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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.
Fueled by $600,000 in seed funding, the startup automates collection of local taxes related to e-commerce transaction.
Fueled with a recent $20 million infusion, ZenPayroll is adding support for charitable donations. Meanwhile, another player, Justworks, is integrating with 401(k) plans.
With Gnome, based on an Apple iPad mini, the company hopes to move beyond marketing introductions to help small merchants build customer loyalty.
Slightly more than half of smaller companies have virtualized more than 50 percent of their workloads, but 71 percent intend to grow their deployments this year.
The company's all-in-one solution covers customer relationship management, project management, billing and invoicing.
Norton Small Business, intended for companies with fewer than 20 employees, can be used to protect personal computers, smartphones and tablets.
New features are part of two recent updates to the global Web development platform for small businesses.
Spun out of mobile VoIP company Rebtel, the company has raised $12 million in launch funding.
Integration with core document creation and management applications is the central theme of recent updates to EchoSign, HelloSign.
The brainchild of a former wine store owner, the company's iPad-based, cloud-hosted POS platform now supports more than 10,000 small companies in the United States and Canada.
New technologies center on integration: one accommodates payment processing, the other allows SMBs to add booking options to online Web directories and listings.
New release of Facebook publishing platform integrates features for designing and sharing cover photos and visual posts across Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Most customers treat gathering reviews and testimonials as a standalone marketing function, but the cloud accounting service lets SMBs make it part of the payment experience.
Available on Apple iOS and Android, Split uses social network information to help you avoid encounters with specific people.