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Take a moment and ask yourself the questions below. Then, read further and find out the answers and the “why” behind the “how” to save time and energy at your business.

  • What would 15 minutes per day per person be worth to your business over 12 months time?
  • If your email were to become totally inaccessible – for whatever reason – what would that feel like?
  • Why is it important to use the  “cloud” for your spam-fighting solution?
  • How long do you want to hold on to your server(s) before having to replace them?

Say goodbye to spam and hello to dramatically increased productivity.

Protect against spam, viruses and phishing exploits outside the corporate network.

  • Block email-borne malware.
  • Avoid unsolicited offensive material that could be perceived as creating a hostile work environment.
  • Avoid the maintenance and management required for on-site hardware and software solutions.
  • Completely eliminate foreign language spam that often bypasses traditional defenses.
  • Secure the local email server by eliminating multiple access points.

  

Prevent outbound email from spreading viruses and spam.

  • Protect your reputation with a safeguard that prevents users from inadvertently sending spam & viruses.
  • Prevent your IP addresses from inadvertently getting blacklisted, which can prevent your users’ legitimate emails from reaching their recipients.
  • Identify possible compromised PCs that can lead to the leakage of sensitive corporate information.

Keep inbound email in queue in case the local mail server fails or the power goes out.

  • Incoming email is not bounced or lost when your local email server is down for any reason.
  • Local email problems are invisible to external senders, because non-delivery receipts are not sent.
  • Delivery of incoming mail resumes as soon as the local email server returns to operation.

Should you be interested in a 7-day free trial of our CMIT Anti-Spam solution, contact CMIT Solutions of Denver  at 303-756-2648 or by email by September 7th to take advantage of this wonderful and so worthwhile offer. 

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When was the last time you spent even 60 minutes on your own professional development?  If you can’t remember, you’re not alone. 
 
One of the biggest challenges business owners and managers face is they get so busy in their day-to-day operation that they neglect their most important asset, themselves.
 
Forbes.com leadership expert Lisa Earle McLeod says, “You’re the biggest asset your business has.  If you’re not developing your own skills, it’s like not maintaining your equipment or your customer base.  Eventually your business will suffer.”
 
But who has time to read a book or attend a seminar when you’ve got a business to run?
 
That’s where the web comes in.  Online learning is exploding, and webinars are one of the most effective ways you can develop your skills without investing a lot of time or money.  McLeod, who runs a sales and leadership training firm, says, “Personal development doesn’t have to be boring, expensive or time-consuming.  We do a lot of webinars for our clients because it enables us to take a single topic, like selling skills, employee engagement or organization skills, and provide people with quick, easy to use advice and tools, no travel required.”

CMIT has partnered with McLeod to create a webinar series titled “Grow Your Small Business Without Giving Up Your Life.”   As a CMIT Solutions of Denver e-newsletter recipient, you’re invited to attend for free. (registration info at the bottom of this article)   

Here are McLeod’s 10 Tips for getting the most out of any webinar:

1. Be Choosy – Your time is valuable. Look for webinars that provide true skill development rather than just an overview of something.  Think about what would have the biggest impact on your life or business.

2. Consider the Source – Look at who’s offering the webinar and who’s leading it.  There are tons of webinars out there and many of them are just sales pitches in disguise.  Make sure the webinar is sponsored by a trusted source and is being delivered by an expert in the field.

3. Expect Takeaways – A good webinar should provide you with a downloadable tool you can use right away and that you can share with your employees and colleagues.

4. Block Out Time – Treat the webinar as you would a client meeting or any other important appointment.  If you’re serious about your development, you’ll schedule time for it. 

5. Turn Off EmailMulti-tasking is a myth (read Dave Crenshaw’s book of this same name – I have!).  If you’re going to attend, make sure you’re fully focused.

6. Log On Early – Many webinar providers, including CMIT’s provider Go To Meeting, do a system check and take a minute to load, especially the first time.  Log in a few minutes early to make sure you’re ready before the official start time.

7. Choose Your Audio – Webinars usually give you the option of dialing in via phone, or listening via your computer.  Make your choice when you log in.  If you want to be able to ask questions and your computer doesn’t have a microphone, choose the phone option.  If you choose listening from your computer, make sure your speakers and mic are on.

8. Participate – If the webinar gives you an option; by all means participate.  It will make the call more meaningful for you and everyone else. In many cases, if you ask a question you’ll get expert advice from someone you might not otherwise have access to.

9. Share Recordings – Most webinars provide a link to a recording of the call after the fact.  If you learned something, share it with your colleagues and employees.

10. Apply and Enjoy – The ideal webinar is entertaining AND informative.  So take a breath before you start, grab pen and paper to record useful info, settle into your chair, and show up with a learner attitude.  This is about improving your business and your life, it should be fun and interesting

FREE Webinar :  The Three Secrets of Organizing Your Business
(and your life)
 Thursday, August 26 at 1 pm Eastern/12 pm Central/11am Mountain

Presented by business author and humor columnist Lisa Earle McLeod.In this engaging, informative and extremely practical webinar you’ll learn how to create peace, productivity and profits by breaking through the bottlenecks in your life and work. REGISTER NOW  for this CMIT Solutions sponsored webinar!

 If you missed the first 2 webinars in our Summer Webinar series, click here to access the recordings.

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I have used Microsoft OneNote some. That is not good enough. This program will allow the user to centralize thoughts and more in one, central location. It integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft Office programs like Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and more. By the way, have you ever noticed a “Send to OneNote” icon on your toolbar?

In all business versions of Office 2010, there is OneNote. That speaks volumes for the program and its value and utilization as seen by Microsoft and more importantly, users of Microsoft Office in the business arena.

10 Reasons to Start Using OneNote now!

  1. Work seamlessly across applications. You can now place OneNote to the side of your screen to have it constantly available for note-taking or references while researching on the Web through Windows Internet Explorer, reviewing a document in Microsoft Word 2010, or creating a Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 slide.
  2. Discover new ways to organize your information. An improved notebook navigation bar offers the tools you need to easily organize and jump between your notebooks.
  3. Quickly file information into the right places. With quick filing, you can easily pick a notebook to send your notes to as you insert them from multiple sources, including documents, Web pages, and e-mail messages.
  4. Stay on top of changes to group projects. When you work with multiple users on a shared notebook, automatic highlighting in OneNote 2010 provides you with a distinct view of changes since you last opened the notebook.
  5. Gain instant access to your information. Improved search in OneNote 2010 shows you search results as you type.
  6. Access your notebooks from virtually anywhere. You can use Microsoft OneNote Web App or OneNote Mobile 2010 (it’s on Windows Mobile smartphones).
  7. Easily reference pages and sections within a notebook. With wiki linking, you can easily reference and browse through related content such as note pages, sections, and section groups within a notebook.
  8. Quickly apply styles to your text. New text styles give you more formatting options to structure and organize your thoughts.
  9. Accomplish more with an enhanced user experience.  the improved Ribbon lets you get to your favorite commands quickly and customize tabs or create your own to personalize the experience to your work style.
  10. Transcend communication barriers. Hover over a word for instant translation or translate selected text in just a couple of clicks. You can also select separate language settings for editing, Help, display, and ScreenTips.

 You can read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

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I was reminded by peers in the industry and a CPA that Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to take advantage of purchasing hardware up to a certain limit. The IMPORTANT thing for 2010 is that the upper limit is $250,000.

According to Mike Downs, CPA, Section 179 allows a business to deduct the full expense of capital assets purchased instead of requiring them to spread it out over 3-7 years. Congress has increased the allowable amount to $250k to spur investment in the economy, and may keep it there for future years as well. There are limits on the types of equipment that Sec 179 can be used for so it is very important for the controller/CFO or business owner to confer with the firm’s accountant before investing in large dollar amounts of hardware.

CMIT Denver is ready to consult our clients and businesses in the Denver area on this topic. Whether it be servers, desktops, laptops, firewalls, switches or more (remember, check to see what hardware is included in Sec. 179), we will take care of your hardware needs.

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