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Igniting Business Blog

Check out our comprehensive blog where we cover the important Web Design, SEO, and Marketing topics which impact small businesses like yours.  

Igniting Business has established itself as a comprehensive resource for small businesses looking to succeed and grow to the next level. We focus exclusively on small businesses because we believe that small companies are often overlooked for web design, SEO, and marketing services. Many competitors in our industry primarily pursue big contracts with large companies. If these competitors do work with small businesses as well, they provide the small business owner with inferior customer service, lack of necessary attention, and unattainable pricing structures. Yet, small businesses are often unable to maintain their own internal comprehensive marketing, web, and SEO departments, which are necessary for growth.

Igniting Business fulfills this need by providing powerful small business solutions at affordable rates. Our team of web design, SEO, and marketing specialists are here to make your job easier and help your small business succeed. We encourage you to contact us to learn more or to set up a free consultation.

How are you backing up your data?

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Most clients that I visit say they have some sort of backup system, but they don't really know where or how their data is being backed up. Other businesses may not have a current system in place due to budgetary reasons or simply the time it takes to initially setup. For these companies, backing up usually doesn’t become an absolute necessity until after a data loss problem occurs. Below is a quick overview of several types of backup systems:

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Holiday Security Tips

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Theft is real and common

Everyone thinks that it'll never happen to them. But that's not true. If you want proof, type in "2014 identity theft statistics" in google. You will be surprised by the results. The truth is that few people know and understand the real danger of virtual theft. People always talk about how to protect yourself from someone who mugs you on the street, but how do you protect yourself from something you cannot touch or see?

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Shopping for Technology: How to Navigate Through all the Noise

 

Shopping for tech this year? With so many products being advertised, searching the best product can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Although finding the best option isn't easy, here are a few reminders on how to find the best products for your business:

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End of the Year Technology Upgrades

 

 

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IB to Present Seminar at Small Business Exhibition

Igniting Business will be presenting a marketing seminar at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce's annual Small Business Exhibition held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 12-4 p.m.  Grab a passport and tour dynamic booth displays from Chamber businesses with 15 or fewer employees and attend informative seminars relevant to businesses of all sizes. Admission is free!

Seminar Details:
Topic:5 Affordable Small Business Marketing Tools
Presenter: Ben Seidel, President of Igniting Business
Time: 1:15 pm (seating will be limited, try to arrive early!)
Location:Parkade Center, East Entrance, Suite 214 E - 601 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65203
Description: Ben will be presenting on 5 low-cost (some are even free!) tools that you should be using to market your small business and communicate with current customers.

Seminar Schedule:
12:30 pm- The Art of Negotiation and Closing a Deal
1:15 pm- 5 Affordable Small Business Marketing Tools
2:00 pm- Small Business Resources

Please encourage others to come see us and other local businesses.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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File Sharing: Seeking Simple Solutions

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The ability to share files without emailing back and forth has been a fantastic tool for small businesses. Sharing any sort of document is so easy these days that we don't realize how much time this saves us. DropBox is probably the most popular free file sharing service, but there are a few other options that you could use along with DropBox.

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Is Your Computer Running Slow? A Few Simple Tips May Help

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As a computer technician, I often get asked the question "Why is my computer running so slow?" I chuckle to myself sometimes, because "slow" is usually a relative term. For example, "Can you take a look at my laptop? [Insert co-worker's name] is not having any issues with her computer, and we have the same computer." Regardless of what slow means to you, here are some simple tips that will help keep your computer running smoothly:

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Is Windows 8.1 Right For Your Small Business?

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Recently, Igniting Business asked a local small business employee what she thinks of Windows 8.1. Her name is Paula Burger, and she is an accountant for Oakstone Construction, a residential construction company. When we got her answers to our questions, Paula said "I was not entirely positive about upgrading, but I was honest." If you are still unsure of upgrading, read through Paula's experience of the new operating system.

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Windows 8.1 Introduction

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As someone who installs and upgrades computers for small businesses, I have heard many questions regarding the new Windows operating system. The user interface is different from what Windows 7 or Vista users expect, so it can be unnerving and inconvenient for some people to learn. Tablet and smartphone users have some sort of experience with the app or card style interface, but those who are not as knowledgeable in this area may have trouble adapting. For that reason, I have put together a short and simple look at Windows 8.1. Microsoft has a lot of nice resources too, and I will be linking to them throughout this blog.
To start off, if you have Windows 8, it is for your benefit to upgrade to Windows 8.1. After this modification, you will have less trouble maneuvering through the new operating system. If you would like help updating to Windows 8.1, please follow these instructions. Oh, and it's free! So update!

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Critical Internet Explorer Security Patch Released - Update Required

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Most likely, you have heard some news about the recent security concerns regarding Internet Explorer. You usually don't hear this much talk about most software bugs, but this one is quite serious. There are a lot of people who use IE, and all those users are extremely vulnerable. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security warned against using IE until the bug was fixed. For those who want all the details, Microsoft has posted an official report: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/security/2963983. The main thing you should know is that someone could remotely execute arbitrary code when you view a well-crafted web page or email. Eventually, this can lead to your entire system being compromised. That means all your information can be easily stolen if your system is successfully attacked.

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