the ceo magazine, information security
Joe Siegrist, CEO & Co-founder, LastPass

As the past year has shown, the evolution of technology has created a tidal wave of new security risks and concerns for businesses. Every day, more companies are seeing their names in the headlines after a breach in security. Aside from bad press, businesses that suffer from a data breach lose money and customer trust.

This past month I did the unthinkable I got a subscription to a service that will provide me with a steady stream of information. I know what you are thinking, “There is so much free data out there why would you pay for it?” That’s a really good question. The truth is that there is a lot of free content but how good is it?

the ceo magazine, business growth,
William Vanderbloemen, President/CEO, Vanderbloemen Search Group

In March of 2010, I left my job, my wife and I put our life savings on the table, and we started a business. We were committed to building it from scratch - debt-free and with no venture capital. Our new business – a search firm serving churches – faced challenges from the beginning.  The idea of executive search was a new one for churches, and the economy at the time wasn’t too forgiving to young start-up businesses.

It’s almost April 15th. In fact it’s right around the corner so it should be no surprise that many small business owners are thinking about taxes. OK, let me be even more blunt- owners are dreading the thought of taxes because in takes time and money!

Here’s a couple of interesting statistics. According to NSBA, which today released its 2015 Taxation Survey, 1-in-4 small businesses spend more than $10,000 per year on administration alone of federal taxes. And, more than 1-in-5 spend 120 hours or more on federal taxes.

This past week I attended the National Plastics Exposition (NPE) to do some videotaping for a client. As I walked the massive show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando I marveled at the booths. One had a machine that was literally as big as a house. Others had smaller, but still impressive, equipment, videos and displays. So I started to wonder if trade shows are a viable marketing activity for small business… or are they just for the “big guys?”

The answer is not as easy as you might think.



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