November 2013
In This Issue:

Brian's Blog
Business Referral Program
Which Type of Cloud is Right for Your Business?
How to Build and Use a Business Budget
The Phenomena of Hashtags
Business Continuity Tip
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Business Continuity Tip

The Unknown Risk Ahead

With nearly 80% of its staff still furloughed, the Center for Disease Control is forced to watch this year's start to flu season from the sidelines. As a result, it's unclear how many Americans have been infected, how badly, and which bugs are to blame. To make matters worse, the Mayo Clinic reports the repercussions will continue to impact the season well after the government reopens, stating the CDC is now, "behind the curve."

More than ever, the importance of being prepared this year cannot be overstated. A flu outbreak can have a huge impact on your organization's ability to operate. Download this free flu preparedness checklist to help you plan today.

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 Quote of the Month

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.

Albert Schweitzer

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Brian's Blog
by Brian Gregory, President

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week is usually a little slow unless you are in retail. It’s a good time to take a few hours and assess your business results for the year. Compare 2013 results to your budget and business plan, and start thinking about your plans for 2014.

From what I’m hearing, it’s been a decent year for many businesses. That makes this the time for tax planning as well, so I thought I would pass on a few small business tax planning tips. These are just ideas, and you should check with your tax professional to see if they apply in your situation .


Get GOOD help. I learned this lesson the hard way – the first several years in business, I tried to have our tax returns prepared as cheaply as possible. Eventually, I learned that a year-round relationship with a CPA that understands small business is an investment that pays off in many ways. You’ll earn that investment back quickly, and not just in tax savings.


Section 179 depreciation – This provision allows businesses to deduct some investments in equipment and property in full this year rather than depreciating the expense over several years. The tax savings helps pay for the investment! Shameless plug – many businesses use section 179 depreciation with investments in IT and phone systems. This provision is set to expire at the end of 2013, although it has been extended in the past.

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Business Referral Program

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Your personal referrals are the greatest compliment we can receive. Referrals are one of the primary reasons we have been successful for over 20 years. Our business referral program thanks you for assisting us in finding new clients in need of IT resources. If one of your referrals engages with us for projects or services, you may be eligible to receive a $50 Visa gift card. For more information, visit or give us a call!

Which type of cloud is right for your business?
used with permission from Technology at Work

OK, you’ve made the decision to move to the cloud. It’s now time to determine which cloud solution and set of supporting services is right not only for you, but potentially for your clients. After all, you’re also working with and safeguarding their data assets.

As we’ve previously touched upon, numerous public, managed, private and hybrid options abound, with varying levels of data privacy, security, flexibility and ready accessibility. Whichever solution is best for you, your business stands to benefit through lower hardware maintenance, faster access and lower support costs. Cloud computing enables you to budget and spend less on IT and focus more on delivering value.

Choosing the right type of cloud service shouldn’t be daunting, as the differences between the various types are relatively clear.

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How to Build and Use a Business Budget That's Useful All Year Long
used with permission from
by Caron Beesley

Budgets are difficult to plan and maintain at the best of times – unexpected events, cash flow problems, supply chain issues and more can all reap havoc with even the most thoroughly planned business budgets. The other problem with budgets is that many of us set budgets in our business and personal lives at the beginning of the year, and then file them away until the year-end rolls around once more.

And this is where the problem lies: your business is never static, and your budget shouldn't be either.

Here are some tips for developing and managing a dynamic budget that can keep you on course all year long.

The phenomena of #hashtags
used with permission from Technology at Work

It’s a simple symbol – two lines intersecting two lines. It’s been known as the number sign, the pound sign and the hash mark. It’s used for different purposes in linguistics, mathematics and computing. Of course, we’re talking about the # symbol. It’s a simple sign, but one with growing influence.

Today, the # symbol is used to create “hashtags” in social media posts on sites like Twitter and Facebook. A hashtag is the # symbol followed by a word or phrase.

Hashtags create a system for grouping messages and allow social media users to see content, such as tweets, from people they do not follow. So, if you search #cats on Twitter, you’ll see content from around the world about cats, which there is a lot of.

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