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  • Blog Post: Blogging is Big Business

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) How many blogs do you read over the course of the business day? There are many blogs on the Internet today. Businesses are adopting blogging as a way to keep in touch with their client base more frequently, they are using internal...
  • Blog Post: A Small Business Rolls Out Vista and Office 2007

            Alan is the top IT guy (as well as the only IT guy) for a small vibrant company call AGSI located in Hornby, Ontario , just west of Toronto. I visited him at their funky new office location earlier this week to talk about his Vista and Office 2007 deployment project. He's...
  • Blog Post: The 20 Minute Miracle

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) Twenty minutes. That’s all it takes to become “a knight in shining armour” in your client’s eyes, adding stickiness in all of your business relationships. What do I mean by the twenty minute miracle? The twenty minute miracle...
  • Blog Post: Group Manager Barb Anderson talks about small business needs

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Group Manager Barb Anderson , who talks about small business needs. Enjoy! Stephen Ibaraki Barb Anderson is Intuit's Group Sales and Marketing Manager, Global Small...
  • Blog Post: Eileen Brown: Leading International Technology Authority and Executive; shares her expertise on social media, online branding, Web 2.0, top trends, valuable resources, best practices to engage with customers

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Eileen Brown: Leading International Technology Authority and Executive; Eileen shares her top career tips and expertise on social media, online branding, Web 2.0, top trends...
  • Blog Post: Canadian Microsoft SBSC Partners Strategize for 2010 in Orlando

    Leading Managed Services Providers link up for two days of intense business interaction focused on execution and accountability. HTG Canada continues its work on enhancing the Canadian IT landscape with a focus on giving more. Heartland Tech Groups (HTG), an international organization of Managed Service...
  • Blog Post: Partnerships can be a difficult ship to steer

    Stuart R. Crawford Success Creator You Factor Inc. http://www.stuartcrawford.com 1-403-604-9464 Did this thought ever enter in your mind about a relationship or partnership? How did I ever get into business with these guys? How did I end up partnering with them? What do I have to do to get out of this...
  • Blog Post: Chat with Jean-Guy Carrier Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

    Jean-Guy Carrier became Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce on 24 January 2011. He is also Director of Programmes for ICC's Research Foundation. Mr. Carrier has initiated and led research-based publishing and public information programmes for various international and national...
  • Blog Post: 8 Ways to Kick Start Your 2008 Small Business IT Planning

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) 2008 will be here before you know it - are you ready with what the market will throw at you in a couple of months? With 2008 just around the corner, now is a good time to start the discussion of what needs to be the focus...
  • Blog Post: Butterfly Catching

      Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) What do you mean by Butterfly catching? Can you picture it in your mind, as the owners of your own small business consulting business, are you running around from idea to idea, just like a young child runs around catching...
  • Blog Post: Surviving in a One-Strike Society

      Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) In today’s world of instant gratification, short attention spans and lack of patience, the one-strike approach to dealing with business is becoming a main stream concern for many small business consulting firms...
  • Blog Post: Management and the Midmarket Myth

    Canadian midmarket companies are rapidly expanding their networks by adopting the latest mobile and collaboration technologies. However, a reactive management environment can make it more difficult to quickly deliver security and application upgrades and instead forces IT staff to spend their time putting...
  • Blog Post: The Importance of the Pitch

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) In baseball, the number of strikes that the pitcher can throw in the strike zone is very critical the overall success of the baseball team on the field. The pitcher has the ultimate responsibility to ensure that strikes outnumber...
  • Blog Post: Living in a Virtual World

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) Where do you see this world in the next five to ten years? How did the last five or ten years play out for you? Like you expected? The world as we know it is constantly changing, new economic factors are affecting the way we...
  • Blog Post: Does Badmouthing Your Competition Get You Ahead?

      Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) The small business communities in any city across the world are normally very small, tight and communicate with each other frequently. So when I hear of competition bad mouthing other small business IT professionals...
  • Blog Post: Get the Right Clients on the Bus

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) We have all heard the saying that we must have the right employees on our business bus, but have you ever thought that you need to have the right clients on the bus as well? Just like having the wrong employees on your team...
  • Blog Post: Cloud for Small Business

    My dad is in his retirement years, but he’s one of those guys who will never really retire. Once part of the engineering team that built the communications system for the Expo line for Vancouver’s SkyTrain in the mid-80’s among other things, he now works as an IT consultant for a small computer store...
  • Blog Post: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) Many small business professionals toss and turn in the middle of the night, losing valuable hours of much needed sleep worrying about making a difficult or in reality it may just be a not so difficult decision. We lose thousands...
  • Blog Post: SMB Nation Toronto

    If you're in the Toronto area May 3rd and 4th and work with Small Business Server, you'll want to be sure to attend the SMB Nation Toronto Conference that's happening at that time. The 2 day event includes talks on VoIP, Response Point, virtualization, and SharePoint Services 3.0 as well as on business...
  • Blog Post: Client Satisfaction Success

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) In business, we are often taught in school and from peers to focus on profits and revenues as the key indicators to success in Small Business consulting (or at least that is how we are measured against others in our industry...