Want to Host Your Own Golf Tournament? Just Point and Click
BY Angus Loten
A weekly look at the latest products and services designed to help you run a better business.
Think golf is a good walk ruined? Try planning a company day on the links. From finding the right course, to paying green fees, lining up every employee's tee-off times, and reserving enough tables at the clubhouse, organizing a fun corporate golf day can quickly turn into a major headache.
That's where RyderGolfEvents.com comes in. Launched on Monday by Ryder Golf Events, a Farmington, Mich.-based golf-tournament management firm, the free website -- modeled on popular online wedding-planning tools -- offers a comprehensive event template that includes registration, host-course information, and e-mail reminders for participants, among other features. The whole process can be completed in a matter of minutes, the firm said.
"We provide them with the template and guide them through every aspect of the entire process, turning something that has potential to be extremely stressful into a simple, point-and-click process," says Jamie Ryder, the firm's founder.
Business in a Box
Joining other tech industry giants, HP on Wednesday unveiled a dozen new products and services specifically targeted for the small-business market.
The launch, which includes both free and fee-based support services, is designed to meet four key requirements for small-business owners, including mobility and networking, business protection and security, do-it-yourself marketing, and retail point-of-sale, the company said.
That includes the new HP Compaq 651b and 675b notebook PCs, which come equipped with mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, among other features; HP Storageworks Media Vault Pro and the HP ProLiant ML 115 server; and the HP rp5700 Point of Sale system with peripherals for fast-growing retailers.
VoipReview.org, a Denver, Colo.-based online comparison-shopping site for broadband phone services, has added a new tool that enables business owners to search for features such as auto attendant, voicemail, and speed dialing, the company announced this week.
By better tailoring searches to the needs of business owners, the tool can generate more accurate results, the company said.
"Users spend less time trudging through unnecessary results and more time reviewing the options that becomes quicker and easier," Eric Laughlin, the company's CEO, said in a statement.