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Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 Ends April 8, 2014

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We want to make sure all small business owners are aware of an important event happening next month. As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance for Windows XP and Office 2003, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. According to Microsoft, more than 20 percent of small businesses are still using the XP platform, which Microsoft first introduced in 2001.

What does this mean for your business?

1.     There will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.

2.     Without critical security updates, PCs could become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage business data and information.

3.     Anti-virus software will not be able to fully protect PCs running Windows XP once the OS is no longer supported.

4.     Businesses that continue to run Windows XP after support ends may be exposed to potential security threats, and may even risk breaching compliance standards depending on the industry in which they operate.

How do you stay protected?

To stay protected after support ends April 8, you have two options:

1.     Upgrade your current PC: Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1, which is the latest version of Windows. You may want to download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant to check if your PC meets the system requirements  for Windows 8.1 and then follow the steps in the tutorial to upgrade if your PC is able. For more detailed information, read the FAQ.

o    Download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant

o    Tutorial: Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows XP

2.     Get a new PC:  If your current PC can’t run Windows 8.1, it might be time to consider shopping for a new one. The average price […]

America’s SBDC Biz Blog Listed as Forbes’ “100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs”

Burke, VA – The America’s SBDC ‘Biz Blog’ was featured on Forbes.com on November 12, 2013 as one of the 100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs.” The article stated that they searched high and low for the best of the best. Whether an entrepreneur was seeking capital, growing their business or just looking for general assistance the Top 100 sites listed were “worth reading.” Natalie Robehmed, Forbes Staff wrote “America’s Small Business Development Center blog presents friendly lessons from founders who have been there and done that.”

“Recognition from Forbes is a real tribute to our blog contributors and partners.  Content from leaders like Gina Watkins of Constant Contact, Ramon Ray, Eric Spellman, Benetrends and so many others is what makes us successful, relevant and a premier resource for our SBDC business advisors and their small business clients,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO, America’s SBDC.

The America’s SBDC Biz Blog was launched in 2011 with over 12 contributors, all Sponsors or Partners of the Association. The blog boasts a variety of posts from low-cost marketing techniques to franchise funding opportunities. The blog is featured in the America’s SBDC weekly Newsletter and posts are also shared via Facebook & Twitter. Its a valuable resource for our SBDC Professionals, their clients and small businesses all over the country.
America’s SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration’s largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. With about 1,000 centers across the nation, America’s SBDC network provided business consulting to approximately 200,000 clients, training for more than 400,000 attendees, and […]

Team of 12 Business Advisors Serving the Entire State

The CTSBDC business advising team of 12 collectively has over 225 years of experience supporting small businesses and provides no-cost assistance to both prospective and existing entrepreneurs to help launch their idea, improve or grow their business. The team supports all entrepreneurs throughout the state and delivers a variety of assistance including; business plan review; marketing and social media training; global markets export; guidance with loan and grant applications and emergency preparedness. Clients of CTSBDC create viable businesses, generate long-term jobs and access more money to expand and start businesses with their help.

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Small Business Saturday 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  Please join the CTSBDC and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.