Our Guests are interested and helpful to small businesses in a variety of ways. They’ve got the goods on everything from productivity to security to social media. Check out some tips from these @sbbuzz guests.
Owner of eSeMBe and writer for WebWorkerDaily.com
Scott Blitstein (@scoblitz) talked about the best ways to find, try out and adopt new technologies for your small business in the finding new web apps and understanding small business technology chat.
Founder and Chief Catalyst, Business Innovation Factory
Saul Kaplan (@skap5) shared his thoughts in the Practically Innovative: Small Business Innovation chat on small businesses and how they can innovate, what innovation models can mean in business development and what role disruption plays in being innovative within your small business.
Mike McDerment – Networking and SMall Biz Cashflow – Guest Participant was Mike McDerment @MikeMcDerment, the CEO of online billing software Freshbooks.com who not only runs a software company dedicated to making the income side of small business running as painless as possible, he is also a wildly successful entrepreneur himself who generously writes and speaks about the challenges of growing a fun and successful company. And did we mention he is the sexy, bearded man gracing the June cover of Entrepreneur magazine? Brilliant indeed.
Co-founder and Partner of CRM Essentials LLC
Social CRM SBbuzz chat – Guest participant, Brent Leary (@BrentLeary), is blazing the trail for businesses around the world to dive straight into the social media deep end and bring their CRM (customer relationship management) needs with them. He writes his own social CRM blog, contributes regularly to Inc., CRM Magazine, & SmallBizTrends.com, was recognized by InsideCRM as one of 2007’s 25 most influential industry leaders and, by the way, is an incredibly nice guy. He joined us to help us get a handle on the great relationships we are building here.
President and Founder, Palo Alto Software
Business Plans & Funding – Guest participant, Tim Berry (@TimBerry), knows about finding the money. He has been a recipient of VC money, he bootstrapped a company to multi-million-dollar sales without outside funding, he was on the board of one that went public, and is an angel investor as a member of an angel investment group. Oh, and by the way he is the President and founder of Palo Alto Software, the Founder of bplans.com and has written a few books on business planning.
Small Town, Small Business and Social Media – Guest participant Becky McCray (@beckymccray), author of the quirky and inspirational Small Biz Survival site and small town social media superintendent in charge. Online tools are not just for tapping into the global market space, but can also be an innovative way to reach more local networks and resources. We talked Becky about some of the ways that small and rural communities are using social media and other technology tools to network, market and runs their businesses.
CEO, Small Business Trends
Getting Good Press – Guest participant Anita Campbell (@smallbiztrends), the CEO of SmallBizTrends.com, successful journalist, guru of all that is happening in the small business universe and frequent #sbbuzz participant. She gave us advice on press opportunities and building good relationships with bloggers and journalists. As business owners, it is a constant juggle between staying connected with the industry standard-bearers to let them know what you are up to and shamelessly tooting your own horn in every nook and cranny of the blogosphere. We asked a seasoned professional for her advice on navigating this maze successfully.
Security and the Cloud – Guest participant, the prolific (and sleep-deprived) Security Consultant Damon Cortesi (@dacort) joined us and chilled while we grilled him on data security in the cloud, finding trustworthy tech help, running back-ups and more. He helped to make sure we at least know what we need to know to keep our businesses safely and smoothly running.
Product Manger, Google
Jonathan (@jrochelle) – @sbbuzz chat with Google Docs – Guest Participant and Product Manager from Google Docs joined us to discuss some of the ways small businesses can and are using the Google Docs products to run a business. We picked his brain a bit on the best way to use their tools and network to get a quick bang for our small business productivity buck.