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Intranets.com Caters to Small Business

Intranets.com Monday signed on LocalBusiness.com as its latest major partner to license free intranet solutions before the Christmas holiday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Small business application and service provider LocalBusiness.com will offer its small business users with free, co-branded intranet solutions beginning in the next two weeks.

The free service will enable businesses to create their own co-branded company intranet sites with business collaboration and communication tools.

LocalBusiness.com, formerly dbusiness.com, is a major content provider that offers breaking business news, applications, tools and research resources in more than 28 major markets in the U.S.

Small business is a new niche for Intranets.com, which has amassed more than 325,000 small businesses and other groups to use its free corporate portals. One of incubator idealab!'s 50 offspring, Intranets.com has licensed its wares to Internet service providers, Web hosting companies, real estate firms and other various and sundry businesses.

"By partnering with a major content provider to businesses on the Web, Intranets.com is now exposed to a broader small- and medium-size business customer base," said Steve Crummey, chief executive officer and president of Intranets.com.

LocalBusiness.com believes the deal should bring in new channels of revenue, attract new customers and build customer loyalty.

"This partnership adds an important and valuable feature to our site and is part of our overall commitment to help our small business users improve the way they manage their businesses," said Bob Larsen, chief strategy officer of LocalBusiness.com.

Intranets help employees manage documents, publish community announcements, maintain users' contact information, and creates community event calendars.