Out of the hundreds of thousands of true small businesses (a word I first heard of from NetBooks founder) there is a chasm in how they use technology as a tool to not only grow their business, but also to superbly serve their customers.
Take a “traditional” book store web site, compared to Amazon.com – night and day difference.
Dell and the National Federation of Independent Business have an annual award to find companies in the US that are the most innovative in their use of technology. Frank Muehleman, vice president and general manager of Dell Small and Medium Business at Dell said, “These companies are applying technology in innovative ways to break new ground and raise the bar. We’re proud to recognize their success and help tell their stories.”
The 10 finalists will be narrowed down to one US finalist by September. So who are the 10 winning finalist?
Escape Technology, Roseville, Calif., builds ERP Finance, HR and Payroll applications for public school systems in California.
Glance Networks, Arlington, Mass., provides a simple, web-based, desktop sharing service designed to make online meetings, remote presentations and web conferences easy enough for anyone to host or view, from any computer, anywhere in the world.
MedApps, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., produces a mobile wireless health monitoring system that helps monitor patients with Diabetes, Asthma, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and other chronic diseases.
RNs On-Call, LLC, Greensboro, N.C., provides cost effective telehealth services and contact call center solutions that improve patient’s access to quality healthcare.
Rugroden Drafting & Design, Onalaska, Wis., is a residential drafting and design service that creates construction drawings and incorporates the latest 3-D technology allowing customers to digitally walk through their virtual home.
ServusXchange, LLC, Pompano Beach, Fla., runs MyOnlineToolbox.com, an Internet-based community platform that allows residential property contractors to manage front- and back-office processes.
TecAccess, Rockville, Va., employs individuals with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, to work in leading IT roles that help federal government agencies and large corporations design and use technology that is more accessible and user-friendly for all.
TechMD, Fountain Valley, Calif., is a Managed Service Provider (MSP) that offers a full service virtual IT department to non-profit businesses at an affordable price.
Transport Designs, Inc., Montoursville, Pa., manufactures highly customized enclosed trailers and truck conversion motor homes, adapting to customers’ needs on a detailed design level.
Your Beauty Network, Carlsbad, Calif., is a membership-based business support service for salon and spa professionals in the U.S. and Canada.
How does your business compare? How are you using technology?
If you are based in New York check out the annual New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards. An event you just can’t miss out on.