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IT Company’s Cloud-ready Transition Tied to Client Needs, Technology Trends

James Farhat, CEO of Applications Consulting Training Solutions, an ISV and technology solution provider based in Jacksonville, Fla., spoke with Small Business Trends regarding his experience in becoming a cloud-ready IT company and in transitioning his clientele to the cloud. Farhat said that his company’s transition has evolved alongside the needs of his customers and changing technology trends. “Our transition ... Read More »

Your So-Called Secrets Are Out — Time to Upgrade Your Banking Security

Your mother’s maiden name is probably not a secret. Neither, necessarily, is your high school mascot or the size of your car payment. But some banks and brokerages still pretend this is information only you would know, and that could be putting your money at risk. So-called security questions long ago outlived their usefulness, since they can be hard for ... Read More »

45 Percent of Online Entrepreneurs Don’t Know What SEO Means? (Infographic)

The importance of search engine optimization (SEO) to boost online business cannot be stressed enough. But according to one source, a large percentage of small businesses still don’t know what SEO even means. According to a new study by Weebly, a DIY website building company, about 45 percent of small businesses aren’t sure what SEO means. Almost all (98 percent) ... Read More »

How to Turn a $300 Investment into a Design Business

Terrence Kelleman started his business completely by accident. With no previous business or marketing experience, he turned a small investment into a multi-million dollar design business. While working as an eCommerce photographer at the Museum of Modern Art, he found some magnetic puzzle pieces in the trash. Later, they sprung together on their own and his first product, a bracelet ... Read More »

Venture Capital Investing: Financing Questions That Make or Break Entrepreneurship

Ok, this is a throwback for me – I am writing on a book that I really adore and have kept in my library for ten years.  And if you have questions about operating a business for investment consideration, trust me it’s the right book to have no matter what year it is. Venture Capital Investing; The Complete Handbook for ... Read More »

Etsy IPO Crafted to Seek $100 Million in Investment

Etsy is planning to go public. The online marketplace site announced that it had filed IPO paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to begin the process of opening its stock to the public. In the filing, Etsy says it hopes to raise $100 million in the sale of its stock with the IPO. Etsy is exploding in popularity. That’s ... Read More »

Why Are Angel Investors So Undiversified?

The Angel Capital Association’s latest research effort, the American Angel Campaign, highlights how woefully undiversified the typical angel investor is. The median angel made just two investments in 2015, the research effort’s initial analysis reveals, and had made only ten investments in his or her lifetime. This is a huge problem. As super-angel David S. Rose and others have highlighted, ... Read More »

10-Year-Old Entrepreneur Secures $60,000 Investment for Sweet Startup

Many kids at some point or another open a lemonade stand. A lot of those early business efforts turn out to be one-day wonders due to low foot traffic, running out of supplies or just loss of interest. But some entrepreneurial kids have been able to turn their lemonade stands into regular sources of income. Mikaila Ulmer was one of ... Read More »

Demanding a Return on Investment From Business Travel

How do you choose when to travel, and when not to, for your business? Let’s take, for example, attending a conference.  Let’s say you see a conference you would like to attend.  Better yet, let’s say an employee comes to you requesting approval to attend the conference. Now the conference may be worthwhile simply as an educational opportunity.  It may ... Read More »

10 Ways To Maximize Your Trade Show Marketing Investment

Trade show marketing is certainly an investment. From the cost of securing a space on the trade show floor, to the trade show display itself, there are a lot of items on your list to plan for in order to have a successful show. But those are not the only investments you need to consider. Below are things that you should ... Read More »