June 18, 2011Grab your gadgets and check out the top 20 iPad and iPhone apps for entrepreneurs, as recommended by brandmakersnews.com —applications developed with your hectic lifestyle in mind. Here are the top 10:1. HBR Tips—Keep your entrepreneurial skills sharp with tips from the Harvard Business Review. 2. iTalk Recorder—You can easily record whatever you’re listening to. Just playback the audio and catch the details later.3. Dragon Dictation—Send text messages and emails by speaking into your phone. It recognizes your voice, and does the typing for you.4. FileViewer—Get instant access to documents on your computer. The FileViewer app lets you access, organize, and send files straight from your iPhone.5. ScanBizCards—Throw out your Rolodex. The ScanBizCards app scans business cards and sends the contact information to your address book. 6. FreeConferenceCall—Come together virtually with the FreeConferenceCall app. Just dial into your assigned number, send out access codes to your participants, hit the record button, and chat away.7. VehiCal—Track mileage and expenses like tolls, parking costs, repairs, gas prices and more to help you get the reimbursements you’re entitled to.8. eWifi—Find an internet connection wherever you are. The eWifi app scans the area, shows you the available networks, and connects to the strongest signal to get you up and running fast.9. Siri Assistant—Need a personal assistant? The Siri Assistant app helps you make dinner reservations, find movie times, book taxis, and more. Just say what you need and watch Siri work.10. AroundMe—Locates your position and highlights the nearest stores, gas stations, coffee shops, banks, restaurants, and hotels in your immediate area. Make your selection and AroundMe will map out the route to guide you there.To learn about more time-saving apps for the business owner on the go, click here.We want to hear from you. Tell us which iPad and iPhone apps work best for you and your business.
Small business owners in many communities offer downtown trick or treat events. Take advantage of this opportunity to build your business reputation. Involvement in local events goes a long way with both existing and prospective customers—indicating a vested interest in your community. Find creative ways to make your business stand out this trick-or-treat season. We hope the following suggestions will spark fun promotional ideas:
October marks Women’s Small Business Month, and we are happy and proud to recognize women in business both locally and around the world. Successful business women of the past and present continue to forge new paths for female entrepreneurs. We celebrate all those who are breaking the glass ceiling and serving as role models and mentors to women everywhere.
For many business owners, September tends to bring a bit of a slowdown. The chaos of getting kids prepared for going back to school has passed, and a focus on saving money tends to kick in as people prepare for the coming holiday spend. Combined, this can often translate into a lull for business owners.