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Have We Turned the Economic Corner?


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Major national business publications are saying the recession is over – some say it will be a jobless recovery, others say employment numbers will improve in the fourth quarter. The consensus, however, is that we have at long last hit bottom and our collective vital signs are hinting at improvement. We then have a day like August 13th, when stocks go down hard and all the pundits come out of the woodwork with the oh so typical, turn-on- a- dime refrain (no financial pun intended) “the sky is falling and we all knew it was and shame on you for being optimistic!”.

And, once again, we shake our collective corporate-minded heads, because we realize that this recession will eventually end and growth and prosperity will return. Business’ very nature is one of speculation, and, of optimism.  We know that there will be challenges; of course, the road map to recovery isn’t ever a smooth one. But, there is an end in sight.

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer sees the recession as an investment opportunity. He is following the classic R&D strategy deployed by RCA during the Great Depression era following the stock market crash in 1929. The result of that historic foresight and  astute investment was  industry dominance by RCA for many decades to follow. - Steve Ballmer's take on R&D during a recession

As business owners, how to react?  What is your strategic recovery game plan?

Productivity improvements driven by fast-paced technology continue to evolve that will help us become more competitive and more productive as small business catches the upswing. Just today, August 31st, a leading business poll revealed that Small Business Owners confidence is the highest it’s been in 18 months!

Discover Small Business Watch Owners Confidence rises   

Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) is one of those productivity tools that is easy to use and provides the functionality and  analytics any business owner needs to take the pulse of their business immediately, its’ all there – right out of the box. As a small business owner, you do not get a handicap because of your size – you need the same tools as the big companies in order to compete in the marketplace. Microsoft’s Statement of Direction for Dynamics GP published this past May reflects confidence and a solid game plan for the innovations to come. 

Top Ten lists are always fun – here’s one on the recession.

10 Ten Signs the Recession is Over 

If you are located in Arizona or the surrounding area, contact Sherwood Systems at (877) 943-9696 for assistance in determining if a technology solution can help your organization make better business decisions.  

By Sherwood Systems – Arizona Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner

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