Leah Bowes

Dog, meet mobile veterinarian. Mobile vet, meet mobile credit card reader.

winslow Dr. Rich is a mobile veterinarian who makes house-calls for annual checkups, vaccinations, and general checkups when something doesn’t seem right. I can email him if Winslow isn’t feeling well and he lets me know if he thinks he should stop by. Winslow, a lover of any and all visitors, finds this visitor a little strange considering it means he has to stand still on a cold metal thing (a...

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Lisa Hephner

5 Small Business Groups Advocating for You

small_biz_orgs_LogosThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) acts as the U.S. federal government advocate for small business, but it is still part of the government. If you’re interested in engaging with independent organizations that not only provide small business services, but actively engage with federal, state, and local governments to promote small business interests and opinions, you’ll need to look further than the SBA. The following groups, which...

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Kristin Piccirillo

Reads of the Week

Weekly RoundupWe know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites (that we may have missed) in the comments....

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Lisa Hephner

Password Paranoia: Is Your “Strong Password” Really as Strong as You Think It Is?

Dilbert.com With all the personal, confidential business, and financial information protected by our passwords, creating strong ones is critically important. Unfortunately, it is far more difficult than it used to be. While definitions of a strong password vary, the most common advice is to create at least an eight character password comprised of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. However, today this is wholly inadequate. Even though that 96 character data set yields...

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Kristin Piccirillo

Reads of the Week

Weekly RoundupWe know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites (that we may have missed) in the comments. ...

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Lisa Hephner

Why Sitting on Your Feet While On a Conference Call Is A Bad Idea, and Other Conference Call Tips

falling_phoneIn 1876 Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful telephone call, speaking the famous words, “Mr. Watson come here, I want to see you” and 80 years later in 1956 the conference call was born. Some would argue that telecommunication has gone downhill from there. The dreaded conference call-- It could be the ubiquitous business experience, affecting large and small businesses people alike. From the urban legend anecdotes of hearing bathroom noises,...

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Lisa Hephner

Peek Under the Covers of Your PC

speccy1If you’ve ever had a tech support technician ask the type of motherboard or graphics card you’re using, wondered whether you have free slots to add more RAM (memory) to your computer and the type of RAM you have, or worried that your computer is getting too hot when it’s in use, then Speccy is for you. This little free application scans your Windows computer and provides a comprehensive list...

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