Golden Valley Local Business Forum

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What Are You Doing About the Data Breach With Equifax?
Asked by Ron, Saint George, UT on Sep 13, 2017 • Tagged in Online Marketing
    David R. Forro from Caldecott & Forro, P.L.C.
    Golden Valley Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, September 18, 2017

    Minnesota and other states have "security freeze" laws. Because of the high demand on the credit bureaus' websites (recently some crashed), I recommend sending the... (more)

Through Which Avenues Can an Original Artist Sell Her Work??
Asked by Caroline, Tomball, TX on Sep 06, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth

Through which avenues can an orginal artist sell her work?

    Steve and Jean Danko from Jean Stephen Galleries
    Golden Valley Area • 4 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Call and talk to some art dealers. See if they will look at images sent over the net. We have a lot of people show us art over the net. The work will have to be... (more)

What Is the Best Way to Promote a Virtual Assistant?
Asked by Janice, Sacramento, CA on Aug 28, 2017 • Tagged in Word-of-Mouth
    Emily Theis from Skol Marketing
    Golden Valley Area • 5 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    I would try Upwork. It's a great way to get your foot in the door somewhere, and many companies are open to working offline/outside of Upwork after an initial... (more)

Best quality service for their patients and/or lunch for their employees are the top two answers I've gotten. Anything else?

    Judith Sperling from Twin Cities Foot And Ankle Clinic
    Golden Valley Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, August 28, 2017

    Patients want to be sure that care is covered by their insurance. I, as the physician, want to be sure there is coverage in the patient's area of residence, and that... (more)

What About Technology Overwhelms Small Business Owners the Most?
Asked by Andy, Buffalo, NY on Aug 05, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

I'm interviewing small business owners about how they use technology for their business and would like to learn more about what overwhelms them the most. This is the... (more)

    Drew Koenig from Magenic Technologies Inc
    Golden Valley Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    I always find that security is never addressed. When it needs to be, it's either too late, or so expensive they ignore it, which is worse.

Do You Use a VPN Service? Which One? What Do You Like or Dislike About It?
Asked by Jim, Boulder, CO on Aug 10, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
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I'm running an iMac under Yosemite (10.10.5)

    Drew Koenig from Magenic Technologies Inc
    Golden Valley Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    I use PrivateInternetAccess, it's fast and they have hundreds of servers around the world. They also market themselves, and have been verified, to have zero logs on... (more)

What Kind of Phone System Does Your Business Use?
Asked by Michael, Loveland, CO on Aug 15, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Regular Analog Phones, Analog PBX, Digital PBX, VoIP PBX, Hosted VoIP, other?

    Drew Koenig from Magenic Technologies Inc
    Golden Valley Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    We are all in with Skype For Business. Very convenient, make and receive calls where you are logged into Office365. Add a forward to your cell phone for full... (more)

Is Data Encryption a Part of Your Business?
Asked by Justin, Fort Myers, FL on Aug 17, 2017 • Tagged in Operating Your Business

Id like to know why you do or do not use it in today's world where the most important thing that can be stolen is not money but Information? I do not sell software... (more)

    Drew Koenig from Magenic Technologies Inc
    Golden Valley Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Encryption should be part of every company's business. There are many level and types to talk about.

    The first is data in transit, moving from point A to point B... (more)

Does Anyone Know of an Attorney Referral Service?
Asked by Victor, Orange, CA on Aug 08, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Does anyone know of an attorney referral service, other than attorney search network who provides clients to attorneys' office for a percentage of the attorney's... (more)

    David R. Forro from Caldecott & Forro, P.L.C.
    Golden Valley Area • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    For Minneapolis/Hennepin County, Minnesota try the Hennepin County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (612) 752-6666 or online referrals at www.hcba.org.... (more)

Consultants, Were Do You Start When Building a Commissioned Referral Network?
Asked by Peter, New London, NH on Jun 27, 2017 • Tagged in Offline
    Karen & Bob Borre from ShapeShifters Consulting, LLC
    Golden Valley Area • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Question: You use the word "commissioned" which implies a money exchange. If you mean 1)do you pay for referrals or 2)if you get a referral from someone, do you give... (more)