American Express Business Travel this week launched a free travel assessment service to help companies save on travel costs.

Previously offered only to American Express clients, the service analyzes all aspects of business travel management, including online booking methods, nonrefundable ticket usage, and compliance with preferred vendors and travel policies.

Requests for an assessment should be sent here before Jan. 6, 2009.

Free Ads

Business owners looking to sell their companies can advertise for free any Sunday between now and Christmas Day on, a London-based online marketplace for small businesses. Ads normally cost $89 for two months.

The deal comes after the website began experiencing a steady decline in posted ads in October. In a subsequent survey of 1,000 business owners, it found that more than 60 percent said it was a bad time to sell. The free service is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs to test the marketplace.

For more information, go here.

Good Reviews

PowerReviews this week released new social merchandising software for small and midsized retailers.

PowerReviews Express enables retailers to provide customer reviews on their websites without hiring a team of developers to build a reviews collection engine or manage incoming content. The new application also includes Verified Buyer, a feature that posts only the most credible reviews, and Review Snapshot, which combines reviews into one brief summary. All reviews are screened by a PowerReviews moderator.

Pricing starts at $80 per month. Go to for more information.