Without going to far into it, yes, it will be a membership fee so that people and companies with specific vendor needs can pay a small amount to have access to verified and vetted recommendations and ratings of vendors who can service their company.
There will be other sources of income but that`s the crux of the site. A membership site that provides you with access to the best B2B vendors in your area.
So, the list above is great (except we renamed Meets Deadlines to Timeliness and gave it a good description).
The next step is to look at the problem of product vendors - those that sell products of items of some kind and are not service providers. Craig above mentioned this and used a few good examples. Their "service" might be bad, but you are buying an item and not their time and effort.
So, now we need to think about the categories appropriate when reviewing someone that sells yoiu a product.
What do you think are 5 good categories for product vendors? (Remember, some products are not actually delivered...they might be an online service...VendorCity would be a good example as would SalesForce.com).
Thanks and I look forward to your feedback!
In the end, you need to stand out in some way. Amazing food, funky design, specialty food, unique atmosphere, amazing service, something. If you become too much like everyone else, you risk becoming commoditized and then it becomes an uphill battle. Find a way to be special and you`ll know much sooner whether or not this will work in the long run. That`s my layman`s view. ;)
Your sign-up was indeed received...thanks! ;)
We are launching our BETA very soon - probably early next week. When we do, you`ll be one of the first to receive the invite. Thanks so much for the interest!
Sheryl....design limitations. We are launching next week (hopefully Tuesday before the holiday sets in) and our current design, for example, has a view vendor page that has the categories lined up horizontally all on the same line with the stars right below them. If they are more than 15-16 characters, it wraps and throws off the great design. ;)
When adding the recommendation, we have descriptions of what they mean so that shouldn`t be too much of a problem.
Craig, thanks for the feedback and you are correct. It is currently designed for service providers and not product vendors. This is something we will consider in the future...