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TrueAbility Partners with Leading Testing Provider Pearson Vue
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TrueAbility Partners with Leading Testing Provider Pearson Vue

San Antonio-based TrueAbility announced Tuesday its multi-year partnership with Pearson VUE, a global leader in computer-based testing. TrueAbility works with companies to provide automated performance-based skills assessments used to certify test-takers in the workforce.TrueAbility's platform gives Pearson VUE the ability to streamline its exam operations as the testing provider delivers certification exams with more focus on performance-based assessments."This agreement with TrueAbility will help us deliver a fully integrated and globally scalable performance-based certification program," said Bob Whelan, president of Pearson Assessments. "With TrueAbility as a partner, we're now in a position to give our customers an expanded, one-stop-shop experience with cutting-edge technolog...
Geekdom Announces 2020 Participants in Pre-Accelerator Program
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Geekdom Announces 2020 Participants in Pre-Accelerator Program

Geekdom announced the San Antonio startups selected for its 2020 pre-accelerator program Wednesday.The seven startups are:EvoSecurity is an affordable, flexible, and reliable multi-factor authentication solution for on-premise, hybrid, cloud, and multi-cloud service providers. Its goal is to take the complexity out of protecting managed service providers and their clients. Allosense is an internet of things startup producing a fleet of always-connected sensors and asset trackers to help businesses and governments manage their supply chains and reduce waste or loss of high-value assets. ClosetMelody is a digital styling app that offers suggestions on how to style your looks using the clothes in your wardrobe. Buzu Cards helps students learn standardized testing concepts u...
How Can Your Startup or Small Business Survive a Pandemic? Know What to Expect
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How Can Your Startup or Small Business Survive a Pandemic? Know What to Expect

Life is changing rapidly for everyone. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 infectious outbreak as a pandemic, the first pandemic in modern times caused by the emergence of a new or novel coronavirus.There is so much information coming at us daily. Yet, founders and small business owners are struggling to decipher what it all means for business operations.Let's walk through what we know and what we can reasonably expect, given the best available information from trusted sources. Then we can offer some recommendations to help you adapt your business operations during a pandemic. First, stay informed COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that emerged in China in December 2019. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC...
During a Pandemic You’ll Need to Adapt Your Digital Marketing
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During a Pandemic You’ll Need to Adapt Your Digital Marketing

Marketing during the COVID-19 pandemic can definitely feel a little weird. I'm sure you've seen the social media posts that are not working. We're still seeing ones promoting events or telling customers COME SEE US (Hello? Social-distancing anyone?). The posts yelling at you to buy their product hardly acknowledge these times we're enduring. Even though we're in the middle of a pandemic, it is absolutely a great time to ramp up your social media marketing strategy, and it can work in your favor, especially as a small business or startup. Does that sound odd? Hear me out first. You need to stay informed. Stay true to facts. You probably don't want to get too political on your business page. Be sure you're sensitive to what's going on. Everybody is dealing with this. When you continue t...
Free Tools and Resources for Startups
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Free Tools and Resources for Startups

It's always stressful launching a startup.  Add in any number of planning complications during uncertain times, and what do you get? A driving need to control costs until your new company is generating revenue.To get you started, we've compiled a list. Be sure to check websites for changes to features or pricing structures. Typically, as your number of users grow along with your company, you will reach a certain threshold that will trigger costs. By that time, hopefully, you're generating enough revenue to afford to pay for that tool or service.Do you use a free tool or resource for startups that we missed below? Post a comment, and we'll update the list with your addition, thanks! Hosting and Communications Google Cloud Platform: Google Cloud for Startups is designed to help...
Marketing Strategies to Use During a Pandemic
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Marketing Strategies to Use During a Pandemic

Conferences and trade shows have been canceled. In-person client meetings are out of the question. Even our own offices are off-limits as employees shift to working from home at the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO). These are all critical steps needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in its tracks. However, working from home introduces new challenges for growth leaders and owners trying to keep a business afloat, specifically:How do we build relationships with new customers online, without the events and meetings we rely on? How do we make sure our current customers continue to find us relevant when they are looking to trim costs? What tools should we be using to stay competitive in our markers?Here are three marketing strategies you can use to gr...
Employees Working Remotely? Here’s 4 Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyber Threats
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Employees Working Remotely? Here’s 4 Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyber Threats

Cybercriminals always seize upon opportunities, especially as more employees are working remotely.While employees rely on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones to work from home, they are also susceptible to cybercriminals who exploit to gain access to your business website, network, and data.Because your employee isn't within easy reach of someone in information technology when working from home, help them protect themselves and your business from cyber threats.Prevent employees from going to a malicious site In 2019, 90% of all successful cyber attacks started with a phishing campaign. Cybercriminals will send an e-mail containing a malicious attachment or a hyperlink to a website that looks legitimate. Phishing emails try to trick the recipient into downloading the mal...
4 San Antonio Startups Win Air Force SBIR Contracts to Fund Innovation
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4 San Antonio Startups Win Air Force SBIR Contracts to Fund Innovation

Four San Antonio technology companies have won an Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 contracts for $50,000. The businesses that received awards over the past several weeks are:Olifant Medical, a startup commercializing a new airway device, Hatchbed, a robotics research and development (R&D) engineering startup, Inflow, a cybersecurity startup focused on national security, and Elevate Systems, a product design and development company specializing in mechanical engineering services.The highly competitive U.S. government program awards non-dilutive funding for companies to develop advanced tech innovation for the market. The R&D must have the potential for commercialization and meet an Air Force need.San Antonio companies are starting to...
Geekdom Launches Incubator Program for Startups Focused on Social Impact
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Geekdom Launches Incubator Program for Startups Focused on Social Impact

Aspiring entrepreneurs spoke excitedly to attendees at the Geekdom inaugural launch for its incubator cohort Tuesday evening. The three teams are participating in an inaugural 12-month-long incubator program designed to help launch civically-focused tech startups. The three teams are:Polis, which is developing a Bluetooth network-based navigation solution for the San Antonio River Walk, solovaGo, which is creating an app that uses crime data to help users evaluate the safety of neighborhoods, and, Pawtify, which is working with San Antonio's animal care services department to increase the number of pet adoptions.The incubator is run in partnership with the city of San Antonio's Office of Innovation and Information Technology Services Department. Geekdom's pre-accelerator...
Check Out These Four Business Grants To Fund Your Startup
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Check Out These Four Business Grants To Fund Your Startup

Rae Steinbach writes for Funding Circle, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace that allows the public to lend money directly to small and medium-sized businesses. She contributed today's guest post on four business grants startups can use to fund an emerging company.You can't run a business (even a small one) without money. That's where business grants come in.  Grants for small business owners can help transform a business idea into reality. A little research will reveal you have many options from which to choose when seeking capital. Here are four business grants to get you started in your search for non-dilutive funding.  IdeaCafe $1k Business Grant Some of you may be reading this because you're interested in taking an existing business to the next level. However, some of you...