Category Archives: Small Business

Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards

Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards

Want to share the news about your vaccination? How about a photo of a nifty adhesive bandage on the injection site? (You can show off your tattoos and deltoids at the same time.) Or, post a photo of your white or orange vaccine sticker. The stickers are really cool.

As for your social media networks, be sure that you’re not oversharing information that can serve as a key to your PIN number or answer a security question. And, while you’re checking, check your privacy settings too. If you want to limit access to a small group of family and friends, make sure the settings are configured to avoid sharing information with strangers.

Visit How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure for more tips about protecting your information against identity thieves.

by Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC
The Value of Consulting a Trusted Advisor in Making Telecom Decisions

The Value of Consulting a Trusted Advisor in Making Telecom Decisions

Why are we profiling a business in Tennessee? Because this business recently installed TDS managedIP Hosted, the VoIP system that BendBroadband now offers its customers in Bend, Redmond, and Sisters. See what the phone, chat, video, and smartphone app combination did for this Bend-like community’s Chamber of Commerce. Communication technologies have changed dramatically in recent… Continue Reading

4 business podcasts you should be listening to

4 business podcasts you should be listening to

Bored with the local radio station banter? Podcasts might be the answer. Unlike “talk radio,” podcasts aren’t bound by the clock and they’re not designed to please everyone at once. Instead, chart-topping podcasts are often put on by experts in their respective fields, making them an excellent replacement for the endless barrage of pop culture… Continue Reading

Directory Assistance Webinar

Have you ever considered tweaking how your business’s information appears on your customer’s caller ID’s when you contact them? Do you find yourself pondering how to upload a list of contacts to your enterprise directory? Have you ever wanted to export your enterprise directory as a PDF and take it with you? Guess what? It’s… Continue Reading

World MUSE 2018: Asking the Questions

World MUSE 2018: Asking the Questions

Article and Photos by Irene Cooper The 2018 World MUSE Conference celebrated its sixth year Saturday at The Tower Theatre in Downtown Bend, Oregon, with a full day of inspiration and thought provoking presentations from over 30 keynote speakers and performers. MUSE founder and director Amanda Stuermer, along with directors Tracy Treu and Cynthia LaRoche,… Continue Reading

Last-minute holiday gifts ideas

Last-minute holiday gifts ideas

Written by Jody Glynn Patrick First, let’s be clear on this — no, I don’t receive kick-backs or samples of these products for including them on this list, so I am impartial for the most part. I simply report on what would top my own wish list! That said, I hope you find something here… Continue Reading

Ransomware attacks are on the rise: protect your business

Ransomware attacks are on the rise: protect your business

Ransomware is just plain nasty. Not familiar with what exactly that is? Unfortunately, the answer is in the spine-tingling name: hackers encrypt computer files hold them ransom until victims pay to restore their files. Last month, the WannaCry ransomware attack hit 200,000 computers across the globe. While this particular attack is no longer going on,… Continue Reading

Too many divergent viewpoints? Create a company avatar

Too many divergent viewpoints? Create a company avatar

It’s a common enough scenario: my company was asked to roll out a new banking product, the brainstorm of the large bank’s CEO who desired to better serve a minority client base (the hearing impaired). He said he understood that the roll-out would place far-reaching demands on staff for new support services and delivery systems,… Continue Reading

Three ways to get past feeling like an imposter

Three ways to get past feeling like an imposter

“I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’” – Maya Angelou Literary figures, actors, and business professionals have all provided anecdotes about suffering from “imposter syndrome” — a concept describing high-achieving individuals who… Continue Reading