New Web Site Aims to Boost U.S. Economy by Driving Startups

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Los Angeles entrepreneurs pick a crazy time to encourage new startups.

The housing market is in shambles. Retail sales are down. A recession is looming. According to a couple of Los Angeles entrepreneurs, there is no better time to start a new business.

Today, Mark Verge and Dan Bliss are unveiling, a new web site that helps aspiring entrepreneurs launch new businesses. Verge, who is the founder of apartment search engine, describes the new site as an online network that "connects entrepreneurs with the people and resources needed to start a business."

Bliss adds, "We proactively match business buyers with sellers and investors with startups seeking capital. Our site will not only help individuals achieve their goals, it will also stimulate the economy by generating new jobs that didn't exist yesterday."

The company's goal is to help 5,000 new businesses get off the ground by December 31, 2009. These companies will create over 50,000 new jobs that do not exist today.

Verge explains, "Helping people start new businesses is something that we are very passionate about. It's the American Dream."

Bliss puts it bluntly, "We take away the excuses and give people a kick in the rear. If you want to start a business, stop talking about it, and just do it."

The web site provides educational forums, articles, event listings, a business Marketplace and a Video Center that features interviews with successful entrepreneurs. PerfectBusiness produces all of these videos in-house. The production team has interviewed the likes of Joe Coulombe -- founder of Trader Joe's, Steven Lipscomb -- founder of The World Poker Tour, Wing Lam -- founder of Wahoo's Fish Taco and many others. These videos are free to all members.

According to Bliss, "It's amazing how many investors, entrepreneurs, universities, small business organizations and experts have generously donated time in support of our mission. We are all working together to make big things happen."


Scott Plesha


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