Business Trends

>>Are You Ready for the Internet of Things? 
New data released by Juniper Research has revealed that the number of IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices is expected to nearly triple between now and 2020, from 13.4 billion to 38.5 billion. According to the research firm, much of this 285% increase will be attributable to uses in the industrial and public services sector, particularly applications such as retail, agriculture, smart buildings and smart grid applications, due to the strong business case to be made for these types of applications.
>>7 Tedious Office Tasks You Can and Should Automate
Why work harder when you can work smarter instead? Several office tasks are perfect candidates to automate -- without sacrificing the well being of your business. In fact, some of these tasks not only save time, but also can actually be done better through automation. 

>>Sales: A Guide for the Small Business Owner - Online Course
You have a great product or service. Now you have to sell it. This course will give you an overview of sales plans and other tools to get your product or service into your customer/consumer’s hands. 
- Learn how to create a sales plan. 
- See how marketing techniques can improve your sales.
- Discover how to uses blogs, web site, and emails to generate sales.
- Learn best practices of hiring sales employees.

>>Update on SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program
America's small businesses are back and growing faster than ever. In recent months, SBA's 7(a) program has experienced unprecedented demand from America’s small business community. Last week, the 7(a) program reached its FY 2015 loan guaranty program limit.