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Innovation for Small Business: 4 Keys to Success

There is a common misperception that only very large companies are capable of innovation. If you are small, there is just no way to be innovative. It’s too expensive, it’s too risky and it takes a lot of people. The truth, however, is that you got where you are today – an entrepreneur or small business owner – through creativity, risk-taking, team building…

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Added by Kevin Hammond on April 24, 2015 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Setting Up a Business in Ohio

One of the most asked and basic questions I have gotten over the years as a business consultant goes something like this: ‘How do I get my business set up and get all the licenses I need?’ That question is often followed up with a concern about taxes or payroll and the perceived difficulty in doing all of this. Since the regulations to set up and maintain a business are set by local, state and federal legislation, there is a perceived challenge is assuring compliance. After all, few people…

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Added by Kevin Hammond on February 26, 2015 at 8:41pm — No Comments

The Advantages of using the Network Storage Solutions for Enterprises

The service oriented network storage solution allows businesses (Enterprises) for making apt use of the storage infrastructure to reduce the IT overheads. The network storage solutions built on various platforms allows the IT simplification to automate processes which improve the efficiency of business and the associated costs. The key for effective utilization of the storage infrastructure is in knowing that not all people will use the data simultaneously.



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Added by Net Activity on November 7, 2014 at 4:05am — No Comments

Upcoming business classes at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

 

Join us this fall at the Columbus Metropolitan Library for classes to help start or grow your business!

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Added by Chrissie Harris on October 10, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Facilitating Business Process with pertinent Network and Storage Solutions

Information and technology (IT) industry continues to grow consistently which lets the organizations leverage essential resources for maximum performance in terms of system functionality, stable business environment and security. There are various new technologies, network systems, and storage solutions launched timely to support the key business needs like remote data access, safe storage of data storage, networking and server hosting.

Net Activity is pioneer service provider…

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Added by Net Activity on September 26, 2014 at 3:40am — No Comments

Three Ways to Do a Patent Search

You surely have thought of new product ideas that stem from your everyday life. “My idea is the perfect solution for that problem,” you say to yourself. We all have ideas all the time for new products and better solutions than existing products offer. But few people act on those thoughts. Maybe it’s because you think it will be too hard or someone else must of thought of this before. Well, you are right: it will be hard, and someone may have thought of it already. But I’ve heard it said that…

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Added by Kevin Hammond on July 16, 2014 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Columbus Metropolitan Library offers FREE business research classes for Summer 2014

The Columbus Metropolitan Library offers FREE two-hour business research classes in the computer training Loft on the 3rd floor of Main Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, Oh 43215.

 

You do not need to register for these FREE classes. The classes are led by a librarian from the Science, Business & News division. Classes are offered twice a month on a Thursday morning, and once a month on a Wednesday or Tuesday evening. Please see the class schedule flyers…

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Added by Barbara Beardsley on June 3, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Here's your chance to be recognized as the MINORITY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR!

The Minority Business Enterprise of the Year Award Info

The “Minority Business Enterprise of the Year” Award will be presented annually to the eligible Minority or Female Business Enterprise that excels in their trade.



The City of Columbus, Equal Business Opportunity Office is seeking applicants to apply for the distinct…

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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on April 2, 2014 at 10:33am — No Comments

Cathay Pacific add 2 Columbus Flights

Cathay Pacific airlines has added twice weekly 747 cargo flights from Hong Kong to Columbus.  This is great news for importers and exporters.  Air freight to and from China has just become faster and probably cheaper.   Also great news for the underused Columbus Richenbacker Airport.

Added by Jeff Cross on March 23, 2014 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Worst Case

Sometimes when you are importing you get hit delays.    Late vessel, Customs exam, or even a flat tire on the truck delivering your goods.   Recently, a customer had his worse case happen.   Wine in a temperature controlled container from Europe to the Port of New York with a final destination of Columbus was delayed two weeks. 

First was a weather delay.  The ship arrived on time but could not be unloaded for three days because of port congestion.   The bad weather backed up the…

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Added by Jeff Cross on March 17, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments

Bad Addresses & Customs Bonds

 

US Customs is tagging importers continuous bonds if they have an old or bad address for the importer.   Now would be a good time to confirm the address US Customs has for your business is correct.    Contact your broker and ask for a Bond Query on their ABI system.  It only takes a few minutes.  

If the address returned by the query is incorrect or outdated your customs broker can easily update Customs.   It takes a…

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Added by Jeff Cross on March 6, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

Weather & Chinese New Year.

 

Importers and Exporters are having all their cargo delayed.   

Importers are just now getting new shipments in because of the two week vacaction the Chinese take this time of year.    From Jan 31 to the middle of Feb. nothing moved in China.   Of course, even after everyone returned to work it took some time for the factories to gear back up & fill those orders.   Columbus should be seeing those imports arriving soon. 

 

The exporters have had troubles…

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Added by Jeff Cross on March 4, 2014 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Understanding Your Company’s Financials: Assistance with Financial Analysis

A continuous theme I hear from small company operators is a misunderstanding of their current financial picture. It’s understandable. Your focus is on driving sales and improving your company’s secret sauce. As long as there is money in the bank account and sales coming in, financials take a back seat.

One favorite pastime of mine is financial planning and analyzing financials, whether it be personal finances or companies. Since I enjoy this so much (yea, I know right) and have…

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Added by Kevin Hammond on February 26, 2014 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Columbus Metropolitan Library offers FREE business research classes for entrepreneurs!

The Columbus Metropolitan Library offers FREE two-hour business research classes in the computer training Loft on the 3rd floor of Main Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, Oh 43215.

 

You do not need to register for these FREE classes. The classes are led by a librarian with over 20 years experience in business research. Classes are offered twice a month on a Thursday morning, and once a month on a Wednesday evening. Please see the class schedule flyers below.

 

If…

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Added by Barbara Beardsley on February 3, 2014 at 12:54pm — No Comments

The Easy Answer to Email Overload

If you are like a lot of entrepreneurs, your email has become an unmanageable mess with a flurry of new emails pouring in every day. Promotional emails, marketing messages, new discounts from that store you visited that one time, and newsletters from a bevy of websites you visited a long time ago that promised you things like a "FREE GUIDE TO INCREASE REVENUE 10,000%" are all flooding into your inbox on a daily basis. Now don't get me wrong, maybe you want to get…

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Added by Stephen Payerle on October 23, 2013 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

Arris Tumblr Blog

Please check out our new blog and follow!

http://arrisproductions.tumblr.com/post/62814596044/lets-talk-about-arris

Added by Ronnell Elkins on October 1, 2013 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Columbus Metropolitan Library offers FREE business research classes for Fall 2013

The Business Information Class I is a FREE two-hour class on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 or on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00. in the Loft on the 3rd floor of Main Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, Oh 43215. This class is for startup entrepreneurs. You will learn how to use our catalog to find print and eBooks on writing a business plan, how to research an industry, and much more. Registration is not required. View our events calendar at…

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Added by Barbara Beardsley on September 16, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Grant Money Available for Business Workforce Training

The Ohio Development Services Agency is launching round two of the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program

 

A pre-application is now available beginning September 4, 2013 for businesses who want financial help to train their current workforce. $27 million in grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications for the grant program will be accepted for review on…

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Added by Tonya Wilson, SBDC on September 13, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments

FRiEND

Step Off Productions and Arris Productions just got the news that our film FRiEND is now featured on the Indiegogo home page!!! We didn't do this alone though. With help from our co-producers atSpook Show Entertainment and fans we…

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Added by Ronnell Elkins on April 22, 2013 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Is Your Business Structure Complete?

Sometimes, a new business owner “bootstraps” it and ventures out to set up her corporation or limited liability company herself.  Not knowing any better, she files with the secretary of state (hopefully the proper forms) and receives a certificate in the mail.  The staff at the secretary of state’s office is not permitted to provide customers with any legal or accounting advice. 

A year or two later, flags start to go up as…

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Added by Ambrose Moses, III on February 11, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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