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Angie’s ListAngie’s List is a membership service that compiles consumer ratings of local service companies and contractors in multiple cities across the United States. (www.angieslist.com). These aggregated verified consumer reviews, allow a way to “capture word-of-mouth” referrals. The company also offers group coupons in about 30 U.S. markets, conflict resolution service, a monthly magazine and information via e-newsletters and the company’s Web site. Membership requires a monthly or annual fee, but the site allows for free 1-year trial memberships when it first opens service in new markets.(http://www.crunchbase.com/company/angies-list).
Better Business BureauThe Better Business Bureau (BBB), founded in 1912, is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing marketplace trust. the bureau collects and provides free business reliability reviews on more than 4 million businesses and generated over 100 million requests from consumers in 2012 alone. BBB is a valuable resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses and charities. Their free BBB Business Reviews and BBB Wise Giving Reports help you make the right purchasing or donation decision. BBB is also a significant distributor of consumer and business education information and tips and alerts about marketplace scams. (http://louisville.bbb.org/BBB-Structure/)
Homebuilders Association of LouisvilleThe Home Builders Association of Louisville includes more the 2,000 member companies, corporations and individuals involved in residential and commercial building and development, product development, services and sales industry. Its membership encompasses residential and commercial construction, remodeling and home improvement businesses in the Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt, Shelby, Trimble, Henry and Spencer County areas. The Association also serves the public as a referral agency on behalf of the industry. The Association compiles and publishes data on building permit activity, publishes several periodicals detailing how to choose a reputable builder or remodeler and on a daily basis, the association’s staff directly advises the public about the membership status of companies or individuals.(http://hbal.com/about-hbal/)