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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

Steve Wildstrom’s 
Business Week Tech Section

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

Webopedia.com – a comprehensive dictionary of technology terms and The Tech Terms Computer Dictionary

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

FileInfo.net- The File Extensions Resource

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!

Gotomypc.com and LogMeIn.com – to remotely access your PC

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;

If you need web email then get email from Google’s Gmail and make money on your web site with Google’s AdSense and analyze your web site traffic with Google Analytics

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.

Web site creation –

Microsoft Office Live,
Homestead,
Blogger – Start your own Web log

Ramon Ray

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).

Distinctions:

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

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