Entry #7: 4 Ways to Leverage Technology for Free

These are a few of the resources we use to stay efficient and innovative:

1)     Use www.freeconference.com for FREE conference calling.  We all still have conference calls; why not make them for free? It’s a great way to collaborate with other business owners, customers and partners when you’re not able to meet in person.

2)     Connect on Skype – Skype provides free face-to-face video conference calling over the internet.  There are times when a telephone call is not the right communications method, when you need to talk face-to-face in order to communicate your position – When disciplining a telecommuting employee, negotiating a contract, making a major commitment, or just talking to your family when you’re away on business.

3)     Embrace social media – As a disabled Veteran-owned SBE we manage a huge community group of Verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned SBEs on LinkedIn where we keep each other updated on event notification, legislation affecting our business community, resources, advocacy, advice for new business owners from those w/more experience, and helpful hints on hot topics such as verification – Having a reliable network of businesspeople will save you time and money, and provide great ideas for innovation. LinkedIn Groups are wonderful opportunities to collaborate and meet like-minded business owners.

4)      Leverage live streaming Video – Ustream is the leading live interactive broadcast platform. Anyone with an internet connection and a camera can start engaging with their customers anytime, anywhere. This is a free TV channel and a great way to show off your product/service, broadcast a live event or presentation.

Rodney Marshall
President & CEO
6536 Marlow St.
Portage, MI 49024
W – 269-350-1337
C – 269-720-0515
F – 269-327-7392
e-mail rodney@aldevra.com
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April 2012: The Supplier Spotlight Monthly SBE Contest.

Sponsored by Supplier-Connection – An initiative of major US companies committed to spending more with US-based small businesses.


About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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