The Daily News, in partnership with SaleSpider.com, has launched Daily News SmallBiz, a free social network for small businesses.
The site offers users the ability to network instantly and connect with 500,000 small businesses throughout North America, download sales leads and information about government grants, and access valuable business tools and videos.
The site also provides a digital platform for advertisers to reach a lucrative audience.
The Daily News is already a great resource for entrepreneurial New Yorkers striving to get ahead. Our Your Money section helps explain the concepts, and our Small Biz: Big Impact Conferences build on that and offer a great networking opportunity, said Daily News Editor-in-Chief Martin Dunn.
Our new Web partnership makes the Daily News even more vital for the army of small business entrepreneurs across the city, he added.
Daily News SmallBiz provides a platform for entrepreneurs to market themselves. When you join, you list the most up-to-date profile of your business, as well as your résumé, allowing other businesses to find you.
Members also have access to instant networking through a free messaging service that allows users to connect with new contacts and engage in live chat.
You can make money, too. Every member of Daily News SmallBiz can join Google AdSense. Google will display relevant ads on your profile pages, forums and messages. You earn money from any clicks on those ads.
According to online payroll service SurePayroll, more than half of small business execs surveyed said they believe social networking can help their operations. One in five had actually landed at least one new customer as a result.
Our small business social network will provide a networking platform and access to business solutions for small business owners and their employees, said Daily News CEO Marc Kramer.
By providing an active community and business support system, it is our goal to offer a sustainable service to help them cope with these difficult economic times and help them build for their future, Kramer said.
The whole point is to level the playing field, giving small businesses the same tools big companies have, added Sales Spider President Russell Rothstein. We are going to help New Yorkers come back from this recession by reaching out and making money.