Vendor Newsletters | October 2010
The leaves are starting to turn. The days are shorter and the nights a bit cooler. Baseball playoffs are underway, football season has given Monday nights a purpose and it’s beginning to feel like fall. Fall always seems to be a busy time of year. Vacations are over, the school year is in full swing, companies are making that fourth quarter push, elections are fast approaching, the holidays are right around the corner and you’ve got to figure out what to wear to this year’s Halloween Party!
With so much going on, it’s often difficult to pause and think about future. Sure you’re probably already thinking about holiday travel plans. And you may have already decided how you are going to vote. (You are going to vote, right?) But it’s easy to get caught up with here-and-now activities and suddenly a time tornado has touched down, the days have flown by and Auntie Em, it’s not 2010 anymore.
Yes, we know it’s only October, but take a moment to think about what 2011 has in store for you. What are you going to need to meet your business goals? More bandwidth? Security solutions? Mobile access? More voice and data minutes or options? Business continuity planning?
It’s also a good time to think about what is going on in your industry and what changes are coming in 2011. On January 1st 2011, a myriad of new state and federal laws and industry regulations will take effect. They won’t all impact your industry or business, but they are likely to influence almost every industry and sector of business. For example, in 2010, California enacted a partial ban on trans fats in restaurants. Another 2010 regulation declared that all new and replacement faucets and sink fixtures must contain less than one-quarter percent of lead. While these specific laws might not have affected your business, they certainly impacted many others.
Since the next few months are sure to be busy with the holidays right around the corner, it’s a good idea to start thinking now about the laws and regulations that take effect January 1. It's important to be aware of the regulations that might impact you so can plan appropriately and ensure you are in compliance with new laws before the New Year rolls around.
We know you don’t have a lot of time, so here are some quick tips on how you can stay current on industry changes and new regulations: