The Sleeter Group, a company dedicated to studying the market to find the best solutions that help small businesses work smarter, faster and more profitably, announced the winners of the 2013 “Awesome Applications” awards today at their Ninth Annual Accounting Solutions Conference. The awards recognize technologies that help small businesses be more efficient and productive, and also integrate with common business accounting and management systems.
The winners of the 2013 Awesome Applications honor are: Avalara.com (Avalara.com) for the AvaTax automated sales tax compliance system; the Bill.com (Bill.com) cash flow command and control system that manages accounts payable and receivable for businesses of all sizes; BillQuick from BQE Software (BQE.com), an integrated solution for time and expense tracking, billing and project management; the Virtual Server Solution from Cloud9 Real Time (Cloud9realtime.com), an all-inclusive solution to host all the clients applications, data and users in one central location; the Concur Small Business edition (Concur.com), which offers expense management and reporting for small and mid-sized businesses; SmartVault (SmartVault.com), an online storage and collaboration system that includes custom branding for accountants and consultants; QuickBooks Online (QuickBooksOnline.com), the leading online financial management solution for small businesses; Xero (Xero.com), an easy-to-use online accounting system for small and medium sized businesses; and Zoho CRM (Zoho.com), and online and mobile platform for building, maintaining and strengthening client relationships.
Now in their 8th year, the awards, formerly called “Awesome Add-Ons,” are presented annually by The Sleeter Group, the nation’s largest network of small business technology consultants. This year marked the first time that crowd-sourced voting was included in the selection process, with more than 170,000 online votes cast. The voting accounts for half of the selection process, with the other 50 percent based on judging by an expert panel (sleeter-awesome-apps.com/).
“Successful business owners know they must constantly keep an eye out for ways to run their businesses more efficiently, whether through improved workflow, better inventory or distribution functions, or stronger bookkeeping,” said Doug Sleeter, founder and president of The Sleeter Group. “There are so many programs on the market for small businesses, though, that it’s often a challenge to find the best ones. The goal of the Awesome Applications awards is to spotlight the technologies that can substantially help these businesses work smarter, faster and more efficiently.”
To qualify for the Awesome Applications honor, technologies must integrate with common business management systems and provide intuitive design, ease-of-use and conformance with appropriate accounting and security standards.
The Ninth Annual Accounting Solutions Conference (SleeterConference.com) is attended by hundreds of accountants, bookkeepers, consultants and IT professionals who, in turn, advise their small business clients on financial, workflow and productivity issues. The conference includes 60 educational opportunities presented by industry experts, thought leaders and technology developers.
About The Sleeter Group
The Sleeter Group (sleeter.com) is the largest network of small business accounting technology and business process design consultants in the country, serving over 300,000 small businesses. The company provides accounting software training resources to users and consultants including textbooks, reference books, expert level Webinars, blogs, the annual Accounting Solutions Conference, a consultant membership network, practice management tools, teaching systems, and a free online newsletter.