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New Shopping Site Bizy Offers Big Deals to Small Business

Come the end of the month, there will be a new deal site that offers small businesses the same kind of daily and weekly bargains on business products and services that people are getting on consumer goods and services from social shopping sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial.

Bizy, which launches in the Chicago area on March 28, will focus on connecting business sellers with small-business owners. The typical savings on goods and services will be 50 percent, co-founder Gary Slack told BusinessNewsDaily.

Representative goods and services offered will include an online payroll service, a van or light truck designed for small businesses, a hotel meeting or retreat facility, a "virtual" assistant, a voucher for anything at an office supply chain, headsets, smartphones, janitorial services and more.

Bizy is the brainchild of Slack and Lou Friedmann. Slack heads the business-to-business (b-to-b) marketing agency Slack & Co., which helped launch eBay Business, eBay’s small-business portal. Friedmann is a longtime direct marketer and former executive vice president of marketing with optionsXpress, an online brokerage firm.

The new site, which has three employees, is being incubated in Slack and Co.’s offices.

“Daily or weekly deal sites are another new, exciting and very promising connecting channel in the ever-evolving business-to-business ecosystem,” Slack said. “For many small-business owners, what they save can be a big part of what they earn.”

“We believe b-to-b product and service sellers of all kinds will see Bizy as an intriguing new way to introduce themselves to large numbers of aggregated small-business buyers, generate substantial sales spikes, help deplete product inventories and prime the pump for successful new product and service launches,” Friedmann said.

Though Bizy will initially focus on the Chicago area market, most of the deals will be from national companies. The company has national ambitions.

“We have plans to make it national if the Chicago rollout is a success,” Slack said. “We’re bootstrapping it, building it brick by brick.”

Reach BusinessNewsDaily senior writer Ned Smith at nsmith@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @nedbsmith.

Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.