Smarten up

Avoid tax trouble. Avoid data loss. Spruce up your digital marketing efforts.


B2Bs have it all wrong about social media

Most business-to-business firms don’t know how to use social media or even see how it has value for them. At its core, social is a mindset, a concept, and an approach, not a platform. Social can open doors for B2B companies.


Four ways to freshen your website

The look and feel of sites has changed dramatically since the 1990s to give customers a better experiences. Use these four tips to update your site. (Note: The acronym CMS in the text refers to a Content Management System, which in most cases is a blog.)


Create a backup plan for your data

Focusing on data issues like identity theft can divert attention from other smaller but damaging threats from the small business operators and their employees. Learn what to do to protect your small business.


Two glaring tax mistakes startups make

Many startups get into tax trouble before they open their doors. Here are two mistakes entrepreneurs should avoid.


3,000 business regulations coming in 2016

Some of the federal regulations that will have a direct impact on businesses include increasing the number of workers eligible for overtime, limits on retirement options for employees, and a possible Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of light pollution. More red tape info here.


Cool tools that rural SBOs can use

Job Site Ear Buds are designed specifically for construction workers and tradesmen who need to take calls while motorized equipment roars in the background. $69 at ToughTested.

Sometimes a phone is just close enough to a router to pick up a faint Wi-Fi signal but is far enough from it to only get a snail’s crawl worth of data, even though the phone may show full connectivity. A new app solves that problem by combining  Wi-Fi and mobile data. Download Speedify Mobile and the first 1GB of managed data is free every month. After that the cost is $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year.


Farm business essentials in 6 online sessions

An intro-level course in how to assess and manage a variety of risks that farmers face will be offered online in six 90-minute Monday evening sessions March 2 through April 11, 2016. For more information or to register, contact the The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project.


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