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Tip of the week Homegrown technology for small businesses

Updated: February 15, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Posted: February 15, 2013

By Teresa Talerico

The concept of buying local is catching on as consumers increasingly shop for products that are locally grown or produced, from organic vegetables to handmade soap to grass-fed beef. So why not technology? A number of apps, software programs and other technologies are developed right here in our own backyard.

Designed with small business owners in mind, these homegrown tools just might make your company more sustainable:

XTuple PostBooks 4.0

Released in December, the latest version of this QuickBooks rival includes a mobile app for using the software's various tools - accounting, sales, purchasing, customer management and more - on an iPad, smartphone or other mobile device. The new PostBooks, which is an open-source business-management software program, also introduces intra-company instant messaging and enhanced cloud capacity.

Cost Free for basic download. Other options include $400 a year for xTuple PostBooks (commercial) and $700 a year for xTuple Standard.

Creator xTuple

Birthplace Norfolk




This software program juggles your projects for you - and keeps clients in the loop. Planscope is ideal for working with clients that need a little more hand-holding through the process. Users manage multiple projects by creating tasks and milestones for each one. For billing purposes, a timer measures the hours you clock; a progress bar shows how much you've completed and what the budget is. In addition to hourly billing, Planscope recently added daily, weekly and per-task functions.

Cost Monthly rates include $24 for individual freelancers, $49 for small businesses with no more than three Planscope team members and $99 for subscribers with up to 10 team members.

Creator Brennan Dunn

Birthplace Chesapeake



Podium Pro/Podium Cue

Want to command the podium at your next presentation? Designed for iPads, these two apps help public speakers organize their thoughts. Podium Pro's features include on-the-spot editing, a color-coded timer bar and synchronization with DropBox. Podium Cue is like a digital version of old-school index cards.

Cost $3.99 for Podium Pro, $2.99 for Podium Cue

Creator Magoozle LLC

Birthplace Virginia Beach