Monthly Archives: March 2014

Tips for Seeking Government Grant Monies for Technology and Beyond!

Money!The bad news? Following the sequester, cuts went into place that reduced funding for state grants by $5.1 billion.

The good news? The result was higher grant funding (in some states) where grants in 2013 actually surpassed that of 2012—and there are still a significant amount of subsidies left!

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) estimates $93.1 billion will be spent on IT-related purchases in state and local government in 2014, and your organization can get a piece of this pie. Here’s how.

Tips for Seeking Government Grant Monies:

  • Know what grants are out there for the taking. CDW-G has a list of technology grants available for local government agencies.
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    FAQ’s For Writing Effective Emails

    English: email envelope

    Have you ever deleted an email before opening it? Or responded to a long email before reading it all the way through?

    You may feel a twinge of guilt over doing this, but perhaps it’s not completely your fault. After all, if the subject line had caught your attention, and the note was concise, would you have responded differently?

    Despite the fact that email has been around for decades, there is still a lot of confusion about what makes a good or bad email. So, we’ve put together a list of commonly asked questions about emails to help your email communications become more readable, concise, and recipient-friendly. Read more >

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    Is Holacracy the New Hierarchy?

    English: large meeting room

    “Holacracy”, a term coined by hip, employee-centric companies like Zappos, is becoming a corporate culture buzz term. But is it a great way to organize an office, or is it just another buzz word?

    What is holacracy?

    Holacracy refers to offices where the hierarchy of traditional managers does not exist, and authority is distributed evenly throughout the office.

    Hierarchy, on the other hand, is a more conventional, top-down approach. In order to be successful, it requires strong leaders who are able to motivate their employees through a more traditional, and almost parental role.  The problem with traditional hierarchy systems, however, is that if an organization lacks strong leadership or unified goals with its employees, it can affect employee performance and morale. Read more >

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    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About…Municipal Bonds!

    Time to bond with bonds.  But in order to have a relationship with them, first we’d better get to know them.  We’ve pulled together some very basic questions about municipal bonds, why they are used, and who uses them.

    What is a municipal bond?

    A municipal bond is a bond issued by a local government (the state, city, or county) or government agency (special district, public utility, airport, seaport, or school district) to pay for projects and/or improvements. These projects can range in scope, for example, improvements to government buildings and public places, a new fire station, or public utility improvements. Read more >

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