Expanding into MA or NY? How to Prepare Your IT for Growth

By Tom McDonald | Oct 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When most small- to medium-sized businesses consider expanding their market, they tend to look closer to home for new opportunities. Since Connecticut is a relatively small state, many central Connecticut businesses tend to look at Massachusetts and New York State to expand their sales. Both territories are nearby, but since they are different states it means different telecommunications infrastructures. Even if your operation is only expanding a few miles, crossing state lines makes IT planning more complex.

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Continuum Honors NSI with Community Award at Navigate 2016

By Tom McDonald | Oct 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

NSI Earns Award for Referring Partner Champion

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The 3 IT Systems You Need In Place Before a Geographical Expansion

By Tom McDonald | Oct 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

A true measure of business success is expansion. Opening up new markets and satellite offices demonstrates that business is booming, but one of the biggest mistakes any business can make is unplanned expansion. Growing too fast or without carefully considering what kind of infrastructure you will need to sustain a larger operation has proven to be the downfall of many companies. You especially want to plan out your IT strategy to give you centralized control of data and gain a more accurate picture of global operations.

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The Top 3 Mobile Businesses in CT

By Tom McDonald | Oct 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

All businesses are going mobile these days. With the boom in smartphone sales and the proliferation of laptops and tablets, now you can access the office from any location, and many people do. You walk into the nearest Starbucks or coffee shop and chances are you will see dozens of people with their headphones in, working on their laptops. Geography is no longer an issue for business thanks to the mobile enterprise, and there are a number of Connecticut mobile start-ups that are fueling the growth of mobile business.

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60% of CT Businesses Are Hiring: Can Your IT Keep Up with the Trend?

By Tom McDonald | Oct 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM


More Connecticut businesses are expanding their workforce, and with staff expansion come new pressures on IT departments to accommodate new employees. Business productivity is increasingly being driven by computer technology, so it’s important to get new workers connected to the company network as quickly as possible. With all the other responsibilities the CIO and IT department have, supporting new hires typically is not high on the list. Keeping pace with an expanding workforce and expanding computing demands is what keeps Connecticut businesses competitive, which is why more IT departments need to adopt new strategies to keep pace with staff expansion.

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Top 5 Mentorship Programs for CT Entrepreneurs

By Tom McDonald | Sep 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Contrary to popular belief, business is booming in the Nutmeg State. An increasing number of new businesses are being started by entrepreneurs. New startups in biotechnology, financial services, high-tech, and other markets are opening their doors across the state. Venture funding is becoming more readily available and with the economy improving, investors are looking for new opportunities. And as start-ups continues to thrive, so does the need for mentorship programs to help fledgling CT entrepreneurs succeed.

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Top CEOs in CT: And What They Can Teach You About Growing Your SMB

By Tom McDonald | Sep 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM


So what can the example of those top paid professionals tell you about how to build your own SMB? There are plenty of self-help books out there that draw from top CEO successes, such as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. Just about every high-powered CEO from Lee Iacocca to Donald Trump has published a book with the “secrets” to their success. So what can you learn from the top CEOs in CT? Can their examples teach you about business growth? Absolutely!

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Top 7 Meetups for Small Business Owners in CT

By Tom McDonald | Sep 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The best way to build any business is through networking. Talking to your peers and members of your community about common interests and business challenges also is a great way to make new connections and spread the word about your business. It’s the same idea that makes social media such a valuable marketing tool. You get to share your concerns and what you know with other interested parties and the word just spreads. That’s why local area meetups have become an increasingly important tool for small business owners in CT.

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Your Guide to Connecticut IT: Top Computer Repair Services in CT

By Tom McDonald | Sep 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Finding the right IT services for your business is always a challenge. It’s not just a matter of finding the best service provider available, but you want to find local services that are right-sized for your needs and available when you need them. You want to find the best Connecticut IT service providers available, but you also want to make sure they can fix your problem right away and won’t break the budget. That means shopping for the right Connecticut IT specialists, not just the first one to appear in the phone book or at the top of a Google search.

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