Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chamber Adds Mobile App for Members

Local tech firm Sitecrafting has added a new opportunity available to members of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. Powered by ChambersEdge, member businesses can market with the smart phone application.

Added Benefits to “going mobile:”

• GPS feature on the app (Map button) allows someone looking for your business to locate you on their phone with either driving or walking directions
• Immediate access to your webpage (if applicable) to find out more about your business
• Call feature (Call button) allows instantaneous access to your business—by automatically dialing your contact number
• Search button (magnifying glass) lets users search for member businesses by company name
• Smart phone users are able to access the Chamber’s mobile membership directory by scanning the QR code as inserted here, to be added to the Chamber's website
• Soon the new membership plaque decal (see left) and our publications will carry the QR code

More value-enhanced features will be added to ChambersEdge in the near future. Those without smart phones can also load the app (if they have web browser capabilities—remember data rates apply) by going to the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s ChambersEdge web address: http://tacoma.chambersedge.com/

Note: IPhones, Droids, Windows phones need to download a free QR screening app first to “scan” the code on the left. Blackberry phone users need to input http://tacoma.chambersedge.com/

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Two Sides of the Angel's Coin

Entrepreneurs can be either the inventor or the financier who provides the business acumen to bring new products and new processes to the marketplace.

The TacomaAngel Network is Tacoma's answer to both these sets of entrepreneurs.  At today's TacomaAngel Network meeting, three entrepreneurial ventures were presented to the TacomaAngel Network of successful angels.  (Angels are SEC-qualified, high net worth individuals who seek opportunity in bringing new products and new companies to profitability.) 

This picture is a perfect example of the cross-pollination that occurs.  Here Entrepreneur Bob explains his prototype tilting three-wheeled motorcycle to Angel Nick.  As one of the three presentations that the TacomaAngel Network heard today, Entrepreneur Bob got to explain his invention, his business plan and make that pitch why Angel Nick and his fellow angels should invest in him. 

If you are an SEC-qualified Angel and would like the group dynamics that recruit, screen and present Entrepreneurial opportunities from within the Pacific Northwest region, you could contact the group's administrator Gary Brackett for more information.

If you are that rarest of gifted individuals who have both a great idea and a concept for making it pay off for you and those who invest in you, visit the TacomaAngel Network website and begin the registration process to have your business considered for investment.  In addition to grabbing for the golden ring, you'll find resources and contacts to help you prepare and market your enterprise.