The new online platform enables entrepreneurs to interact and collaborate with industry peers, consultants, suppliers and customer prospects.
Small Business Matters
Long-time small-business advocate Heather Clancy translates the latest SMB trends -- from e-commerce technologies to cost-effective applications, hardware, collaboration tools and cloud services that improve SMB efficiency.
Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation
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.