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Social networking model features valuable free services by category

December 05, 2008 (Tampa, Fl) — Tight economic times have provided a boost to one online company that offers listings of free business services and resources. Oddpodz announced today that they have re-tooled their website, which now includes FREE Biz Findz, a new section of no-cost business services and resources by category. Oddpodz provides businesses and professionals with a weekly list that includes reviews of and access to the featured FREE Findz.

The Free Biz Findz feature at Oddpodz currently lists free business resources offered by public relations and marketing companies. Future categories will encompass sales and lead generation, research, on and off line marketing tools, educational classes, publications, photography, free labor and advisory services and more.

According to a U.S. Labor Department report, unemployment soared to a 14-year high in October. Businesses slashed nearly a quarter of a million jobs, pushing the unemployment rate to 6.5 percent, the department said. The losses were deep and widespread across nearly every industry from retailing and office work to construction and manufacturing.

“Thousands of businesses are deciding between laying-off staff or somehow restructuring to exist in today’s economy. To provide cost cutting alternatives for these businesses, and the many individuals who are deciding to start new businesses after losing jobs, we have created an online forum to promote the best of the FREE services and resources available in this professional sector.” Explained Karen Post, CEO and co-founder of Oddpodz.

Coupons and FREE offers are not limited to the B2C (business to consumer) sector. In October, 27 million people visited a coupon site, according to comScore Media Metrix, up 33 percent from a year earlier. Finding the best deal and FREE offers now appeal to a universal market including the business world. Whether you are bootstrapping a start up business, creating an additional income sources to augment your primary salary, or needing to stretch a budget, there’s nothing better than FREE.

Oddpodz is a community of business people, entrepreneurs, and creative service resources. The new feature makes finding FREE biz findz easy, so that people can invest their time in their business and do not waste time digging through search engine results to find valuable offers for products and services to help them be successful.

Oddpodz posts new FREE findz in our blog and sends out a weekly ezine announcing the new FREE biz findz additions. The website does not post just anything because it’s free. The company investigates every single FREE biz find and reports on what they think. They organize it, update it, and post reviews regularly so that visitors get right to the stuff that can help them.

About Oddpodz
Oddpodz is an online Idea EngineSM that connects businesses with trusted service providers, and offers educational content and a platform for creative collaboration. Oddpodz has offices in Tampa, Florida and Savannah Georgia. The company was founded in January 2006 by entrepreneurs Karen Post and Jocelyn Ring. Karen, aka The Branding Diva® is an international branding expert, consultant and speaker. She has been featured in a broad range of media outlets; including Bloomberg TV, CBS Early Show, The New York Times, The New York Post, NPR, Fast Company, and The Boston Globe, and her writing is published internationally, including a column for FastCompany.com. She is also the author of Brain Tattoos: Creating Unique Brands That Stick in Your Customers’ Minds (AMACOM). Jocelyn is a former investment banker and brand strategy consultant.