Feature: Moving America’s Heart and Soul: Small to Medium Business Driving Change

Washington Business Owners Get Their Own App Store

Author: Steve Woods
Published: January 07, 2013 at 11:29 am

Thank you to Spark Business from Capital One for sponsoring this feature highlighting small business.

Chambers of Commerce across the U.S.A. continue to be a hub of shared business knowledge, as they take note of fast-paced business and social trends. One state’s Chamber in particular has embraced the use of mobile business technologies, offering a novel way to serve its business constituency, even ahead of the demand.

Washington State’s Chamber of Commerce, also known as the Association of Washington Businesses (AWB), has teamed up with SaaS Markets, the leading purveyor of business app stores, to provide handpicked mobile app offerings tailored to serve the needs of small to medium sized businesses in the rainy state. SaaS Markets is the same group recently in the news for bringing a larger project, Appclick America, to the rest of the nation.

"Small business owners have enough challenges in their day-to-day lives," said SaaS Markets founder and CEO, Ferdi Roberts. "With the Small Business App Store that AWB is planning to introduce, searching for the right Web apps for their business will no longer be one of them.”

Called the Small Business App Store, AWB’s site has over 1,300 pieces of software in its catalog, searchable by keyword and category. A keyword search for accounting provided over 90 results, including Clear Books, LedgerDocs and ZohoBooks. Screenshots are offered, along with side-by-side comparisons. You’ll have to login to see the ratings for each particular app, and to rate it yourself. Along with an overview, you’ll find app pricing and support.

Also included for free in the Small Business App Store are more than 100 videos detailing the features and use of many of the more popular apps, in a section labeled App University.

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