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VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngHappy Friday!

 

Even though it’s a short work week, the extra day off seemed so very long ago!

 

Below some articles that I found of interest.

 

Here’s 5 ways to create more value from John Jantsch (Mr. Ducttape Marketing).  You want to be that company that people are talking about. 

 

You also want your employees to be your biggest champion.  Do you make the time to recognize your employees?  If not, check out this post.

 

If you have too many emails, here are some tips to a get a handle on it.

 

Last week we worked with Melinda Emerson again and it was so fun.  We are so proud she is now a contributing blogger on the New York Times Small Biz Blog.  Learn how she became @SmallBizLady.  

 

Did you know the SBA offers free training resources on financial management?  Click here for more information.

 

If your business is at least two years old (and under 100 employees) enter this contest for the chance to win $250,000!!!

 

Lastly, if you missed this interview on Yahoo! Small Biz, check it out, our chief small business advocate offers some tips to help you run your business.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngTGIF! We found the following articles to help run your business better.

 

 

Whether you are growing your company or just starting out, getting a business loan can be a daunting task. Read about an easier way to apply for small business loans.

 

Interested in getting paid faster? Read these four tips on how to get invoices paid faster.

 

If your small business does not have an on-line presence, read this infographic on why your business needs to be on-line today!

 

Read about the 25 Best Small Business Apps for 2012.

 

Taxes are due next week. Just in case you have not filed yet, read this article for last minute tax tips for small businesses.

 

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngIt’s Friday, and we found the following interesting articles to help you run your business better.

 

Are you selling products or services at trade shows, farmers markets or on the road? Read this article and learn about how easy it is to accept credit cards on the road or outdoors.  Click here to hear from a real small business owner.

 

Do you want to make your small business greener and save money? Read this article for tips on how to get started.

 

Read about how to choose the best cell phone plans for your small business.

 

Starting a new business or looking to into how to set up your current business? Read this article and learn about the advantages and disadvantages of filing as a Corp or LLC. On our blog we have a couple of good post from Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorNet.com sharing insights into the best place to incorporate your business and why you should incorporate.

 

According to the Family Business Institute, only 30 percent of all family businesses survive beyond the founder’s generation. Read this article and learn how to beat the odds.

  

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help from Jarryd Gonzales, regional media relations manager for Verizon.

 

Employee Employee ‎03-30-2012 10:23 AM

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngTGIF! We found the following interesting articles to help you run your business better.

 

Are you looking to grow your customer base? First, check out and read this infographic to see how to transform your network into customers, and then read this article and learn 6 easy ways to use social media to attract customers.

 

No matter how great your business may be doing, competition is out there. Read about a simple methodology that will help you assess your business relative to your competition.

 

Are you small business start-up without a marketing plan? This article is a great read if you are just starting out and on a budget.

 

Are you shopping around for a small business credit card? Read about the best small business credit cards.

 

Tax day is just around the corner. Read this article for 7 small business tax tips.

 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help from Jarryd Gonzales, regional media relations manager for Verizon.

 

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngHappy Friday!  Below you’ll find some articles we found interesting and hope they’ll provide some insights to help you run your business better.

 

Check out these six strategies for partnering with big companies.

 

This article from Mashable Business offers 9 tips to market your business on Facebook. And speaking of social media, this is a must read if you Tweet – don’t make this mistake – know where to place Twitter handles.

 

Do you think business cards are a thing of the past?  Don’t give up and go the conservative route when having your printed up.  Getting creative and bold might be the way to go.  Read this article for some really fun examples.

 

Gas prices are back on the rise. It’s been predicted that the US could reach $5 a gallon by summer.  Have you considered how this will impact your business?  Read this article for more details.

 

Many employees have started bringing their personal mobility devices to work.  This has benefited many companies but it brings some challenges as well regarding security.  Read this article to learn more about managing the risks.

 

If missed this news, Verizon just launched a new contest where you can win $1,000 – just name our small business eNewsletter.  Click here for more information – act fast as the contest ends March 6th

 

Did you join our Wecommerce community yet?  If not, why not?  It’s free – just create a profile –

and gives you the opportunity to not just network, but find and offer deals.  Click here for more information.

 

 

As this is the NBA All-Star Weekend, we thought this story is a good read… business tips you can learn from Jeremy Lin… good tips, it’s not Linsane.

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help from Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

 

Employee Employee ‎02-03-2012 01:45 PM

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngDon’t worry if your business doesn’t have the $3 million to run an ad during the Super Bowl as there are other more effective ways to advertise.  Read this article for more information.

 

Pricing is important to any business, but are you pricing yourself out of your customer base?  Taking a closer look at your customers will help you find the best price.  Read the following article to learn more.

 

Data storage usually takes a backseat to new and exciting performance applications.  Your perception might be changing soon though on this subject.  Read this article on some exciting new trends you will be seeing in 2012.

 

While April and filing for taxes is still a couple of months away, check out this guest post from Anita Campbell, the founder of Small Business Trends.  She shares some tips to help you prepare and get ready to file.

 

Here’s a recap of the benefits of being a Verizon customer.

 

 

We hope you all have a great weekend and that your favorite team wins the big game this Sunday!

 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help from Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

 

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngWe hope you are enjoying your weekend.   Below you’ll find a few articles which we hope you will find of interest.

 

Have you been considering outsourcing your company’s computer security.  Read the following article for some good reasons to consider it.

 

Is your company in need of a vendor?  Are you afraid of getting burned or don’t know where to look for guidance in the selection process.  Read this article for some tips on where to start.

 

Does your business love to have the latest and greatest in gadgets?  Read this fun article on some top gadgets for your business.

 

Could your website be embarrassing you and not representing your business well?  Check out this article.  Please don’t say you don’t have a website, if that is the case, set one up now, your business needs to be found online. Verizon offers Verizon Websites click here (or go to http://bit.ly/hPSEWu) to learn how this easy-do-it yourself website app will allow you to quickly set up your online “shop” (starting at $4.99 per month).

 

If you missed our first webinar in 2012 presented by the Verizon Small Business Center click here (or go to http://bit.ly/xYxAoR). Small business owner, expert and marketing consultant John Jantsch went over 10 action items any small business can do now to help grow their business.

 

Happy reading!

 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help from Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

 

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngHappy Friday!  Below you’ll a few articles which we hope you will find of interest - some offer good tips and insights to help you run your business better.

 

Are you finding your social media responsibilities overwhelming?  Learn how to share the duties with your team.  Read this article for some helpful tips.

 

Building your brand is critical for your business but can be challenging to say the least when you are starting out as a complete unknown in the market.  Read this article for some guidance on how to get started.  

 

Are you looking for more ways to build up your existing brand?  Read this article on a new concept that can help.

 

While many of us have been emailing for years, it’s always good to review some dos and don’t of emailing – particularly how you shouldn’t email when you are mad.

 

Here’s an article from Guy Kawasaki with tips to write an enchanting business plan.  If you missed Guy’s tips to be enchanting, check out his webinar presented by the Verizon Small Business Center.  Note, we start up our webinar series next week featuring John Jantsch.  Click here to register or to see past webinars (or visit http://bit.ly/vAOtIb).

 

It’s Friday the 13th and what we should fear the most is cyber-attacks.  In a recent report, cyber-attacks against governments and businesses are among the top five risks in the world in terms of likelihood.  If your business doesn’t have the right security measures in place, your company is vulnerable to such cyber-attacks.  If there is interest click here to see the many security solutions Verizon offers businesses of all sizes or click here.

 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help from Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

 

 

Employee Employee ‎01-06-2012 11:23 AM

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngHappy New Year!  We hope it’s off to a great start!  Below you’ll find some interesting articles that’ll give you some tips and insights to make it a great year!

 

Need help setting goals?  Read this article that might give you a few ideas on how to kick start your company and make goals this year.

 

Green is in and it’s here to stay.  Have you thought about “greening” your office, but considered it an overwhelming task?  Read the following article that can help your company get started with tips to reduce energy consumption.

 

It’s a New Year and a good time to expand your business and get more customers, but can your business be found online?  Read this article that might provide some solutions for this problem. Also, check out this article for tips to make your website mobile-friendly.  If you don't have an easy to update website, you may want to consider this service.

 

Check out these trends to embrace this year to have an edge over your competition.

 

Lastly, join our free live webinar next Wednesday as John Jantsch offers ten tips to turn any business around in 2012.  To register click here or go to .

  

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help from Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngWhile pondering this past year and looking forward to 2012 we found several articles you might enjoy and help you set goals for the New Year. 

 

2011 was a tough year for small businesses.  Read this article for a reflection on our struggles.

 

If you still have some last minute shopping to do consider something different this year.  Some fun new apps just might save you a trip to the mall.  Read this article to learn more.  There are many apps that help with productivity, organization, etc.  Which do you use?

 

Security will always be an ever pressing concern for small business.  Read this article to learn more about upcoming trends for 2012.  If you missed the security videos we shared in this blog, do check some of our previous posts, click here to see one that was featured in SmallBizTechnology.com.

 

This article offers five lessons for building a business.  As the year winds down, some of you may have some time to catch up, so do some networking online.   

 

Lastly, it’s always a good idea to assess the services you have and to determine if you have the right services to run your business faster… better (accept credit cards payments anywhere, update your website whenever, post to your Facebook or Tweet on the go, etc.?).  This article give pointers on choosing an Internet Service Provider for your business

 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help with Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

 

Happy Holidays!  We at Verizon hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday. 

 

 

Employee Employee ‎12-16-2011 11:34 AM

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngHappy Friday!  Below are some interesting articles we found this week to share with you. 

 

With the New Year almost upon us, there are plans you can put in place to make it an even better one.  Read this interesting article on IT predictions for 2012.  Also check out this article with tips to outsell your larger competitor.

 

Do you want your business to standout on Facebook?  Read this article on a new tool that might be able to help you get creative.

 

While you are making your personal New Year’s resolutions don’t forget your business.   Add improving customer service to your list. Read this article to learn just how critical this is to your company. Additionally, as you assess your business, make sure you’re prepared in case of a technology disaster.  Perhaps you’ll want to review one of our last post on preparing for a disaster.

 

To get 13 tips to grow profits check out this webinar (http://bit.ly/v5ONVJ) with small business expert Gene Marks.  One tip Gene offers is to consider using cloud services to help cut costs.  To see the cloud services Verizon offers SMBs click here (http://bit.ly/gxwvVj).

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help with Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

 

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngI hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving weekend.  Check out these articles that caught our attention with a focus on prepping for 2012.   Read this article for some expert advice on how to prepare for 2012… with a focus on e-commerce.

 

Has your company finalized your business plans for 2012?  Did you consider a strong communications plan in it?  Read this article to learn why this is a critical factor you should consider.

 

Are you looking for a little inspiration on running your business?  Have you asked yourself what would Lady Gaga do?  Read this great article for some not so foolish tips you might learn from the pop star.

 

Here’s an infographics on building authority for your website… it involves writing – having good content; so, here’s some tips for writing magnetic headlines

 

Lastly, if you haven’t done so, do share a marketing tip with us to get a $25 Amex gift card which we hope you’ll use at another local business.  Click here for more information.

 

Happy reading and act fast to get that gift card, while supplies last!

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help with Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

 

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngAre you looking to improve the quality of your social media content?  Read this article for some great tips.  This article offers insights into how to create a social media marketing schedule.

 

Many of us utilize location based applications on a daily basis from our mobile devices.  Are you aware of the risks involved?  Read this article for tips on how to avoid them.

 

2012 is almost here.  Read this article for some tips on how to make the most of what remains of 2011.

 

To celebrate Veterans Day here’s an article on helping Vets become entrepreneurs.  Check out this video (or see it below) on how Verizon helps veterans (filmed at a recent Be a Hero, Hire a Hero career fair).

 

 

Lastly to show our support of SMBs, share a marketing tip to get a $25 Amex gift card while supplies last.  Click here for more information.  We encourage you to shop at a local business.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help with Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngMonday closed out the final day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. After a solid month of posting blogs and tweets about methods to improve your security online, we feel you should have a better understanding of steps to become more vigilant.  While we heavily focused on security last month, it should be top of mind every day.  If you missed it check out the short Security Matters video we shared earlier (click here for the one about knowing your visitors or click here for the one about passwords).  Security is everyone's responsibility.

 

Speaking of security this recent article speaks about how you can prevent data breach.  This article gives speaks about cyberthreats targetign SMBs.

 

The blogosphere this week was awash with tasty nuggets of small business methodology you can use to improve profits, prepare for the future and even reinvent your own company:

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Today’s Weekly Roundup was contributed by Ryan Morris, Social Media Manager to Verizon.

Employee Employee ‎10-28-2011 07:52 AM

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngThis week the Small Business Blog was filled with video messages about online safety and how to stay clear of security pitfalls in your small business.

 

The Blogosphere had a similar smattering of small business security and hacker-proof themed posts—after all, it is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Amongst the hundreds of articles we pour through every week, there were a few we thought were worthy of passing along to you:

 

 

If you haven’t heard, there will be a Twitter Party Chat today at 11AM ET, which focuses on ways you can protect yourself and your small business from Internet security breaches. Be sure to follow @VZSmallBiz, @Verizon,@StaySafeOnline and @VZNana (Verizon’s own twittering granny!) and post with the hashtag #cybersafe.

 

Check back next week for some giveaways ($$)!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

This week’s Weekly Roundup was contributed by Ryan Morris, Social Media Manager for Verizon.

Employee Employee ‎10-13-2011 09:31 PM

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngThis past week, we learned about how to save money on products and services you regularly buy for your small business, work smarter from home and generate more referrals (get the live Twitter chat transcript here.)

 

The larger blogosphere covered a ton of issues, but here are a few we think you’ll find particularly interesting:

 

The more social networks you belong to, the higher your chances of generating more sales. Follow these tips grow your small business via LinkedIN. Read

 

If you don’t adapt, you’ll die. It’s the basic rule of human survival, war, parenting and even running your small business. Check out this entry from Small Business Trends that explores how to assess if it’s time to change your business structure. Read

 

As you know, Steve Jobs passed last week. The Web is chock-full of articles on the tech icon, but Guy Kawasaki’s entry really sums up some of the most salient lessons to be learned from Mr. Jobs. Follow these nuggets of advice to business greatness. Read

 


This week’s Weekly Roundup was contributed by Ryan Morris, Social Media Manager for Verizon Small Business.

Employee Employee ‎10-07-2011 09:38 AM

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngHappy Friday!  I found several interesting article that are worth a peak.  Enjoy reading…

 

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and all throughout this month we’ll offer some tips and information (quirky videos) that you can repurpose and share with your employees.

 

No company is completely safe from a possible data breach.  Is yours prepared?  Read this article to learn more.

 

Does your company collaborate with SharePoint?  Are you concerned about security?  Read this article to learn about some security challenges with this popular platform.

 

Are you looking for ways to show your customers you appreciate their business?  Read the following article for tip. 

 

If you miss our earlier post about the lack of payment card industry compliance leads to data breaches check it out by clicking here.

 

Note, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we recently put up a post about why this issue matters to your business.  I hope you’ll put in place a policy to help employees who may need it.

 

Lastly, if you seek some insights to help grow your business check out these free webinars from Verizon.  The guests are all experts in their field and the last one was focused on social media http://www.brighttalk.com/channel/6255.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help with Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

 

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VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngCan you believe it’s the last day of September?!  I found a few interesting articles this week, see below.

 

Security is a great concern for all businesses but have you considered your mobile security?  Read the following article that reviews future trends in how companies deal with threats.

 

Is your company data secure at every access point?  Read this article that highlights ways to identify a secure environment.

 

Here are seven tips to avoid competing on price.  And seven tips to get your business un-stuck… if it is.  This is from John Jantsch, October’s featured author from the Verizon Author Series.

 

Check out this article to see if your business has any social media Klout.

 

This USA Today article shares some info on adding video to your website, scroll to the bottom to see Steve Strauss’ ‘tip of the day.’

 

Next Wednesday join the live free webinar presented by the Verizon Small Business CenterChris Brogan will offer insights into social media.  Click here (or go to this link http://www.brighttalk.com/channel/6255) to sign up.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled with the help with Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngHappy Friday!  Below are a few articles I found this week that you might find interesting.

 

You’ve probably read enough articles on social media, but someone always has something to add, a new tip, an update… check out this article to learn more about how social networking can help you promote your business. 

 

If you don’t have a social networking policies for your business read this article for tips on where some policies may fall short. 

 

Are you confused about what web applications might be right for your company?  Read this article on cloud (or online) services that you really should consider to help enhance productivity.

 

Here’s an article on how to pitch your business to news agencies – that’s right, running your business is not enough.  Getting your business some publicity will help get it on potential customers’ radar.

 

Lastly, I leave you with this article that gives tips to have better brainstorming.

 

Enjoy your weekend. 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled by Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngWe have blogged about how cloud services can help your business, but read this article for some more insights on why this may be a critical step for your business.

 

Are you a healthcare organization concerned about launching applications in the cloud?  Many healthcare groups are slowly moving apps to the cloud.  Read this article for more information on the pros and cons.

 

Is your business trying to build up your reputation?  Producing a podcast might be one of the fastest ways to do this.  Read this article to learn more.  Lastly are you still nervous about entering in the social media arena?  Are you overwhelmed at all of the options?  Read this article to understand how critical it is for your business to get over these fears before you are left behind.

 

Here are eight easy ways to humanize your online engagement. 

 

Next Wednesday the Verizon Small Business Center presents a new webinar click here (or go to http://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/6255/33499) to register or review replays of the last few webinars.  The benefits of joining a live webinar is the chance to ask the guests your questions.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

Today’s roundup was compiled by Maureen Burch, product strategy manager for Verizon.

 

 

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Senior Manager: Verizon Business Markets

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Tumara is a contributor to the Business Markets Marketing team and she currently manages Social Media marketing campaigns.


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