These are the companies and services I use and recommend. If a company or service is listed here it is because it is the best small business marketing resources I can find.
I want this to be an organic document to help everyone if you have a suggestion for a tool or service that has helped you please contact me and I will check it out. If it is a great product or service I will add it.
Where available these are affiliate links and I do make a commission when they are used, however I only recommend services that I use myself or have used and feel that they are the top quality and value available.
All my sites are hosted through bluehost.com it has proven to be the easiest and most reliable shared server provider I have encountered.
No matter your business if you are not building an email list of clients you are missing out on a huge opportunity. These two services make it much easier.
One is http://mailchimp.com which has the advantage of being free to get started with and has a some good mail campaign features.
The second is Aweber.com which costs more at the start but charges balance out as you grow and it is known for its auto-responder system a valuable tool for efficient marketing.
Genesis is one of the best tools I have found if you are serious about a great web presence. With Genesis framework you get all the power in WordPress plus an easy to use well documented framework with many themes available. I like it so much I have moved all the sites I develop to it and highly recommend it to my customers.