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Site aims to match contractors to jobs

August 12, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- A group of business people from Hagerstown and Virginia is working to put Americans back to work, one project at a time.

The group has established a Web site where people can list building projects for which they need contractors.

Contractors looking for work can learn about projects on ProjectBidList.com in dozens of categories from arborists to windows.

Donald Stotelmyer, one of the Hagerstown men involved in ProjectBidList.com., said there are Web sites similar to ProjectBidList.com, but they often charge a membership fee or another type of fee to list a project.

It is free to list a project on ProjectBidList.com, said Stotelmyer, adding that the site and the company that built it were launched Aug. 1.

Contractors who request information about a project on the Web site must pay $5 to access the information, Stotelmyer said.

Other project Web sites charge as much as $150 or $200 for "leads" to a project, Stotelmyer said.

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Other people involved in the company that runs the Web site are Art Beverage of Springfield, Va.; Jim Whitehead of southern Maryland; Rob Shaffer of Chantilly, Va.; and Brian Merryman of Hagerstown, said Stotelmyer, the clerk/treasurer for the town of Williamsport.

Shaffer, the creator and chief executive officer of ProjectBidList.com, said in promotional materials for the site that the distribution of information about projects "will open the door" for small and medium contractors, as well as large contractors, allowing them to compete on a level playing field.

"As a result of this competition, small companies will grow. New companies will form. Local economies will get a jump start," Shaffer said in a letter about the Web site.

"We're like a bulletin board or an information site to the folks in America," Stotelmyer said.

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