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All small businesses face a constant challenge: how to stretch finite time and financial resources to incredible lengths in order to achieve consistent growth. This edition of Productivity@Work delivers tricks and hacks that will help you get more out of every minute and every dollar. We're here to help you build your business. That's B4B.


The One-Page Business Plan

Paring your plan down to a single page can provide you with a concise tool to keep your business on track, and provide others with a snapshot of who you are and what you do.

Secrets of Social Media Power Users

Each social media platform is tailored to a different audience--you should be mindful of where your customers are.

Using Online Video Effectively

Research shows that video boosts email open by 19 percent, click-through rates by as much as 300 percent, and website visitors' likelihood of purchase by 64 percent. Here's how it can deliver results for your business.

Your Office in 2020: A Glimpse into the Future

The workplace is in for tremendous changes over the next five years. At the speed that technology evolves, you need to be prepared to handle the changes ahead. Learn what some top experts predict about how we will work in 2020.

Unlocking the Power of LinkedIn

Learn about LinkedIn's little-known and advanced features to unlock its potential to the greatest extent possible.

Is It Time To Check Out Mobile Apps for Your Business?

Mobile apps have demonstrated ability to improve customer loyalty, boost sales and profits, energize marketing, and help in the recruitment and retention of valued employees. Is it time to build one for your business?

Negotiate Better with Everyone

Here's what some negotiators with a track record of success have to say about improving your skills.

Putting Business Intelligence to Work for Your SMB

Until fairly recently, business intelligence (BI) was almost exclusively the domain of enterprise organizations with deep pockets and extensive data-analysis capabilities--well beyond the reach of most small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Not anymore.

Effective Use of Facebook for Your Business

Reaching customers and prospects on Facebook used to be a fairly straightforward proposition for small and medium-sized businesses, but as the social media giant continues to tinker with its algorithms, that's no longer the case.

Securing Cloud Systems with Mobile Employees

The unfettered access and flexibility that mobile applications and cloud-based networks provide employees has been a boon for many small and medium-sized businesses. Is your cloud system secure? Take some simple yet important steps to increase security.

Managing Network TCO

Managing network costs is a continuous balancing act for small and medium-sized businesses. They are constantly challenged to find the best allocations of often limited resources to ensure networks remain reliable, flexible enough to grow, and cost-effective.

The Benefits of Offering Free Customer Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi access is fast becoming a prominent customer expectation. Consumer-facing small and medium-sized businesses not currently offering their customers free Wi-Fi may soon find themselves at a serious competitive disadvantage -- if they're not already.

Protect Your Business from Cybercrime Threats

Successful cybercrime attacks against giant corporations and government agencies may get all the headlines, but small and medium-sized businesses are not immune. In fact, they often make particularly attractive targets because they tend to have small security budgets.

Hosting Unforgettable Social Media Events

Businesses of all types and sizes have begun including social media events in their marketing mix and with good reason. This digital strategy can be particularly rewarding for small and medium-sized businesses

Secrets of Super-Productive People

Most owners of small and medium-size businesses face a constant bombardment of decisions to be made and fires to be put out, but is that really the most productive use of your time? Often, the answer is no. Here's where you should be focusing now.

How to Make Users Love Your Website

The most common problem that Lorrie Thomas Smith, CEO of Web Marketing Therapy, encounters with the websites of small and medium-sized businesses is a straightforward one and, thankfully, pretty easy to fix.

Improve Your Leadership Presence

Some people think the term "leadership presence" is all about wearing the right wardrobe or mastering the latest presentation skills. True leadership presence involves much more -- and you probably underestimate its importance to the success of your business. Here's what you need to know.


The State of SEO: Does It Still Matter?

Search engine optimization (SEO) is getting more complex, especially with the new RankBrain. But that's no reason to throw up your hands and give up. It's more important than ever to have a high-quality site and work to keep it that way.

10 Ways to Turn One Sale into Many

Your sales process at the point of sale can often be overlooked because you have achieved the sale itself. But if you want to turn that sale in to many more, it requires focus.

Why Content Is Essential to Your Culture

In business today, content must be a key element in order to stay competitive. Not only do you need content but it must be valuable, and education-based for your ideal customer.

Startup Insights

How Scalable Is Your Business?

Growth is the goal for the majority of early-stage ventures, and they need to create scalable organizations to manage expansion.

Choosing the Right Business Name

Choosing the right name is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs make when starting up a new business. Here are some fresh insights into naming your business well.

Choosing Your Startup Team Wisely

Entrepreneurs are bombarded with issues competing for their attention during the early days of a startup venture, and prioritizing strategically can be a challenge. But even in the midst of that frenzied environment, choosing the right startup team should be at the top of your list.

What VCs Want in a Startup

If you want to attract venture capital for your new business, here's a suggestion: Start with a great idea and be really good at what you do. Here's a peek at VC's wish list in companies they seek to fund.


Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

A nonprofit collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) offers advanced supercomputing infrastructure for solving large-scale, data-intensive problems in science and engineering.

Mercersburg Academy Merges Old-School Academics and New Tech for Student Success

Mercersburg Academy has been producing Rhodes scholars and Olympic athletes for more than 120 years, but as its technology-enabled, 1:1 collaborative education initiative shows, the prestigious Pennsylvania prep school is anything but old-fashioned.

Pfeifer Industries' Network Merges Connectivity and Cost Control

Jim Donovan, president of Pfeifer Industries, found an effective solution to the company's TCO challenges in voice and internet services from Comcast Business

Ashlawn Farm Coffee Perks Up Its Business

Ashlawn Farm Coffee owner Carol Dahlike talks about how she used Comcast Business Internet and Wi-Fi to set her business apart from the competition.

Citi Performing Arts Center: Home to the Performing Arts in Boston

Vice President and General Manager Michael Szczepkowski discusses the important role technology plays in helping the overseer of New England's largest cultural venues fulfill its mission.


B4B Resource: Ethernet Network Service

If your business is in multiple locations, it's now possible to connect them as if they are all in the same building. Comcast Business Ethernet Network Service lets you connect physically distributed locations across a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) as if they were on the same Local Area Network (LAN) at speeds up to 10Gbps.

B4B Resource: TV for Businesses

Comcast Business TV adds value with the right news and entertainment channels for your business--and plenty of premium channels available to customize your selection.

B4B Resource: Microsoft SharePoint

Improve productivity and collaboration with this robust tool.

B4B Resource: Web Hosting

Your website is the lifeline to your business, so make sure it's always up and running with reliable Web hosting

B4B Resource: Make Yourself Heard

Most companies conduct a significant amount of business by telephone, and there's no better platform for that than Comcast Business VoiceEdge. With HD voice quality and a host of productivity-boosting features, VoiceEdge is like having a cloud-based virtual PBX.


Upware Tip: Soonr Workplace

If you're looking for the right balance between user productivity and management/IT control for your business, give the Soonr Workplace collaboration and file management application a look.

Upware Tip: AnyMeeting

This online tool is great for boosting productivity through increased collaboration

Upware Tip: F-Secure

F-Secure Protection Service for Business is a prestigious, award-winning, multi-device security solution designed specifically for the needs of small businesses.

Upware Tip: Cloud Desk: Concierge Service

The Cloud Desk connects you with knowledgeable Comcast Business Cloud Desk agents for consultation and recommendations, acting like a concierge service for Hosted Applications.

Upware Tip: DocuSign: An Easy Productivity Boost

DocuSign helps small businesses and individual professionals around the world easily and securely send, sign, and manage documents in the cloud.

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