Website will offer area's largest on-line directory

Friday, January 2, 2009

Ozark Mountain Marketplace, the largest single on-line business and service directory featuring every business in Barry County, will be launched in January, Publisher Bob Moore announced this week.

The website will be a one-stop source of information on every business in the county, from banks to restaurants, from antiques to home furnishings, and everything else in between, Moore said. It will also include complete business listings from Carroll County, Ark.

A staff assembled specifically for creation and maintenance of the Ozark Mountain Marketplace has been contacting each of the 2,700 businesses in the two counties by mail, with follow-ups by phone to verify listing information.

The result, when the site goes online in mid-January, will be the most comprehensive business and service directory ever compiled for the people of Barry County, Moore said.

"Every listing will include -- at no charge to the business -- its phone number, a map giving directions to its location, a photo of the business, a link to its own website, its hours of operation and methods of payment it accepts," he explained.

What Ozark Mountain Marketplace means to consumers is simple: it will offer a one-stop source to find any service or any type of business in Barry County without wasting a moment searching through incomplete and often outdated sources which are published annually.

"For businesses that chose to extend their presence in the Marketplace, there will be options to add more photos, more information about what the business offers and the ability to change photos and offerings on the fly," Moore said. Enhanced sites will also have the option of utilizing video to promote their products and services.

"These enhanced pages will be an unmatched tool for businesses who want to make changes regularly," Moore said. "Automobile dealers will be able to offer an ever-changing listing of vehicles, complete with photos. Restaurants will be able to change their menus and specials, and any business with an enhanced listing will be able to make special offers, including web-only coupons and advertisements of special sales."

Lori Duncan, a former graphic artist at the Cassville Democrat, has been hired to serve as the local project coordinator for Ozark Mountain Marketplace, and Jennifer Obermann will serve as account executive. For more information, call Duncan or Obermann at 847-2610.

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