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While some companies have already made the switch to Office 365, many remain uncertain about the transition, with most fearing the migration process itself. As with any major transition, an Office 365 migration can present some roadblocks, but many are easily addressed for a smooth transition to the cloud.

At a recent conference sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), there was a lot of discussion regarding the gap between talent supply and demand in the cybersecurity industry. The audience featured a mix of academics, government and industry, and while there was no dispute over the presence of this talent gap, there were no clear ways to address it.

Major web based services, including Twitter, Netflix, Amazon Web Services and Spotify were offline for most of the day last week, due to a large-scale Distributed Denial of Service attack. This onslaught targeted the home routers, DVRs and webcams of consumers who had not changed default user names and passwords of these internet connected devices.

So you’ve been in business for a few years and you want to keep the face of your company looking fresh. And that means updating. According to, a line of credit is one of the most common tools used by small businesses in need of an update. But is using one right for you?

As business owners near retirement, they need to consider what they want for the future of their business. To help ensure a successful transition of ownership, it is essential for business owners to design and enact a succession plan. But, developing a plan can be overwhelming – especially when you’re focusing on your day-to-day operations. So, where do you begin?

Consumers Concrete Corporation traces its roots back to Consumers Sand & Gravel Company, which was founded in 1933 by Adrian and Richard Klepper. As was typical of many small businesses of the time, it was family owned and operated. That tradition continued when Adrian Klepper’s son-in-law, Don Thomas joined the company in the early 1940s. Over the next decade Thomas worked his way up, and by the 1950s, he was leading the company and continued in that capacity through the seventies.

What is cloud computing? Typically, an individual stores computer data or applications on their hard drive or on a shared local server within their organization. Cloud computing is a method of storing, processing and managing data on a remote server hosted through the internet. 

The MSU Product Center will hold the ninth annual Making It In Michigan Conference and Premier Specialty Food Marketplace Trade Show on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center. 

How do you know when it’s time to consider establishing a family office?

Cyber threats are on the rise – putting businesses, dollars and real lives in grave danger. Regardless of an organization’s size, most companies deal with securing personal information, computer networks and connected devices to conduct daily operations. As cyber attacks grow in frequency and sophistication, associated costs to mitigate these attacks skyrocket. According to Gartner, the worldwide security market reached $75 billion in 2015. This spending is expected to increase in 2018 to $101 billion and reach an estimated $170 billion by 2020.

When small business owners are surveyed, “access to capital” almost always ranks at or near the top of one of the greatest challenges facing small businesses. Navigating the options for funding in a post-recession economy is increasingly difficult. Even more important for an entrepreneur is determining how to maintain or manage capital once it is secured.

Maintaining cash flow enables you to keep the “lifeblood” pumping through your business during every cycle and season. Creating a solid cash flow strategy means looking holistically at your business to see where you can improve income and make sound expenditures. For some companies, cash flow consistently outranks profit in demonstrating the company’s fiscal health. During a period of significant growth in your business, as you focus on the future,  maintaining your current cash flow has to stay on your radar as well.

Corporate training and development has been in a steady cycle of change for the past two decades. The widespread proliferation of high-speed Internet has led to virtual training capabilities that simply were not possible in years past. However, no amount of technology is ever going to add more hours onto your day. Regardless of the learning modality, today’s workforce demands flexibility when it comes to their training schedule.

Planning for Success in the Global Market Place

Written by | Sunday, 06 December 2015 23:43 |

There are 195 countries in the world today, according to the U.S. Department of State. Each of these countries comes with its own mixture of metropolitan and rural areas, not to mention different standards of living, levels of purchasing power and potential markets.

New Belgium Brewing Company and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream are proving that philanthropic collaborations can be both impactful and delicious.

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