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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 …

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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.

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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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Trellis Launches As First Real-Time Community Commerce Platform | Small Business News, Tips, Advice – Small Business Trends

Trellis Launches As First Real-Time Community Commerce Platform

  • November 22, 2013

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Trellis Technology, Inc. today announced the launch of their real-time community commerce platform, designed from the ground-up to enable and encourage residents to “shop local first.”

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Trellis combines local community content and e-commerce for a broad array of businesses and organizations – all in one easy to use mobile application (app).  Trellis’s most distinctive feature is the real-time interaction it offers with local merchants.  As customers and merchants place and confirm an order, or ask and answer questions, both sides of the transaction see exactly what’s being requested – instantly via the app.  (There’s no waiting for emails to go through or faxes to send.)  This direct and immediate feedback between businesses and their customers enables Trellis to provide a compelling alternative to the age-old small business standard of telephone ordering.  Trellis also supports traditional online ordering of goods and services.  This support for both interactive and non-interactive modes enables Trellis to accommodate a wide range of business types and use cases across the community.

Similar to how Amazon conveniently sells a myriad of physical merchandise on their website, Trellis gives consumers a single app to access their community’s services: restaurants, salons, fitness centers, repair shops, as well as organizations like youth sports, beach clubs, and other local groups that benefit from a modern online presence.

For local business owners, the Trellis platform delivers increased profitability and business growth by extending customer reach and helping to ensure customer satisfaction and loyalty.  For the overall community, Trellis keeps more dollars in the local economy: the local business base thrives, and tax dollars stay close to home to support town services.

“For me, Trellis was an easy decision,” said Bill Elig, Owner, Villa Capri 2.  ”I use it to host my website that customers find via Google searches and Google Places.  My website includes an Order Now button that brings customers to my online menu which allows them to submit orders to my in-store iPad running the Trellis platform. The iPad rings immediately just like the phone so I can confirm directly back to the customer the status of their order.  Additionally, my store is accessible from the Sparta, NJ community site. This is the best of all worlds, where I can manage an integrated web/mobile presence and use the same system to participate in the community based application where I can promote my business with coupons and deals.”

“With the Trellis app, users get a consolidated view of their community’s content such as events and news, along with access to their local businesses purchasing options. They can then easily place an order, make a reservation, or schedule an appointment,” said Kevin Kowalski, President, Trellis Technology.  ”Most solutions existing today focus primarily on just content or just commerce. In contrast, we believe that combining local content with the ability to interact and transact with local merchants is a much more useful application for the local consumer.”

For further information, please visit: www.trellisapp.com and/or join the conversation: https://twitter.com/trellisapp.

Media Contact:
Kevin Kowalski
646-621-6987
kevin@trellisapp.com

SOURCE Trellis Technology, Inc.

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