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Many small-business owners might want to rethink their office Facebook-ban. The Visa Business Network, launched this week on Facebook, allows businesses to build visibility and rub virtual elbows with one another. By signing up for the network and registering their own pages, companies can link with other businesses through a process similar to "friending" on Facebook.
The free service also gives members access to Web-based software like Google Docs and Google Calendar, facilitating idea-swapping and keeping employees up-to date. In addition, members can check out expert columns, news feeds, Q&As and other business-related content through partnerships with media outlets like The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. A star-rating system allows readers to rank content.
SCORE, a Washington-based entrepreneurship resource group, recently announced a partnership with SBTV.com under which the entrepreneurial web channel will produce podcasts featuring SCORE's small-business clients and consult the organization as a content provider for its weekly eNewsletter. SCORE will also provide information for SBTV's daily news broadcast.
"SBTV.com will help SCORE reach new markets and provide clients with additional tools and information that can help them succeed," SCORE CEO Ken Yancey said in a statement.
Register.com, a New York-based domain-name registration and Web-services firm, has launched a new Web-hosting service for small businesses. Available in three versions based on required capacity, the service includes a full up-time guarantee and a Site Restore feature that allows businesses to quickly revert to an older version of their Web sites if needed. As a company's site and traffic grows, its hosting resources are designed to expand automatically.
Packages start at $6.95 per month, which includes 5GB of Web file storage, 250GB of monthly data transfer and one Web site. Premium package start at $29.95., offering unlimited storage and data, along with an unlimited number of Web sites.