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HostGator

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HostGator.com is a provider of shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated web hosting. With over five million domains hosted by HostGator, they make up approximately 1% of the world’s Internet traffic. HostGator.com allows you to have unlimited subdomains under your account, with no restrictions on bandwidth or disk space. The down site to having so many …

LogoWorks

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LogoWorks is a service of HP. They spell out a very detailed process, which inspires confidence. Plus, they have customer feedback and ratings right alongside each package choice. They have designed over 45,000 logos; packages start at $299. HP also offers LogoMaker, a free logo creation service with an upgrade plan of $49. It is …

Logo Design Team

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Logo Design Team stands on its in-house design team, as opposed to a freelance team of people spread around the globe. They offer a $149 start price. Logo Design Team offers a “logo repair” service where they will update your existing logo, refreshing it to something modern and hip.

Logo Mojo

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Logo Mojo (a division of Deluxe) has a starter package at $195 which includes six concepts, two rounds of changes, and a three-day turnaround. They offer other artwork services, too, including Twitter backgrounds and Facebook profile images.

Sage One Invoicing

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Sage One Invoicing is a monthly subscription-based invoicing service that will run you $9 a month. Sage One Invoicing allows you to send out your invoices from Sage, and the customer can pay directly from the invoice into Sage’s credit card service or through Paypal. If the payment is late, Sage One will tell you …

WePay

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Online invoicing and payment app service WePay just released a new app for iOS devices that allows small businesses to send invoices and charge credit cards from mobile devices. Credit card processing and invoicing both come with a fee of 2.9% and $0.30 per transaction. The payment app accepts all major credit cards, and there …

FreshBooks

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FreshBooks signup is easy, fast, and free. No credit card required, which is always helps reduce signup friction. You can trial the software for 30 days for free, then decide on a paid plan or a forever-free plan. Of course, the free plan is limited, but it may work for your business. Paid plans start …

Guru

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Guru offers a wide variety of freelancing jobs and allows you to create up to five different profiles. Their commission is variable, but they handle tax reporting so you do not have to give out your Social Security number to every employer. Escrow ensures freelancers are paid, but can be confusing. The onsite messaging is …

oDesk

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Odesk is designed for freelancers who prefer hourly wages as opposed to flat fees. They are a little more expensive in their commissions, but they cover employer tax costs if the employer wants to hire you through their payroll service. You need to log in to the website while you work so it can record …

Freelancer.com

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Freelancer.com is one of the world’s largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business. The site connects over 3,961,410 employers and freelancers globally from over 234 countries & regions. Through the website, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering and the …

Infusionsoft

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Infusionsoft combines everything your business needs — contact management, CRM, marketing automation and e-commerce — into a single online system. Along with their impressive array of features available, Infusionsoft allows you to be able to place a single contact into multiple list. This gives you the ability to track and target your customers more effectively …

MailChimp

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MailChimp is a Web-based email marketing service that comes with a great suite of tools. With over 95 million emails sent per day on average, MailChimp proves that email is still a viable way for small businesses to get the word out. One of the most important things to know is the service is completely …



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iCrowd Launches Validated Experts Program to Help Entrepreneurs Connect with Small Business Resources | Small Business News, Tips, Advice – Small Business Trends

iCrowd Launches Validated Experts Program to Help Entrepreneurs Connect with Small Business Resources

  • April 18, 2013

RYE, N.Y., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – iCrowd, the most advanced social network for investment crowdfunding in the U.S., today announced that it has launched its Validated Experts program.  The program will arm entrepreneurs and small business owners with access to consultants and industry-specific information that will support business growth and development. The Validated Expert program is the latest initiative to enable entrepreneurs, mentors, and peers to engage with one another on iCrowd’s social platform.

Validated Experts have demonstrated successful track records and levels of expertise in a variety of specific sectors useful to small businesses.  The iCrowd team conducted a rigorous process to screen and vet the credentials of each applicant before adding each expert to iCrowd’s platform.

“Our subject-matter experts enrich discussions on iCrowd through their deep understanding of issues facing entrepreneurs,” said Brad McGee, co-founder of iCrowd.  “They will raise the quality of discourse found in over 700 questions and thousands of answers that pertain to starting and growing businesses.”

The first crop of approved Validated Experts includes accomplished professionals in the areas of strategy, financing, public relations, franchising, SEO, business process, web design, investments, and M&A. In addition to participating in the conversations already taking place on iCrowd, experts will also submit articles of interest to the iCrowd Academy. In exchange for their efforts, experts will receive a special status designation on their iCrowd profile. iCrowd members will be able to locate and connect with experts in each category and to request individual counsel.

“iCrowd offers small business owners and entrepreneurs the advice and tools they need,” said, John Callaghan, co-founder of iCrowd. “The Validated Experts program, connecting members with the expertise they require, supplements the crowdsourced information already available to the iCrowd community. The program is another reflection of iCrowd’s commitment to provide small businesses with the resources for success.”

About iCrowd
iCrowd LLC is committed to providing advice and education to help entrepreneurs succeed in starting and/or growing their businesses.  Through a richly interactive web-based community, primarily supported by user-generated content, iCrowd promotes socially enriched exchanges that foster a shared passion for inspired ideas to empower entrepreneurs with the information, insight, and motivation necessary to translate these concepts into tangible business success.

iCrowd intends to become a premier, registered funding portal once the final rules for Investment Crowdfunding under the JOBS Act are implemented.  At that time, iCrowd will enableentrepreneurs to engage with each other and with potential investors to fine-tune their business concept or growth idea and secure financing directly from investors.  Investors become an integral part of the entrepreneur’s success through their advice, investment, and advocacy. More information about iCrowd can be found at www.icrowd.com.

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Dukas Public Relations
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