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Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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Tools for Entrepreneurs

So the full loaded Swiss Army Knife may be a bit of overkill for your average entrepreneur who isn't facing imminent or apocalyptic danger, but our own Kate Hodel did uncover some actually useful tools and apps for entrepreneurs at the recent iKC Unconference that could help you improve your productivity and efficiency .

 

Accounting

  • QuickBooks – the old favorite
  • Intacct – recommended by someone who “outgrew” QuickBooks
  • Mint.com – for personal expenses and travel
  • Expensify – take pictures of your receipts, upload to create expense report
  • Harvest – tracking time and invoices

Productivity

  • Asana – task and project managements
  • FollowUpThen – sends you emails to remind you of follow up
  • Onspring – just launched KC company, manages data
  • Dropbox – accessible file storage; but privacy is a concern

Client Management

  • Salesforce.com – manages contacts and leads; once embedded, hard to get out
  • ACT! – called archaic
  • Contractually – reads email and lets you know when you haven’t responded
  • Xobni -links previous conversations and integrates with phone
  • Rapportive – connect through social media

Time Management

  • Harvest – see above
  • Toggl – a timer for activity, connects with Asana

Startup Tools on a Budget

LegalZoom – good for basic contracts, but buy an hour of an attorney’s time to review (interview an attorney and establish rates up front)

Docracy.com – get legal templates

Netquote.com – get comparative insurance rates (and consider using a broker)

And some final words of advice . . .

Before you decide to use any app, figure out your goals and then compare the different tools, based on what you are trying to accomplish. Create the infrastructure before you need it so that you are ready when things ramp up. Lots of tools are free or cheap until you get bigger. Experiment!

What did we miss? What are some of your favorite tools?

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