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WeServeHomes.com Launches In Four More Markets

WeServeHomes.com, the ServiceMaster- and Kleiner Perkins-backed start-up that allows homeowners to select, schedule and purchase home services online or by telephone, announced the opening of its business in Chicago, Memphis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The company was previously available in Dallas, Houston and Austin and will be available in 50 major markets in the spring of 2001. Currently, ServiceMaster owns 84 percent of WeServeHomes.com. ServiceMaster supports the company through intensive co-branding efforts, trademark licensing, access to its 9 million plus base of U.S. customers and access to its third-party contractor relationships. In addition, ServiceMaster contributed its call center, now integrated into WeServeHomes.com's own customer care center.

BuildNet Forms Business Intelligence Division

BuildNet's new Business Intelligence Division was created to turn the contractor communities' raw corporate data into useful information to help increase revenues, lower overall costs and improve capital allocation through more effective operational and financial decision-making.

Business Intelligence is a group of seven professional services that allows contractors to analyze business data across various "back office" and "sales office" systems.

IronSpire, FatEarth Partner

IronSpire Inc. and FatEarth Inc. announced a co-marketing partnership to help commercial contractors improve their business practices through Web-based information management and access to sustainable building products and services.

IronSpire enables contractors to manage information flow across the construction team using an extranet that provides centralized access to all of a project's plans, documents and schedules.

FatEarth offers an online advisory and brokerage service to provide contractors with information on green building practices. Contractors can procure sustainable materials and services that assist in eco-design and construction, waste reduction and management, environmental monitoring, and regulation compliance.

ScheduleOnline Gold Introduced

ScheduleOnline Inc. debuted ScheduleOnline Gold, the next generation of its scheduling, resource planning and collaboration Web site. ScheduleOnline Gold allows users to schedule with, or be scheduled by, users from a wide range of work or social contacts through a single calendar that checks availability of people and resources in real-time.

The company also announced the start of a test program for ScheduleOnline Reservations, an optional module that allows service providers such as plumbers to offer 24/7 online reservation and appointment booking options to customers.

TradePower Announces Partnerships

TradePower has announced that it will link its digital marketplace to WESCO's business system. TradePower will add more than 300 new distributor and branch locations through this agreement.

TradePower has also partnered with Kennedy Electrical Supply. Under the agreement, Kennedy Electrical Supply will link its business systems to TradePower's digital marketplace, giving TradePower customers immediate access to stock availability and order placement at any of Kennedy's four locations and $5 million inventory.

Specialty Contractor Press Updates Web Site

Specialty Contractor Press (SCP), the bookstore of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), announced the redesign of its Web site, which can be accessed through the ASA homepage, www.asaonline.com. The SCP Web site features a new user-friendly interface that has been designed to look and function much like the modular catalog. The site also includes new features to help visitors make more informed buying decisions through editorial reviews, a search engine and secure online purchasing.