Hello! And welcome to the most recent edition of Terrapin Networks’ Small Biz Tech Buzz!
Are you keeping up with the Olympics? Alongside cheering on Olympians from Michigan (including this ski pole company from Cheboygan!), I’m always amazed at the quality, talent, and drive of the athletes. These are people who have worked tirelessly, with a singular goal in mind, for a long time- in some cases, for most of their lives.
Kinda reminds you of small businesses owners, doesn’t it? We’re the ‘Olympians’ of our local economy! Single-minded, focused, and hard-working. Our goals are important, and our drive is second to none. Pretty impressive on all counts.
Tim Gillen CNE, MCP
Small Business Tech Specialist
Founder and President, Terrapin Networks
If you’re new to me, or to my company Terrapin Networks, here’s a little about us: We’re a small IT firm located in Traverse City, Michigan, and we cater exclusively to small businesses and companies with 1-15 computer users. We have a unique perspective on small business and the utilization of technology; with over 25 years experience in the tech field and as small business owners that go back over 40 years in Northern Michigan.
We’re the right fit for those of you who feel too small for the larger IT managed service providers that ignore you for the ‘big dog’ companies, companies who at the same time feel too big for small, one-man-shop IT support providers that likely don’t ‘get’ what your business is working to accomplish. You can read more about us, who we are, and our back story here.
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Clare -based ‘Cops and Donuts’ Shop Owner Goes to Washington
The co-owner of a mid-Michigan small business success story is heading to Washington this month after Congressman John Moolenaar invited him to attend the 2018 State of the Union address.
Printing Homemade Valentines with Cadillac Artist Dani Renwick
National Vacuum has plenty of work
The company on Aero Park Drive is experiencing a surge in business that was inconceivable a year ago when the company had 58 employees. But business has turned around in a big way in the last 12 months.
Traverse City cherries highlight Oma’s Natural Cherry vodka
“It’s a cherry-infused vodka, small batch, handcrafted. We use all natural ingredients,” said owner Kyle Miller.
Local Businesses fly under the public radar
Many small, local companies help keep northwest Lower Michigan’s economy cruising along at a steadily increasing speed.
Microsoft is Giving Away Free Cloud Storage
The company is offering free cloud storage space to lure customers away from other options such as Dropbox and Google Drive
8 Small Business Technology Trends to Watch in 2018
for those ready to take a leap and invest in these fast new tools and services, 2018 promises to be a good year.
Instagram now allows businesses to schedule their posts
Support for the feature is being added to Instagram’s API – meaning that social media software applications like Hootsuite, Sprout Social or SocialFlow now have access to the functionality
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