Internet in the Age of COVID – Is your service enough?

From working and studying at home to an increase in online shopping, we, as a global community, have never used the internet more. Unfortunately, this has exposed some serious weaknesses in the strength of our networks.   Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, internet inequity was a pressing issue in North America. Connection to high speed broadband internet has been tied to better health, education, and financial prosperity. In a global crisis where isolation is part of the solution, this is more relevant than ever.   In the past year, some analytics report a 50 percent increase in internet usage, just in the

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Is solar energy the future of business utilities?

The mental image of a field full of solar panels or wind turbines might illicit a sense of optimism and forward thinking. Yet, it’s harder to imagine how this technology might have any connection to your business. With a larger than ever focus on green energy, many businesses are taking a step towards introducing solar power as an energy alternative.   Solar energy continues to experience growth as an industry in 2021, making the technology more accessible than ever before to new and established businesses. Solar business owners are using platforms like YouTube, and other social medias, to market their services

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Things to Look for When Choosing a Small Package Shipping Provider

Many sellers and retailers are finding themselves increasingly in need of small package shipping solutions. With hundreds of couriers, and the ecommerce industry booming, you may find yourself wondering how to make the most bang for your buck.   There are lots of options on the market, and many shippers means many options, rates, and speeds. Here is some advice to help optimize your shipping costs and find the right provider for your business.   Be specific about your shipping needs.   Before you even consider the different services providers have to offer you, you must know what it is that you

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Is your Business Impacted by the Global Shipping Container Shortage?

You may have seen a meme or two about the Suez Canal recently, but you may not know it was only one part of a global shipping crisis. The international economy is experiencing a shipping container shortage that is impacting businesses big and small.   As of right now, containers used to ship larger or bulk product are in high demand and low supply, sending delivery speeds and prices skyrocketing. According to German media outlet Deutsche Welle, some manufacturers shipping product out of China have seen an increase by as much as 100 percent from the beginning of 2020 to now.  

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Networking opportunities – Tips on how to grow your LinkedIn network.

   As the saying goes: “It’s not what you know—it’s who you know.” Every entrepreneur or business owner knows the power of a strong professional network. The right connections can offer access to exciting new opportunities, help to grow your company, introduce you to new leads, and so much more. A strong network is essential to take your business to the next level. Now that we’ve been through 2020 without in-person networking, social networking tools, such as LinkedIn, have become an incredibly effective way to meet new people and build mutually beneficial relationships virtually. It is especially beneficial if you

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Is your business ready to phase out landline phone systems?

  Slowly but surely, landline phone systems are being replaced. In some parts of the world, like the United Kingdom, there are even plans to phase them out entirely by the end of the decade. If your business still uses a landline – even if it’s worked great for you so far – there is a good chance you’ll feel the pressure from your vendors to move to a different voice system soon.  One of the many available options is a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone system. It might sound daunting to make the switch to a system that is out of your comfort zone. The best thing you can do is arm

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Networking in a Virtual World

If you’re not networking, you’re missing out on significant career-growing opportunities. It’s that simple. Building professional relationships can make the difference between staying professionally stagnant and climbing the career ladder to success.   As we continue to see activities slowed by the overwhelming disruption of COVID-19, and with social restrictions and regulations introduced to stop the spread, face-to-face networking has understandably taken a major hit this past year.   Many businesses require networking to function; the ability to forge new relationships with coworkers, customers, and potential clients during the pandemic has now become more of a necessity than an option. Although it

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Are You Falling Behind Without an E-Signature Plan?

When it’s difficult or unsafe to have an in-person meeting, digital solutions are crucial for the well-being of your business and the convenience of your clientele. One solution that is helping businesses run smoothly right now is eSignature. Not only do digital signatures cut down on your supply costs, but in general, they are a smoother process for customers who want to be able to conduct their business quickly and remotely. If you don’t have an eSignature option, it might be costing you. So what exactly is eSignature technology? Simply put, it streamlines the process of signing documents over the

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A Look to the Future: 6G

Advancement in technology is inevitable. From how we work, to how we play, to how we live our lives, technology has created a revolution that will continue to grow. As time passes and tech continues to improve, what was the latest and greatest yesterday, is considered old news today. As wireless communication becomes increasingly essential to our daily lives, the demand  for wireless connectivity is escalating at an exponential rate, and technologists  and engineers have already turned their attention to its newest incarnation: 6G. So, what is 6G and what will it look like? These are the questions everyone has

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The Difference Between Energy Distributors and Suppliers

Maneuvering your way through the different utilities terms and options can be confusing. From picking a supplier to monitoring your monthly bill to knowing what to do and where to turn when your power goes out, there are plenty of opportunities to get lost. Consumers who understand the relationship between suppliers and distributors can feel more confident that they’re making the right decisions regarding their utilities. To help you feel more confident during the decision-making process, let’s take a look at the difference between distributors and suppliers and the role they play in the energy supply chain. Distributors: Energy distributors

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