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BizLand.com Launches Co-op Community for Small Businesses

BizLand.com, an online community of independent businesses, launched BizLand.com Co-op, which allows small businesses to pool their purchasing power on the Internet.

Members get discounts and cash back on business-related merchandise and services. The BizLand.com Co-op is part of a suite of free Web services offered to small businesses.

BizLand.com (formerly click2commerce.com) said it now has 30,000 members with more than 175,000 projected for year-end 1999. It offers its members professional Web sites and Internet services such as e-mail, customer list management, outbound fax and site promotion at no charge.

BizLand.com Co-op is initially offering cash back and discounts for members on long distance phone service from Qwest for 6.9 cents per minute, books and CDs, office supplies, computer hardware and software, Web design services, site promotion services and cellular phones.

The Co-op plans to also offer pagers, calling cards, audio/video conferencing, financial services, leases, loans, credit cards, lines of credit, debt collection, insurance, Internet access, utilities, research reports, credit reports, travel, executive search, payroll services, and training.

In addition to sales of business-related products and services to its members in the Co-op, BizLand.com derives its revenues from advertising and by providing low-cost premium services to enhance its basic free Web hosting and e-commerce offerings.