You are just a bit ahead of me... I have the venders, the customers, and the domain... but it is not secure. Where did you register?
Do you need a shopping cart? I have been doing research on that and can help you shop for that. I am using Toner Design for my host and developer.
Contact me personal if I can help you. Good luck!!
While I wish you luck in trying to find someone who will work for free in developing your site, let me make a suggestion. But before I get there, please let me ramble a bit. You are asking a developer to bill you “firm”. I assume the firm is your new venture, not an existing firm that has money.
When talking about getting something for free that *you* are going turn around to make money sounds, well a little unfair. What I think you are looking for is a better way to manage your cash flow. So with cash flow in mind, make an offer like this: Share your revenue/income with the web developer.
Present this to a web developer as a venture with a win-win proposal. A good developer can give you a ball-park cost estimate after a session with you to analyze your needs.
The idea of having a business is to make money. Web Developers deserve to make a living, to feed themselves and their family. You want your site to be profitable too!
Realize that if you are going to ask someone to do work for you without an initial payment it will cost you more dollars in the end. This is because the developer is accepting the risk that your business may completely fail. However the idea is that your business will make you money and *then* you can pay back your developer.
Let them make the site for you (no payment required by you up front) and as money starts to come in from your venture start to repay the developer. This way everyone is happy. You get the benefit of deferring the payment for your site and the developer gets paid.