• December 11, 2016

    Stories from Small Businesses that were Attacked

    Efficient Escrow of California was forced to close its doors and lay off its entire staff when cybercriminals nabbed $1.5 million from its bank account. The thieves gained access to the escrow company’s bank data using a form of “Trojan horse” malware. Once the hackers broke in, they wired $432,215 from the firm’s bank to […]

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  • December 02, 2016

    Social Media – A Positive Outcome with Yelp!

    You may have read our recent article on the dark side of media (Sept 30th blog post); we have an encouraging story to share with you! I received an email from Yelp that we had a new review; very exciting.  I logged on and found a terrible review saying we had not finished a project, […]

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  • December 01, 2016

    General Stanley McChrystal Presentation

    Wow! Great presentation in Nashville by General Stanley McChrystal, Retired. His comments and stories were thought provoking and very appropriate to our businesses. I look forward to reading his new book Team of Teams (which I have a copy of!). Thank you General, and thanks to all the Vets who have defended our country so we […]

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  • November 23, 2016

    Progress Billing: What are Those Radials for Anyway?

    I was working with some office staff and their list of questions.  When you’re in the Progress Billing screen (3-7), and you click the calculator, there are two choices with radials in front of them. What’s the difference and when to use which one? The first one says ‘Calculate the Current column based on the […]

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  • November 22, 2016

    Cabling – New, Faster Protocol for EXISTING Cat 5e, Cat 6

    The cabling in your walls is ‘out of sight, out of mind,’ but greatly impacts the speed of information traveling over your network – data, internet, wireless traffic.  You might be familiar with Cat 5, Cat 5e, and Cat 6 cable sizes – did you know there are Cat 6a, and 7?  How to keep […]

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  • November 16, 2016

    Mobile devices for your field personnel Managing, tracking, maximizing

    There are several key components in managing mobile devices, keeping track of them and maximizing the investment. Data Packages and internet Access. When you set up these devices, be sure to have a company gmail or icloud account to log into the device for management and access.

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  • November 15, 2016

    Mobile Devices for your Field Personnel Part II: Managing, Tracking, Maximizing!

    In our Part I article, we discussed the different types of devices, and the pro’s and con’s within each group.  We also reviewed internet access requirements, data plans, and made suggestions regarding cases.  Now for the second part – managing these devices, keeping track of them, and maximizing the investment! Data Packages and Internet Access […]

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  • November 11, 2016

    Does Sage 100 Contractor v19 Let Me Enter OT for Salaried Staff?

    Yes! There’s no need to upgrade to version 20 (and we don’t recommend upgrading until mid-Q1 2017). The salaried employee(s) can stay exactly as you have them now, using the Salary field for their weekly pay. In their 5-2-1 screen, add a rate for overtime work. When you create the 5-2-2 Pay Record, allow the […]

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  • November 11, 2016

    How Do I Get a Backlog Report to Give to the Bank?

    Use the Job Status field in the 3-5 Job Screen. This is a lot easier (and more accurate) than keeping a spreadsheet. When a contract is committed, create the job in the 3-5 screen (instead of putting it in a spreadsheet), and use the status 3-Contract. This indicates you have the work but you are […]

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  • October 21, 2016

    Wonder why you have a different withholding amount for someone?

    I was checking an employee’s accrued vacation (we use Sage 100 Contractor in-house, version right now), and when I was done, I hit ‘Escape’ to leave the screen – I hadn’t changed anything. I received the message that my changes were not saved, click ‘Yes’ to Save, ‘No’ to leave without changing, and ‘Cancel’ […]

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