Tracking Nightmares – The Case of the Vanishing Business Items


No one enjoys hunting down misplaced items. Just think of the panic that ensues when you misplace your wallet or car keys (when you’re already five minutes late, of course).  For business owners, this state of panic is taken to a whole new level when key items vanish from stockrooms or in transit … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Combat Rising Healthcare Costs


Healthcare costs have been on the rise for years now. According to, the cost of healthcare has more than tripled from 1990 to 2009, and is expected to reach a whopping 19.6% of GDP in 2019. The burden of increased healthcare costs falls on employees and business owners, and can be … [Read more...]

Ramping up for the Holidays: How Your Small Business Can Prepare


30 days until Black Friday. 60 days until Christmas. If your eyes just bulged out of your head, or you’re experiencing a moment of panic, then it’s likely that you’re a small business owner. Holidays can be a scary time for businesses and their employees, so it’s important to start preparing now. … [Read more...]

Sales Tips for the Non-Salesperson


In a small business, every employee can play a role in selling your products – even if sales is way out of his or her comfort zone. That’s where our sales tips for the non-salesperson come in handy. These tips were crafted by our sales team to make it easy for anyone in your organization to sell … [Read more...]

The Upside of Negative Feedback: How to use negative feedback to improve your small business


Today's post is brought to us by Andrea Georgi, the direct marketing manager at Wasp Barcode Technologies. Recently, our organization upgraded from an out-of-the-box email marketing solution to a home-grown email marketing product with a lot more flexibility. An automatic forwarding feature lets … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make the Most of a Trade Show


Today’s guest post is brought to you by Powers Scanning Solutions. Powers Scanning Solutions is an Atlanta, Georgia-based value-added reseller (VAR) specializing in asset and inventory tracking solutions. For more information, visit These days there seem to be trade shows … [Read more...]

Creating a Social Media Policy for Your Small Business


With all the talk about Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, as a small business owner, you might feel like you should jump on the bandwagon, creating accounts for each social property. Before you get started, let’s take a look at a few things first. Social media can allow your small business … [Read more...]

The Anniversary of the Barcode


59 years ago today, two gentlemen by the names of Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver set out to help automate the checkout process. What they came up with would soon change how product information was stored and retrieved. In 1952, Woodland and Silver created world’s first barcode. Their “bulls-eye” … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Places to Start a Small Business


Does your city have what it takes to be an incubator for small business start-ups? We’ve done the research to find the top five cities best for small businesses start-ups, taking into account taxes, projected population growth, and employment history.  If you live in one of these cities and are … [Read more...]

Five Information Security Holes That Could Sink Your Business & What To Do About Them


Today's blog post is brought to us by Elizabeth Ireland, vice president of marketing for nCircle. Many small businesses believe they don’t need to pay much attention to Internet security. After all, why would hackers bother with small businesses when there are so many more profitable … [Read more...]