Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hands On With the New Outlook.com

If you haven’t heard, Microsoft has launched Outlook.com, a browser version of its widely used Outlook email client.  Most of us have used Outlook at one point or another in business environments or at home.  Microsoft is attempting to take over the web market that is dominated by Yahoo, Gmail, and believe or not, AOL.  … Continue reading Hands On With the New Outlook.com »

Small business IT budgets continue to climb

Signs point to a continued investment in IT spending on the part of small and mid-sized businesses. The recently released bi-annual State of SMB IT Report from Spiceworks, the world’s largest IT pro community, indicates the average annual SMB IT budget is $162,000, up from $152,000 reported in  May. At the same time, survey respondents, … Continue reading Small business IT budgets continue to climb »

Small Business Saturday sales exceed expectations

Consumers showed their enthusiasm for local small businesses over the weekend. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express report that spending on Small Business Saturday reached $5.5 billion — over the $5.3 billion originally forecast!  Consumer awareness of the day nearly doubled in just two weeks leading up to the event from … Continue reading Small Business Saturday sales exceed expectations »

My perfect day shopping small in Los Gatos, California

Silicon Valley would hardly fit anyone’s definition of small business, but the fact is the high tech capital of the world is made of many small towns – San Jose excluded – with lots of small businesses.   I live in one of these towns, so I get to enjoy ‘small town living’ on a daily … Continue reading My perfect day shopping small in Los Gatos, California »

The Best Cloud Applications To Keep You Working Smarter

We all use apps on our phones, tablets, everywhere.  That doesn’t mean we are using the right ones, or productive ones at that.  Applications sometimes aren’t enough on their own, but when taking advantage of the cloud they can completely overhaul the way you work. Here are some applications that help me work smarter, and are prime … Continue reading The Best Cloud Applications To Keep You Working Smarter »

How to make Small Business Saturday last throughout the year

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by people who mean a lot to you. I certainly did. So now after that lovely respite it’s time to get back to business, and for many of you that means putting the final touches on your plans for tomorrow’s Small Business Saturday event.  Hopefully you ordered … Continue reading How to make Small Business Saturday last throughout the year »