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$25,000 prize for startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest: Synergy Tech Startup Contest announces an event for innovative companies

Seattle, Washington, 2017-Feb-12 — /EPR SMALL BUSINESS NEWS/ — Synergy Tech Startup Contest for Startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest has been initiated and applications are open from February 9th. Finals will be held live from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM on April 5, 2017, in SURF Incubator, 999 Third Ave Suite 700, Seattle. The contest is designed to offer a unique Synergy experience: the winner will receive $25,000 in software development services to take their project to the next level. Additional prizes will also be offered by legal and technology sponsors in support of emerging companies. The application form, details about the judges, the agenda, and other information can be found here: http://synergycontest.com/.

The event has been created for tech startups by tech specialists. This is our way of supporting and rewarding groundbreaking technical startup businesses from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest, as well as promoting the benefits of global collaboration and the remote team model.

The entry requirements: the applicant must be a startup from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest with an innovative tech product. The applicant should have a viable business plan that can be accelerated through access to high quality development resources. The applicant must have a mature marketing strategy and have raised initial funding. The applications must be submitted by March 9, 2017 here: http://synergycontest.com/application-form/

“We’re experienced in global collaboration and would like to share all its benefits with emerging businesses from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest,” says Jeff Bianco, president and founder of Dev-Pro.net, co-founder and judge of the Synergy Tech Startup Contest. “We’re inviting applicants to join in, and plan to select six high-potential startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest to compete for the grand prize, which is $25,000 in software development services. We’re committed to supporting the winner in developing their startup with the help of a team of professionals who offer exactly the right set of technical skills to boost their project.”

Our Synergy formula is simple: pitch in front of influential judges and a live audience, become number one, and take your startup to the next level. All finalists will receive valuable feedback from expert judges, one or more additional exclusive prizes provided by partners, and the opportunity to cooperate with one of the contest partners. All eligible applicants from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest will increase the visibility of their products or services by presenting their work on the contest website.

About The Synergy Tech Startup Contest:
The Synergy Tech Startup Contest is a startup pitch competition held in six US cities, where innovative companies with revolutionary solutions have a chance to win valuable prizes and accelerate their product development.

About Dev-Pro.net:
Dev-Pro.net was founded by successful entrepreneur, Jeff Bianco, in September 2011. The long history, vast experience, and in-depth understanding of the technology domain are the foundation of our company’s success in servicing technology companies and digital agencies.

Contact-Details:

Ievgeniia Prytula
Email: info@synergycontest.com
Phone: 1-310-362-0206

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Inovar to present Vertical Convergence and SME Business Manager at the 6th annual Zain Technology Conference

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“Moving Forward” in strategy execution is primary focus of this year’s Zain Technology Conference.

Amman, 2016-Dec-06 — /EPR Network/ — Inovar, a premier provider of differentiated and modular mobile solutions, will be discussing Vertical Convergence and showcasing SME Business Manager, one of the latest additions to the industry leader’s portfolio of innovative mobile solutions, as well as the company’s entire portfolio of mobile solutions. Inovar’s strategy for the past 20 years has been to provide dynamic, feature-rich mobile solutions that are easy to implement and easy to use, helping mobile operators capitalize on existing network revenue streams while moving forward into the new digital space seamlessly by converging new and existing technologies, enhancing user experiences, and increasing customer loyalty.

“Inovar is excited to return as a participant and reconnect and meet with Zain Opcos and potential partners at this year’s Zain Technology Conference” Arshad Syed, CEO of Inovar, stated. “Our mission has always been to help our customers and partners thrive by providing customized solutions designed to help mobile operators grow new and existing revenue through seamless convergence.”

Zain Group CEO, Scott Gegenheimer said, “We operate in a highly competitive industry, where the margin between success and failure is very thin. We are required to push ourselves constantly, and together with trusted partners we devise new operating models to deliver the best quality service to customers. This is why events such as ZTC are so important in aligning Zain’s ambitions to become a digital lifestyle provider of choice with our technology partners’ roadmaps and expectations.”

With Inovar solutions, mobile operators have the ability to enhance user experiences and add value with ease through personalized service combinations and robust mobile apps to offer customers with a truly digital experience and rich data analytics across multiple market segments.

Inovar, founded in 1996, and based in Dallas, Texas, is a leading provider of mobile solutions for mobile network operators worldwide. For more information about SME Business Manager or about Inovar’s entire suite of proven and valuable solutions, visit www.inovar.com, email marketing@inovar.com, or call +1.972.664.0711.

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Maps by Zip Codes Through Topo.ly Online Mapping Help Companies Manage Teams

To gain business, entrepreneurs should have a knack of winning potential customers’ attention. They should be able to project the needs of customers and execute a plan to achieve their goals. A reliable tool like Topo.ly online mapping site is an easy-to-use BI tool that can readily help businesses win more customers. It allows its users to create a map based on location-target markets. By doing so, users can help their customers understand how the business will aid them every step to success.

Direct sales and marketing departments would want to make sure that their sales and managers are in the sales forefront in their respective territories. Business heads can tie-up with Topo.ly to create unlimited maps by zip codes. This will give their teams the necessary visuals on what strategies to take, plans to create and ideas to implement.

Online Mapping Solutions for Local and Targeted Marketing Issues

“Topo.ly is the easiest, most affordable and most flexible mapping solution for my web site I could find. Within 30 minutes I had my map up and when I hit a snag, customer service was right there to help. Thanks Topo.ly for making what I thought would be a mega job into something so easy!” That was well-said by Inez Steele from Realty Guild.

To be true to its commitment to make mapping simple, Topo.ly develops features that are user friendly and at the same time drive results better and faster. It makes creation of maps with zip codes possible in less than 5 minutes using one from the long list of territory zip code sets in the US. Direct sales organizations can customize their maps to give way to more in-depth analysis based from the individual performance of their sales agents.

Aside from US Zip Code territories, businesses can also take advantage of creating maps with zip codes like the 3-digit zip codes and PUMA territories.

Add-On Values by Topo.ly Online Mapping

Share Maps

To help the teams focused on one goal, maps by zip codes created through Topo.ly can be shared by team managers to their sales agents. This gives them access to view an exceptional data visualization and can immediately act upon not only to meet the goal but moreso, to exceed expectations for them.

Embed a Map

Company owners have the option to embed a map on their websites. It significantly plays as a guide to all teams on which areas they should focus.

Direct sales companies can maximize their efforts by using Topo.ly online mapping to monitor where they should focus each sales team, to identify opportunities, protect assets and create new and innovative ideas to promote the business.

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Small Business Assistance for New England Seasonal Businesses Affected by the Recession and Bad Weather

Blue Sky Technology Partners (“Blue Sky”) announced today that it is initiating a special pilot program to help seasonal businesses hardest hit by the recession and bad weather in Eastern Massachusetts (including the Cape and Islands and the North Shore) as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast regions. Blue Sky will work very closely with companies participating in the program to help them recover as quickly as possible from the recession by significantly improving their online marketing, sales, and operations.

Small Business Assistance Program Announced by Blue Sky Technology Partners for New England Seasonal Businesses Affected by the Recession and Bad Weather

Ideal candidates for this program include service-oriented businesses that rely heavily on seasonal resort visitors for their livelihood. Businesses engaged in hospitality, restaurants, tourism, as well as real estate related service providers (e.g. landscape, exterior painting, contractors, etc) would generally be suitable for inclusion. The extensive wet weather of the 2009 summer season compounded the effects of the economic recession, resulting in extreme hardship for many of these businesses.

The program is designed to run for 90 days, initially – like a personalized Business Recovery Boot Camp, so as to provide the participants with a strong start to the Summer 2010 season. A stated goal of the program is to help participants double their income in 2010 (compared with 2009). In many cases, it is expected, that this may merely result in helping participants in the program recover, economically, to their pre-recession operating levels.

Key objectives of the program will include: Helping participants to increase their online marketing visibility, implementing lead capture technologies, utilizing online registration for services (to minimize losses due to inclement weather), and leveraging ecommerce-enabled continuity-based service plans to the extent practical. All of these tactics seek to minimize the fluctuations in revenue that typically result from discretionary vacation spending, particularly in the context of unpredictable weather patterns.

Participation in the initial pilot program will be limited to a small number of companies to ensure that sufficient personnel, resources, and services will be available to help turn around the companies who take advantage of the program.

About Blue Sky:
Blue Sky Technology Partners provides cost effective software services for small businesses and non-profit organizations.  Blue Sky’s “Software as a Service” (SaaS) business management solutions enable clients to improve efficiencies and accelerate growth by leveraging online marketing, customer relationship management, integrated operations, ecommerce, and business intelligence reporting.

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ezW2 2009 Makes Filing W-2 and 1099 Easy, Fast & Risk Free for Small Businesses

Halfpricesoft.com recently released ezW2 2009, the easy-to-use W2 1099 filing and printing software for small businesses. Best of all, anyone interested in trying ezW2 2009 can do so totally risk free by downloading the full-functional W2 1099 software for free. ezW2 1099 W2 software was specifically engineered with non-accountant business owners in mind. Its intuitive interfaces allow the user to get started on filing and printing Forms W2, W3, 1099 and 1096 without the long learning curve typically associated with financial software.

New to the 1099 W2 software 2009 edition is the ability to print 2 sets of W2 or 1099 data on one red form sheet – the top half of the sheet for one employee and the bottom for another employee. This feature can cut the employer’s cost for red form sheets in half. Of course it also includes the latest versions of Form W2, W3, 1099 and 1096 for compliance with the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration.

Business owners and managers new to ezW2 can try the w2 1099 software risk free, without cost or obligation to ensure they like the software and that it meets their needs. ezW2 software can be downloaded for free at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/w2_software.asp. This is not a demo or trial version with limitations. It is the complete software with all features and no time limit. However, a license key is required to print documents without a “DEMO” or “SAMPLE” watermark across each page The license key can be purchased for just $39.

To make sampling ezW2 2009 even easier, the w2 1099 software download package includes a sample database. Instead of wasting time entering data, small business owners and managers can upload the sample database and begin testing features and functions immediately after installing which saves time and money.

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The Quickest Way To Start a Successful Secretarial Services Business

With the current economy, more and more people are looking for ways to add a second stream of income to their regular job or replace their job entirely.

Many people who have typing skills want to make money with at home typing and data entry work. But many are looking in the wrong places and they often fall for online typing and data entry programs. These types of programs will only pay them a commission when they sell someone else’s product as an affiliate. Don’t fall for promises of easy money. You’ll be disappointed.

One of the few ways to get legitimate typing work from home is to run a secretarial service business.

Are you wondering how to get started and how to get clients? A new guide will show you how.

Guide creator Leva Duell has been there: “I know exactly how you feel because I have been there. Fourteen years ago I bought a used computer with my credit card. Then, I had to figure out a way to pay off my credit card fast. So, I decided to provide secretarial and typing services from home. I learned as I earned and made many mistakes. This guide is the result of my experiences. I want to make it easy for you to start earning extra money quickly and bypass the mistakes I made.”

The guide covers things like:

– A step-by-step start-up checklist that will tell you exactly what steps to take and in what sequence.
– How to get clients, who your most profitable clients are and how to market to them effectively.
– Prewritten letters and postcards to promote your secretarial services.
– How to charge for your services. Get this right and you’ll be profitable. Get this wrong and you may find yourself without any clients.
– And much more…

Starting a successful secretarial services business does not have to be complex or expensive if you have a plan of action and follow it. And that is what this guide provides, from start to finish. By using this guide you can cut down the time it takes to get up and running and getting your first clients.

For more information go to http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/.

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USBSwiper.Com Allows Businesses To Affordably SWIPE And Process Credit Cards Out In The Field Using Only A Customer’s Laptop And An Internet Connection,

Newly-developed USBSwiper offers Customers the unique opportunity to simply, easily and securely process customer credit cards with true mobility. Customers can simplify their businesses by being able to swipe credit cards anywhere whether at their store location or out in the field using only the customers Laptop, Internet Connection, USBSwiper software interface and magnetic card reader and the PayPal merchant processing system.

Richard Freedkin was a small business owner with a big problem. As a Real Estate investor and consultant who traveled the country conducting seminars and selling his books, he was wasting time and losing business whenever he typed in customers’ credit card information into PayPal’s virtual terminal by hand at each of his workshops. He needed a simple way to swipe credit cards at any seminar or convention location with only his internet connection and laptop.

When he asked developers in an online forum about available credit card swipers that were compatible with PayPal, everyone said it couldn’t be done except for 25-year-old Drew Angell, a certified PayPal ACE developer. Just over 6 months later, the pair founded AngellFree, Inc., and officially unveiled the only PayPal compatible credit card swiping solution at the annual Ebay Live! event in Chicago.

“I needed a product like this for my business, and thousands of other business people also need and are looking for something like this too. Other Wireless or Mobile Credit Card Solutions are just too expensive,” said Freedkin. “It was a situation where necessity was the mother of invention. Because of USBSwiper, I can now process payments for 30 to 40 of my books in just a few minutes and I have all of my reports and records centralized in one place. The best part is that unlike other merchant credit card processors, the money is deposited into my account instantly.”

The USBSwiper software, along with USBSwiper’s compatible magnetic card reader, can be used on both Mac and PC platforms. Unlike applying for and using merchant credit card processors, using USBSwiper in conjunction with PayPal will save small business owners merchant credit card processor fees, paperwork, time, lost interest, and lost fees during refund transactions.

“All you need is a computer with an internet connection and you’re set to go,” said Freedkin. “We’ve seen USBSwiper utilized by kiosk owners, microbreweries, artists, airport curbside checkers, taxi cab companies, and flea market sellers. The applications are endless for the small business owner, especially if you sell products either online, from a storefront, or in person at a customer’s home such as a home improvement or HVAC company. There are virtually thousands of different applications that this will work for inexpensively. Now everyone can enjoy true affordable wireless credit card processing”

The Word is spreading said Angell. “Everyone is so excited about this product, and it makes me feel great to know how much it’s already helped people out and to hear the positive feedback. I’m looking forward to introducing it to so many sellers who could truly benefit from it and grow their business.”

The True Wireless Mobility that this product offers has now sparked Freedkin and Angell to create a national sales force of Independent USBSwiper Representatives who will market the product Nationwide. According to Freedkin, “In this economic climate of Job losses and layoffs, many people are opening up small businesses. This opens up a huge opportunity for many people to create financial freedom by marketing this phenomenal product and to create a great residual income while at the same time, helping those businesses who have wanted to, but could not afford to have wireless credit card processing in the field before.”

For those who would like to learn more, please visit www.usbswiper.com.

About AngellFree Inc.: 

Founded in 2008 and based out of Lake Zurich, Illinois, AngellFree, Inc., provides small business owners with web and application development solutions.

Contact Details: USBSwiper.com, 830 W. Rt. 22 #235, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (224) 677-0283 Office, (847) 307-8464 Fax, Richard@USBSwiper.com, www.USBSwiper.com

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Barclays Local Business report workplace “dreamers” of today make tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Barclays Local Business research reveals untapped potential of today’s workforce. Workers caught staring into space at their desk or ‘away with the fairies’ during business meetings are a mass of untapped, entrepreneurial talent, according to research from Barclays Local Business.

The latest survey by Barclays Local Business reveals how employees showing signs of distraction are likely to get out and start their own business, as nearly half of today’s UK business bosses (44 per cent) admit to having plotted their entrepreneurial future whilst daydreaming in the work place of a previous employer.

Although an increasing number of bosses are paranoid about employees wasting time at work on social networking sites like Facebook, it appears they cannot stop employees from dreaming of a more productive and satisfying future in their working life.

John Davis, marketing director for Barclays Local Business said: “This survey highlights what many bosses have probably suspected for a long time – that for some employees, their current job is the last thing on their mind when they are at work. However, whilst they may be wasting their employer’s time they are not necessarily being idle; as they are planning for their own future. For budding entrepreneurs, the routine of their day-job can spark dreams of going onto bigger and better things.”

These dreamers turned entrepreneurs clearly know the value of downtime with only eight per cent interrupting their holidays to come up with a killer small business idea. Similarly, just six per cent were prepared to think about being their own boss in between pints down the pub. It’s also no surprise then that the survey also reveals that almost 40 per cent of UK business bosses view plain old common sense as the winning ingredient for ongoing success.

Davis added: “For employers there is nothing more frustrating than letting untapped talent slip through the net as staff showing entrepreneurial signs provide huge benefits and help small, medium or larger companies grow. Perhaps it will serve as a warning to any boss that they shouldn’t take their eye off the ball when it comes to keeping their staff interested and engaged and developing their people.”

The survey also uncovers the concerns keeping aspiring entrepreneurs awake at night; just under 40 per cent admit to feeling nervous about giving up the financial stability of a full time job, while nearly one in five (19 per cent) worry about getting into debt. Added pressure on their home life was also a worry for six per cent.

About Barclays Local Business
Barclays Local Business provide services and a comprehensive range of tailored business banking products to more than 600,000 businesses typically with a turn over less than £1 million.

Barclays Local Business supports businesses with:
– Named business manager, locally based allocated to the clients business. 1,600 Local Business Managers in 600 locations

– Barclays Trading Places’ Awards, recognising people who have overcome adversity to set up in business

– Give start-ups standard banking transactions free for up to 18 months. Wide range of free advice and information -Starting & Running Your Business CD-ROM; consultations with a panel of legal, accountancy & marketing experts; Business Opportunity Profiles & Business Information Factsheets; Legal & tax helpline

– Free ‘Mindleaders‘ online business skills training worth £1,000 and award winning software packages that will help save businesses time and money

– Individual solutions that offer support outside of the usual banking services e.g. unique award winning software packages that will help save businesses time and money

– The ability to speak to a qualified business Manager – out of hours or when their local business manager is engaged with customers. Flexibility to bank when and how they want – online and telephone banking and a full counter service at 1600 branches nationwide.

Figures taken from research carried out by YouGov on behalf of Barclays Local Business Banking. Total sample size was 2427 SME owner-managers from across the UK. Fieldwork was undertaken between 11-17 May 2007. The survey was carried out online. The figures have not been weighted.

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Expert System Enables Start-Ups and Early-Stage Companies to Control Their Own Financing at Low Cost

Commonwealth Capital Advisors (CCA), an investment banking advisory firm, today announced that it has combined a number of software modules and features that were previously sold separately under its Financial Architect System™ product line. It has also significantly reduced the overall cost of the combined products and services.

The Financial Architect System™ is a patent-pending method designed to help entrepreneurs simplify the process and reduce the cost of raising capital through issuing securities. In addition, CCA has added templates for issuing “Seed Capital Convertible Bridge NotesTM” – a simple and rapid form of financing for small companies – to one of its two consolidated product suites.

“The goals of the Financial Architect System™ and the changes we’re announcing today are simple,” said Charles Dreher, CCA’s Executive Vice President. “We want to help start ups and early stage companies significantly lower the costs and increase the speed of raising capital. Just as important, we want to provide business owners with an easy-to-use expert system that will enable them to choose the right deal structure for capital they need without giving up equity unnecessarily.”

“Using our system, an entrepreneur can create the necessary documents for convertible bridge notes in about two hours and start raising capital the same day,” Dreher noted. “To raise additional capital using our system, a client can then produce a securities-offering document, for legal counsel review, compliant with Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 in as little as 20 hours at a fraction of the time and cost it would take using conventional methods.”

“We believe there’s significant and growing demand among business owners for control over their financing strategies. The low cost of the Financial Architect System™ and the way we’ve simplified our offerings into just two product suites designed to meet this ‘do-it-yourself’ approach,” he concluded.

About Commonwealth Capital Advisors, LLC
Commonwealth Capital Advisors is an investment banking advisory firm with representation in Chicago, Harbor Springs, MI, and other locations in the United States as well as internationally. The firm has provided conventional investment advisory services to public and private business since it was established in 1998, and has spent the last four years developing the Financial Architect System™ as a complete expert system for start-up, early-stage and seasoned companies, both public and private, that seek capital.

CCA’s software allows clients to evaluate and create securities-offering documents for deal structures including common equity, notes with equity kickers, participating preferred shares, and common equity with bank debt.

In addition to its capital raising software, the firm provides clients with access to accredited “angel” investors, private equity funds, hedge funds, registered investment advisors, broker-dealers and many other sources of capital, around the world, that have an interest in funding start-up and early-stage companies. Access to this “Commonwealth Capital Club” network is on a password-protected area of CCA’s website and is part of the Financial Architect System™.

More information on CCA is at www.CommonwealthCapital.com/members/4750 or at its international web site www.CCAIntl.co.uk For a limited time, CCA is offering its comprehensive proprietary guide to financing, The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early-Stage Companies, at no cost through the above links.

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Welcome to EPR Small Business News

EPR Small Business News is a new blog, part of EPR Network, that is going to be focused on and will be covering the small business and stories from press releases published on EPR Network.

EPR Network (EPR stands for express press release) is one of the nation’s largest press release distribution networks on Web. The EPR’s nationwide network includes 12 State based PR sites, one major PR forum and a number of industry specific PR blogs and what started as a hobby on Internet years ago turned out to be a rapidly growing business today. EPR Network is also known as one of the most trusted (human optimized, published, edited and monitored, spam/scam/low quality PR content free) PR sites on the web with more than 10,000 company and individual press releases distributed per month. EPR Network is putting your press releases on top of all major search engines’ results and is reaching thousands of individuals, companies, PR specialists, media professionals, bloggers and journalists every day.

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