Friday, April 24, 2009

Free Business Websites

Here are some (mostly?) free business tools / websites

Dimdim: open-source web conferencing application; free basic service
I Want Sandy: keeps track of daily details
Jott: voice-to-text service for creating notes, lists, e-mails and text messages; free basic service
Oovoo: video messaging, chatting and conferencing
Paltalk: group IM, chat and video call application
Plugoo: direct chatting with any blog or site visitor
YouSendIt: send files up to 2GB; free basic service

Adrive: 50GB of online storage and backup for all file types; free basic service
JZip: data compression utility
Mozy: 2GB of online, data and remote backup solutions; free basic service

BizEquity: company valuations
Mint: personal finance, money management, budget planning and financial planning software
MyBizHomepage: financial dashboard for small business QuickBooks users
QuickBooks: small-business accounting software; free download (Simple Start 2008)
Wesabe: financial advice, analysis and planning

Audacity: open-source software for cross-platform audio recording video blogging, podcasting and video sharing service; free basic service
BlogTalkRadio: radio network for users to host their own shows
DropShots: video hosting and photo sharing
FeedBurner: media distribution services for blogs and RSS feeds
Fix My Movie: video enhancement service; free basic service
Paint.NET: image and photo editing softwarePhixr: picture and photo editor
Seesmic: video conversation platform
SlideShare: share and embed slideshows, PowerPoints and PDFs into web pages
VideoSpin: video-editing software

Blogger: blog publishing tool
Craigslist: online classifieds and job postings network
CollectiveX: create social networking and collaboration sites for groups
Entrepreneur Connect: Entrepreneur's social networking site
LinkedIn: business social networking site
Pligg: open-source, community-centric site for discovering, rating and sharing content
PolicyMap: geographic and demographic information system for creating custom maps, tables and charts; free basic service
YouNoodle: networking for startups and valuation with Startup Predictor
Your Pitch Sucks?: PR pitch reviewing and advising

Office Productivity/Organizational
Adobe Buzzword: collaborative word processor application
CutePDF Writer: PDF creator; free basic service
Dabble DB: create, manage and share online databases; free basic service
Doodle: schedule and coordinate meetings and other appointments
FreshBooks: invoicing, time-tracking and expense service; free basic service
Google Calendar: shareable calendar and schedule organizer
Google Docs: collaborative word processor and spreadsheet applications open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets and moreStikkit: organization and reminder system that integrates with productivity applications
SurveyMonkey: create and publish custom online surveys; free basic service
ThinkFree Office: office productivity suite; free basic service
WuFoo: HTML form builder for creating interactive forms; free basic service
Zoho: office, productivity and collaboration applications

Project Management/Collaboration
LogMeIn: remotely support and access digital information; free basic service project management solution and updates
Project2Manage: collaborative project management solution
Remember the Milk: task management solution and to-do lists
Socialtext: wiki and website collaboration; free basic service
Team Task: collaborative project management and community website builder
Yugma: web meeting and collaboration service

Adeona: open-source laptop tracking and recovery software
BitDefender Online Scanner: virus scanners; free basic service
ZoneAlarm: firewall protection from hackers and threats; free basic service

Google Alerts: e-mail updates based on choice of query or topic
KickApps: platform of applications to integrate social features into a website
Microsoft Office Live Small Business: create a company website, domain and e-mail; free basic service
Synthasite: web hosting and building
Weebly: website and blog creator
Widgetbox: web widgets for various applications
Woopra: web tracking and analysis application; free basic service

please let us know if you use any of these? if they are useful? if you know of or use any better alternative business sites


Sunday, April 19, 2009

You could save a life!

This -mail has been sent to us from the Rotary Club of Koh Samui

You may remember that The Rotary Club of Koh Samui (ROCKS) appealed for help in 2007 to set up a Blood Donor Database. At that time there had been two emergencies on the island of Koh Samui , involving massive blood loss. In both cases, the victims were westerners with rare blood groups. The hospitals treating these emergencies did not have a stock of these rare blood groups and had to send out an appeal to Samui residents in the hope of finding a donor. Sadly, the first of the two victims succumbed to his injuries, but the second survived as a donor responded to the appeal in time.

The appeal resulted in a Database of over 35 names and contact details, with many of the participants having rare negative type blood groups. Within a few months, the database was called into use 3 times, saving those lives.
Since that time, participants of the database have moved away from Koh Samui, and other expatriates have joined the community. A recent blood emergency has brought home to us the need to update this valuable resource. So we are asking for you help again!

Ø If your name is on our list already, and you are happy to leave it there, there is no need to respond.
Ø If you know of someone who is on the list and has moved away from Koh Samui, please let us know.
Ø Those of you who wish to join with this vital project and have not done so already, please contact Adele @ ROCKS for a questionnaire and return it to
Ø If you do not know your blood type, ROCKS plans to hold a Blood Testing Day in conjunction with Thai International Hospital on 16th March between 1000 and 1500.

Please note that names and contact details will be stored in confidence by the hospitals of Koh Samui, and will not used for any other purpose other than an emergency appeal.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Blood Data Bank

Please take the time to support the blood bank data, by heading to the Thai Inter Hospital on Saturday 16th May between 10am & 3pm.

Beach clean up! April 25th

Invitation from WBN lady, Marion Siepe, to join together

April 25th 8.30am Seatran Ferry Pier - BANGRAK

Be prepared, take plastic bags / rubber gloves

Let's join Marion in helping to make Samui a cleaner place to enjoy!

any questions either call or e-mail Marion directly- 0800 415004

Meeting at Ibis Hotel April 2009

Thanks to Michelle Suwannasri & the lovely team at the Ibis Hotel for hosting our network meeting!
Michelle has generously offered special rates for WBN ladies-so don't forget to call her!

We had a fabulous private function room & great snacks!
Sales LeaderIbis Samui
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Roz Thomson and Emma Dyas of Samui Centre of Learning came along to speak about their new NPO, Samui Learning Centre for Special Educational Needs and the forthcoming fund raising events they are organising in benefit of the new school.

WBN are honoured to link & support the ladies however we are able to, with their incredible project

This is the information that Roz & Emma discussed with us:

In September this year our mainstream school, Samui Centre of Learning will be moving to new purpose built premises. Our current location will then be re-opened as a centre for children on Samui with special educational needs. Our aim for the centre is provide a place that can help learners with special needs achieve the greatest possible personal self-sufficiency and success in school and the community. There is currently very little help or support for these children and their families on Samui and with this in mind we are now in the process of setting up a non-profit organization, so that any family regardless of financial background or social standing can have access to the education and care that every child deserves.
Our charity, which will be called the Samui Learning Centre for Special Educational Needs, will be opened with the support of both the National Association for people with Autism and The Khun Poom Foundation. We have secured free training for specialist teachers and are in talks with health care professionals to put together a team who will take into consideration every aspect of the children’s well being. In addition to the support of the two above mentioned foundations we also have the support of the local government in particular Khun Pong, Samui’s Deputy Major and they have pledged 150,000THB for the school in this year’s budget with the promise of more funding next year.
On the 16th of March this year the first phase of the school was opened; a social group within the current school location where the parents and children can meet each day, use the school resources and facilities and join in with the mainstream school for some activities such as reading with friends and assemblies. As founders of our international school and founders of our charitable school, there is a common link that prevails, providing the best possible education for every child. With our extensive background in working with children from all walks of life and varying needs, we are equipped with the knowledge to identify these needs and help in every way possible. As our international school has now been running for over 5 years, we feel that we have the trust of the local community and provide a stable example of our commitment to education.
When the centre for special needs is fully operational, the main aim between our two schools is to provide a program for inclusion and later a full scholarship to attend our mainstream school. The success of a program like this requires a visionary leadership of school administrators, an effective collaboration of everyone involved with students with special needs, a well-planned program and a consistent implementation of the program across time. Given appropriate intervention in early life, specialized education and structured support, a child can be helped to maximize their skills and achieve their full potential in a mainstream setting.
The support we have received so far has been amazing, however we strongly believe that if the centre is to be a success it must be sustainable for the long term, not something here today and gone tomorrow. We are now working on raising the funds that can help the centre achieve its goal of becoming a well resourced, permanent educational facility on Koh Samui.

Samui Centre of Learning is co-owned by Roz Thomson, Emma Dyas and Dr Julie Skinner.

Contact: Mobile 0810910714 Office 077419104



C holiday- April 09

Now we are on the map!

Thanks to Glenn & team at C holiday for featuring WBN

Meeting at New Star Resort Koh Samui March 2009

The Team at New Star Resort made us the happiest ladies on the island with their amazing, generous hospitality, friendly, caring staff, & considerate Management Team.

Our thanks to them!

Also thanks to Michael for the logo!