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Money bags to fund your startup?

How to find the money to fund your business

  One of the toughest questions I had to face when starting my first business was “how in the world will I find the money to fund my startup needs?” If you’re making the leap into small business — business plan in hand, rollout strategy figured out — you’ve probably been thinking a…

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Back up now before too late

Use your NAS to back up your biz, now! (before it’s too late)

You know you need a backup plan You know your small office desperately needs a way to backup your employees’ important work. So you’ve decided to install a Network Attached Storage (NAS) system for your small business office. Good plan! NAS does much more than backup — it lets you centralize,…

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Green Business California

Can going “green” grow your business?

Can going green really makes business sense? Is it more costly than it’s worth? Is it too difficult? Recently I stepped out to attend a small business symposium led by our local City of Cupertino sustainability experts Erin Cooke and Amanda Leonis. Cupertino has answered the above questions…

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Happy team cheering each other on

5 Ways to Keep Employees Happy and Engaged

In my recent blog post “Five Skills Every Leader Needs” I noted the need to support and encourage your team. Several readers responded they agreed that satisfied, engaged employees are the key to good company culture — and asked for more tips on this topic. So here are a few thoughts…

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Snapchat offers special strengths to reach certain audiences

Don’t Leap Into Snapchat Ads! Or should you?

  Should you leap into Snapchat ads? Look before you leap; that’s all I’m saying. Some small businesses and marketing departments got all excited last week when Snapchat announced it’s open for advertising. Not so fast! Any low-cost way to advertise to an audience that’s hard to reach…

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Steve Luczo was ranked No. 34 overall on the magazine’s global list of the top CEOs.

Harvard Business Review Ranks Our CEO Among the Best

Steve Luczo is among the best leaders in business, says the Harvard Business Review. HBR last week placed Seagate’s boss at No. 34 on its list of the 100 “Best-Performing CEOs in the World.” “I’m honored to be recognized by such a respected publication and alongside a collection of…

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The Drum Major and Her Team

Five Skills Every Business Leader Needs

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” — John F. Kennedy As a small business leader with employees, it’s crucial for you to attract, retain and motivate your team members — for without team success, there is no business success. But how will you support and motivate…

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What Kind Of Storage Do I Need? Follow the path!

It’s a Maze! — What Kind of Storage Do I Need for My Business?

“What kind of storage do I need, to help run my business?” That depends on what kind of business you run, of course! How much data do you create, or receive, and need to store and access? How many employees use your business data? Do you need to access it from offsite? Do you…

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How to Set Up PayPal for Your Business

Is your small business ready to take online payments? If not — you can be soon, with PayPal. Any small business can benefit from a quick, easy, secure way to bill customers or clients. Even better if your system works on mobile devices, and accepts payments from all over the globe. When I wrote a…

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Protect your critical business data.

Small business: Plan to prevent cyber attacks

Nobody needs to tell small business owners about the risk of cyber attacks — the daily news is rife with examples of large and small businesses hacked for their customer data or their banking information, with K-Mart just the latest of a long parade. Yet with interconnectivity, broadband,…

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