July 5, 2000
OpenAir Forms Partnerships With SkillsVillage.com and Others to Promote
Internet Business Services
Select Partnerships Further Enhance the World-Class Service of OpenAir to Business
Boston (July 5, 2000) - OpenAir, the recognized leader in Web-native professional
services automation (PSA) applications, is linking up with SkillsVillage.com, and
several additional Internet business services, to further enhance its role in the
marketplace for helping small to medium-sized businesses function more efficiently and
economically. The SkillsVillage.com Web site now features a link to OpenAir in its
Business Center as a recommended business support service.
The OpenAir Web-native platform of seamlessly integrated business services allows
professionals to build and submit proposals, analyze employee time, report and approve
travel expenses online, track and bill time, create and deliver invoices, and outsource
payroll and expense reimbursement.
"Our partnerships with SkillsVillage.com and a range of other business service providers
will create vast opportunities for our users," said Tom Brennan, Vice President of
Strategic Alliances for OpenAir. "Joining forces with this impressive group of
online services will bring our common audience together, increasing their efficiency and
saving them money."
"SkillsVillage.com is pleased to offer its subscribers an even wider range of business
services," said Becky Mason, Marketing Manager for SkillsVillage.com. "This partnership
with OpenAir allows users access to an online suite of essential integrated business
services, as well as the SkillsVillage.com network of skilled professionals and powerful
resource management tools."
OpenAir is also teaming up with several additional online business services
including: Akropolis.net, b2bstores.com, Bizography.com, BusinessThinkers.com,
e-Panacea.com, Freetimejobs.com, LawStreet.com, SmartContractor.com, WebLink Wireless,
Inc., and WebOS.com.
Akropolis.net provides firms and professionals
in the architecture, design, and construction industry with the tools and resources to
run their businesses more efficiently. These tools include the industry's only visual
search engine, Web-based project collaboration software, a full-featured employment
center and access to a wide variety of industry resources. The company was founded by
two architects and is located in Irvine, California.
b2bstores.com provides a wide range of products and services for businesses, delivered
through a comprehensive, business-to-business, user-friendly Web site. Organizations
and businesses of all sizes can benefit from this California-based company, who prides
itself on being the premier supplier of goods and services to business on the Internet.
Bizography.com is an Application Service
Provider (ASP) and Free Internet Service Provider (ISP) for small businesses and
consumers. It provides best-of-breed applications products and the services needed to
effectively start, manage, and grow your own business. Bizography.com helps small
companies focus on their core business while saving them time and money on resources.
BusinessThinkers.com offers businesses of
all sizes a unique combination of work management tools, marketing advice, education,
and back office support. Designed to meet the needs of independent professional
services firms and the New Economy's free agents, BusinessThinkers.com is a privately
held company, with headquarters in Memphis.
ePanacea.com, Inc., located in Atlanta, leases and
maintains software applications online for small and mid-sized businesses with limited
technology budgets. Its technology provides one-source shopping access to hundreds of
ASPs and allows users to select different services from multiple vendors and still have
the simplicity of a single bill and service center.
Freetimejobs.com is an Internet-based firm
that specializes in career services for small offices and home offices (SOHOs).
Launched in March 1999 and located in New York, the site provides the service to secure
urgently needed talent for smaller businesses.
LawStreet.com provides consumers with a vast
array of resources to help them research local laws and find qualified attorneys to
handle their legal matters. Attorneys can find the information and resources to help
them practice law more efficiently, as well as purchase office supplies and law books,
research various legal software packages, or look for another job.
SmartContractor.com helps construction
industry contractors become more profitable by offering online tools designed to
increase labor and cash flow efficiency and reduce the cost of purchasing materials.
Based in Seattle, SmartContractor.com recognizes that each trade has unique requirements
and creates business toolboxes (vertical portals) for specific trades, such as
electrical, mechanical, and HVAC.
WebLink Wireless, Inc. is a leader in
the wireless data industry, providing wireless e-mail, wireless instant messaging,
information on demand, and traditional paging services throughout the United States.
The company's nationwide 2-way network, using Internet protocol and ReFLEX technology,
is the largest of its kind reaching approximately 90 percent of the U.S. population.
The Dallas-based company serves about 2.5 million customers.
WebOS.com, founded in February 1998, has developed a
Web-based next generation operating system that has taken the concept of "network
computing" to the next level. WebOS.com's primary product is WebOS, the first operating
platform that makes the World Wide Web the application and data network for personal
users, small to mid-size businesses, and the enterprise. WebOS is the platform upon
which applications can be built by developers to suit the needs of millions of users.
SkillsVillage.com is the leading Internet-based B2B skills procurement platform. The
SkillsVillage.com solution connects independent contractors, hiring managers, and
staffing suppliers through an online eMarketplace, enabling an efficient match of skills
to business requirements. The SkillsVillage.com eMarketplace provides a network of
skilled professionals and powerful resource management tools, including a unique
contractor rating system that integrates seamlessly into a company's existing
infrastructure. SkillsVillage.com provides corporations with hosted solutions and
services for skills sourcing, procurement, fulfillment, and supplier network
management. It is a privately held company located in Santa Clara, California and can
be found on the Internet at www.skillsvillage.com.
OpenAir, founded in 1999 as Timebills.com, is a trusted Web-native platform of
seamlessly integrated services that efficiently and economically streamlines business
processes. More than 30,000 professionals currently utilize OpenAir to remove the
frustration associated with common business tasks and drive revenue more efficiently.
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, OpenAir supports all major Internet
browsers and is easily accessed from any Internet-equipped computer. All data is backed
up on state-of-the-art servers, encrypted, password protected and only accessible to the