While many people like to look toward larger corporations as a gauge of how well the economy is doing, they should really be looking at the state of small business for that barometer. A recent Business Desk article called these organizations the "key to helping" the overall economy fully recover.

There are also many opportunities to help small companies take off, and "shop local" campaigns aim to do just that. This is a focus now, because May is National Small Business Month. It was started back in 1963, when the United States started recognizing the impact that these companies had on American culture and the economy.

Despite this added focus, there are several things that business owners need to be wary of, especially if they are just getting started. Every purchase or investment is critical, and a misstep can be damaging to the operation. One thing every business is going to need to consider is what technology their company needs and how to optimize it. 

With the influx of mobile devices, the cloud and the need for all of these systems to interface with each other, many business have found success with Mac integrations. As Apple products are designed to work together, incorporating everything into one system can be easy and popularity of the iPhone and iPad make finding applications that can improve operations that much more simple.

By partnering with an IT consulting firm that is familiar with these kinds of solutions, any small business can invest in an Apple-backed solution and do its part to help the economy get back on its feet.