Archive for January, 2010

Using Tech to Make More Businesses Non-Tech

Icon Written by Alora on January 22, 2010 – 10:30 am

I grew up in a family-owned business.  I remember, back in the early 1980’s, when my mother (the bookkeeper) got her first computer for the business: it was a Data General and it was bigger than our dishwasher.  It had five-and-a-quarter floppy disks; it had virtually no RAM to speak of; and it came with […]

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A Business for Your Life

Icon Written by Alora on January 20, 2010 – 10:35 am

One of the most compelling reasons for an entrepreneur to strike out on his or her own is lifestyle. For some people it might be health reasons or inability to tolerate a long commute anymore; for some of us it may be a craving to be location independent or it could be the birth of […]

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Bagging the Elephant

Icon Written by Alora on January 19, 2010 – 10:40 am

Recently on VentureBeat, author Jacob Brody reported on an entrepreneur’s Meetup in NYC where the founders of several successful startups discussed a common sales problem for small businesses: how to get larger, established organizations to take you seriously enough to be able to close a deal. It’s not surprising that this was such a hot […]

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Small Business’ Competitive Advantage

Icon Written by Alora on January 18, 2010 – 10:31 am

Author Marc Compeau recently wrote an article on Forbes entitled, Cost-Cutting Won’t Get You There.  In it he touches on many points that seem to be recurring lately. First, the idea that cutting costs are the ticket to solving financial woes.  Yes, of course, fiscal discipline is important and if your business is bleeding money […]

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