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Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail technology, digital signage hardware and mobile payment trends. Natalie attended George Washington University, where she studied communication sciences, and also the University of South Florida, where she received a B.A. in News-Editorial Journalism.
FreshBooks is the latest player to add a mobile accounting application for the iPad, adding to the list of tablet and smartphone options for small-business owners.
The new online platform enables entrepreneurs to interact and collaborate with industry peers, consultants, suppliers and customer prospects.
About two-thirds of the small-business owners recently surveyed by VerticalResponse spend at least six hours per week on social networking and related social marketing activities.
The hospitality industry is hugely dependent on feedback. Revinate's dashboard lets managers see what guests are saying about their properties across a wide range of social media and review sites.
If you equate food trucks with dirty-water dogs, think again. Here's how one purveyor of organic desserts handles POS needs and tracks sales trends on the go.
Perch, backed by former MapQuest executive Perry Evans, lets small businesses keep on top of reviews, promotions and daily deals for their own business - or for local competitors.
Security attacks targeted at 'main street' companies have prompted Farmers Insurance Group to add cyber-liability coverage to its policies for this segment.
Outbrain's self-serve Amplify platform can help SMBs increase the amount of time that visitors spend on their Web sites for as little as $10 daily.
The developer is playing to small-business owners' preference for focused, discrete software that addresses specific operational and administrative needs.
The cloud-based point-of-sale application can be run on anything from a smartphone to traditional store checkout hardware.
More frequently, the first impression that a small business might make on a potential customer is via a smartphone or tablet.
Apple's software subsidiary is positioning its database as another way small businesses can create smartphone or tablet applications for internal use.
The cloud software company continues to move beyond its legacy in invoicing as it strives to become a full-fledged cloud accounting option.
The financial services company subsidizes hardware and software for small restaurants and retailers, in exchange for a five-year-long merchant processing relationship.