As a small business owner myself, I look for unique ways to market my business without traditional advertising. I took a look at a few great online tools/websites that you could consider assets to your small business or yourself. One is Zvents, the only search engine for events. The second is Constant Contact, a small business centered email marketing program. The others are three must visit/bookmark sites: Local Biz Bits, All Business and Small Business SEM (Search Engine Marketing).
Zvents is a San Francisco Bay Area based company, but a web wide search engine that lists events of all kinds throughout major metropolitan destinations in the US and Canada. You can promote your business events and increase traffic to your website and sales for your business at the same time.
Constant Contact provides email marketing and survey specifically for small businesses. You can design your own campaigns or have Constant Contact assist you. There are also several templates to choose from for the look of your emails and surveys. Try it out. They have a 60 day free trial you can sign up for.
Local Biz Bits provides very useful local search marketing information for small businesses. Local search is a great way to get business and market yourself. Yahoo Local and Google Local are a couple of good examples of local search engines businesses use to drive targeted customers to them.
All Business is an excellent resource on all things business. I especially find useful the business blogs on topics like home based business and technology.
Small Business SEM is a great resource for those of us who own an online business or get significant business from online customers or clients. Small Business SEM (Search Engine Marketing) is a blog on marketing your business effectively using search engines.