BOULDER - Mobile-app maker Useful Systems Inc. received $250,000 in funding to ramp up its sales and marketing efforts, according to company co-founder Jay Crain.

Boulder-based Useful Systems received funds from David Cohen, a Boulder investor and the founder and chief executive of the TechStars business incubator, and from Kima Ventures, a firm based in France and Israel.

Useful Systems bills its mobile application as one that small businesses need to better track the jobs being done by their workers in the field. The company has tested the mobile application with small businesses in Colorado, including a landscaping company and a plumbing company.

"We're transforming the way our customers run their businesses by eliminating paper and generating data they've never seen before," Crain said in an email response to questions.

The mobile application features forms for tasks such as estimates, work orders and invoices. The company also has created a software program named Anvil, which synchronizes data changes between all Internet, iPad and iPhone applications every time data is entered into a mobile device. Finally, Useful Systems has created a software program nameed Forge, which can help companies create reports from the collected data.

Potential customers from countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and other European nations already have shown interest in the product, Crain said.