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 June 1, 1999

Put latest technology in your business plan

The Service Corps of Retired Executives, SCORE, recommends that a company’s business plan should incorporate planning for technology.

Here are some simple tips to help make technology work better for your small business.

* Buy hardware and software with expandability in mind. Change is a reality in technology, and obsolescence is a concern for many small companies.

* Invest in productivity suite software. When it comes to software, consider solutions that scale with your business as it grows, so you don’t have to “rip and replace.”

* Get networked and get e-mail. E-mail is a great way to link to customers, partners and vendors, and communicate information and collaborate over time and distance.

* Find a local consultant who can help you. Do it right the first time and get the advice of a local technical professional who can help you choose, install and manage technology — be it one computer or 25 computers.

* Invest in the Internet. The World Wide Web is a truly empowering technology for small businesses. It levels the playing field with larger competitors and gives you a voice before a wide audience. At a minimum level, invest in a dial-up account through a local Internet service provider or online service.

The Service Corps of Retired Executives, SCORE, recommends that a company’s business plan should incorporate planning for technology.

Here are some simple tips to help make technology work better for your small business.

* Buy hardware and software with expandability in mind. Change is a reality in technology, and obsolescence is a concern for many small companies.

* Invest in productivity suite software. When it comes to software, consider solutions that scale with your business as it grows, so you don’t have to “rip and replace.”

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