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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and We’re Taking the Cyber out of Cyber Security

October 18, 2022

By Earl Gregorich, Co-Chair America’s SBDC Cybersecurity Task Force

Cybersecurity is a term we hear a lot these days. It brings a wide range of reactions, from fear to eye-rolls to curiosity. For small business owners and those who work in entrepreneurial circles, cybersecurity just seems expensive and too complex to tackle. But what if we removed “cyber” from the word for a moment and just thought of it as security? Security is a lot more approachable and while it still has a cost associated with it, there is a better understanding of why “security” costs are justified. So, let’s take a walk through a small business and consider how we might see a few things differently if we focused more on security and less on cyber when protecting the digital assets within the company.

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Take Virtual Team Collaboration to the Next Level with These Digital Workspaces

June 21, 2022

By: Steph Davidson

Digital transformation is a term many of us are familiar with these days, and the reason ‌is clear. As remote and hybrid workforces continue to hold a grip on the corporate world, integrative digital systems have become crucial for efficient communication and collaboration between multiple parties.

Technology options have expanded hugely since 2020, increasing our reliance on digital workspaces.

These powerful virtual work environments allow people to organize, store, edit, share, automate and optimize data, amplifying productivity and promoting better time management. No matter what kind of business you’re in, digital workspaces have become a modern zeitgeist for virtual team collaboration.

In fact, 72% of US companies report having a well-established digital workplace strategy as of 2022.

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How Intuit Adopts Small Businesses – Virtually!

September 14, 2021
By Intuit –
Powering prosperity from the inside, one business at a time

National Small Business Week kicked off this week with a theme that couldn’t be more appropriate: Resilience and Renewal.

AaSB logoThe Small Business Administration-sponsored week-long event recognizes the ongoing challenges entrepreneurs have been facing in order to support their employees, provide for their customers and build their communities.

It’s the perfect time for QuickBooks Online customers to join the new Intuit virtual Adopt a Small Business program to learn more about QuickBooks and partner with a team of Intuit employees as they navigate new and unprecedented challenges. (more…)

5 Signs You’re Paying Too Much for Your Accounting ERP Software

July 7, 2021
By Intuit

As a business owner, you have to stay on top of all your responsibilities. You have to oversee employees, implement a marketing strategy, communicate with customers, manage finances, and much more. Managing a business is a huge undertaking, and missing a single step could cost you money and time that you probably don’t have to lose, which is why it’s important to take a look at your accounting enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Having accounting software is essential for a business to assist with various business functions. But you could be buying into an ERP software that is more than what you actually need and more than what you want to afford.

What is accounting ERP software, you ask? ERP is essentially a database software package that assists with a business’s operations, such as manufacturing, human resources, and supply chain. Accounting ERP software simplifies many complicated business processes. However, ERP software can be outdated and complicated, and you may actually be paying too much for your software. (more…)

10 Tools That Keep Entrepreneurs Organized and Productive

August 18, 2020
By Gerri Detweiler –

We’ve all got our own favorite tips, tricks, and tools that help us organize our task lists, assign projects, and manage deliverables. Today, there are more apps and software programs geared toward business owners than ever. I interviewed 10 entrepreneurs to find out what they use to stay on top of everything.

1. Monday: Streamline Communication Channels

Aalap Shah, founder of 1o8, an e-comm-focused digital agency in Chicago, loves Monday.com for project management.

“My business has clients, vendors, independent contractors, and full-time folks all trying to communicate, and it has streamlined our Slack, email, and file management tools into one centralized (and colorful) dashboard that allows us to glance at a project and know where it’s at. I love the integrations it has—be it invoicing, other communications tools, Google Drive—along with the extensive training and documentation that it has for a novice to be able to take this tool and harness it to its fullest potential.” (more…)