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Small businesses give back to their communities with help from the Microsoft Cloud

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

Businesses giving back to the community

Many small and midsize business are forged around the desire to make an impact, whether that’s solving a large-scale challenge, or making a difference in the lives of employees, customers, and the community. These businesses don’t have big names, big budgets, and big staffs, but many of them are making big bets on technology to change the way they do business so they can drive more impact for those around them. So can you!

Growth can sneak up on you, especially when you’re focused on a cause or a challenge that’s taking on a life of its own. Don’t get sidetracked by manual reporting and processes or cumbersome, disconnected accounting and customer management systems. It’s time to make the most of your time by using technology that supports you and your vision.

From vision to execution. Microsoft business solutions help you get up and running quickly, fully operational, and driving toward your vision, even if you’re running with a skeleton crew. With familiar productivity and customer relationship management tools tightly connected to operations and accounting systems, and all running in the cloud, you get the power you need without having to worry about dedicated IT staff or costly, time-intensive training.

Innovating for a cause. RREAL had a vision for ending fuel poverty that began by helping a few families tap into clean energy resources. Before they knew it, the business had branched out into manufacturing, and required a much larger operation and staff to maintain. RREAL adopted a cloud-based business solution to provide reliable, scalable operations management that supports them so they can spend less time managing systems and more time executing on projects and innovating for customers.

Rebuilding a community. Faribault Woolen Mill, the oldest manufacturer in Minnesota, struggled during an economic downturn, and faced the daunting task of rebuilding the foundation of the business to revitalize the community that it had long sustained. Moving to the cloud made sense because it would both quickly modernize systems and reduce support and maintenance costs, and the team was confident knowing it was a proven solution from Microsoft. Now Faribault is using technology to gain insights into actual production and financial performance, and is making informed decisions for the long-term success of the business.

The right technology can support your vision and help you make a greater impact in your community and the world. Explore how a business solution from Microsoft can help your organization thrive so you can increase your reach without overextending your team.

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