Fifty-four years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into effect a proclamation that established a week to celebrate the contributions of U.S. small businesses. Every president since then has continued the tradition. Next month kicks off National Small Business Week, which recognizes America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year it falls April 30 to May 6. A couple of quick stats that we may not think about…More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
To help celebrate the week, Marc Saltzman, business technology expert, partnered with KillerApps.tv and the four brands below to showcase some of the tech tools and services to help small businesses grow by boosting productivity in the office or on the go.
Being able to work on the go is a part of today’s business landscape, so here is a new device from a familiar name in the mobile business marketplace!
BlackBerry is back with the BlackBerry KEYone, an award-winning smartphone that fuses the functionality and security you’d expect from a BlackBerry with the familiarity and versatility of Android 7.1 Nougat. This BlackBerry KEYone is made for the modern smartphone user, offering a reimagined Smart Keyboard with built-in fingerprint sensor, up to 26 hours of mixed use battery life, and unique convenience and privacy features in what is being bill as the world’s most secure Android smartphone. It also has 4.5-inch touch display to tap and swipe through more than a million apps at the Google Play store.
- Priced at $549.00 USD.
- Available for purchase in May.
- For more information, visit www.blackberrymobile.com.
And, if you are working on the go, keeping your data safe is of utmost importance. Check out what’s new in secure flash drives.
DataTraveler 2000 Encrypted USB Flash Drive
DataTraveler Vault Privacy Encrypted USB Flash Drive
DT2000 – DataTraveler 2000
Kingston’s DataTraveler® 2000 is designed to be secure, with an alphanumeric keypad that locks the drive with a word or number combination, for easy-to-use PIN protection. Its auto-lock feature is activated when the drive is removed from a device and it deletes the encryption key after 10 failed intrusion attempts.
DTVP30 – DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0
Kingston’s DataTraveler® Vault Privacy 3.0 USB Flash drive provides affordable business-grade security with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption in XTS mode. It protects 100 percent of data stored and enforces complex password protection with minimum characteristics to prevent unauthorized access. For additional peace of mind, the drive locks down and reformats after 10 intrusion attempts.
- DataTraveler® 2000 priced at $72.99 16GB, $146.09 32GB and $175.99 64GB (all pricing from Amazon.com).
- DataTraveler® Vault Privacy priced at $26.10 4GB, $50.43 8GB, $56.48 16GB, $77.38 32GB and $168.01 64GB (all pricing from Amazon.com).
- Available for purchase online at www.amazon.com, www.newegg.com, www.kingston.com and through the following distributors: Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Synnex.
- For more information, visit www.kingston.com/us/usb/encrypted_security.
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The versatility of your office printer can make a big difference to how you represent your business to clients, take a look at this solution to gain an edge.
Canon MAXIFY MB5420
For America’s entrepreneurs, small business owners and home office heroes, finding success and growing your business means working faster and smarter than your competition, while adopting new technologies ready to address the everyday challenges that come your way. Canon U.S.A., Inc. remains as committed as ever to helping these businesses maximize workflow efficiency through its line of MAXIFY printers, designed specifically to address the needs of small business entrepreneurs and provide reliable, high-speed and cost-effective printing solutions.
MAXIFY has its own dedicated phone number and email address with extended hours to better serve customers:
Monday -Friday 8am – 10pm ET and Saturday 10am – 7pm ET
- Priced at $399.99.
- Available for purchase at usa.canon.com.
- For more information, visit usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/maxify-mb5420.
In today’s marketplace, finding partners that can help grow your business is paramount. Take a look!
The UPS Store
In celebration of National Small Business Week, The UPS Store is saluting small business owners with its first-ever national Pitch Off contest where small business owners and entrepreneurs can compete for a chance to win $10,000. To submit your business pitch, go to www.theupsstore.com/pitchoff. Capture a 90-second video describing the business or idea and submit the video to the website by May 20. Entrants can socially share their entries and encourage family and friends to vote for their favorite video from May 22 through May 31. The winner will receive $10,000 to go toward their idea or business. The Pitch Off contest is part of the company’s Small Biz Salute, a month-long initiative celebrating small business owners for their hard work, innovation and dedication to their businesses and local communities. Throughout the year, small businesses can visit one of more than 4,500 locally owned and operated The UPS Store locations to find tools and resources to support their business.
- The UPS Store has over 4,500 locally owned and operated stores nationwide. To find a store near you, visit www.theupsstore.com.
- For more information, visit www.theupsstore.com/pitchoff and watch this video about The UPS Store Pitch Off contest.