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Ask A Merchant is a valuable resource for referrals and promoting your business. Here are some of the many benefits to having a listing in our directory.

• Listing in the Portland Business Directory. Add yourself in up to 2 Categories using our user-friendly control panel. Include your logo, company description, products, services, specialties, and other information to help consumers find you. Includes a link to your Website or Store to bring customers to your doorstep.

• Company Profile. The profile contains an area for you to reveal your areas of expertise, add discussions, photos, videos, and questions and answers. You can also be alerted when a customer makes a comment or asks a question.

• Map and Directions to Your Business Location. Customers can use our easy print feature to quickly print a single page with a map and driving directions to your business address.

• Bold Category Listing. When you update your business liting it automatically becomes bold. This will allow potential customers to notice your business in the list of businesses. Try it and see.

• Search Engine Visibility. Your business listing will be indexed in the appropriate category by search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Live. This will help identify your specific business and area of expertise, and will increase your visibility within the Portland area.

• Add Photos of Your Work. With the Merchant Control Panel you can easily add a photo to our Photo Talk section where customers can view photos your work and make comments. You can also choose to be alerted if they ask a question.

• Photo Portfolio. All of your photos and discussions are stored in your company profile area where you can show them to your clients. You can also easily come back and edit them at any time.

• Articles and Blogs. Easily write a blog for people to comment. You can write an article about your area of expertise, an invitation to come visit your store, a tip, or how-to guide and more. The Ask A Merchant Control Panel helps you create your blog so that customers can get to know you better and even make comments. Every article and blog is stored in your merchant profile area for easy viewing and editing.