We were reading an article the other day in U.S. News and World Report. It said "As small business goes, so goes the nation," (Money Watch, Sept. 25, 2006). The article went on to say that entrepreneur optimism had fallen to its lowest level in more than 3 years. We don't like that. Small businesses are the livelihood, of not only your lives, but of this country as well. You create nearly 2/3 of all new American jobs. Somewhere out there is an entrepreneur who will one day hire thousands of people and help them take a step toward their dreams. We want to make sure that first step doesn't falter.
MerchantCircle recognizes the changing marketplace and difficult circumstances it takes to succeed in a world of big box retailers and internet commerce. That's why when it came time to step up, we thought of what we could do to help local merchants even the playing field. We put more than 14 million business listings on our website so that you can claim your listing, build coupons, post blogs and write newsletters - all free of charge.
The internet is where, one day, everyone will turn to in their search for services and products - we want them to find you. While consumer shopping habits and search methods may change, the importance of local merchants in our country will not. Make sure you help out your neighboring businesses by inviting them to join your network. It will help both of you get more clients.
Stay tuned - we're working on a number of new features that will help you bring in customers and make MerchantCircle a one-place stop for all your internet marketing needs. We look forward towards unveiling these new features and changes over the coming weeks. You won't want to miss what we have in store!