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Insight: Innovative Thinking for Small Business
Insight: Innovative Thinking for Small Business
Welcome to Insight, the redesigned and enhanced small business newsletter that delivers small business and technology information to help you succeed. You'll find business insights and exclusive software tips, as well as syndicated columnists like Steve Strauss, free software downloads, premium Small Business+ templates, and special offers. Look for the plus signPremium Symbolto identify Small Business+ exclusives. Not registered for Small Business+? Sign up for free. You'll continue to receive this same great newsletter but with articles and information tailored to your needs.
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If you've purchased software through Open Business or Open Value License Agreements, you can now access a License Dashboard to configure and view your Microsoft License Statement. This Small Business+ benefit gives you a comprehensive view of your organization's license entitlements in an easy-to-understand online format.
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Ask the Expert
The tax deadline has passed, but for many entrepreneurs, the angst about how to pay Uncle Sam is just beginning. What if you don't have the cash to pay the IRS in full? Is there any way to negotiate a lower tax bill? Can you buy more time? Discover five alternatives to writing a single, crippling check.
Develop a consistent 'elevator pitch' to help win customers
Getting the message straight  
If everyone at your company took turns describing the business, the answers might have very little in common. That's too bad, because your employees can be an excellent PR machine. Why not equip your staff with the information they need to make a good impression? Every employee should be able to tell a consistent story about what you do and what makes your company different. Follow that with an exchange of business cards, and you now have one more person who has a favorable impression of your company and knows someone who works there.
Clear, direct approach works best for search advertising
Search Optimization Tips  
If you had only a few seconds to convince someone to buy from you, what would you say? You'd probably be clear and direct about your product or service and try to entice customers with a solid offer. Keep this in mind when you write your search ad, and you can increase your chances of success. Boost your search marketing even more through Microsoft adCenter. Try it today, and get $50 in free search clicks*. Use coupon code MSFT-SBNL when you sign up.
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Business Insights
Create a strong logo that captures your company's personality
Your logo serves as the graphic face of your business on all your communication materials. It should reflect your business personality, support your brand identity statement, and clearly present your business name. This course will help you develop a logo that works for your business.

Financial management software offers tools for boosting profits
Increasing profits depends on assembling, assessing, and acting on relevant information. This module will show how financial management software can help by giving you tools to manage inventory, analyze costs, improve your gross profit, analyze product and service trends, budget for the short and medium term, and improve cash flow.

Keep a checklist of security essentials when shopping for a server operating system
Protecting your desktop computers from hackers and viruses is important. But it is even more critical that your server can survive these types of attacks. Fortunately, modern server operating systems offer numerous security features that can help keep your data and networks safe. Here are some features to look for.

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Software TipsPlus Discover how Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 helps you access information
See how Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 can help you access information quickly and manage tasks productively. Getting Started with Microsoft Outlook 2007 introduces the basic features and functions of Outlook 2007, and it highlights the new interface elements. You'll also learn how to configure Outlook 2007 to manage your e-mail messages.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 extends integration with Microsoft Office system
Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 continues to deliver business applications that work deeply with Microsoft Office system business productivity software, even mirroring the Microsoft Office look and feel. Now, Microsoft Dynamics GP features many new points of integration that help simplify business tasks and deliver dependable information where it's most helpful.

Customize Microsoft Expression Web to fit your work style
Microsoft Expression Web takes the design tools of Microsoft FrontPage to a new level, delivering a professional tool for creating modern, standards-based sites. You'll find a wide range of toolbars, task panes, and dialogs, and you can completely customize the interface to best suit the way you work.

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Try Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 for 60 days
Information overload has met its match with Microsoft Office OneNote 2007. Now it's easy to grab, gather, and organize text, pictures, digital handwriting, and notes—all in one spot that's easy to access and simple to share. Become more productive—with all your information in sight and in reach.

Microsoft Office system add-in delivers PDF, XPS files from eight programs
The Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS Add-in for the 2007 Microsoft Office system helps you to create PDF and XPS files in eight 2007 Microsoft Office programs. It also helps you to send PDF and XPS files as e-mail attachments. Specific features vary by program.

Download the new Microsoft Office Accounting software for free
Save time, get organized, and sell online with Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007.

* Does not include the one-time, non-refundable $5 activation fee required to open a new adCenter account.

** After mail-in rebate. S&H/taxes apply. Limited time offer. While supplies last. Other restrictions apply.

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Manage finances faster with Microsoft Dynamics GP
Microsoft Dynamics GP and the Microsoft Office system work together to help you automate key operations, access vital information faster, and streamline communications across your organization. Get a 90-day trial of Microsoft Dynamics GP with your free Financial Software Evaluation kit.
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June 6: Discover the power of relationships
Building strong relationships with your customers is essential to long-term business success. Join Eric Groves, senior VP for the e-mail marketing service Constant Contact, for an Office Live Web Seminar on how to create a winning relationship strategy for your business.

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