A weekly look at the latest products and services designed to help you run a better business.
Small- and mid-sized businesses that need a small infusion of capital can now apply for micro loans through the online marketplace and business development site ZANA Network.
The loans, which range from $5,000 to $25,000, can be delivered in as little as three days, the company says.
"Today's global market is overflowing with financial help for businesses willing to take on new challenges," said ZANA Network CEO Howard Keating. "These loans can give companies the resources to provide health care for their employees, or help businesses expand to the next level."
New software from Maximizer Software makes it possible for small- and medium-sized business employees in the sales, marketing, and customer service fields to access customer information from their desktop or mobile phone.
Maximizer CRM 10 also allows smartphone users to access schedules, sales deals and forecasts and includes upgraded reporting tools and on-demand expert advice via the Web.
Maximizer CRM 10 starts at $499 per user for Windows desktop or web access. For more information, go to www.maximizer.com.
Printing Precision for SMBs
Ricoh Americas recently released the Aficio SP C400DN color laser printer, marketed specifically for small businesses.
The C400DN costs $999, prints at 26 pages per minute in both color and black & white, and warms up in less than 15 seconds, the company says. It has a paper capacity of 1,750 sheets and offers resolutions of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi.
JASON DEL REY was a senior reporter covering technology, branding, and company culture for Inc. magazine. Before joining Inc., his work appeared in Newsday, The (Newark) Star-Ledger, and the Staten Island Advance, and on ESPN.com. He lives in New Jersey. @DelRey