Silver Spring Local Business Forum

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Who Is the Best Website Hosting Vendor to Select?
Asked by Katherine, Clermont, FL on Sep 14, 2017 • Tagged in Business Website

Who is the best website hosting to go with? And works to get your website seen and doesn't cost silly money

    Hector Enriquez from Altavista CG
    Silver Spring, MD • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, September 15, 2017

    Hello Katherine, It depends on what you are looking for, a shared server or a virtual private server. If you are looking for a shared server, I will recommend... (more)

If You Use QuickBooks (Desktop or Online), What Frustrates You the Most About It? What Do You Like Best About It?
Asked by Harold, Rochester, NY on Sep 13, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

QuickBooks is the #1 accounting software used by small businesses. But, like any software tool, it definitely has its pros and cons. I'm interested in learning about... (more)

    Warren Goldman from Warren R Goldman
    Silver Spring, MD • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Friday, September 15, 2017

    The online product is much inferior to the desktop product. Intuit seems to continue to change the online product and it makes it very hard for the user to become... (more)

What Is the Best Camera to Use for Portraiture ?
Asked by Sophia, Short Hills, NJ on Sep 13, 2017 • Tagged in Asking for Advice

Thank you :

    Jason Sauler from Jason Sauler Photography
    Silver Spring, MD • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, September 15, 2017

    Yes, the photographer makes the pic. But as long as you have an average or above average slr, the right focal length on the lens is what'simportant. I would... (more)

What Are You Doing About the Data Breach With Equifax?
Asked by Ron, Saint George, UT on Sep 13, 2017 • Tagged in Online Marketing
    Ruth Mae Finch from Finch & Associates, LLC
    Silver Spring, MD • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, September 14, 2017

    If you haven't already, the first, best, and fastest way to protect yourself from the Equifax data breach is to place a security freeze on your credit files at the... (more)

Vistaprint Ratings and Reviews
Asked by Vistaprint, , on Aug 04, 2016 • Tagged in General Discussion
Alignable members are weighing in with their opinions on Vistaprint. Have you rated Vistaprint yet? Add your rating and then check out other member's opinions and... (more)
    Fortune McLemore from FM Portraits of Silver Spring
    Silver Spring, MD • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Reviewed on Friday, September 8, 2017

    Love, love, love them! Gorgeous designs, great sales, EXCELLENT printing, and good quantities of cards at good prices. And their sales discounts will really save you... (more)

What Are the Best Programs and Apps for Property Management?
Asked by Charci, Biloxi, MS on Sep 03, 2017 • Tagged in Asking for Advice

I am starting a second business and would like to know the most user friendly programs and apps for property management that you can link to your iPhone and... (more)

    Calvin Farmer from Farmer Properties LLC
    Silver Spring, MD • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, September 4, 2017

    Hello, first and foremost much success in your new business. We are extremely pleased with appfolio, it is seamless with using the app on your phone or tablet. We... (more)

Does Anyone Know What Types of Small Businesses Would Benefit From Online On-Boarding and Training Software?
Asked by Dylan, West Newton, MA on Aug 28, 2017 • Tagged in Research

*This is not a sales pitch. I am looking for different kinds of business that I can use as my target market to train their employees for liability purposes or other... (more)

    Geoff Whiting from GWhiting.com
    Silver Spring, MD • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Hey Dylan,
    I'd suggest looking at areas with high levels of risk and insurance/regulatory requirements. Financial services, medical practices or dental offices, and... (more)

What's Your Least Favourite Thing About in Person Networking?
Asked by James, Burlington, ON on Sep 01, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Here are a few of my observations from the past five years producing and running networking events:

(1) It takes too much time because the model is inefficient

(2)... (more)

    Sidney Sclar from Sid the Master Networker
    Silver Spring, MD • 5 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 2, 2017

    One needs to schedule follow up time like an appointment after a Network event. It is a DYI or delegated job for Sid the Master Networker. Both are winners.... (more)

I'm Currently Looking for a Logo Designer. I Have the Concept Already. I Need the Designer to Facililtate the Rest of the Package.
Asked by Chelsea, Henderson, NV on Sep 01, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
    Chris Daley from Digital2grow
    Silver Spring, MD • 2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Could I suggest thinking broader than a logo but think a branding signature that would include a tagline et al? The implementation is easy with any logo designer... (more)