Service professionals can get business delivered to their desktop., based in Golden, Colo., matches service professionals with consumers who are ready to act, said Rodney Rice, co-CEO and co-founder of

"In today's tight labor market, service professionals are increasingly selective about the types of projects they can or want to bid on or accept," Rice said. "ServiceMagic eliminates the guesswork by allowing service professionals to define their job preferences and accept only those leads that are right for their business."

Professionals are screened for proper licensing, a clear bankruptcy background and clean legal histories before being selected for membership. Consumers rate the professionals once a job is completed. If the members earn three excellent ratings from consumers, they can become certified by ServiceMagic.

Members are eligible for low-cost computers, Internet access and e-mail services; customized insurance programs; a free company Web site and discounts on materials and supplies. For more information on how to become a member, call (800) 670-0082 or visit ServiceMagic's Web site., which was launched six months ago, is a place where customers can purchase both new and good quality used electrical supplies at or below wholesale costs. The company also carries various light bulbs sold by the case.

New supplies are added daily, but if customers don't see what they are looking for, they can e-mail Electricsurplus at and request the company to check its stock. The site features photos and descriptions of products in more than 30 categories. has recently added a new feature to its company and product search functions. Site users interested in buying online or comparing prices can now directly access e-commerce sites specializing in lighting products. The new marketplace functionality has been built into the same search system that allows specifiers to find product manufacturers. Now, for example, when a user searches for track lighting, they have options for finding manufacturers of track lighting as well as e-commerce sites selling track lighting. has a directory of more than 6,700 lighting companies.

Encore Enclosure Systems Encore Products Inc., a manufacturer of customized computer equipment enclosures, announced the launch of their new Web site. The Web site was designed to allow customers to sample the different aesthetic options available for various enclosures. Customers can build their own enclosure on the Web site. They can choose from among options such as size, color, sides and type of door. Their choices will be "built" on their computer screen so they can see what their enclosure will look like. The Web page itself does not provide e-commerce capabilities, but it does allow customers to electronically submit the Web site enclosure they built to their specifications. gives electrical professionals a fast, secure and hassle-free way to sell and buy surplus construction material and equipment. This Internet-based market exchange enables a large universe of buyers and sellers to connect and conduct commerce online 24/7.

Caterpillar Caterpillar's Engine Division now offers a Web site for those who want information that will help them meet their power generation needs. Thirty-five different market segments, from mining to agriculture and warehousing to residential buildings are profiled on the site.

General Electric Co. and Emcore Corp. GELcore, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Emcore Corp., offers registered customers a variety of integrated and interactive e-commerce tools to specify and request quotes for products online. Consumers can also order samples and gather information on GELcore LED products and services. The site features luminance and illuminance calculators that perform light equation conversions.