Small Biz Tech News, Issue #107

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2426″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Hello! And welcome to the most recent edition of Terrapin Networks’ Small Biz Tech Buzz!

I spent this past weekend in NYC visiting my daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids. My granddaughter, who is 4 and has only ever lived in NYC, said something funny to me when I mentioned a cool car I’d seen: ‘Did you know that my mom and dad call a car an ‘uber’?”

My daughter and son-in-law don’t own a car, and rely on cabs and Ubers to get around. This is so normal for her, that she thought it was a special name – and not the name of one of the most disruptive tech companies to have come about in the last 10 years.

It made me laugh, and also made me think: sometimes, technology is so commonplace that we don’t even think about the origins. We’re so used to it being a part of our day-to-day, that it’s easy to forget how much easier it makes our lives.

Technology can be used that way for your small business, too: it makes your company processes so much easier to use, and improves the quality of your day-to-day so much, that you forget what it was like beforehand.

That’s good tech – and good tech helps good business.

(and with that in mind, don’t forget to check out the vintage CNN piece down at the bottom, describing the internet for a 1993 audience. We’ve come a long way!)

To your continued success-




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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Traverse City Ranked 4th Nationwide for Economic Strength

In a list of 550 other ‘micropolitan’ areas, of which Traverse City is considered, TC ranked 4th for economic strength, says Policom Corporation, an independent economics research firm that analyzes the strength of local economies.

Eastfield Laundry Expands Two Doors Down

Longtime 8th street resident Eastfield Laundry is expanding into the old Ben Franklin store two doors down, leaving space for more machines, a third shift, and more hiring capabilities.

Birmingham Man is the Self-Appointed ‘Mayor of Lentil Land’

James Atto reigns over the roasted lentil section of the snack food aisle in more than 100 stores in Michigan. He’s the founder and creator of ROSTED Crunchy Lentils, a gluten-free roasted lentil snack made by his company, Simple Supple Foods.

Hometown Pharmacy Buys Former Huntington Bank Location

Hometown Pharmacy has purchased the former Huntington Bank location at the Cherryland Center and intends to open a retail location there in the coming months. Senior vice president Jim Grice says of the move, “I want to be in there as soon as I can.”

Midwest Refrigeration Supply Heats Up

After 4 generations in local business, Midwest Refrigeration Supply will soon change its name to Midwest Supply, to better serve its identity as a dealer in HVAC and refrigeration sales.

Students Take the Lead in Solar Power at TC Central

Despite earlier concerns from TCAPS, two TC Central students have been at the forefront of the installation of new solar panels on the high schools’ roof.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2422″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]

Forget ‘CEO’: It’s Time Small Business Owners Become Chief Growth Officers

In order to succeed in small business, says Forbes writer Bubba Mills, you need to say goodbye to ‘CEO’, and say hello to ‘CGO’: Chief Growth Officer

Small Business Checklist for Tax Time

Anyone who operates a small business, home-based business, or even a home office knows that tax time can be stressful. With that in mind, here are some tips to make technology work for you at tax time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2455″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2464″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2438″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]”It spans the globe like a superhighway. It’s called… ‘The Internet'”

1993 seems farther away than ever with this CNN video describing how ‘the net’ works![/vc_column_text][vc_video link=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2452″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2007″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” link=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]All Terrapin Cloud add-on services are month-to-month, offered on an as-needed basis where the need and value clearly exist. They can be canceled at any time. Cloud services can be a very effective way to add to the tech system at your small business, as the up-front and annual capital expenses are
significantly less. Click to learn more about Terrapin Cloud Services.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Thanks for reading! 

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