Small Biz Tips with

We are pleased to work with Ramon Ray, CEO and editor of, journalist, and technology evangelist, to bring you new Small Biz tips. Each week they’ll be sharing videos and articles featuring hot topics, products and trends in small business.

Game Changing Innovation: Insight From Four View Points – Kawasaki, Belsky, Brogan, Ray

Four highly influential voices in the business world—Ramon Ray, Guy Kawasaki, Scott Belsky and Chris Brogan—share their insights from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show on how to create game-changing innovation. From new ideas to technology , and from mobility to increased productivity,  get advice on how to elevate the customer experience and think proactively about what pieces of information matter most in order to compete and win.

Is Your Payment Processing Service Adequate? A Chocolate Company Switches to Sage Payment Solutions

Hospitality is a passion for John and Sue Elliott, owners of Davidson Chocolate Company.  The couple originally left their corporate jobs intent on becoming bed and breakfast hosts. But a twist of fate led them to a little chocolate shop in the mountains of North Carolina.

“It had been closed for two and half years. The chocolate was still wonderful, and the hundred-year-old recipes were still great. The business itself looked horrible, but we couldn’t see how we could fail,” said Sue. “We had a lot of reputation to repair and rebuild, but in five years it grew dramatically.”

With the store doing well, the couple kept brainstorming on how they could grow their business. The answer came when their son invited them to consider moving the business to Davidson, just outside of Charlotte. The couple agreed, and in 2008 opened their first Davidson Chocolate Company store. Read about this small business’ experience switching to a new payment processing system.

5 Reasons Your Power Point Presentations….Suck. How To Make Your Next One Rock

Power Point is one of the most popular business tools on the market. We all use it when giving presentations. However, just about every Power Point I see used is NOT used effectively. Having said that John “ColderICE” Lawson, Chris McCann (President of 1800-Flowers), Jim Fowler (founder of JigSaw) and other speakers used Power Point to mind blowing effectiveness at the Small Business Summit 2011 (by Dell).

Microsoft’s recent spoof videos highlight the top reasons your presentation can be a disaster.