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  • 25-Jan-2011 1:38 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    Contributed by Ruth Balkin, Balkin Information Services

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  • 21-Jan-2011 11:08 AM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Bob Lurz

    • How do I deal with a consulting agreement that requires liability insurance?
    • Which is better--an LLC or buying liability insurance?
    • How do I get in front of my target market?
    • How do I deal with intellectual property management such as non-disclosure agreements?
    • Do I need a patent lawyer with my new idea or is there another route?
    • What ideas does this group have for my presentation on the advantages of non-Microsoft-based systems?
    • Should I fill out my business forms online or get a lawyer?
    • What is a good radio station for up-to-date road conditions and problems when driving to a meeting or a client?
    • What should I do about banking for my business?
    • How do I do online marketing?
    • How do I gain visibility?
    • Should I consider full-time employment?
  • 07-Jan-2011 10:31 AM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Steve Royal

    • What are the advantages of the Chrome browser over Explorer or Firefox?
    • Why does Office 2010 refuse to start after installation?
    • Why can't I make sub-level folders in Gmail?
    • Why can't I receive meeting confirmations when using the Google calendar function and Gmail?
    • What operational changes should I be aware of when upgrading from Office 2003 to Office 2010?
    • How can I get rid of an annoying side-panel in Word 2003?
    • Why do I have to use an analog phone line for use with my 56K modem?
    • How do I tell whether my phone line is analog or digital?
    • What should I do if I can't find the WiFi Internet signal that is supposed to be there?
    • Why am I blocked out of LinkedIn at work?
    • How can I use Facebook for my business?
    • What are some options to my Blackberry smartphone?
    • How do Microsoft Office and Open Office compare?
    • Why has my download speed suddenly decreased dramatically?
    • Do bookmarks work in Word?
    If you have a technical question or just want to learn and have fun, you can attend the next Technical Forum on February 4, 2011. See Events for details.



  • 17-Dec-2010 2:57 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Bob Lurz

    • What holiday gifts are appropriate for the people in my office area?
    • Are electronic holiday cards appropriate for my clients?
    • Can I personalize Christmas letters in Outlook?
    • What are some good ways to facilitate international communications?
    • What kind of disclaimer should I put in proposals in case I can’t find the information for my clients?
    • What kind of business statistics will help drive my business?
    • How do I calculate percentages fory information?
    • Is it a common practice to provide intial consultations for free?
    • How do I deal with cultural transformation?
    • How do I develop my true competitive advantage?

  • 03-Dec-2010 4:17 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Steve Royal

    • Why does Windows 7 choose not to back up one particular file?   
    • Why won’t my FAX machine connect to its destination properly?
    • Why does a new page in Word start with the cursor half-way down the page?
    • Why won’t my computer send email or install upgrades?
    • How should I prepare my netbook for a trip?
    • Can I put my regular Skype account on my netbook?
    • Should I replace my old printer and, if so, with what?
    • Hint: Barnes & Noble is selling a cool e-reader called a “Nook.”
    • Hint: Radio Shack will give you money for your old cell phone.
    • What is Norton Anti-Virus for Netbooks?
    • How can consultants us social media to increase business?
    • Where can I find a person to create a theme for my web site in Drupal?
    • Is anyone having trouble recommending people in LinkedIn?

  • 25-Nov-2010 2:21 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Barbara Moore

    • How do you get introductions via LinkedIn?
    • What social media do larger companies use the most?
    • How do you link your blog to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook?
    • How do I move my personal Facebook page to a business Facebook page?
    • Do I want a business Facebook page?
    • How does the guest speaker (Lynn Dessert) keep up with her profession and get ideas for blogging?
    • Question for Lynn Dessert: Do you cross pollinate with other bloggers and your competitors?
    • What are some of the nightmare stories about using social media?
    • How do you separate business and personal on social media?
    • Does using more social media invite more spam?
  • 19-Nov-2010 2:59 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Bob Lurz

    • With what organizations might RPCN form alliances?
    • What is Pay Pal’s policy on refunds?
    • How can I reach a client who owes me money when he has “disappeared”?
    • Where can I find a staff person to replace one who is leaving?
    • Has anyone published an article or press release and seen an effect on their business?
    • What type of insurance do I need and where can I get it?
    • How does bank credit for your business affect your personal finances?
    • Should RPCN members doing business with other members be promoted?
    • What is the process for refining a business plan?
    • How do I merge paper records with electronic records for record retention purposes?
    • What are the standard writing styles on a computer?
  • 05-Nov-2010 3:51 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Steve Royal

    • What should I do if I can’t understand a customer service representative?
    • Why doesn’t my Windows 7 screen open properly?
    • Is there an email archive location in Gmail?
    • Why can’t I upgrade my “Neat Receipts” program to a Windows 7 version?
    • Why isn’t my monitor showing two displays like it should?
    • Does Kindle come with a web browser?
    • Why is Norton blocking my reply emails?        
    • Where can I get tips for writing and publishing a newsletter?
    • What do I do if Gmail sends a note that an email couldn’t be sent, but doesn’t say which email or why it didn’t go through?
    • Why won’t PDF attachments open in my computer?
    • Hint--watch out when sending .xlsx (Excel) or .docx (Word) files to people with older versions of Microsoft Office!          
    • Is there a free web site where I can look up reverse phone numbers?     
    • How can I get Mailwasher PRO to use more than one email address?
    • What is the “Minimize” page that pops up on my computer?
    • How do I set up Skype?
    • Why won’t my optical mouse work on the mousepad I am currently using?
  • 28-Oct-2010 3:15 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Barbara Moore

    • How can I selectively ignore tweets?
    • What do people think about the new Twitter look?
    • Once I have a big list, what do I do with it?
    • What is the best use of social media in a business setting?
    • How do all these social media tools promote your business?
    • Why is it essential to use social media?
    • Is it worth spending money on social media?
    • What are effective marketing strategies that will cut through all the clutter and noise of social media?
    • What is the difference between using social media in a business to business context than in a business to consumer context?
  • 17-Sep-2010 11:38 AM | Deleted user
    As reported by Bob Lurz
    • What should the balance be between marketing yourself and marketing using a Web site?
    • Should I use a credit card for my business expenses just to establish a good credit rating?
    • How do I figure out the financials of my business plan and also maintain confidentiality?
    • Where can I find a business manager (contractor) for my business?
    • What type or form should my business be?
    • How can I find the decision-maker in a company?
    • As a consultant, what sort of infrastructure should I have?
    • Should I have a home office or a virtual office?
    • How can I find professional recommendations?
    • As a consultant, do I need to charge sales tax for my services?

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