Tools and Tips: Get Organized, Get Paid, Get the Word Out

Doodle.com, a Swiss firm that recently launched its service in the United States, offers a free online scheduling assistant for setting up things like meetings. For example, n organizer can create a poll, send it to invitees, who can then respond with their choice of meeting time. Doodle tabulates the votes and reports results back to the organizer, who then finalizes details. The final meetings times automatically appear in a user's calendar with reminders. The service syncs with popular calendar systems such as Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar and Apple iCal. The service is available in 28 languages.

Itty bitty businesses might be interested in checking out ProcessAway, a charge card terminal for the iPhone. The mobile application turns the devices into portable card-charge terminals. The service links into Authorize.net's payment processing system enabling the Apple device user to accept credit payments anywhere there's Internet access. Customers receive an e-mail receipt for each transaction. The information isn't stored on the phone for security reasons. The $20 application could be a boon for businesses that have sales at craft shows and bazaars or for plumbers and other types of on-site workers. Authorize.net collects a transaction fee for each sale.

MyPRGenie is a new Web-based service offering a free, basic package for businesses that want to create and distribute a marketing or sales pitch to a targeted group of reporters and editors. A premium package for about $750 gets your message distributed to search engines, Web directories and PR Newswire. Independent film maker Melvin Van Peebles recently used it to promote his film "Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchy-Footed Mutha," that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Minority Business Development Agency has launched a blog at and a Twitter account - in honor of its 40th birthday. The agency, a unit of the Commerce Department, seeks to encourage entrepreneurship and business growth within the minority community.

By Sharon McLoone |  March 9, 2009; 1:45 PM ET Tools and Tips
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Wanted to throw TimeBridge's name into the ring as another tool in this space with 300K users and lots of cool features, including budget-friendly web & phone conferencing and tight integration into Google, Outlook and iCal. www.TimeBridge.com

Posted by: YoriNelken | March 9, 2009 2:54 PM

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