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GSA Schedules – a Major Marketing Tool for selling to Uncle Sam!

Having a GSA (Government Services Administration) Schedule is mandatory to be effective in the government marketplace. Billions of dollars of government sales are made through the GSA. GSA purchases via competitive bidding but government buyers prefer working with GSA Schedule holders. Government contracting officers know that working with a GSA Schedule holder is much easier than with another vendor so if there is a competition between you and another company on the GSA schedule, guess who wins?

Go Here to Learn More About Selling to the Government

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One Billion Internet Users!

Summary: The Internet is growing at an annualized rate of 18% and now has one billion users. A second billion users will follow in the next ten years, bringing a dramatic change in worldwide usability needs.

Some time in 2005, we quietly passed a dramatic milestone in Internet history: the one-billionth user went online. Because we have no central register of Internet users, we don’t know who that user was, or when he or she first logged on. Statistically, we’re likely talking about a 24-year-old woman in Shanghai.

According to Morgan Stanley estimates, 36% of Internet users are now in Asia and 24% are in Europe.…

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CEO Workbook

This article about raising venture capital is a little old but I think still usable.

Use this pre-fab pitch to raise venture capital now!

Don’t despair, CEOs. Venture capital is still out there, but it’ll take a slick pitch to get your hands on it. Don’t have time to hone your message before the next networking opportunity? That’s where we come in. Just fill in the blanks with items from the list below and watch the checks roll in!

“Why, hello there! Fancy running into you in this (1)! In these (2) times, I’m sure you’ll agree that nothing is more important than (3).

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Brief Guide to Business E-mail Etiquette

Did you know that most e-mails sent to or from someone within your company and with a company e-mail address become part of your company’s permanent record?

With that in mind, do you really want to be writing sloppy e-mails to your boss or your underlings?

Here are some tips to keep in mind when writing e-mail to and from others in your company:

– Use proper spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.

This is the most important rule. Even the most important e-mail can be ignored or seen in a negative light because words were misspelled or improper grammar was used.…

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Web Trends for 2006 for Developers

Here are some vague but interesting trends for web developers and others for 2006.

– Ajax hype will continue but eventually fail
– Web 2.0 is going to be the next ‘dotcom’ craze
– Web applications will take off BIG time
– The internet as a pipeline is just getting started
– Interoperability is key
– Password handling is getting complicated
– ‘Gettting real’ is going to get a taste of reality
– Simplicity will be replaced by being ‘right’
– Web design standards will get a whole new meaining

For more details on these web trends click HERE

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Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Trends for 2006

Entrepreneur Magazine has published a comprehensive list of 2006 trends forecasts and what they call hot businesses. It has a lot of great information in it.

Oh, the list is not perfect. It suffers from being too long and is not as tight as it should be. Certain trends it identifies are out there on the fringe (trailer parks become an “in” thing?). Some of the ideas are not really new (the travel trends are rehashed information from last year).

Also, it’s almost as if every tech buzzword and consumer fad has been added to the list, regardless of how relevant.…

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Small Business Trends Radio: Web 2.0 – What Is It and Why Should You Care?

Charles Jolley of SproutItWOW! Be sure to catch the latest Small Business Trends Radio broadcast.

Start with the latest Today’s Trend segment, on the Top Ten Business Opportunities for 2006. Then enjoy Anita’s conversaton with Charles Jolley, CEO of SproutIt.com, a Web 2.0 company.

Charles and Anita discuss all the buzz about Web 2.0 and the significance of trendy programming tools like Ruby on Rails and Ajax. Charles explains in plain English what Web 2.0 means. More importantly he explains why any business owner, executive or entrepreneur should care about Web 2.0.

Go here to listen to this engaging broadcast, Web 2.0 – What is it and Why Should You Care, and gain access to other special resources.

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Professional blogging: The Future is NOW

Professional blogging has a very bright future. Writing blog posts for other blogs is truly a win-win situation for everyone involved. The professional blogger gets paid to post and the blog owner has postings magically appear at predetermined intervals.

As business blogs become more commonplace as a means of communications for marketing, public relations, SEO, and busines relationship building, it seems logical that an increase in the number of professional bloggers will soon follow. While many business and professional firms would like to add a blog component to their online presence, not all of them will be able to maintain a long term business blog.…

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TOP SEVEN NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY BUSINESS

Edible ArrangementsBy Kamrin Farid, COO of Edible Arrangements

1. Too many chefs spoil the broth. “In a family business, if the lines of authority are blurred and no one is the clear leader, it is dangerous from a business standpoint,” said Kamran. “Tariq Farid is both our eldest brother and the CEO. The siblings all recognize that he is the chief and act accordingly. We all have a say, but his is final.”

2. If you structure it properly, they will prosper. “We used lawyers, accountants and financial planners to help us create the proper business structures from the start,” said Kamran.…

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The Spreadsheet is Dead!

If you are still passing important company information and records around by spreadsheet, your data is in grave danger, your business is in grave danger.

A recent survey showed that close to half of company leaders felt their
company’s information was trapped in spreadsheet “Hell”.

Say it isn’t so! Could our ubiquitous number-crunching friend truly be destined for eternal damnation?

For years, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, financial professionals, and
soccer moms have all relied on the trusty spreadsheet for tasks as complex as
financial projections and full-scale business plans, to those as mundane as
storing the families’ Christmas card list. As a self-avowed spreadsheet junkie, I
cherish the time spent with Microsoft’s Excel, making plans to attack entire
markets with a single keystroke or to save millions with a simple formula change.…

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