FiveStars has attracted the interest (and funding) of Menlo Ventures as it tries to sell its bare-bones loyalty program into small businesses across the U.S. and Canada.
Frontier is using Zipwhip’s cloud messaging technology to offer text messaging plans to wireline phones. The service so far is only available to Frontier’s business customers.
ShopKeep is selling a host of cloud-based tools for handling cash and card transactions, managing employees and tracking inventory — all accessed from an iPad screen. Unlike its competitors, though, ShopKeep isn’t actually processing transactions.
In developing markets, businesses and NGOs often can’t communicate with their customers and clients through email, the web or social networking. But they can communicate with SMS.
Consumer review service Angie’s List (s ANGI) is integrating Square technology into its iPhone app, allowing merchants like house cleaners, plumbers and painters to accept credit card payments in the field.
Foursquare announced Tuesday the debut of a new app aimed specifically at small business owners who manage accounts for their businesses through the product. The Foursquare business app will allow users to update specials and information on the go.
While green startups may have gone through some tough times recently, LinkedIn has seen a major uptick in members who work for small businesses in the industry. From 2009 to 2011, “renewables and environment” was the fastest growing sector within the small business landscape on LinkedIn.