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Making Contact

Contact managers organize your business encounters.

While Jodie Foster contacted aliens from Vega, most of us have more mundane concerns when making contacts. Most entrepreneurs have a collection of business cards, to-do lists and Post-it notes on their desks that represent the leads, appointments and deadlines that make up a bustling enterprise.

Contact management software lets you organize this mish-mash of business data: You can store records of interactions with people, be reminded when to call or meet them, and print labels so you can send them mail. You can search or sort records or update them at a touch. This month, we look at three of the leading contact managers: Act! 3.0 for Windows 95, Goldmine 4.0 and Maximizer 97is.

Robert Schmidt is a computer and business writer in Culver City, California.

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This article was originally published in the February 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Making Contact.

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