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Windows 7 Promises Quick ROI for SMBs

A leading technology research firm announced that deploying Windows 7 can save IT decision makers at small and medium-sized business (SMB) significant time and money, reported SmallBusinessComputing.com. The IDC study, which was commissioned by Microsoft, found that SMBs could recoup their investments for deploying Windows 7 in as little as seven to eight months. That … Read More »

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Experts: Companies Need Social Media Policy

“Write in first person. Be honest. Context matters.” These are components of the social media policy guidelines outlined by Avvo, a Seattle-based website that helps consumers handle their legal matters by providing attorney rankings and related services. The startup, which has quickly grown to nearly 40 employees, instituted a formal policy for controlling content on … Read More »

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Big Banks’ Lending Programs Yielding Few Results So Far

Some of the largest U.S. financial institutions have pledged new commitments to small businesses in recent months, but it remains to be seen how much these efforts will help business owners secure financing, reported The Wall Street Journal. Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. have separately announced programs that aim … Read More »

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Will Obama’s Small-business Agenda Survive Congress?

It was late October when President Obama first called for measures to stabilize struggling small businesses. Then, in his State of the Union address in January, he emphasized the role small business would play in healing the nation’s wounded economy. But it is only now, eight months after that speech, that Congress finally seems ready … Read More »

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Study: Employees Offered Child Care Are Healthier, More Productive

Despite higher upfront costs to employers, employees with kids are less stressed and more productive when their employers offer child and dependent care services, according to new research reported by AOL Small Business. The study — conducted by the consulting practice at Watertown, Mass.-based Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which provides employer-sponsored health care, and Jamie … Read More »

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Survey: Business Plans Double Chances of Success

Entrepreneurs who write business plans are twice as likely to grow their businesses, according to a new survey by Palo Alto Software reported by AOL Small Business. Having a business plan doubled a company’s chances of obtaining investment capital — 36 percent of companies with plans received money, compared to 18 percent without one. Similarly, … Read More »

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