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3D Printers Coming to a UPS Store Near You

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San Diego, CA, looks like it will be the first area in the nation to be able to walk into a UPS store and print up everything from a designer light-switch cover through a part to fix their car.  UPS has announced that they are going to be providing $20,000 3D printers to select stores — technology that is out of the reach of most startups and small businesses.

We can also expect a major boost for entrepreneurs looking to prototype new products.

“Start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners may not have the capital to purchase a 3D printer on their own, but they may have a need to show prototypes to their current and potential customers,” said Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and small business solutions at The UPS Store. “By offering 3D printing capabilities in-center, we’re able to help further our small business customers’ opportunities for success.”

The UPS Store is testing the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer, which according to Stratasys is most well-known for its ability to print detailed objects more accurately than home 3D printers. Stratasys notes that this is particularly important when parts need to fit into each other or fit some other object. With this printer, The UPS Store locations will be equipped to produce items like engineering parts, functional prototypes, acting props, architectural models, fixtures for cameras, lights and cables.

The Future of Business and Generation Y’s Impact

Brian Solis

Generation “Y” will form 75 percent of the work force by the time 2025 rolls along, and they are a very different generation than any we’ve dealt with before.  They don’t prize money, they watch TV on mobile devices, and their interaction with businesses is almost certain to start on their smart phone.  What does this mean to business, and what should we be doing about it?

Best Practices With Today’s Mobile Workforce – Cbeyond

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Aaron Sperling the CEO and President at Cbeyond with whom we  discuss general best practices to help today’s mobile workforce leverage technology to improve productivity.

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Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) is a leading provider of IT and communications services to more than 59,000 small businesses in the U.S. Serving growing entrepreneurs.

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Enhance Business Productivity by Linking to Investors and Other Businesspeople

BizTrader was built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to bring a new approach to small business on the Internet: you can sell your business, invest in a business, find a lender or even barter services!   Here are some their services:

  • Find a Pro – this service helps small businesses outsource specific parts of their business operations and activities.  Small business owners can be more productive by outsourcing specific tasks, which are mundane or regular in nature to someone and focus on what they love to do. Try Find a Pro service.
  • Selling a Business – More business sellers are choosing BizTrader.com because it is the most effective and affordable business selling solution in the world.  BizTrader.com’s massive distribution service lets sellers place one ad that gets distributed to dozens of other websites, keeping your time short (in just 5 mins) and reach wide for marketing a business for sale.

Implement a summer schedule allowing employees to leave early on Fridays to spend time with family or to start the weekend early.   Having a few extra hours to commute to weekend destinations will encourage employees to get some much needed R&R and will contribute to their overall well-being – and keep them more productive in the long run.

Hire a summer intern — Many college students are looking for summer experience to boost their resume and to test out different fields.  This is a great opportunity for your business to hire someone eager to work who can help out with extra tasks, especially the administrative ones, which may often be placed on back burner during vacation season.

You can also offer on-site child care services or discounts so employees do not have to spend as much time and money on summer day-care.

Take advantage of available technology and offer solutions to allow employees to telecommute on days when office presence is not imperative.

On the flip side – make sure employees ARE unplugging as much as possible during vacation time so they can relax and come back to work relaxed and recharged.

Make sure working environment is comfortable for employees, especially if you’re in a hot climate.  Be sure to keep air conditioning in working order and encourage employees to take frequent breaks and to drink plenty of water when outdoors during high heat.

Colby Sambrotto
President and CEO

Colby Sambrotto – A biography

Colby Sambrotto founded BizTrader.com in 2007 and is directly responsible for leading the company’s growth and operation.

With a track record of founding, growing, managing and selling a series of successful web-based businesses including ForSaleByOwner.com, the internet’s leading resource for buying and selling real estate without a commission, Colby was inspired to start BizTrader.com to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and investors.

BizTrader.com is a global business resource – it is designed to connect business owners and operators with prospective buyers, lenders and investors.  BizTrader.com is a multilingual one-stop-shop for the small business owner who is looking to expand internationally, get a loan or be acquired.

Since BizTrader.com’s beta launch in 2008, the site has listed tens of thousands of businesses for sale and Colby has successfully brokered business partnerships with companies including Experian, and Microsoft subsidiary Franchise Gator to give the small business owners or investors the tools and resources needed to conduct business in today’s a global marketplace.

Prior to founding BizTrader.com, Colby was chief operating officer of ForSaleByOwner.com for seven years, where he directed the day-to-day operations of the company and was responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the company including business development, web development, strategic planning and human resources.  Under his strategic leadership, ForSaleByOwner.com was acquired by Tribune Company in 2006.

Colby has provided his views and commentary on a range of business topics in hundreds of media outlets including The Today Show, Wall Street Journal, 20/20 and Businessweek.

Filled with unique tools for both buyers and sellers and led by a seasoned, successful management team, BizTrader is compiling an extensive network of business owners, brokers, and lenders to make this the most comprehensive site for buying and selling a business.

All content on BizTrader.com, including customer postings, articles and software programs, is available in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

If you are business owner and would like to:

  • Sell a business, asset, or commercial property
  • Value a business
  • Coordinate a barter arrangement
  • Find a lender, investor or potential buyer
  • Multi-lingual translation
  • Find a professional – from lawyers and insurance carriers to painters and computer repair

If you are an investor and buyer and would like to :

  • Multi-lingual translation
  • Check a company’s credit
  • Buy a business
  • Value a business
  • Find a franchise
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