Tech Thursday (8/1): News from Infusionsoft, Newtek, Brother and

It’s Tech Thursday from Each week we take a quick look at business and technology news and updates for the small business community and share them with you in a quick and simple round-up. Enjoy!!




Infusionsoft Announces 2014 “Battle of the Apps” Contest

Developers Compete for “Kick Apps Champion” Title and $20,000 in Prizes


Infusionsoft, creator of the all-in-one sales and marketing software for small businesses, announces its 2014 Battle of the Apps contest. In its second year, the competition showcases Infusionsoft’s growing community of developers and the apps or integrations they design to enhance the Infusionsoft user experience. The prizes include thousands of dollars in cash, free marketing to Infusionsoft’s user base of 55,000 small businesses, stage time at Infusionsoft’s annual user conference and other cool prizes. The deadline for submission is Jan. 17, 2014.

Applicants will be judged on: customer benefit, design, functionality, utility and innovation. Three finalists will be selected by a panel of Infusionsoft executives and outside industry experts to present their submissions at ICON14, one of the world’s largest gatherings of small business owners and entrepreneurs. The attendees will then vote to help decide who will be named the Kick Apps Champion.

Learn more about the rules and submission deadlines here.


Small Businesses Underutilizing Social Media


The Small Business Authority Finds Independent Business Owners Are Lax About Security Concerns


NEW YORK,  — Newtek Business Services, NASDAQ: NEWT, The Small Business Authority ®, with a portfolio of over 100,000 business accounts, announced today the findings of its SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey, a monthly window into the concerns of independent business owners. Based on a poll of over 2,000 respondents, one of the key findings from the July survey is 57% of business have a Twitter or Facebook account.

The findings from last year compared to this year show 10% more business owners are using social media. Additionally, only 30% of those polled are concerned about Twitter or Facebook using their clients’ data.

For more on the results of this survey, click here.



Brother Announces ŒWeb Conferencing in a Box’ for better SMB collaboration


OmniJoinTM Web Conferencing in a Box Combines High Quality Brother Hardware and Services at an Affordable Price


BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – Brother International Corporation, a leader in small business technology, has announced the launch of its OmniJoinTM Web
Conferencing in a Box (item #WCB400). The new offering bundles a HD webcam, compact USB speakerphone and four months of OmniJoin™ basic web conferencing service  in a comprehensive kit.

OmniJoin™ web conferencing has been available since June 2012 as a standalone service, facilitating meetings in the telehealth, education and general business markets. This new bundle marries this advanced cloud-based service with high quality Brother hardware, at an affordable price. The combination offers customers a powerful meeting experience:

  • Feels like a ‘face-to-face’ meeting with synched audio and video, HD image quality and high-fidelity sound
  • Clearer communication with noise reduction, echo cancellation and multi-party VoIP
  • Seamless post-meeting sharing through cloud recording and storage capabilities
  • Peace of mind with secure, encrypted communication, to protect business assets whether meeting in the office or remotely
For more on this news release, click here.


Introducing The First Mobile Collaboration Platform for Distributed Business Teams


Mobile-First Approach Uniquely Addresses the Everyday Project Management Challenges Facing Today’s Mobile Workforce


BOSTON, Mass. – Kibits Corp. has today introduced, the first mobile collaboration platform to let distributed teams work together on the many fast-paced projects that dominate the workday. Available for iPhone™, iPod Touch™, Android™, and the Web, provides a unified document sharing and task management environment for today’s mobile workforce. With business managers can acquire, configure, and deploy a complete team collaboration environment – including seamless integration with popular cloud services from Box™, Dropbox™, Evernote™, Google Drive™, and Apple iCloud™ – in just minutes.

Built for business teams that are not desk-bound, has been adopted by a diverse range of businesses from automotive dealers to real-estate agents, from large animal veterinary clinics to personal security services, and by distributed teams within small businesses and large enterprises alike. helps keep teams on the same page and accelerates decision making across many real-world use-cases, including field sales force management, field service issue resolution, warehouse inventory control, and more.

For more on this new product, click here.



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Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (, an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.

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