6 Reasons Connecticut Companies Need to Update Their Business Software

By Tom McDonald | Aug 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Whenever you buy new office equipment, the tendency is to run it until it wears out to maximize the return on the capital investment. You cannot use the same approach with business software. Developers are continually updating software to fix bugs, address security issues, and add new functionality. Connecticut companies that fail to actively maintain their business software are leaving themselves open to risks as well as failing to take advantage of the latest technology.

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Get Rid of Your Old Electronics: Free E-cycling in CT

By Tom McDonald | Jun 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Nothing seems to go out of fashion faster than the latest technology. Long before television sets stop working, computers crash, or smartphone batteries give out, they become obsolete and need to be replaced by the latest and greatest hardware with the new features. Even at your average Connecticut small business, obsolete computer hardware tends to clutter up the storeroom as monitors, workstations, and network equipment are upgraded.

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5 Companies Founded by Connecticut Tech Grads

By Tom McDonald | Jun 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Connecticut Yankees always have been innovators. Ethan Allen built the first blast furnace in Lakeville in 1762, which launched Connecticut’s cannon industry. Additionally, the Colt factory in Hartford is credited with the birth of mass production of firearms. Moreover, former Colt mechanics Francis Pratt and Amos Whitney were the first to develop precision manufacturing techniques when they created Pratt & Whitney. In short, Connecticut has a long history as the birthplace of invention and innovation. And today’s Connecticut innovators are still at work launching tech startups and creating next-generation products.

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7 TED Talks to Inspire Growth for Connecticut Small Business Owners

By Tom McDonald | Feb 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Connecticut is a great state for small businesses. We have a well-educated workforce and a strong labor market. We are close to major cities such as New York and Boston, and Connecticut’s personal per capita income averages $20,000 higher than the national average.

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Printer Broken Again? How to Set up IT for Your CT Small Business

By Tom McDonald | Jan 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Like it or not, Connecticut small businesses still tend to rely on paper. Even with the growing adoption of paperless processes, most businesses continue to consume reams of paper for reports, purchase orders, paper records, mailed invoices, and a variety of routine business applications.

The more paper your CT small business generates, the more important your office printers are. When a printer fails, it can have a dramatic impact on business productivity. That’s why many business owners have on-call IT support to keep printers running.

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The Most Business-Friendly Cities for SMBs in Connecticut

By Tom McDonald | Nov 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If you are planning to set up your small- to medium-sized business in Connecticut, where is the best location to set up shop? It depends on a number of factors, of course, but there are some Connecticut cities that are more business friendly than others. It all depends on the criteria you choose to apply.

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The Top 3 Mobile Businesses in CT

By Tom McDonald | Oct 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

All businesses are going mobile these days. With the boom in smartphone sales and the proliferation of laptops and tablets, now you can access the office from any location, and many people do. You walk into the nearest Starbucks or coffee shop and chances are you will see dozens of people with their headphones in, working on their laptops. Geography is no longer an issue for business thanks to the mobile enterprise, and there are a number of Connecticut mobile start-ups that are fueling the growth of mobile business.

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Top 5 Mentorship Programs for CT Entrepreneurs

By Tom McDonald | Sep 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Contrary to popular belief, business is booming in the Nutmeg State. An increasing number of new businesses are being started by entrepreneurs. New startups in biotechnology, financial services, high-tech, and other markets are opening their doors across the state. Venture funding is becoming more readily available and with the economy improving, investors are looking for new opportunities. And as start-ups continues to thrive, so does the need for mentorship programs to help fledgling CT entrepreneurs succeed.

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Top CEOs in CT: And What They Can Teach You About Growing Your SMB

By Tom McDonald | Sep 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM


So what can the example of those top paid professionals tell you about how to build your own SMB? There are plenty of self-help books out there that draw from top CEO successes, such as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. Just about every high-powered CEO from Lee Iacocca to Donald Trump has published a book with the “secrets” to their success. So what can you learn from the top CEOs in CT? Can their examples teach you about business growth? Absolutely!

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