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The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015

As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the ever changing trends that the business world throws at us.

Because I watch very little TV, and rely heavily on the internet for keeping up-to-date with the news, it s somewhat obvious that I d also use the online medium to learn, consume and also produce and market my own content. Bloggers (and increasingly, podcasters, as well as video producers and many are wearing all three hats!) have the ability to express themselves in somewhat ‘real time’, and in an evergreen way, by keeping their content fresh, and sharing their opinions with the world.

However, in the world of business blogging there s a lot of noise. A lot of content marketers are gagging to get your attention, and with only so many minutes a day to devote to learning and consuming content (personally, I put aside around 30-45 minutes daily), you’ve got to be very strict with who’s content you make time for.

This is the reason why I’ve put this list together. This collection are the best small business blogs I know of right now. My personal favorite / go-to people in the world of small business blogging and online business building. Individually they strike a chord with me enough to keep me coming back for more, together they act as an ever-growing encyclopaedia of business brilliance.

Note: These blogs are listed in no particular order of preference, or influence.

Chris Brogan s Blog

Chris is the only repeat awardee on this list, from last year. I ve known this man for several years and he has continued to deliver quality, helpful, thoughtful and inspiring content to every business owner wise enough to tune into what he has to say. I m assuming (heavily!) that you re one of them!

Must Read: Dear Podcaster Chris lays it down in true Brogan fashion. Letting podcasters know exactly how to approach expert guests, record with them and the importance of respecting their time. This SO needed to be said!

Smart Passive Income

It s no secret that Pat and I are very close friends. Known for being the crash test dummy of online business he s launched and grown several business, meaning you can learn what works and what doesn t, directly from watching him. We recently started a new partnership together, 1-Day Business Breakthrough. too!

Must Read: And They Thought I was Stupid – In this post from early 2014 Pat reflects on his decision to starting podcasting and what it s done for his brand along with the 468 comments on the post itself!

Gary Vaynerchuk s Blog

In 2010 I picked up a copy of Crush It! by Gary and became an instant fan. Since then I ve had to chance to have him on the podcast twice, as well as hanging out in the US a little together. Ballsy, to the point and with a BS detector like I ve never seen before, he s an influencer in every imaginable way.

Must Read: Cloud Dirt: How I Do Business – This is a fantastic short film that Gary and his team produced to explain how he feels about business today and why he doesn t focus on anything that won t bring him closer to his goals.

Amy Porterfield s Blog

I often refer to Amy as the Queen of Social Media . But, she has become so much more than that in recent years. Now focusing on everything from list building to product marketing, Amy is paving the way for other entrepreneurs in a crowded space that needs to hear it like it is. She s simply awesome.

Must Read: 3 Strategies to Rapid List Building – I often say that the health and overall success of your online business is directly tied to your email list. This post (and podcast episode) is compulsory consumption for everyone!

Entrepreneur on Fire

Talk about taking the bull by the horns! John Lee Dumas hit the scene a couple years ago and hasn t looked back. In 2014, along with his partner in crime (and life!), Kate Erickson, he turned his podcasting empire into a thriving million dollar entity something rarely seen in the online infomarketing world.

Must Read: 2014: The Year in Review – John and Kate (some would say the real boss at EOFire!) had a remarkable year. In this post they show you exactly how they did it, along with warts and all! Great annual review write-up.

Copyblogger

Copyblogger have long been a guiding light in the very dark tunnel that is content marketing . Brian Clark and his team are still leading the way, with decisions such as cutting comments from their blog, deleting their Facebook page and reinventing content publishing by developing the New Rainmaker platform.

Must Read: Why Copyblogger is Killing its Facebook Page – With social media changing at a drastic pace, sometimes equally drastic decisions are required. Copyblogger shows you the facts behind this big decision.

Convince Convert

It s not one of the top ranked social media and content marketing websites on the internet for no reason! Jay Baer and his team consistently publish amazingly thought-provoking and inspiring entrepreneurial content. Whether it s a blog post, podcast, or an episode of JayToday TV subscribe now.

Must Read: Can You Build a Content Marketing Super Brand – I said thought-provoking for a reason. This ll get ya thinking! A deep dive into Jay s mind as he discusses the in s and out s of developing your own super brand.

Marie Forleo s Blog

I do not know Marie. We ve not met, and other than a few brief social media exchanges, we ve never even spoken. But, boy, oh boy can this lady market the hell out of herself and everything she stands for. Want to build a personal brand? Watch what Marie does, rinse and repeat. She s simply awesome.

Must Read: Can t Turn Off Your Bizself? 2 Quick Steps to Flip the Switch! – In this video (she vlogs, instead of blogs) Marie discusses the importance of switching off as an entrepreneur, and gives us a couple of great tips to get started.

Duct Tape Marketing

John Jantsch is an all-star, old school marketing player that has continued to deliver the marketing and sales goods over and over again. His team produce a blog that s a mix of his experience, coupled together with the new in s and out s of online marketing all thrown into one.

Must Read: How to promote Every Piece of Content Your Create – I loved this birds-eye view of how John and his team cross promote their content archive. This shows you the power of on-going marketing for older content.

Michael Hyatt s Blog

When I think of Michael Hyatt, I think of a Leader s Leader . With over two decades of experience in the publishing world, he has since taken online entrepreneurship to a whole new level with his blog, podcast, products and membership communities. He s a one-man leadership, walking talking workshop!

Must Read: Advice to First Time Authors – This is about as real as advice gets. It s short, sharp, to the point and timeless. Michael s take on everything from finding an agent to considering self publishing is must-read material.

Don t Forget THIS Blog, Too!

Along with these awesome bloggers, podcasters, online video producers and all-round content marketing rock stars, please don t forget to continue to tune into this blog and my podcast on a regular basis. I promise you lots of content to help you become the most productive and profitable entrepreneur possible.



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2016 Best Small Business Technology Trends

If you are a small business owner in the year of 2015, you have probably figured out by now that it is not enough to have an idea (or a pool of ideas, for that matter) just to stay on the market.

Once they create new business, many small business owners think that some invisible force will help them to keep the motors going and make bigger profit. Well, they are delusional. There are a few options which are slowly taking over other trends, with the tendency to dominate the market.

In 2015, a small business owner has to find alternative ways of going bigger. So, if you want to stay ahead of the curve, and ahead of your competition, here are some of technology trends you should start thinking about this year.

New methods of payment

As a small business owner, you need to keep up with modern technologies and take what they are offering you. The biggest development in the sphere of payment is definitely mobile payment system .

Plastic cards were a revolution, but are passé now because everybody wants to replace their wallets with smart phones – simply because it is easier.

For example, Apple Pay is becoming ever more popular due to the popularity of the smart phone, so if you want to count on Apple users, bring your business closer to them and sew the seeds of good business.

Even though it has not yet established itself as a ‘norm’, it does show a tendency towards it, so take this word of advice seriously: invest into mobile payment system for your company, because it is going to pay off very soon.

3D printing is here to stay!

You have probably heard of this new way of manufacturing, which almost evolved from sci-fi to useful technology. And its price is no longer astronomous!

What is best about 3D printing is that it is very useful for small businesses – 3D quality and lower costs are the main reasons why you should use this technology in your advantage.

The development of cloud computing

If you worry too much about your data (of course you are, those are classified data!), fear not, because cloud-based computing is there to help you.

With cloud computing system, you no longer need to have a local server – that is a computer that is keeping your data in one place and is susceptible to defects.

And you will no longer require an IT technician – since cloud based technology is affordable and easy to maintain.

Find alternative funding options

In the fast-changing and growing world of today, you have to think about alternative ways of funding. This means not to stick to one product or area of expertise, but to evolve and make way for new things.

For example, if your business does not give you the chance to broaden your business, you can look for other funding options, such as crowdfunding, public offerings or take direct loans.

So, if you are the owner of a small signage business. you can make way for new things with the help of crowdfunding. Let not money be the obstacle – make it an advantage!

And finally, the best advice for small business owners for this year is that if you see a chance – take it! Do not wait for someone else to make that risk, so if you have an idea, and you think it is good, why not try it? If you do not do it, the odds are that someone else can beat you to it while you are waiting. Do not wait!

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Services provided by the following affiliates of SunTrust Banks, Inc. Banking and trust products, including investment advisory products and services, are provided by SunTrust Bank, member FDIC. Trust and investment management services are provided by SunTrust Bank, SunTrust Delaware Trust Company and SunTrust Banks Trust Company (Cayman) Limited. Securities, brokerage accounts, insurance (including annuities) and investment advisory products and services are offered by SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. a SEC registered investment adviser and broker-dealer, member FINRA, SIPC, and a licensed insurance agency. Investment advisory services are offered by SunTrust Advisory Services LLC, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. and GenSpring Family Offices, LLC, each of which is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mortgage products and services are provided by SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.

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Consequentially Limited IT in language you understand

Business Processes

Business processes are a series of sequential steps that have to be followed to produce a product or service. There is a graphic notation system available BPMN to help map processes. The benefit of a process map for information flow is that it allows a visual overview of logic and the points at which data is written, amended or deleted. It allows a Change Management Board to look at proposed changes and get a clear idea of the impact of the changes. The visualisation also helps with re-engineering processes as it can highlight anomalies in the process.

It is entirely normal for a company to grow and automate their processes and this is a particularly good time to ask questions of the processes. The most important questions of a step in the sequence is does this step add value or need to be done. In many exercises doing process mapping there are found to be elements that were necessary for the manual process of a much smaller company that no-one has questioned because it has always been done that way.

Processes are the backbone of a procedures manual but not always shown as a map. If you understand the processes you can support your users better by streamlining business processes and systems to mirror process.

How do you start to map your processes?

The human element of many processes is not well documented and processes also cross departmental boundaries so it is important that if you are going to map them you get broad representation in the mapping team from all interested parties. If you can get all the “go to” people in your organisation in one place at the same time you will get a very good snapshot of your processes. The more processes there are the longer the job will take but if it can be achieved the benefits are many.

The process maps are also beneficial to the business continuity plan. If there is a catastrophic event the maps allow for processes to run as originally intended rather than temporary staff trying to guess how a process should work.

Processes are hierarchical

The top level process has a series of sub processes. If you were to follow a recipe to make a cake there will be a list of ingredients and what to do with the ingredients but there will be no mention of the process to fetch the ingredients. High level processes make assumptions and detail comes at the lowest level it needs to and in the case of the recipe it assumes the ingredients fetch process has already occurred.


Every business has its methods for getting work done. They evolve as the businesses change and they are people led but today we need to record information along the way, to monitor whether they are working well and to accelerate them.

IT systems should be the framework for these methods, or processes, and understanding the processes builds strong resilient systems making business more efficient and effective.



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Small-Business Grants for Women: 10 Go-To Spots

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If you’re starting a business and need outside financing, it’s natural to be wary of small-business loans. Why take on debt if you can get a grant that you won’t have to repay?

But small-business grants for women — or men, for that matter — can be hard to come by. “There’s not a pot of free money,” says Michelle Somes-Booher, a business consultant at the Small Business Development Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

If you need business financing, two more likely options are business credit cards and small-business loans for women. The competition is fierce for small-business grants, and it takes a lot of time and effort to find them and complete the applications. However, if you’re up for the challenge, the payoff can be worth it. Here are 10 places women entrepreneurs can look for small-business grants.

Federal small-business grants for women

The federal government offers some grants for small-business owners, but they’re designated for very specific purposes, such as certain research and development projects or for businesses in rural areas. Government grants can’t be used to cover startup costs or day-to-day expenses, and most aren’t earmarked specifically for women.

Grants.gov is a database of all federally sponsored grants. You can search for small-business grants here — just make sure you filter the results on the left side of the page to view grants specifically for small businesses.

2. InnovateHER Challenge

The U.S. Small Business Administration hosts an annual competition for businesses with a marketable product or service that positively affects women s lives. To participate, you must first enter and win a local InnovateHER Challenge to advance to the national semifinal round. The top three national finalists will win $40,000, $20,000 and $10,000, respectively.

3. Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs

The SBA facilitates these two competitive programs, which ultimately provide grants to small businesses that contribute to federal research and development. Eleven federal agencies, including the departments of Agriculture, Defense, and Health and Human Services, post grant opportunities on their websites. You can search all grant opportunities on the SBIR website.

State and local small-business grants

Because federal small-business grants are limited in number and often very competitive, you may have better luck looking for grants at the state and municipal levels. You’ll have to do your own research to pinpoint specific grant programs in your area, but here are some places to look:

4. Women’s Business Centers

The SBA sponsors about 100 Women’s Business Centers nationwide, designed to help women entrepreneurs with business development and access to capital. Some, such as the California Capital Financial Development Corp. lend money directly, while others simply help you find small-business grants and loans that you may qualify for.

5. Economic development agencies

Every state and many cities have economic development agencies focused on promoting a strong local economy. Even if the agency itself doesn’t offer a small-business grant, it will likely be able to point you in the right direction.

6. Small Business Development Centers

There are hundreds of these SBA-sponsored centers around the country, typically housed at colleges and universities. SBDCs offer free, one-on-one business consulting. Set up a meeting with your local SBDC advisor, who will be able to tell you about grants and other business financing opportunities in your area.

Private small-business grants for women

Some private organizations and businesses have created national grant programs for women small-business owners. Here are two to look into:

The Amber Grant Foundation awards $500 to a different women-owned business every month. At the end of each year, one of the 12 grant winners is awarded an additional $2,000. The application is relatively simple: Explain what your business is, describe what you’d do with the grant money and pay a $7 application fee. The foundation’s advisory board chooses the winners, looking for women with passion and a good story.

8. Eileen Fisher Women-Owned Business Grant

Eileen Fisher, a women’s clothing retailer, awards $100,000 to up to 10 women business owners each year. To be eligible, women must make up at least 51% of your business s ownership and leadership, your business must have been in operation for at least three years, it must not exceed $1 million in annual revenue, and it must be focused on environmental or social change.

Two other good possibilities for grants

These options aren’t specifically for women, but they’re good small-business grants to consider:

9. FedEx Small Business Grant

FedEx awards up to $25,000 apiece to 10 small businesses annually. The application requires an explanation of your business, how you’d use the money, photos of your business and — this part is optional — a short video explaining your business. You don’t need a FedEx account to apply.

10. Mission Main Street Grants

Chase Bank gives $150,000 to 20 small businesses each year through its Mission Main Street Grants program. To be eligible, you must have been in business at least two years and have fewer than 100 employees, and the application includes answering five essay questions.

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A Few Broken Smartphones Lead to a Fix-It Franchise

iDropped retail stores fix broken smartphones and tablets for less than the cost of buying a new one. / Credit: Josiah Lewis

Charles Hibble never intended to make a career of repairing smartphones; he was just tired of replacing his wife s broken one.

She dropped her iPhone and smashed it two or three times, and anothertime, it slipped out of her hands into a hot tub, he said. Hibble, who runs a real estate company in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, was burning through upgrades. So he figured out how to fix damaged smartphones himself.

This started just to fix my wife s phone. Then word started to spread to friends and family members, Hibble said. It started to get so busy that we had to open a retail store. I had 50 or 60 people a month coming to me.

And so began Hibble s unlikely journey from real estate executive to franchise company CEO. He teamed up with a friend and business partner to open the first iDropped store in a mall inScranton, Pennsylvania,in 2011. The store was so popular thatthe team opened four more, all company-owned, and then sold its first franchise. Now, Hibble is focusing on franchising,with an aggressive plan to grow the business nationwide.

The demand has been overwhelming, said Hibble, who still serves as president of his real estate company, Weichert Realtors Hibble Associates. We re hoping to a have a few hundred locations in the next couple years.

Hibble may have fallen into this business, but he tapped an industry with high demand. A market research report by IBISWorld released in May said cellphone repair is now a $1.4 billion industry in the United States alone. The industry has grown about 5percent in each of the last five years, yet there are still no companies with a dominant market share. This large industry is made up mostly of sole proprietors and small businesses.

The cellphone repair industry has profoundly grown over the past five years due to several factors, including cheaper and more reliable mobile Internet and the exploding popularity of smartphones, which are more fragile and therefore more likely to need repairs, the report said. Smartphones also feature higher price tags, which have led consumers to repair [them] rather than replace them.

However, as smartphone replacement becomes less expensive and the market becomes more saturated, demand is expected to stall somewhat, the report said.

The cost of a repair at iDropped varies based on the type of phone and repair, Hibble said. Screen repairs, for example, cost an average of $99.99 for the iPhone 5 and $109.99 for the iPhone 5cand 5s. Hibble said prices are dropping almost monthly due to price decreases forparts. No appointment is needed for a repair, and work is guaranteed for one year.

Hibble s smartphone repair skills were completely self-taught. He had always been technically inclined, so he researched suppliers for Apple replacement parts and taught himself how to fix them. The company has since expanded to other types of cellphones, though it specializes in Apple products, including iPads, and the Samsung Galaxy series. Hibble has personally trained all of his 20 or so full-time employees toreplace screens, dock connectors, power buttons, volume buttons and batteries just about everything but the motherboard.

Hibble set out to make the stores lookappealing to smartphone customers. They are designed to be reminiscent of Apple stores, with clean layouts, bright lighting and no clutter.

iDropped has worked in the retail space, in partbecause malls nationwide are looking to fill vacancies, which has kept rental rates low. The U.S. mall vacancy rate reached a 12-year high of 9.4 percent in the third quarter of 2011, according to data from research firm ReisInc. It has fallen slowly since, but progress has stalled over the last year,with the vacancy rate remaining at 7.9 percent for four straight quarters.

To succeed in the future, Hibble said he knows the company will have to adapt to the times. New devices are being released every few months, and the company will have to keep up with the technology.

However, iDropped can already claim one success, aside from its rapid growth: curing Hibble s wife of her clumsy fingers.

Ever since I started this,she hasn t dropped her iPhone, he said.

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    Business Local

    Local support for your small business

    Business Local advisers provide free* advice and guidance to help you start and grow your business – and being local, they really understand how things work in your area.

    • planning for success
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    • managing your finances
    • employing staff
    • getting paid on time

    Find your nearest Business Local provider.

    What is Business Local?

    Business Local is our outreach service providing access to free* advice and guidance to current and aspiring small business owners across Western Australia. It will be made clear when you are receiving the free of charge Business Local service. You may choose to use the providers’ other services but you will be under no pressure or obligation to do so.

    * Business advisory appointments are free, however there may be a charge if you attend a workshop or receive services not covered by the Business Local service. You will be clearly advised before incurring any costs.



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    Canadian Government Funding for Small Businesses

    Mentor Works has worked with hundreds of SMEs across Canada to solve one wide sweeping issue: cash flow planning. The challenge facing most Canadian businesses is how to find and take advantage of suitable Canadian government grants and loans to assist with their cash flow and accelerate their growth. Browse a list of top small business funding programs to find out what your businesses can leverage:

    List of Canadian Government Grants and Loans for Small Businesses

    We have created a table of some of the most popular government grants for small business units in Canada, including repayable funding options, splitting them up into:

    Each program has specific and unique eligibility criteria that you should review prior to applying to ensure your business and project are eligible. If you would like information on a specific program, please click on the program name to learn more. Have questions about the program? Fill out the form at the bottom of the program page, call our toll free number (1-888-599-3111), or send us a message via our Contact Form .

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    Receive up to $100k in grant funding towards an industry post-secondary collaborative research project to create new water technologies that will:

    • Commercialize new water technologies
    • Bring new water technologies to market
    • Tap into the global water demand

    Industry-led Research Development Stream: Supports pre-commercialization R D, leading to new agri-based products, processes, and practices.

    • Combines industry, academia, government expertise to promote innovation
    • Scope may be national, regional, or localEnabling Commercialization Adoption Stream: Accelerates the rate of identification, assessment, development and adoption of innovation-based products
    • Commercialization projects of a new product or innovation
    • Technology adoption projects to improve internal operations or end products

    Provides non-repayable funding support to Canadian agriculture, agri-food, fish, and seafood industries by allowing them to identify market priorities and carry out marketing activities to develop export opportunities:

    • Development and production of advertising materials
    • Trade shows, conferences, and trade missions
    • Implementing marketing and branding plans

    Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

    Supports the training and certification of new trades apprentices through wage subsidies. Credit covers the training of new trades employees.

    Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (Ontario)

    Incentive to allow SME s to hire new apprentices in trades.

    • Register new trades apprentices in sectors where there is high demand for skilled workers

    Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF)

    Supports the development of innovative, fuel-efficient new automotive products and processes to:

    • Create knowledge-based jobs in Canada;
    • Improve automotive sustainability and environmental impacts; and
    • Improve Canada s competitiveness.

    Automotive Supplier Innovation Program (ASIP)

    Provides research and development grants to assist with innovative automotive product development. Ideal projects activities:

    • Prototyping;
    • Product engineering; and
    • Pre-commercialization testing and validation.

    Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)

    The Build in Canada Innovation Program is a first purchase program offered by the Canadian government.

    • Pre-commerical, innovative product or service opportunity to bridge the commercialization gap
    • Must be of use to the Canadian government by improving efficiency and effectiveness

    Receive up to 66% or $10K in training grants per trainee to enhance your workforce.

    • Most training that improves skillsets and career advancement is eligible.
    • Training can be carried out throughout the calendar year.
    • Program available from 2014-2020 with an annual funding pool of $192M in Ontario.

    Grant for developing, producing, and promoting innovative, interactive software development projects including apps and video games.

    • 3 streams: Development, Production or Marketing Promotion
    • Covers up to 75% of eligible costs up to $400k/$1 million
    • Canadian companies can apply if ≥75% of content is developed in Canada

    Small businesses with $10M in annual gross revenues can receive loan funding for expansion activities up to $1M.

    • Competitive interest rates
    • Can apply at a financial institution or credit union
    • May require a business plan



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    Business Manager

    Get the Overview and the Detail to Manage Your Operation Effectively
    Business Manager makes it easy to manage your mailing and shipping operations with high levels of productivity. Now you can control internal mailing budgets report expenses for external clients and even run your operation as a profit center.

    Get Tight Control Over Costs
    Business Manager gives you the information you need to control the use of high-cost services and special fees and to get maximum postal and carrier discounts. Track expenses by carrier class and fees monitor total usage by carrier track and allocate all mailing and shipping expenses.

    From Raw Data to Actionable Information – Instantly
    Business Manager takes raw data from each mailing and shipping system across your network and summarizes it in formats you can use. These reports are your tools for solid decision-making. View all account activity including performance against set budgets. Monitor operator performance as well as track carrier class and fees.

    Business Manager Brings Your Enterprise Together
    Business Manager can be configured for both local and enterprise-wide data collection and consolidation. With the exclusive DM Series Mailing Systems there is no additional hardware or data collection devices (applies to DM500 DM550 DM800 DM900 and DM1000 Series systems).

    • Manage accounts across the enterprise.
    • Monitor and consolidate data from multiple systems at multiple sites.
    • Track postal and shipping costs in real-time for an unlimited number of accounts.
    • Use data management tools to analyze expenditures and highlight potential cost reductions.
    • Increase productivity and eliminate human error by eliminating manual reconciliation of costs by account.
    • Access data to connect to back office financial systems.

    The functional elements include:

    Host Workstation – The central system necessary for managing the operations including consolidation of data from local or remote sites administrative and reporting functions.

    Remote Site Workstation – A special version of the Host Workstation that enables you to form a network of host solutions to consolidate data from across the enterprise.

    Administrative or Reporting Workstations – PC solutions that provide managers additional access to the collected data without interrupting the Host Workstation.

    Optional Peripherals:
    Barcode Scanner
    Laser Report Printer
    Monitor Stand
    Crystal Reports Software