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Startup BizCast Updates, Previews, Inside Tidbits, and Networking

The Startup BizCast Group on Facebook is growing!  Be sure to join in.  I’ve been posting new episodes over there as well as show previews.  I’m also happy to answer questions or just chat on the Facebook “wall”.  My plan to get to as many show guests as possible to join up, and I suspect they’ll be willing to answer questions as well.

If you’re not a Facebook member, check it out.  It’s a lot of fun, and can be a great networking tool.  If you ARE a Facebook member, click the banner above to join the group!

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Small Business Recommended Reading (09-30-08)

Here’s this week’s small business recommended reading from Startup BizCast!

Business groups upset over bailout vote
Bizjournals

Small Business Economic Confidence Falls Sharply
MarketWatch (Press Release)

Maternity scheme ‘no good for business’
NEWS.com.au (Australia)

Entertainment Accounting
PEX Card Corporate Finance Blog

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Startup BizCast #65 – Small Business Computer Security (Ken Colburn)

Are the worst enemies to your small office computer network banging on the gates, or walking around inside the castle?  Truly, there are plenty of people out there trying to harm your business, either by writing viruses or actively trying to gain access to your data.  You need to protect yourself from those threats.  However, another threat is just as much of a problem — your own employees inadvertently damaging your network.  This week’s guest on Startup BizCast is Ken Colburn from Data Doctors.  He has advice on how to secure your network from all threats, whether they’re from within or without.

In this week’s BizCast Brief — surveys covering the economy and traveling.

Links mentioned in this week’s episide:
Data Doctors (www.datadoctors.com)

Also — don’t forget to join the Startup BizCast Group on Facebook!

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.


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Small Business Recommended Reading (9-23-08)

Here’s this week’s small business recommended reading from Startup BizCast!

Survey: small businesses remain optimistic
Bizjournals

National Survey Shows Traveler Award Programs Important But Too Difficult to Redeem
MarketWatch (news release)

Promises, promises, but which party has the best ideas for small business?
New Brunswick (Canada) Business Journal

Small-business owners forge ahead with holiday party plans
Dallas Morning News

Cost Cutters: Reduce Shipping Costs
The Wall Street Journal

Brand Building Tips (On A Budget)
SEOBook

What Media Crunches Mean To Your PR Efforts
Small Business Daily

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Support Your Favorite Podcasts

Nominating for the 2008 People’s Choice Podcast Awards opened this week.  Click the banner below and nominate your favorite show, whether it’s mine or someone else’s!  Podcasters don’t usually get paid, so this is a great way to say “thanks!”


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Startup BizCast #64 – Fall Tax Update (Glen Weilandt)

Fall isn’t a time when you normally think much about taxes … unless, that is, you filed for an extension back in April.  If you did, that means your taxes are due next month.  Additionally, the more thinking you do NOW, the higher the chances you’ll lower your tax burden when you file next year.  Joining me this week is Glen Weilandt with Roni Deutch Tax Centers.  We’ll discuss a variety of tax issues relevant to small business owners.

Also in this episode — an announcement about the new Startup BizCast voice mail hotline, a reminder about the Startup BizCast Facebook Group, and small business news in BizCast Brief.

Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
Roni Deutch Tax Center (www.rdtc.com)

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.


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Small Business Recommended Reading (09-16-08)

Here’s this week’s recommended reading from Startup BizCast!

Small Business Owners Back McCain
PRWeb (press release)

As Credit Lines Fade, Credit Cards Step In
New York Times

Lenovo aims ThinkServer line at SMEs
vnunet.com

The Wall Street Journal
Small Firms See Financing Harder to Get

Lessons from Ike
BusinessWeek

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New Startup BizCast Voicemail Number

phone.jpgHey folks.  I had to register a new voicemail phone number today.  My apologies to anyone who tried to call the old one, but ended up getting one of those “fast busy” signals.  I subscribe to a service that gives you a free voicemail and emails any received messages to your inbox.  It’s awesome for podcasting, but unfortunately if it’s not used for a month, your number disappears.  I’ve gone through a period where I haven’t gotten any voicemails for a little while, and I forgot to call it myself to keep it active.  So … I lost my old number.

Here is the new Startup BizCast voicemail hotline number:  206-350-7905

If you’ve tried to call recently but weren’t able to get through, PLEASE try again!

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Startup BizCast #63 – Phoning in your Small Business (Mark Asnes)

These days, if you only use your cell phone to talk to other people, you’re considered behind the times.  Today’s cell phones email, text, surf the web, and much more.  My guest this week is Mark Asnes from Wireless Zone.  He has tips for how you can use your cell phone to make your small business life easier.

Also in this episode, an announcement about the new Startup BizCast group on Facebook!  If you haven’t joined the group, head on over and do so!

In this week’s BizCast Brief, more hurricane preparedness tips, the SBA helping Florida nonprofits, and managing telecommuting workers.

Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
Wireless Zone (www.wirelesszone.com)

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.


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Small Business Recommended Reading (09-09-08)

Here’s this week’s recommended reading from Startup BizCast!

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?
Wall Street Journal Blogs

SBA offers disaster loans to some Florida nonprofits
Bizjournals

Telecommuting means change in management style
San Francisco Chronicle

How to Make a Splash for Your Small Business
Small Business Mole

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