Lodestar Technology Labs, LLC was founded in 2007 to expand key technological
and software initiatives related to the small business consulting services
provided to subscribers of GoSmallBiz. With a focus on producing solutions
tailored specifically to the needs of small to mid-sized businesses, Lodestar
has spent more than two years developing its first all-in-one suite of software
applications for managing and developing a SME (Small to Medium sized Enterprise).
"If GoSmallBiz.com is
your guidebook, this new suite of software solutions is your survival kit along
the path to a faster, stronger, more efficient business, powered by GoSmallBiz
innovation." - Fran Tarkenton, Founder and CEO
The full suite of software applications comes with six new web-based
applications and one desktop program, each designed to support and streamline a
range of functions at your small business. Whether you've got important
administrative documents to draft or a database of employee information to
organize, our software relieves you of many of the time-consuming logistical
burdens that come with running your own enterprise.
Alongside the services provided on GoSmallBiz.com, the software reflects our
continuing efforts to bring entrepreneurs all the tools and resources necessary
to thrive in today's competitive marketplace. From human resources to marketing
and business plan development, we've expanded the scope of our services by
giving members access to software designed specifically to help them execute on
much of the advice offered by our consultants and other information sources on
Speaking of consultants, since its inception, GoSmallBiz has responded to every
question asked by members about running their businesses through our premiere
service, “Ask Your Question”. The goal of Ask Your Question is to provide access
to highly experienced business professionals, who offer facts, informed
opinions, reference materials and additional sources of information to help our
members make important decisions about their businesses. We don't make the
decisions for you and we don’t handle all of your research tasks, but we do
offer valuable insight to guide you to a decision that works for your business.
Similarly, while we will continue to staff an extensive customer and technical
support team well-versed in all of our technology, our goal is to lead you to
your own solutions by providing a robust library of FAQ's, How-To's and
additional information in the Help section of each application. Depending on the
type of business you have - or aspire to build - you may find unique ways to
capitalize on the vast array of features our software has to offer. It's only by
utilizing - and perhaps contributing to - those resources that all of our
members will discover and fully capitalize on the value the software holds for
We're giving you the seeds - now it's your turn to plant them, and watch them
Lodestar Technology Labs intends to expand our product offering and continually
improve the features of our current products; the web-based nature of most of
our software solutions allows us to do this with no inconvenience passed on to
our members. As we move forward, we look to our various friends and partners,
including our subscribers, to offer insight on how we might improve our software
to better suit the needs of all of our customers. To that end, we encourage you
to take advantage of the Contact Us link at the bottom of each application page,
and provide us your feedback.
After all, as entrepreneurs, we're all in this together.
About the Applications
These applications were designed specifically with entrepreneurs and small
business owners in mind. Why? Scour the Internet and you'll find an infinite
list of HR applications perfectly crafted for a corporation the size of a small
country. But you won't find much that fits the unique needs of a small to
Lodestar and GoSmallBiz is changing all of that with the launch of this suite of
applications, designed by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. The entire suite
contains seven new small business-targeted solutions to help support and
streamline a range of important functions at your business, including:
The Employee File Manager, an employee database management tool designed to
manage and store all your employee information electronically in one central
The HR Document Builder, an efficient tool for crafting and storing important
administrative documents using a comprehensive library of templates and dynamic
online data-replacement forms.
The Business Plan Development Tool, a template-based document creation
application that also calculates complex financial statements for a
professionally crafted business plan.
The Distance Learning Center, a unique online educational experience that offers detailed instructional content in several areas of small
business management, including accounting, marketing, business law and more.
The Website Builder, a robust web builder that lets users design and optimize a Website using drag and drop design with
widgets to apply functionality that includes RSS feeds, video and audio feeds,
images placement, shopping cart and contact tools, all on our secure server.
The Business Risk Assessment Tool, a virtual consultant that analyzes risks and
liabilities at your business and provides detailed instructions for how to
remedy potential problem areas.
ManageMyMinutes, a web-based tool for conveniently organizing and maintaining
your corporate minute book through a combination of automated reminders and
template-based document creation.
GoSmallBiz.com was founded in 1996 by entrepreneur and NFL Hall-of-Famer Fran
Tarkenton. Having started more than 15 businesses since his days as quarterback
for the Minnesota Vikings, today Tarkenton's mission is to bring small
businesses all the information and resources necessary to thrive in today's
With more than 52,000 active members throughout North America, GoSmallBiz strives to provide the most comprehensive body
of knowledge and tools targeting micro business available on the web. Along with
a set of user-friendly business tools and vast libraries of instructional
content, GoSmallBiz members get 24-7 access to highly experienced consultants
specializing in nearly every facet of business, including taxes and accounting,
marketing and public relations, human resources and much more. For more
information, visit www.gosmallbiz.com.