RealTime IT News Invests in made a 10 percent investment in and formed a strategic alliance with the company to deliver the latter's quote request service to business customers.

The companies will create an e-marketplace on where customers can buy and sell business products and services using BizBuyer's buyer-driven quote request service.

Financial details of the investment were not disclosed.

"This investment is a critical building block in establishing as the small business destination on the Web," said Jeanne Lewis, president of " was the clear partner of choice."

Through, buyers and sellers are brought together through an online, business-to-business marketplace that allows small- to-medium-sized businesses to put their product and service needs out for competitive bid to qualified vendors.

Businesses can review buying guides, compare customized quotes and view vendor profiles and ratings from other buyers before making a purchasing decision. has more than 20,000 vendors registered to bid throughout 57 product and service categories,

As part of the agreement, will be the exclusive office supplies provider on and Lewis will serve on's board of directors.