Zoho has launched its Zoho One application suite, which includes customer-relations management, finance, recruiting and productivity tools, among other offerings. The suite includes 38 web-based and mobile apps while also allowing for custom apps and browser extensions.
Executive Care is adopting a deliberate approach to growth, with plans to add three more locations in September. "We're looking to grow no more than 10 units per year," said CEO Lenny Verkhoglaz, noting that this pace can allow the company to maintain quality.
Gyro Shack has multiple store models -- each with different space requirements -- and CEO Doug Miller says this approach provides flexibility. "It allows us the flexibility to go into any spaces that come available," he said.
The Supreme Court could decide by September whether to accept a case focusing on whether DirecTV should be liable as a joint employer for the treatment of technicians. The case may be attractive to the Supreme Court given the differences in opinion among various appeals courts, said attorney Thomas O'Connell, who has filed a brief on behalf of IFA and other groups.
Kayla Pickana founded Bonding Bees as a subscription service that helps couples have fun date nights in the comfort of their homes. "My plan is to eventually make the boxes more customized to try and fit each couple's personality and interests as best as I can," she writes.
Staying on top of everything can be a challenge as a small-business owner, writes John Rampton, founder of Due. To stay organized, be sure to stick to a schedule, delegate tasks when appropriate and make smart use of technology, he writes.
Managing costs is a key part of business ownership, write Tom Cooney and Crystal Faulkner, partners at MCM CPAs & Advisors. Be sure to take advantage of tax breaks, consider using contractors instead of full-time staff and think carefully when choosing whether to buy or lease equipment.
Numerous firms and funds are willing to invest in women entrepreneurs, writes Toast Meets Jam founder Jen Hacker, who notes recent turmoil in the venture capital industry. She lists woman-friendly venture funds, angel investors and accelerators.
Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui, founders of jewelry company AUrate New York, previously worked for Marc Jacobs and Goldman Sachs, respectively. They say their corporate experience helped them learn important skills, including how to manage a team.
Katherine Ryder launched Maven, a telemedicine startup for women's health care, in response to an unmet need in the marketplace. The company recently received $10.8 million in Series A funding and added two board members.