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Building a Positive Relationship with Technology

July 21st, 2016 No comments

There is no denying the power of technology in our day to day lives. Technology has the capabilities to help us do great things. It takes productivity to the next level and creates avenues of communication that are unmatched. With this being said, have you ever found yourself being overly attached to your favorite mobile device or piece of technology? These simple tips, broken down to parts of the day, can help you get the most out of your technology without risking your health or relationships.

Starting Your Morning

Did you know that the average time someone spends on Facebook, per visit, is 20 minutes? This may not seem that long, but compounded, it can add up fast.  How many times have you woken up and immediately checked your phone for emails or Facebook?  The time that you’re spending on your device before you get out of bed may be more than you realize.  Just think, you could be well into your morning routine while you are still in bed for that 20 minute visit to Facebook.

Instead, try waking up and beginning your morning without looking at your phone.  Preparing for your day (showering, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast) without the distraction of tech can save you more time than you think.

Take Control of Your Day

Taking control of your day and your tech, of course, involves confronting the idea of multitasking. This is a common practice that many feel help them get more done during the day. In reality, multitasking is shown to be a detriment to productivity and downright dangerous at times.

This is arguably best exemplified with driving.  It goes without saying that using your tech while driving is not a good idea.  In fact, Edgar Snyder & Associates points out that one out of every four car accidents is caused by cell phone use.  If the urge is just too great, there are apps that can prevent you from texting or emailing while you are driving.

Another way to take control of your day is to set specific times for checking your email. This prevents unnecessary interruptions every time you receive a new email (which can be quite often).  Most devices have settings to control how you receive notifications.

Having a healthy relationship with technology doesn’t solely benefit you, either.  Ever been out with someone who is constantly looking at their phone instead of you? Consider putting your tech down during occasions where it just isn’t appropriate. Whether you are going out with friends or spending time with your kids, your full attention is just courteous to those around you.

This isn’t to say that tech can’t be helpful in social occasions. Whether finding the correct address or the best place to eat, using technology has advantages in these cases. It’s simply important to be aware of when it is or isn’t appropriate.

Settling Down

First thing in morning and the last thing at night, right? Consider avoiding screens an hour before going to bed. Studies show that exposing your eyes to the blue light that screens produce actually inhibits the melatonin that tells your brain it’s time to go to sleep.  While features like Apple’s “Night Shift” seek to reduce blue light from devices, reducing your tech use before bed remains the most effective.

As we all know, sleep pattern interruptions can have a negative effect on just about every aspect of life and be severely detrimental to your productivity throughout the day. Instead, try some activities that can lead to the natural “cool down” of the body and prepare you for sleep.

Technology is a tool that can create limitless opportunities. The catch is that this tool can be abused, like others, and become a detriment instead of a benefit. Use these tips in your own life and see how you can transform your relationship with technology for a better, more productive life than ever.

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Intellicom featured in Gov. Dave Heineman’s article about the participants of the Entrepreneur Acceleration System

July 20th, 2012 No comments

Intellicom sets pace in state mentor program
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
DAVE HEINEMAN, Nebraska View

In March 2011, I announced a new partnership to help strengthen Nebraska small businesses and startup enterprises through mentorship. Joining me in this effort were the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and the Gallup Organization.

This highly targeted, strategic intervention for entrepreneurs is helping create a new generation of homegrown business success stories in Nebraska. The initiative combines business-to-business guides and a consulting program called the Entrepreneur Acceleration System created by The Gallup Organization to help early-stage entrepreneurs and established firms grow their enterprises.

The program encourages business growth by creating value-based relationships with customers through engaged employees, leading to revenue growth. Growth in revenue, in turn, leads to sustainable job creation, which is at the heart of the Entrepreneur Acceleration System program.

More than 50 volunteer small business and economic development leaders have been selected and trained by Gallup to work closely with individual entrepreneurs in the 12-month, talent-based development program.

Guides offer advice to business owners as they confront challenges in growing their enterprises, ranging from securing startup capital and developing new products to building their leadership teams and transferring ownership of existing businesses. This effort has the potential to help 400 businesses statewide over the next few years.

In 2011, 113 companies and 621 managers participated, impacting an estimated 2,985 employees. More than 160 companies and 1,000 managers are currently participating in the 2012 Entrepreneur Acceleration System cohort, impacting nearly 5,000 employees across Nebraska.

Impacts are already being felt as witnessed by the following testimonies:

  • LiteForm Technologies in South Sioux City has taken what it has learned so far through the Entrepreneur Acceleration System to focus more on engaging customers, resulting in one customer making its biggest order yet — $220,000. The company now expects to hire three additional employees during the next 18 months.
  • Key performance indicators for Intellicom of Kearney show a 24-percent increase in revenue, a 75-percent increase in profits, and a 24-percent increase in employee productivity during the first half of 2011.
  • In 2011, Hudl of Lincoln grew from 18 full-time to 41 full-time employees while the client base grew from 2,200 high schools to more than 5,000 as the company acquired its top competitor.

The bottom line is that Nebraska wants to be a top ally for small businesses and entrepreneurs. This partnership is helping us deliver a more coordinated, intensive effort to provide the guidance and expertise that helps small businesses be successful.

Gallup’s involvement makes it all the more unique in that it combines the behavioral economic research and management expertise of a leading Nebraska company to help benefit startup companies in ways that are typically only available to large corporations.

As high-growth potential entrepreneurs apply the behavioral economic principles and tools to their companies, they grow, they hire and jobs are created. This is an outstanding example of the collaborative partnerships that exist in Nebraska, and the innovative way we are willing to work together to move Nebraska forward.

Dave Heineman is governor of Nebraska.

© Kearney Hub 2012

Full article can also be found here.

Congrats Rochelle!

May 9th, 2012 No comments

A big congratulations to Intellicom’s own Rochelle Edwards for graduating from Leadership Kearney today! Rochelle will also serve as next year’s Leadership Kearney Alumni Chair! Way to go Rochelle – we are proud of you!!

Rochelle Edwards

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UFC fighter Jens Pulver selects Intellicom for website redesign

May 4th, 2012 No comments

UFC First Lightweight World Champion - Jens Pulver

Intellicom has recently entered a unique partnership with UFC fighter Jens Pulver, the first world champion in the lightweight division. Jens chose the Intellicom web team to revamp his website and as a result, Intellicom has become an official sponsor of Jens.

Congrats to Jens on his recent win vs. SFC Jesse Montez Thorton, Sr. in Fort Hood, TX!

Check out Jens’ updated website (www.jenspulver.com) to read his inspiring story and find out more about his upcoming fights!

Jens’ story is so inspiring that a documentary has been made about his life. “Driven” is currently trending as one of the most downloaded films on Netflix. Visit www.jenspulverdriven.com for information.

If you’re interested in how our web team can help you with your digital presence, contact Rochelle at 308.237.0684 ext. 239 or email her at redwards@intellicominc.com.

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Intellicom presents at the 2011 Gallup EAS Impact Summit

February 15th, 2012 No comments

In front of a statewide audience at the 2011 Gallup EAS Impact Summit, Dan Shundoff, CEO of Intellicom, was able to share a little bit about the company and talk about the business growth that we are experiencing here in Nebraska. Much of Intellicom’s recent success, Dan attributes to Intellicom participating in the Gallup EAS program. The program is designed to help strengthen Nebraska small businesses and startup enterprises through mentorship. The initiative combines business-to-business mentors and a Gallup entrepreneur consulting program to provide business development assistance to early-stage entrepreneurs and established firms with high-growth potential. It is aimed at creating a new generation of homegrown business success stories in Nebraska. Nice job Dan!

 

Intellicom presents at Governor’s Reverse Trade Mission

September 13th, 2011 No comments

Congratulations to Dan Shundoff and Intellicom for presenting as part of Nebraska’s Department of Economic Development’s Reverse Trade Mission. The goal of the Reverse Trade Mission is to host international companies interested in doing business with Nebraska and to give them an opportunity to see and learn what Nebraska has to offer. The Reverse Trade Mission showcases Nebraska and helps international business leaders recognize Nebraska’s Excellence in various areas. Participants attended seminars on Nebraska’s business investment climate highlighting an aggressive incentive package, availability of sites and buildings, utility costs, infrastructure, the low cost of living and the high quality of life.

In front of a global audience, Dan was able to share a little bit about Intellicom and talk about the business growth that we are experiencing here in Nebraska. Much of Intellicom’s recent success, Dan attributes to Intellicom participating in the Gallup EAS program, The program is designed to help strengthen Nebraska small businesses and startup enterprises through mentorship. The initiative combines business-to-business mentors and a Gallup entrepreneur consulting program to provide business development assistance to early-stage entrepreneurs and established firms with high-growth potential. It is aimed at creating a new generation of homegrown business success stories in Nebraska.

To watch the presentation in its entirety, please follow the following link: https://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=f4hhgq

Intellicom selected to participate in Entrepreneur Acceleration System (EAS)

April 22nd, 2011 No comments

Intellicom has been selected to participate in new program launched by Gov. Dave Heineman, and several sponsoring partners; including the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, The Gallup Organization, the Greater Omaha Chamber, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  The program is designed to help strengthen Nebraska small businesses and startup enterprises through mentorship.

The initiative will combine business-to-business mentors and a Gallup entrepreneur consulting program to provide business development assistance to early-stage entrepreneurs and established firms with high-growth potential. It is aimed at creating a new generation of homegrown business success stories in Nebraska.

The 2010 Battelle Innovation study included a recommendation to provide training and mentoring for small businesses in high-growth industries. It will match certified business mentors with small business leaders to help accelerate growth and create greater likelihood of long-term success.

Approximately 30 volunteer small business and economic development leaders took part in a workshop hosted by Gallup to become certified mentors who will work with several small and start-up businesses across the state over the next two years.

Built on years of research and consulting experience, Gallup’s Entrepreneur Acceleration System (EAS) will be used to support and track the progress of participating businesses. The effort has potential to help 400 businesses statewide during the next two years. Mentors and the small businesses and entrepreneurs were identified by project sponsors and represent several of Nebraska’s high-growth industries.

Intellicom earns two competencies in Microsoft Partner Network

March 29th, 2011 No comments

 Intellicom today announced it has achieved a Silver Desktop and a Silver Volume Licensing Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft Silver Competency, partners must complete a set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, submit customer references and employ or contract required number of Microsoft Certified Professionals who are skilled on current technology relevant for the competency.

  “This Silver Competency showcases our expertise in today’s technology market and demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft and their products,” said Bryan Kuntz, VP of Operations. “We hope to accelerate our customers’ success by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”

 “By achieving a Silver Competency, partners have proven themselves as specialized technology experts with the skills needed to best serve customers,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “The Silver Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network is designed to help customers identify services and solution providers that have demonstrated proof of their capability to deliver quality outcomes and customer satisfaction.”

The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to equip organizations that deliver products and services through the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers superior experience and outcomes.

Shundoff interviewed about internships and collaboration with UNK

September 24th, 2010 No comments

Dan Shundoff, owner of Intellicom, was recently interviewed by NxBizSuccess.   NxBizSuccess started as a shared vision between Community Development Resources, Inc. (CDR) and the NebraskaEDGE program (EDGE), located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.   After 15 years of providing loans and business plan training, CDR and EDGE saw the need to move beyond the classroom to the dynamic world of interactive education.  That is the vision of NxBizSuccess, to add life to ideas, to share experiences and knowledge, to find resources to make it happen and to bring together like-minded people who see Nebraska as a great place to start a business.

In the interview, Mr. Shundoff talks about the success Intellicom has realized by partnering with the University of Nebraska at Kearney and utilizing their internship program as a source of new employees. 

To see the entire interview, click here:

 http://www.nxbizsuccess.com/archives/1936

Top 5 reasons it is good to work with IT guys

February 12th, 2010 1 comment

I am entering my 8th year of employment here at Intellicom and I have to say it has taken me a while to adapt to working with a bunch of Engineers and Web Developers.  Although sometimes challenging,  it does come with its own unique set of benefits.  I have put together my very own top 5  list of reasons it is good to work with IT folks:

5.   There is always junk food and caffeine around!  Coke, Mountain Dew, doughnuts, beef jerky, breakfast burritos, and gas station hot dogs must be the jet fuel of the IT sector because that is the typical breakfast of champions around here. 

4.  I can now recite all the words to the movie Office Space.

3.  If you ever need to borrow a cell phone/mini-hub/camera/leatherman/jump drive/flashlight/mp3 player/insert other various gadget name here….there is not only a good chance that someone has one,  but it is probably also clipped to their belt! 

2.  I have found out that human conversation is not only over rated but completely unnecessary.   Why actually talk to someone when you can e-mail, text, IM, or Facebook them???  This can happen even when you are in the same room.  Genius!   

1.  There is always someone around willing to give you free technical support for your home pc, surround sound, HDTV, X-box360, etc!

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