Web Tools for Small Businesses
Ramon Ray of Smallbiztechnology.com joins Craig to discuss how the products listed on this page have proven to be useful tools and resources for small-medium sized businesses and have in fact, been used on a regular basis by Smallbiztechnology.com
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Essential Business Tactics for the Net is a book that Ramon Ray would suggest for EVERY business. If you want to get
the strategic insight, tips and practical advice in using the Internet to grow your business,
Essential Business Tactics for the Net is MUST read. In fact he often uses it as a reference book even though he considers’s himself an “Internet expert”!
WilsonWeb – amazing resource for just about everything to do with online business
BuyerZone – fast quotes on hundreds of small business products and services
Cnet.com – all the tech news you’ll want
Marketingsherpa.com – wonderful resource of online marketing case studies
Clickz.com – another great place for all things about the world of online business
SearchSmallbizIt – great resource for all things tech
Allbusiness.com – useful web site for tons of business information and a GREAT tech section
New York Enterprise Report – If you want a monthly magazine that you’ll read from cover to cover and that will give you PRACTICAL insight into growing your business then Check out NY Enterprise Report.
Roving’s Constant Contact – email newsletter management
Adobe’s online PDF tool – For when you need to create a PDF document but don’t need to buy the Adobe PDF Writer.
Corex.com – business card scanner – Ramon loves this little tool and highly recommends it!
Centerpoint’s Concero Concero PBX phone system a system specifically designed for offices that operate with 1 or 2 phone lines. Ramon uses this little gizmo myself and love it.
Mozilla Thunderbird – Although Microsoft Outlook is used by millions and has tons of features and add-on programs, Small business owners can’t beat the powerful email program – Mozilla’s Thunderbird. This is a wonderful tool.
Mozilla FireFox – Great web browser
Bloglines – this product will manage your RSS feeds
Del.icio.us – online bookmark service with tagging
Feedburner – Get statistics of your RSS feeds
Google – Put a search engine on your own web site or just search the ‘net;
Freestats.com – Gives you detailed analysis of your web site and its visitors
Sitepal – add Sitepals Avator’s to your web site. Put a HUMAN face on your web site
WebExOne – web based collaboration and communication system
Quickbase – online database tool – If you need a database and must share it with others – Intuit’s Quickbase is hard to beat
Quask.com – an excellent web form creation tool
SalesGenius – If you are a sales person directing prospects to a web site, you simply MUST have a look at SalesGenius. It will give you intelligence about customers on your sales web site and help you CLOSE deals faster.
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Ramon is the editor of Smallbiztechnology.com and author of Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses (Amacom). He has written thousands of technology articles and news items for Smallbiztechnology.com.
He is a contributing editor to the New York Enterprise Report and has written business small business technology articles for Inc Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, CNet, Var Business, TechTarget, Entreprenuer.com, Small Business Resources and other media. He has also written for technology vendors including Microsoft, FileMaker, Everest and others.
Ramon is not “just” a technology writer, but as a former small business technology consultant, he has years of hands on experience in building networks, installing software, upgrading computers and supporting the technology small businesses use on a daily basis.
He is often quoted in the media, including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc Magazine, WCBS Radio, Crains New York, National Federal of Independent Business, Small Business Advocate Radio Show, Wells Fargo Small Business Roundup, Tech Talk with Craig Peterson, Smart Money and more…
He has been invited to speak at events including the United States Small Business Administration Service Core of Retired Executives “Strategies for Succeeding in Business”, Inc 500, PC Expo, Internet World, American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation, Business Development Institute and SMB Nation.
Ramon co-produced the Small Business Summit 2006 (sponsored by Intel, Microsoft, Intuit and other companies) and Taste of Technology @ Lunchtime (in partnership with Best Buy, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft).
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board of Director’s
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Technology Committee Chairperson
Jim Blasingame’s Small Business Advocate Radio Show, Brain Trust Member
IBM, Small Business Expert Panel