March 2014 — IT, Communications & Technology: Integrative Business Solutions
Next Tech: Businesses Quickly Absorb, Put New Offerings to Use — Perhaps more than ever, technology is driving the way people do business.Companies rely on connectivity — whether it be phone, cable or Internet — and all the related devices.And because those ever-evolving offerings are in great demand, the segment is highly competitive.
1 Size Doesn’t Fit All: Service Providers Work to Make New Technology Meet the Needs of Individual Customers — For technology to be an effective business tool, it needs to work reliably and be as user-friendly as possible.As a result, technology service and solutions providers must meet the specific needs of their customers.
Web of Lies? Defamatory Online Comments May Not Be Worth a Legal Fight — The Internet is a valuable business tool.With it, even the smallest of businesses can reach customers around the world.However, that connectivity exposes those same businesses to the reality that anyone from anywhere can write anything they want — true or untrue — and usually anonymously.
Integration Question: Lack of a Uniform System Can Lead to a Failure to Communicate — There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different electronic medical record solutions designed specifically for different types of care providers. So, the next stage of EMR implementation is figuring out how to get all thedifferent systems to communicate.
On the Firing Line: BC3 Provides High-Tech Public Safety Training — When integrated properly, technology can save time and money while offering adaptability.As a result, Butler County Community College has been using technology to complement its public safety training programs for years.
End of XP: Microsoft to End Support of Operating System, Spurring Host of Issues — Joe Schneider of SSI Technologies addresses how small businesses can tackle any challenges that could arise from Microsoft no longer supporting its dated XP operating system.
Rust Stops Here: Rick Fennell Didn’t Plan to Become a Regional Rustproofing Legend — Rick Fennell started an auto body repair business more than 40 years ago, but within the first couple years, he found his niche by developing a unique rustproofing products and techniques.
LEARNING TO LEAD
Ken DeFurio — In the first installment of a new monthly feature, Ken DeFurio, Butler Health System’s president and CEO, talks to Businesses Matters about how he got interested in the medical field and what has helped him become a leader.
Weathering the Storm: Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber Works Past Tough Financial Year — Coming off a year of major transition, the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber has a lot of hard work ahead to get back on track. However, the organization’s leaders are optimistic for a quick turnaround.
Grove City Honors: Couple Honored by Chamber for Community Contributions — The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Chris and Darla Motta, owners of the Legacy Banquet & Conference Center, with its prestigious Community Service Award on Jan. 22 during its annual meeting.
Major Hang Up: Verizon to Cut more than 1,000 Local Jobs — Verizon Wireless is realigning its operations, resulting in more than 1,000 jobs spread among three buildings in Cranberry and Marshall townships to be lost or relocated.
Making its Mark: Adams Township Business has Worldwide Reach — A neat, yet unassuming brick home and metal building on Mars-Valencia Road in Adams Township now houses a business that provides medical equipment to health care providers all over the globe.
About 40 businesses and organizations showcased their products and services Feb. 7 and 8 during the Butler County Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual Health, Wealth, Wellness & More Business Expo at the Clearview Mall in Center Township.
— Meeting calendar of all local business organizations
— Real estate transaction reports
— News briefs and event announcements
— Unemployment rate tends and other economic statistics
— New business filings, bankruptcies and liens