FindLaw Launches Small Business Marketplace
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. (December 4, 2000) -- FindLaw, the pioneer and leader in online legalinformation and services, expanded its offerings today with the FindLawSmall Business Marketplace (http://exchange.findlaw.com). Legal professionals,businesspersons and others can now buy nonlegal business products andservices at the FindLaw Web site. This new FindLaw feature is providedthrough a partnership with Onvia.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONVI), the leadingbusiness-to-business online exchange for small business buyers and sellers.
"Whether they are lawyers or nonlawyers, people seeking legal informationand services on the Internet often have business needs," says FindLawCofounder Stacy Stern. "Now, at FindLaw, they can find the best nonlegalbusiness deals even as they conduct legal research or read the latest legalnews headlines. We are extremely pleased to be teaming up with Onvia toprovide this service."
The majority of attorneys work in firms with fewer than 10 attorneys. AtFindLaw's Small Business Marketplace, they can quickly and easily gaindirect access to thousands of vendors and obtain free price quotes forservices in a wide range of business categories, including accounting,insurance, telecommunications and travel. FindLaw plans to launch anotherservice early next year in which visitors to its site can obtain free pricequotes on legal services and legal professionals can generate leads fortheir services.
"We are pleased that FindLaw has joined other companies in selecting Onviafor its syndicated exchange platform," says Glenn Ballman, chairman andchief executive officer of Onvia. "The Onvia Request for Quote exchangewill provide FindLaw's users with an efficient online channel to get quotesfor services and generate leads while providing Onvia the opportunity toaggregate the largest community of lawyers on the Internet into our buyerand seller database."
About FindLawFindLaw, Inc. (http://findlaw.com) the pioneer and leader in online legalinformation and services, is the highest-trafficked legal Web site,providing the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet forlawyers, businesses and individuals. These resources include legal searchtools, case law (including U.S. Supreme Court decisions back to 1893),legal news, real-time SEC filings, community discussion areas and onlinecontinuing legal education. FindLaw is home to the most complete onlinelegal career center, with law firm salary charts, legal job listings,personalized legal job placement services and the "Greedy Associates"message boards. FindLaw's channels for businesses and the public providecomprehensive, plain-English legal information for nonlawyers. FindLaw is aprivately held company backed by CMGI@Ventures, Amicus Investments, AngelInvestors LP, Arba Seed Investment Group and Glasser Legal Works.
About OnviaOnvia.com Inc. (http://www.onvia.com) based in Seattle, Washington, is the leadingbusiness-to business exchange for small business buyers and sellers. Onviahelps small businesses succeed by aggregating demand and providing anexchange where small businesses can buy and sell services and products,obtain valuable news, product and service information and access freebusiness forms, worksheets, and productivity tools. Onvia also offers Webhosting and government procurement contracting opportunities for its morethan 1 million small business users. Onvia is a publicly held company(Nasdaq:ONVI).