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Displaying articles for: December 2011

Weekly Roundup – Ready for 2012

by Employee on ‎12-30-2011 10:32 AM

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngThe Weekly Roundup features some interesting articles that caught our attention this week.  We bring them to you in this short summary. 

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96067134.jpgGuest post from Marcia O’Toole, manager of the Verizon Small Business Center.

 

 

In a recent analysis conducted by Compass Intelligence, a small business market analysis firm, in 3Q 2011 Verizon once again ranked highest among leading small business portals.  This is the fourth consecutive quarter where the Verizon Small Business Center was judged to offer the best online experience for small business owners.

 

For more information on this report click here (or go tohttp://bit.ly/sYNmWM).  Strengths of the Verizon Small Business Center cited were its “elegant, consistent design; engaging content; self-learn training; and business-specific news.” 

 

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VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngThe Weekly Roundup features some interesting articles that caught our attention this week.  We bring them to you in this short summary. 

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5 Ways Verizon Concierge Makes the Holidays Easier for Property Managers

by Employee ‎12-22-2011 02:38 PM - edited ‎12-23-2011 09:23 AM

VZC.pngGuest post from Mike Weston, director, Verizon Enhanced Communities.

 

 

Thousands of multi-family housing (apartments, condos, and townhomes) developments across the country can offer their residents Verizon’s FiOS services.  For property managers below is a shortlist of how you can fully utilize Verizon’s Concierge service during the holiday season to help run your properties more efficiently. 

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Catch Up Now and Network… Online

by Employee ‎12-20-2011 01:52 PM - edited ‎12-21-2011 11:49 AM

Marcia OT.pngGuest post from Marcia O’Toole, manager of the Verizon Small Business Center.

 

During the holiday season, many small businesses experience a reduction in work or planned vacations.  This is a great time to launch or update your professional online profiles, network with new and old colleagues, and get updated on your field.   

 

If you haven’t joined, check out Verizon Professional Networking, this is a great viral community to find other small business owners or professionals… perhaps you need the services of an accountant, or want to team up with a similar business to buy in bulk or want to barter services… this is a free platform for you to network.

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Weekly Roundup – Prepping for a Great 2012

by Employee ‎12-16-2011 11:31 AM - edited ‎12-16-2011 11:34 AM

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngThe Weekly Roundup features some interesting articles that caught our attention this week.  We bring them to you in this short summary. 

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Outsourcing Just May Be Right for Your Business

by Employee ‎12-13-2011 12:19 PM - edited ‎12-21-2011 07:29 AM

Gene Marks.pngGuest post from Verizon Author Series with featured author Gene Marks, who wrote five best-selling books for small business owners and managers. His latest book is called In God We Trust, Everyone Else Pays Cash – Simple Lessons from Smart Business Owners.



 

My friend John’s a drywall contractor.  He keeps his costs down by outsourcing.    

John keeps his employee count low.  And he outsources as many functions as he can.  A few years ago, this didn’t seem to be fashionable.  But times change.  And in these tough economic times, where cutting costs is in favor and employee related expenses are on the rise, outsourcing seems to be back in vogue.  Most smart business people, like John, use outside contractors to do as much as possible.

And why not?  Just about everything in John’s life can be outsourced.  His bookkeeping.  Payroll.  Computer support.  Filing.  Fixing toilets.  Everything.


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Small and Diverse Businesses, You Can Work with Verizon

by Employee ‎12-12-2011 02:01 PM - edited ‎12-14-2011 09:22 AM

Monya Emery.pngGuest post from Monya Emery, manager of supplier diversity for Verizon.

 

Often times small business owners want to know how they can do business with Verizon. 

 

The answer is simple: register your business at our website: www.verizon.com/suppliers

 

At Verizon, our supplier diversity program promotes an inclusive business environment including small businesses, small-disadvantaged businesses, minority, women, veteran and service-disabled veteran owned-businesses. There is an entire team committed to utilizing diverse suppliers throughout the sourcing and supply chain process.  

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Better Decision Making Begins with Metrics

by Employee ‎12-09-2011 01:07 PM - edited ‎12-09-2011 01:13 PM

Gene Marks.pngGuest post from Verizon Author Series with featured author Gene Marks, who wrote five best-selling books for small business owners and managers. His latest book is called In God We Trust, Everyone Else Pays Cash – Simple Lessons from Smart Business Owners.

 

Want to track a few cool metrics outside of your business?  Try these...

 

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Email Under the Encryption Microscope

by Employee on ‎12-07-2011 10:33 AM

Mike.pngGuest post by Michael Ginsberg, CEO, Echoworx,a leading provider of managed encryption services to protect confidential information from unauthorized viewers and make the encryption of digital information easy.

 

 

There has been a landslide of incidents that have brought to light the issue of protecting information exchange in recent months - especially when it comes to email correspondence.

 

A sizeable portion of emails contains confidential information relating to employees, customers or company activities. Not only does this present risk from a compliance standpoint, leaking sensitive information to the outside world can erupt into a PR nightmare, leading to lost revenues and a damaged reputation. While for the most part these lapses may be inadvertent, the aftermath can be devastating.

 

Surprisingly, many aspects of email continue to be unmonitored and documentation is exchanged without thought to who can access that information and for what purpose.

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Get Insights to Grow Your Business’ Profits in 2012 (featured author Gene Marks)

by Employee ‎12-06-2011 08:50 PM - edited ‎12-06-2011 08:51 PM

VZ Author Series - ey.png­­­­­Season’s Greetings!  We wrap up the Verizon Author Series with featured author Gene Marks, who wrote five best-selling books for small business owners and managers. His latest book is called In God We Trust, Everyone Else Pays Cash – Simple Lessons from Smart Business Owners.

  

Gene writes weekly on political, economic and cultural events that affect the business community for the New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post and American City Business Journals.

 

To get insights directly from Gene this month, be sure to check back as he will share a couple of guest blog posts... chat with us live on Twitter and host a live (free) webinar presented by the Verizon Small Business Center.  To learn more continue reading. 

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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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