Pitching a business idea is a lot like appearing on American Idol: You only have a few minutes to impress the judges. On May 15, the New Enterprise Forum, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based nonprofit resource group for entrepreneurs, has invited four local entrepreneurs to compete for the best business pitch in front of a judging panel and a live audience.
Three new challengers will vie against last year's winner, Dick Beedon of the MacBeedon Group, a local investment firm. The judging panel will include officials from TGap Ventures, Apjorn Ventures and the Bank of Ann Arbor. David Brophy of the University of Michigan business school will moderate.
For more information, visit www.newenterpriseforum.org.
Drop off Digital Files
A new service from YouSendIt, a digital content deliverer based in Campbell, Calif., allows users to send and receive large data files by embedding an application directly into their Web sites. Designed to eliminate the need to send CDs of images, audio or video via snail mail, SiteDrop cuts burdensome FTP servers out of the file transfer process and allows clients to receive data directly from a company's site.
The service costs $30 per month, or $300 for 12 months. For more information, see www.yousendit.com/cms/sitedrop&s=30042.
LogMeIn, a Woburn, Mass.-based remote-connectivity provider, has added a small-business package to its line of services. LogMeIn Pro for Small Businesses includes a remote desktop with file and printer access service, customer support for set-up help and troubleshooting, and discounted billing options.
Prices start at $25 a month for a set of five computers, or $5 a month per each individual computer. The service is available at https://secure.logmein.com/welcome/pro_SMB_Buy/.