Little Guys in Building Trade Have Chance to Speak Out

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This is the place for anyone, big or little, to go to register a grievance against anyone big or little in the building trade. It's a resource to check out anybody big or little associated within the construction industry.

This press release announces the April 2, 2007, launch of thecontractorsside.com, in the construction trades.

Since there is nowhere for a tradesman, whether contractor or anyone else, to complain about unsuitable clients or outcomes, thecontractorsside.com was created by Lee W. Dodson to provide a forum and a resource for trade.    

While the site is directed at the state of California, it is suitable for any area in the United States. The site was created because the building trades have nowhere to go to check out clients, suppliers, other contractors. The Contractor's State Licensing Board falls under the purview of State Consumer Affairs. The courts hold a natural bias against the building trades. News services have traditionally aligned against builders, and nobody else cares about the problems faced by building tradespeople.

On this site, a trades person may, at a reasonable cost, give his or her account of problems encountered on a job, can easily and inexpensively check a client or a business to see if other tradespeople had a problem in their business dealings. The cost is $10, for which the user may post one complaint and may check one client, or the user may post two complaints, or the user may log on to check two clients.    

This beats the heck out of the expense of going through the process of a credit or background check on a potential client and waiting for the process to clear.

Further, this site puts the name of the subject out of there for any user to see, and it can give advice on how to deal with a problem before it arises. The site can automatically generate either an e-mail or postcard notification-to the subject of the complaint, and it is designed to maintain the anonymity of the posting entity if so desired.

This site is the next logical step that can be taken to protect the thousands of honest contractors, tradespeople, or workers by exposing the presumed cheats. Let's face it, the consumer, whether honest or not, holds all the cards in the business. It's time the playing field levels out.

It has been said that sunshine is the best antiseptic. This person-to-person site is mounted to shed light on the little guy side of the construction business equation.

Finally, there's a sympathetic ear for someone who's been stiffed.

While thecontractorsside.com is not a dispute resolution service, it is a venue for getting the word out about iffy clients, suppliers, even legal entities who may be predisposed to taking the client's side.

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