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The Better Business Bureau Launches Service to Protect Online Shoppers
January 21, 2010

The BBB Accredited Business Locator ensures trust online

Contact: Dan Hendrickson, Communications Coordinator
dhendrickson@thefirstbbb.org - 651-695-2463

January 8, 2009 – Saint Paul, MN – Furthering its commitment to create a community of trustworthy businesses, the Better Business Bureau has partnered with Azigo, a leader in user-centric technologies, to launch a new online search tool which will help consumers find businesses they can trust when they research and shop online.

The BBB’s Accredited Business Locator is powered by Azigo’s free, downloadable browser plug-in and displays the “BBB Accredited Business seal whenever consumers search for products or services using popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing. This seal indicates that a business is reputable and offers one-click access to the BBB report for that business. This provides maximum consumer protection and minimizes the risk of online fraud. The Accredited Business Locator can be downloaded at www.thefirstbbb.org.

“Consumers rely on the BBB seal to help them quickly and easily identify trustworthy businesses, and the new Accredited Business Locator makes it even easier for shoppers to find businesses they can trust online,” says Dana Badgerow, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. “With more than $150 billion being spent online this year, we see our partnership with Azigo as a distinct way to help bring our advice and services directly to consumers at the point in time when they need help the most.”

In addition to offering trusted guidance and advice to consumers on thousands of topics, the BBB provides objective, unbiased evaluations on more than 4 million businesses across North America. More than 350,000 businesses across North America have earned BBB accreditation and agreed to uphold BBB Standards for Trust, which include honoring promises and resolving marketplace disputes with customers. By partnering with Azigo, the BBB can more easily deliver the most up-to-date information about trustworthy businesses to consumers in real time when it matters most – before they buy.

The mission of the Better Business Bureau is to promote, through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct; and to instill confidence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, protect and assist the general public. Contact the BBB at www.thefirstbbb.org or 651-699-1111, toll-free at 1-800-646-6222.

About Azigo
Azigo is committed to giving people greater control over their digital footprint, providing individuals an “anytime, anywhere” connection to their accounts, profiles, and relationships with friends and businesses they trust.The company offers related services that enable businesses to create durable, digital relationships with their customers, enabling opt-in delivery of relevant messages wherever their customers go in the virtual and physical world.
Azigo creates and uses open source technology in the development of its solutions, and is a member of the Information Card Foundation (http://www.informationcard.net). For more information about Azigo, please visit http://www.azigo.com.

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Media Contact, Azigo:
Liz O'Donnell
617.365.7172 or Liz3point0@aol.com

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