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Explore our business tips blog posts covering topics on small business technology, IT, business efficiency, software, operations management, and more.

Have You Heard About The Free Windows 10 Upgrade?

  There has been some talk going around about the new Windows 10 operating system. Rumored to be released as soon as this summer, the new Windows boasts features such as the personal assistant Cortana and a new browser called Spartan....

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Google Fiber Sign Up is Now Open for Lee’s Summit – March 2015 Update

Over the past couple months, you may have seen contractors around your neighborhood digging and laying fiber optics. I would encourage you to check out my earlier blog on the status of Google Fiber construction and pricing for small businesses. Google...

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How are you backing up your data?

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...

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Google Fiber Update for Lee's Summit - February 2015

UPDATE: Two days after publishing this post, Google contacted us and stated that though construction is still in progress, sign-ups for Google Fiber in Lee's Summit will be open in March.UPDATE 2: Signup for Google Fiber in Lee's Summit is now...

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Holiday Security Tips

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...

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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...

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End of the Year Technology Upgrades

    Have you been considering key upgrades for your computer systems or office technology?  Now is the perfect time to look at upgrading your technology.  Towards the end of the year, many of our component vendors provide steep discounts in...

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File Sharing: Seeking Simple Solutions

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...

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

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...

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Is Windows 8.1 Right For Your Small Business?

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...

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Windows 8.1 Introduction

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...

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Critical Internet Explorer Security Patch Released - Update Required

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,...

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Word Tips: Reviewing Documents in Word

Have you explored the Review tab on Microsoft Office's ribbon beyond spell check and word count? Well Microsoft Word has more features to offer. In this blog, I will walk you through the Comments, Tracking, and Changes sections. Here there are...

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3 Ways to Organize Your Computer Files

  Environment has a strong effect on the way we work. Lighting, sound, cleanliness, culture, and many other factors influence our productivity. But have you ever considered how your PC Desktop organization affects your work? Do you think there is any...

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How to Create Bookmarks in Commonly-Used Browsers

How many times have you typed in your business' website into a browser? How often are you typing out "google.com" or "facebook.com"? Well if you want to bypass the step of typing those URLs every time, you can save those pages...

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Microsoft to End Windows XP Support

Are you currently running Windows XP as your PC operating system? Microsoft has announced it will no longer be releasing updates or support for XP as of April 8, 2014. We know for some of our clients this may be an...

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Word Tips: Using Images in Word

How often do you use images in Microsoft Word? Images can be very helpful – from writing notes for a presentation to explaining a concept to a client. If you have never tried inserting a picture into Word, take a look...

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A Secure Tool to Keep Track of Your Passwords – KeePass

  Each day we are creating more and more passwords – whether it be for online shopping, social media, email, banking...the list goes on. Security requirements for these passwords are becoming more specific; many require combinations of lowercase and uppercase letters,...

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5 and a Half Ways to Use Your Old Hard Drive

  Did you recently get a new computer, or upgrade your hard drive for larger capacity/better performance? If you did, chances are that you have a well-functioning old hard drive that is no longer being used. At Igniting Business, we do...

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Igniting Business Tests Google Glass

You may have heard some buzz recently about the new Google Glass. Well Igniting Business had the opportunity to test it out, courtesy of our new friend David Drum, Research Manager at MOREnet. As a Glass Explorer, David had the chance...

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Safeguarding Computers from Power Surges and Outages Using UPS Systems (Battery Backups)

Imagine that you are using your computer to finalize a document or send out an agenda with critical last minute details, and the power goes out due to a storm (especially if you live in the Midwest like us). Your computer...

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