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5 ways businesses can cut energy, save money

(BPT) - Companies across the nation are looking for ways to become more energy efficient, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no exception. Reducing energy consumption is one of the top areas where SMB leaders need more guidance — up 14 percent from the previous year, according to the Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey. Energy costs are among the largest business expenses for any company. Simple conservation efforts will go a long way to lower [...]

By |2018-04-22T08:13:35+00:00May 19th, 2016|All Posts, Robert's Blog|Comments Off on 5 ways businesses can cut energy, save money

Christmas Card 2014

By |2018-04-22T08:37:43+00:00December 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Christmas Card 2014

How to gracefully stop a chatterbox so you can get back to work

by Joe Serio, www.joeserio.com "I have a coworker who’s always coming in to my office to talk. I have work to do, but it’s so hard for me to tell that person to go away. I don’t want to be mean and come across as rude. What can I do?" This is a very common situation and a tough one to be in. Dealing with a heavy talker creates a lot of tension, frustration, and [...]

By |2018-04-22T08:46:31+00:00April 1st, 2014|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on How to gracefully stop a chatterbox so you can get back to work

Removing Email Background Color in Outlook 2013

Here's a really quick tip on how to deal with replying to emails that have an annoying background color. Don't change your font-color to white so it shows up on that black background. Just remove the background color! (This works for Outlook 2013 and 2010.) After you've hit "Reply" to the offending email, go to Options on the Ribbon. Under Themes on the left of the Ribbon, click on the down arrow next to Page Color, and select "none" [...]

By |2018-04-22T08:49:18+00:00April 1st, 2014|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on Removing Email Background Color in Outlook 2013

Splitting columns in Excel 2013

Do you have a list in Excel, perhaps of contact data? Do you have multiple pieces of information in a single column, but need it in two or more? This is most common with names: your report lists names in a single column, but you need the first name and last name separate. There's an easy feature in Excel to handle this! You start with a column like this: Select the column or cells you [...]

By |2018-04-22T08:51:04+00:00February 25th, 2014|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on Splitting columns in Excel 2013

The True Value of the Remote Worker

used with permission from MSFT for Work A recent survey revealed more creative professionals work outside the office today than three years ago. The demand for mobile work environments is widespread among today’s workforce—not just creatives. Some companies are embracing this trend, as it gives them access to a wider base of professionals without traditional geographical barriers. As collaborative work tools continue to roll into the market and arrive in our workplaces, these requests and expectations will [...]

By |2018-04-22T08:53:29+00:00February 25th, 2014|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on The True Value of the Remote Worker

What the technology you’re using says about your business

used with permission from Microsoft by Cindy Bates Did you know the technology you use has an impact on what current and potential customers think of your business? Those are the findings of a survey we recently conducted, in which 90 percent of respondents said they would – or would consider – taking their business elsewhere if a company uses outdated technology. About 60% of respondents said they consider a 5-10 year old operating system [...]

By |2018-04-22T08:55:17+00:00February 25th, 2014|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on What the technology you’re using says about your business

The Polar Vortex and Cybercrime

Brr…. It’s cold. It’s also January in Missouri. So what’s new? Nothing really except we have a new name for it called ‘The Polar Vortex’. Does that really mean it’s colder than past Januarys? Not really it just means the media has a more dramatic way of stating the obvious. According to the Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database – our county’s (Pettis) average low temp for every January day from 2005-2013 (280 days) was 21.5 [...]

By |2018-04-22T08:57:01+00:00January 28th, 2014|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on The Polar Vortex and Cybercrime

4 ways to Safeguard and Protect Your Small Business Data

used with permission from SBA.gov by Caron Beesley Are you doing enough to safeguard and protect your small business data? Small businesses are widely adopting data back-up practices to ensure data is retrievable should a disaster occur, but gaps remain. According to a July 2012 study by accounting software company Sage, the bulk of small businesses are backing up key data such as financial information, but most businesses back up that data on-site only. Furthermore, [...]

By |2018-04-22T08:58:57+00:00January 28th, 2014|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on 4 ways to Safeguard and Protect Your Small Business Data

Copier Data Security: A Guide for Businesses

used with permission from FTC BCP Business Center Does your company keep sensitive data — Social Security numbers, credit reports, account numbers, health records, or business secrets? If so, then you’ve probably instituted safeguards to protect that information, whether it’s stored in computers or on paper. That’s not only good business, but may be required by law. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, your information security plans also should [...]

By |2018-04-22T09:00:32+00:00January 28th, 2014|Newsletter Articles|Comments Off on Copier Data Security: A Guide for Businesses