Intuit announced today that it's offering some of its services for free, for six months to a year, in what it's calling a "stimulus" package for small businesses. Of course, if you stick with Intuit after the free period is up, then it turns into a stimulus package for Intuit. But why split hairs? You can get the free stuff at SmallBusinessUnited.com, and it includes a year of free help building and setting up a website; six months of free online payroll; free incorporation service until July 31; and six months of free credit card processing.
Meanwhile, HP has "officially" launched MarketSplash, its new service that helps small businesses build websites, design custom business cards, or create marketing materials. The Mom Entrepreneur is offering a $300 credit, which you can win by answering a trivia question. And as I mentioned before, HP is offering discounts on some of those services with its Total Care Access card. The card costs $49, and is available through April 30 at authorized HP resellers. The deals include a free download of QuickBooks Simple Start 2009 and a QuickBooks Credit Card processing kit, together worth $39.95. You can also get a free one-year subscription to McAfee Total Protection Services; a $50 discount on an online news release from PRWeb; and $500 off a website design package.