Best Apps for Small Companies

By Celeste Smith
The Charlotte Observer

Tony Rodono’s City Prints map decor business took center stage, literally, at the Charlotte Chamber’s year-end celebration.

Rodono received applause along with fellow winners of the chamber’s 2013 Power Up Chapter Challenge, a competition involving small businesses and promising startups.

The family-run company, which includes Rodono’s wife, Katie, and brother Tim, takes on all kinds of requests _ from developing map art reflecting a married couple’s travels over the years, to creating prints of university campuses and sports venues.

Since he depends on technology to run his company, the Charlotte Observer asked Rodono for his best tech tips to fellow small business owners. He wrote this list of favorite applications and online services, and explains what makes them useful:

1. Wunderlist: This is a to-do list task management tool. It’s the first thing I check in the morning and the first tab open in my browser at all times. It allows me create a to-do list, and more importantly, assign a due date, notes and reminder alerts to each item. The app is available on all devices and platforms and syncs across them. Best of all, it’s free. I probably rely on this too heavily, I forgot to back up my list when they had scheduled maintenance, and I had no idea what I needed to do that day. Oops.

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