Tech Thursday (8/8): News from Brother, TaxConnections and BIA/Kelsey

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. 




New Brother(TM) P-touch PT-H300 Offers Professionals Advanced “Take-It-Anywhere” Functionality For Labeling And Organization


Battery-powered design, backlit display and one-touch buttons enable organization away from traditional fixed workspaces.


BRIDGEWATER, N.J.- Brother International Corporation, a leader in technology and organizational products for the home and office, has launched its new Brother P-touch PT-H300, a portable, handheld label maker with high-end features typically reserved for desktop models.

Designed for professionals looking to organize and label outside of a fixed workspace, this “take-it-anywhere” model offers advanced features such as a Brother(TM) Vivid Bright backlit graphic display for easy previewing in virtually any lighting condition indoors or out, intuitive one-touch formatting keys, and a library of 14 fonts, 617 symbols and 99 frames. The PT-H300 boasts fast print speeds and produces large, durable labels with up to five lines for clear, detailed labeling in any environment.

Brother identified a need for a portable, handheld label maker that could perform like a desktop model and offer more robust features than the typical handheld machine. The new PT-H300 is specifically designed for professionals such as retailers, sound engineers, event planners, and entrepreneurs who rely on labeling and organization away from the typical office. It further supports a “take-it-anywhere” work style with its convenient wrist strap, fast print speeds and large QWERTY-style keyboard.

You can read more about this new product from Brother, along with it’s features and pricing, here.



TaxConnections’ Innovative Online Platform Allows Small Businesses to Access Tax Experts’ Knowledge on Multitude of Topics for Free


LA JOLLA, Calif., – TaxConnections announced that it will provide small businesses access to tax experts that were previously available only to large organizations who knew how to find them. The Internet has created more opportunity for small businesses to generate sales online. However, the complexity of selling products and services through the web has created more tax questions than answers for small businesses. TaxConnections Founder and CEO Kat Jennings recognized the importance of providing small businesses a free lifeline that would address a multitude of tax questions they face.

Why would tax experts give away tax knowledge for free? “It’s simple,” states Jennings. “Tax professionals are highly educated about taxes, and they love to help small businesses owners reduce their taxes. A tax expert’s strength is studying the tax code to protect clients, not selling tax services. They are strong technicians, not sales and marketing. TaxConnections simply created the ideal platform for small businesses and tax experts to communicate with each other and answer tax questions long before they are ever retained. We simply created a place where small businesses can communicate with tax experts and get to know them before they hire someone. Answering the multitude of tax questions that small businesses have these days simply gives tax experts and small businesses a place to start communicating. TaxConnections Worldwide Directory of Tax Professionals is a valuable resource that enables small businesses and tax professionals to connect online first and learn more about each other. If small businesses like the way their tax questions are answered by a tax expert they meet on TaxConnections, they are more likely to retain the tax expert. It is a win-win for small businesses and tax experts.”

You can read more about this announcement from TaxConnections here.



Forty Percent of SMBs Now Accept Payments with Mobile Credit Card Readers, According to BIA/Kelsey



New findings from ‘Local Commerce Monitor’ study highlight mobile and social adoption by SMBs


CHANTILLY, Va. – The latest findings from the “Local Commerce Monitor” (LCM – Wave 17), BIA/Kelsey’s ongoing study of the advertising behaviors of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), indicate SMBs are increasingly embracing mobile and social platforms for improving operational efficiencies and promotion. In particular, mobile payments are gaining significant traction with SMBs, with 40 percent of those surveyed stating they now accept payments at the point of sale with a mobile credit card reader attached to a smartphone or tablet (e.g., PayPal Here, Square, etc.). Another 16 percent plan to add this capability within the next 12 months.

SMBs are also turning to mobile to get customers in the door, with 32 percent of the SMBs surveyed stating they are using some form of mobile advertising to promote their businesses, up from 28 percent in 2012.

 See more of the findings from this study here.


About Carolyn Crummey

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.