Times have never been better for small business owners and startup entrepreneurs looking for deep discounts of up to 70% on the products and services they need to run their businesses day to day. A bevy of B2B daily and weekly deal sites have emerged, offering big discounts on everything from printing, food services and web development, to online surveys, computers, travel and office furniture. They include RapidBuyr, BizDeals, BizSaves, Bizy, GroupPrice and MarketSharing. Some are still in startup mode and aren’t yet operating in a large number of cities, but more cities are being added almost weekly.
Here’s BizBest’s roundup of six key players (in no particular order):
RapidBuyr is a business-to-business (B2B) deal of the day site that offers daily deals — both local and national— for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). The site provides access to deep discounts (30-70%) on products and services such as computers, software, peripherals, web development & design, IT outsourcing, marketing, local services, office furniture and equipment, travel and business events. The site was launched by a group of entrepreneurs formerly with firms such as Amazon.com, Microsoft, CNET, Dow Jones and Ziff Davis. One thing that sets RapidBuyr apart is its exclusive relationship with American City Business Journals. ACBJ is the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies in the United States, and has over 40 city and regional business journals nationwide. This strategic partnership gives RapidBuyr an edge over other B2B deal sites, and allows them to reach nearly 8 million monthly visitors to 40 regional business journal websites.
BizDeals calls itself a “social eCommerce” site offering deals on products and services that help small business owners generate brand awareness and drive growth. Its weekly deals deliver savings on products and services in the categories of Business Essentials, Business Growth, and Rewards & Recognition. From marketing services and computer products, to travel deals and entertainment, these categories include key areas where savings can do business owners the most good. One example: PR Newswire, a BizDeals launch sponsor, offers discounts on its enhanced PR Toolkit, an online public relations resource tailored to small business and entrepreneurs.
Chicago-based Bizy helps small business owners buy a wide array of products and services at deep discounts, including office equipment and supplies, IT network equipment, software and hardware, mobile communications devices, shipping, payroll services, legal and accounting services, travel, car rental, banking, credit cards, insurance and more. It works like this:
- Sign up to receive an email when there is a new and interesting Bizy deal, or look for invites from friends, colleagues, ads or the website.
- When you see an offer you like, you can click the big “buy now” button.
- Some deals only work if a minimum number of businesses buy.
- Within 24 hours you’ll receive a purchase confirmation. Print it and take it with you to the supplier or quote the reference number featured in the email to redeem your offer.
BizSaves bargains on behalf of business owners for deals on products and services that small companies and startups need most, with discounts reaching 50% or more. Sign up at the website to receive email notices of new deals weekly.
GroupPrice “Daily Deals for Your Business” brings small biz owners discount deals on services, software and supplies, including access to top end features on the software and services many small firms can’t get because they don’t meet minimum volume requirements. GroupPrice aims to take the hassle and stress out of getting a good deal. A couple of clicks and you’re done.
Meanwhile, MarketSharing hopes to position itself as a “premium B2B deals provider for exceptional business products and services.” Initial deals are in New York only, but the site plans to expand to other major U.S. cities quickly. Their first three daily deals include discounts on SeamlessWeb food delivery, BlogWorld and New Media Expo passes and TeamWorx team building events.
MarketSharing aims to offer businesses high quality, deeply discounted (50-80%) daily group deals on a wide range of products and. With an emphasis on brick and mortar to support local businesses, MarketSharing focuses on curating the best local products and service deals for businesses. “Our vision is to provide deals that foster the discovery of new experiences for businesses, creating a happier, healthier, and more well rounded work environment,” says John Amato, MarketSharing’s CEO.
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