solution that lets kids build their own apps and an online educational platform focused on women’s advancement as leaders.

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Verizon Powerful Answers Award – Healthcare Winners

by Employee ‎01-06-2014 07:03 AM - edited ‎01-15-2014 09:24 AM

PAA- HC.jpgPost by Debi Lewis, director on the Verizon Wireless Corporate Communications team, overseeing national communications efforts around innovation.

 

When Verizon announced its Powerful Answers Award nearly a year ago, the company challenged innovators, developers and entrepreneurs to create ideas that would leverage Verizon’s cloud, broadband and wireless networks to deliver great solutions and social good. The Award carries with it a total of $10 million in cash prizes and the potential to collaborate with Verizon’s network experts.

 

More than 1,300 entries, three rounds of judging and lots of great conversation later, the 15 winning ideas were announced last month. On Jan. 8, 2014, the winners in the three categories – healthcare, sustainability and education – will be in Las Vegas at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show as Verizon reveals the prize amounts for each company and the culmination of the Award program.

 

The winners in the healthcare category address a variety of issues, including allowing healthcare providers to visualize the network of care around patients; how to identify and treat diseases early through a combination of big data, biotechnology and telemedicine; and a solution that monitors patients on the anticoagulation therapy warfarin. Other winners focus on how to address hearing loss in developing countries with better screening techniques and an app that does portable vision examinations in a low-cost, non-invasive manner.

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Congratulations: Powerful Answers Award Winners

by Employee ‎01-02-2014 10:28 AM - edited ‎01-02-2014 12:04 PM

Post by Debi Lewis, director on the Verizon Wireless Corporate Communications team, overseeing national communications efforts around innovation.

 

The 2013 Verizon Powerful Answers Award  is headed in to its final stages. After several rounds and more than 1,300 entries, the top five ideas in each category were determined, and the winners are getting ready to head to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The cash prizes will be announced by Verizon on Jan. 8, 2014. 

 

The winners were selected by panels of judges with expertise in each of the three focus areas – healthcare, education and sustainability. The 15 money-winning ideas range from solutions to help manage donations in the aftermath of natural disasters, to a solution that allows healthcare providers to use smartphones to track and manage patient care, to a business simulation app designed to help students with financial literacy.

 

Each idea leverages Verizon’s broadband, cloud and/or wireless networks.

 

The top five winners in each category are:

  • Healthcare: Factor 14, Freenome, Portable Vision Examination, Solar Ear, Seratis
  • Education: BridgingApps, Eden, TinyTap, WomenLEAD, Zapatilism
  • Sustainability: Bandwagon, Good360, Mosaic, Semios, Smartster

 

 

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Is Your Small Business Ready?

by Employee on ‎12-20-2013 12:37 PM - last edited on ‎01-02-2014 12:27 PM by Employee

sm_med_biz_final_81511.pngQ&A with Mary Yarbrough, vice president of small business marketing for Verizon discusses being “Small Business Ready,” featured in the independent supplement by MediaPlanet to USA Today, distributed between Dec. 20-22.

 

Q1. With the New Year around the corner, what tips do you have for small business owners?

 

A1. In business, speed matters. No matter the size of your business, you should review your communications products and services regularly to ensure you have the right tools to help you grow your business and improve productivity. Businesses need to send and receive large data files and your bandwidth may not be sufficient, or your business may require additional phone lines to handle the increased call volume. As more and more employees use wireless devices and access cloud based applications and data, a secure and reliable connection is critical. For more insights, we offer a series of free webinars available on-demand featuring small business experts sharing tips to grow your business at www.verizon.com/webinar.

 

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Finding Your Dream and Follow It; No Matter Your Age

by Employee ‎12-11-2013 11:21 AM - edited ‎12-11-2013 11:22 AM

Essynce headshot.jpgGuest post by tween entrepreneur, fashion designer and stylist Essynce Moore, CEO of Essynce Couture

 

Goals can be hard to reach, whether if you’re in the process of reaching them or you’ve made it.  I’m in between these “two stages,” with my business Essynce Couture, an upscale clothing line for kids, tweens, and teens.

 

I started designing when I was six years old. Then it was for fun and during my creative time.  Eventually, when I turned nine my mom noticed my sketches and asked, “Essynce you’ve been doing this for a while now, you seem to be enjoying it, do you want to make this real?  Do you want this business to come to life?”  No second thought was taken at that very moment: I was starting my own business! 

 

Before, getting to the big fashion shows and events my mom and I needed to get a seamstress.  To find someone to make the clothes I sketched, my mother and I posted an ad online on whom we needed and why.  After, two interviews we found a seamstress.  She produced all of my designs – turned my drawings of shirts, dresses, pants and others and brought them to life.

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How I Started a Small Business With Zero Startup Costs

by Employee ‎12-10-2013 11:47 AM - edited ‎12-11-2013 07:37 AM

comm.jpgGuest post from Corey Harris, a small business owner who frequently writes about business trends and shares tips for money management and budgeting on MoneyCrashers.

 

The path to owning a small business is a varied one – there is no "right" way to succeed in the world of entrepreneurship. Some people find their small business passion through proper planning, serious research, and effective marketing, while for others, it simply happens by chance. No matter how you get involved, you shouldn't let cost concerns stand in your way. I was able to start my business with not much more than some Scotch tape, believe it or not. If you're on the fence about a new venture, read on to find out how I did it with no startup costs whatsoever.

 

How It Started Off
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in my case this was true. I started my venture while my wife was in college. The more classes she took, the more the expensive textbooks piled up in our closet, and I decided to do something about it. I knew the books were worth a lot, and so I investigated a variety of college textbook buy-back sites, as well as other online sales engines like Amazon and eBay. After some research, I chose to list the books on Amazon.com. I opened an account there and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly they sold and how much money I got for them. Because of that success, I decided to list an old GPS device as well as an outdated digital camera. I sold them both in short order.

 

How I Expanded
Once I felt proficient selling items online, I learned about the discount goods website FatWallet through a friend of mine. To my surprise, I found out that there were plenty of items you can purchase on the cheap including laptops, small electronics, and computer software, and I began flipping them online to make a profit. I started off with a few modest purchases, but eventually ended up investing the majority of my emergency fund in the venture. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. In 2010, I generated close to $40,000 in sales, which resulted in more than $6,000 in profit. There were some tough times along the way, but it turned out to be one of the best risks I ever took.

 

 

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About the Authors

Mark W. Adams

Director: Verizon National Marketing

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Mark leads the way to bring innovative solutions to small businesses.


Mark Smith

Executive Director: Verizon Ventures

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Mark works with and identifies entrepreneurial companies for Verizon to invest in and fund.


Dan Keoppel

Executive Director: Verizon Ventures

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Dan works with and identifies entrepreneurial companies for Verizon to invest in and fund.


Paul Macchia

National Public Relations Manager

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Paul handles corporate communications for Verizon Wireless with a focus on enterprise and government sectors.



Ellen Yu

Sr. Manager: Media Relations

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Ellen provides PR support to Verizon's small business team, landlines and FiOS in apartment buildings and small and medium-sized commercial properties such as strip malls, and street-level shops and offices.


Kathy Johnson

Manager: SMB Product Marketing Messaging, Verizon Wireless

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Kathy manages the SMB product Marketing Messaging Strategy for the Business Solution Group. She also develops and manages various SMB marketing programs to support channel enablement.

Jarryd Gonzales

Sr. Manager: Media Relations

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Jarryd provides PR support to Verizon in CA and TX.


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