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  1. Responding to a Cyberattack

    Five years ago, cyberattacks were mostly targeted at large companies, where the huge payout was worth the effort.  This is no longer true; between 60 and 70 percent of small and mid-sized businesses face cyberattacks each year.  As ransomware becomes more pervasive and phishing emails become less obviously fake, the effort required to execute a…

  2. Overcoming a Business Plateau: Measuring Success

    This article is the last in a three-part series on how to overcome a period of stagnation, or “plateau” that businesses often hit somewhere between 20 and 50 employees.  The first and second articles, Process and the Importance of Consistency and Taking the Leap of Faith, were posted previously. When you did all the work,…

  3. Overcoming a Business Plateau: Taking the Leap of Faith

    This article is the second in a three-part series on how to overcome a period of stagnation, or “plateau” that businesses often hit somewhere between 20 and 50 employees.  The first article, Process and the Importance of Consistency, was posted previously. Most successful business owners have a pretty good idea of their business strategy before…

  4. Overcoming a Business Plateau: Process and the Importance of Consistency

    This article is the first in a three-part series on how to overcome a period of stagnation or “plateau” that businesses often hit somewhere between 20 and 50 employees.  Starting a business designed to grow beyond a couple of employees requires a tremendous amount of work – work that many owners are happy to do…

  5. Projecting What Your Business Looks Like in 2025

    One of the most common aphorisms in investment is that the markets hate uncertainty.  Businesses hate it, too, and for good reason.   Businesses make money by investing in the ability to deliver their goods and services more efficiently, and make their money back through increased profit margins on each future sale.  But if they plan…

  6. Providing Meaning to Your Employees

    What’s More Important Than Money? Depending on where your business is located in the Triangle, unemployment is somewhere between 2.8% (Cary and Apex) and 3.6% (Chapel Hill).  If you’re like most executives, you’re probably trying to figure out how to hire in this environment.  A 3% unemployment rate means that nearly all qualified prospects are…

  7. Two Signs You’ve Outgrown Your One-Person Technology Team

    Most companies start out with zero IT support staff, if you exclude the person who has to stop what they’re doing and figure out what’s going on when technology stops working.  As the company grows, that person might track down a freelancer they can pay to come help with the network when they get in…

  8. Every Risk Doesn’t Lead to a Cataclysm

    Risk has always been a potent marketing tool.  First, an advertiser finds some latent fear – a health crisis, a major vehicle repair, a tax audit – and then they blow the issue up, to get your heart beating faster.  Now that they have your attention, they tell you that for a price, they can…

  9. Should You Slow Down During an Economic Slowdown?

    If you’re like most businesses, you’re hiring right now.  Despite an impending global slowdown, the United States economy continues to deliver strong results.  Most companies are experiencing a shortage of qualified job applicants, and in some cases they’re passing on business opportunities they’d love to take due to a lack of staffing to handle the…

  10. Three Requirements for Employee Access to Company Data

    Who has access to sensitive files on your network?  You’ve probably locked down sensitive files, such as HR and bookkeeping information, ensuring that only certain people can view them.  But how about corporate strategy documents?  Data about your clients? Your sales team’s interactions with prospects? This is a question of employee trust, but it’s much…