April 2015
In this issue:

Changes in Technology Can Present Opportunity for Small & Mid-Size Business

What Home-Office Deductions Can Your Small Business Claim and How?

What is the Cloud and How Can it Benefit You?

Excel tips for handling lots of data

Monthly Trivia

Quote and Cartoon

Cyber Crime/
Hack News:
Major Browsers Hacked  

Excel tips for handling lots of data
used with permission from Technology at Work

Managing huge amounts of data in Excel can be painful if you don’t know how to handle it properly. These tips* will boost your effectiveness and will make you feel more confident with hundreds of rows and columns.

1. Freeze Panes

Have you ever dived into the unexplored depths of Excel spreadsheet in search of a specific cell or value? The common issue in this case is that it becomes very complicated to say to which category the value belongs (or in other words what is the name of the row and column which contain your cell). So this might be the right time to start using an Excel option called “Freeze Panes”. It freezes the defined row or column on the screen, so you can still scroll data in any direction. This is how it works:

>>  If you have data names nested in the first row and you want them to be constantly on the screen, use the Excel command “Freeze Top Row”.

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Changes in Technology Can Present Opportunity for Small & Mid-Size Business
used with permission from the Microsoft SMB Blog
Cindy Bates

Thanks to new technology, it's an exciting time for small and mid-size businesses. That's because many are finding that increased access to new technology - such as cloud and mobile solutions - can provide access to services that were never within their reach before, helping them grow and be more productive.

They are also finding that using old or outdated technology can hinder a company's ability to do business in a number of ways - from security risks and compliance issues to not being able to implement even modest changes or updates in software, all of which can significantly hamper a company's ability to be successful and competitive.

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What Home-Office Deductions Can Your Small Business Claim and How?
used with permission from SBA.gov
by Caron Beesley

More than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner's home, and with this year's tax season deadlines fast approaching, you may be wondering if your business qualifies for the deduction.

To help business owners understand more about this important deduction, SBA sat down with IRS tax expert, Phyllis Grimes, about what is and what isn't deductible. This interview is part of a series of short online videos hosted on SBA's Small Business Learning Center, which offer tips and facts about all aspects of business financing.

Here's what you need to know.

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What is the Cloud and How Can it Benefit You?

As a kid, I used to make a tin can telephone by tying a string to each of two soup cans. When two tin cans are connected, you can send and receive sound waves. Imagine, for a moment, that this tin can string spans the width of your office. Two of your employees need to communicate through the tin cans, so they build the connection. A third employee is invited to "join the call", so he ties his tin can to the string of the first two cans. Then a fourth employee ties his string, then a fifth, and so on. This concept is the very foundation on which the Internet works: sending and receiving information over a wire (in the tin can example, sound waves).

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Monthly Trivia

First person to submit the correct answers by email to anorton@osgusa.com will receive a $20 Starbucks gift card!

Entries are judged by date/time received and correctness. Include your name and phone number, the question number and the answer.

1) Who first conceived the idea of Daylight Savings Time?

2) True or False:There is a legend that on the first day of spring, you can balance an egg on the table?

3) What does the word "equinox" mean?

4) What does "spring fever" mean?

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Quote of the Month

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night."

 - Steve Martin


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