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10 Reasons to Consider Google Apps for Business

10 Reasons to Consider Google Apps for Business

If you run a business and still think of Google only for search and AdWords, you may be missing something that could help your business work smarter and cheaper. The search giant is really a softy when it comes to small business, and has been working to woo biz owners and startups into its Google […]

The BizBest Silicon Beach shortLIST

The BizBest Silicon Beach shortLIST

BizBest‘s Silicon Beach shortLIST™ is a vetted, hand-picked selection of key players, places, tech, events, organizations and other resources fueling L.A.’s Silicon Beach startup rocket ship.  Los Angeles is leading the nation in entrepreneurial activity, and the BizBest® Silicon Beach shortLIST offers an exclusive, independent playbook of Silicon Beach essentials. Keep in mind, this is […]

Best App to Record Calls on a Smart Phone

Best App to Record Calls on a Smart Phone

If you or your business ever need to record phone calls from an iPhone or other smart phone, filtering the options for doing so can be frustrating. Trust me.  I just did it.  But with help from my Stanford-student son, we came up with a clear winner that’s low-cost, easy to setup and use, and […]

A Secret Cash Stash for Small Business Growth

A Secret Cash Stash for Small Business Growth

What does your growth-minded small business have in common with Apple? Not much, perhaps, but here’s one thing:  The multi-gazillion dollar tech company got early funding from a unique type of investment firm called a Small Business Investment Company – and so could you. SBICs are high-powered but low-profile backers of small businesses, pumping over […]

Keeping Time and Attendance in the Cloud

Keeping Time and Attendance in the Cloud

Time and attendance systems are one of the most searched-for services by small businesses.  And some of today’s best choices are cloud based services that work especially well for business owners who use remote workers, independent contractors or others off-site. If that’s you, and you need a service you can log into at any time […]

15 Great Tools and Apps to Grow Your Business

15 Great Tools and Apps to Grow Your Business

One of the great things happening in the digital world these days is the steady parade of helpful applications (apps), web-based tools and online services for small business.  Here’s our shortlist of some of the newest, most interesting or under-the-radar tools, services and apps you should know about: Appbistro (www.appbistro.com) is an app for finding […]

A Digital Replacement for Paper Loyalty Cards

A Digital Replacement for Paper Loyalty Cards

The tried-and-true “Buy 10 get 1 free” loyalty card is being replaced by a new service called Stampt that lets retailers move their loyalty reward programs from paper cards to a smart phone application.  Stampt, which has just rolled out nationally, provides local merchants a more effective way to increase customer loyalty and stimulate more […]

7 Free Cloud Services and Software for Small Business

7 Free Cloud Services and Software for Small Business

Here are 7 BizBest picks for top cloud services and software that’s free for small business: 1.      Home Office Suite: For many home computer users, the $279 Microsoft Office software is overkill. As a free yet powerful alternative try OpenOffice.org from Sun Microsystems. You can download for free, and it comes with word processing, spreadsheet, […]

A Better Way to Carry Cash Overseas

A Better Way to Carry Cash Overseas

If you’re traveling overseas on business, here’s a better way to carry local currency:  Pre-loaded, security protected, foreign-currency debit cards good at millions of locations that accept Visa or MasterCard worldwide.  Two dominant players are the Cash Passport Card (www.cashpassportcard.com) and TravelMoney card (www.visa.com), which carry the MasterCard, Visa or other name brand labels and […]

How to Buy Business Excess Inventory and Government Surplus Cheap

How to Buy Business Excess Inventory and Government Surplus Cheap

Small business owners by the millions, worldwide, are saving money and building entire businesses by purchasing excess commercial inventory and government surplus super cheap online.  You can buy in bulk by the truckload, pallet or small package.  The condition of the goods or other assets ranges widely from new in a box, to customer returns, […]