After the power goes out…

August 11th, 2014

The storm has come and gone, you've returned home safely, but there's one problem... the power is out! Now what? Here are some things you should and shouldn't do when the power goes out:

1) Be prepared - the right equipment will help make sure you can power the things that need it the most; batteries and generators will be your saving grace if the power is out for an extended period of time.

Does Networking Really Work?

August 6th, 2014

In 2003, AGJ joined the Mississippi Coast Chamber of Commerce. We were a young company and were looking for an opportunity to grow our business. However, one year later, we could attribute no growth to our Chamber membership. While discussing this with the Chamber Director, she reminded us that we weren’t attending any of the networking events.

When lightning strikes

August 4th, 2014

Most of the tips we have given so far have been geared directly towards hurricanes, but we sometimes forget the other types of dangerous weather that accompanies them. Lightning is such a common occurrence that sometimes its danger gets forgotten, but is a fatal side effect that comes along with hurricanes.

Are Built-In Backups Failing You?

July 30th, 2014

Have you checked your backups lately? If you’re using an older version of Windows operating systems (desktop or server), are your backups failing? If you’re having these problems, it may be due to the hard drive that you’re using for backups.

Several years ago, hard drive makers started transitioning their drives to “advanced formatting.

Free E-Book – Decide! By Gino Wickman

July 25th, 2014

Here at AGJ, we’re big fans of Gino Wickman’s books. For those unfamiliar, Gino ran a family business, but struggled with day-to-day operations. He became a student of the great business writers and began to use their ideas in his business. After great successs, he sold his business, and many requests later, he began coaching other small-medium businesses.

Don’t forget the boat!

July 21st, 2014

Don't forget about your boat this storm season!  Taking precautions to secure your boat ahead of time can ensure that it stays safe, and also doesn't cause any additional property damage.

Leave your boat and trailer inside a garage or warehouse. If left outside, be sure the trailer is anchored or at least attached firmly to the ground or a building.

How NOT to use LinkedIn

July 17th, 2014

A little rant…

If I have a connection request on LinkedIn, I accept it. I’m always interested in growing my contact database and meeting new people. For this reason, I gladly accepted a new request from “Mark J.” (the name has been changed to protect the ignorant) which I received yesterday.

Secure the outside to protect the inside – a guide to windows and doors

July 15th, 2014

Windows and doors are especially susceptible to wind damage, and water can infiltrate your home quickly if these openings are breached. There are steps you can take to protect your windows and doors from hurricanes. Not only can these improvements pay off during a hurricane, but they might even lower your insurance premiums.

Beware of Wikipedia

July 13th, 2014

As a nerd child, I spent a good bit of time with my set of World Book Encyclopedias. If I was a kid today, I may be spending that time with Wikipedia. For those who haven’t used it, Wikipedia is a web portal that acts as an online encyclopedia. If you want to learn about George Washington, they’ve got you covered. How about ancient Greece or financial planning? It’s all in Wikipedia. In fact, Wikipedia is one of the largest websites in the world and boasts over 30 million entries in 287 languages.