Small business community site PartnerUp was acquired Wednesday by Deluxe (NYSE:DLX). Deluxe is best known for its check printing service. Deluxe also recently acquired Hostopia last month. Financial terms of the acquisition were not released.
PartnerUp provides a posting board where entrepreneurs can find business partners and other skilled professionals that are needed to build an idea from the ground up. There are networking tools and a resource directory for finding help with other business services.
PartnerUp is what SCORE should have been. SCORE is a non-profit group of retired execs who help new entrepreneurs with business plans, coaching, law and tax issues, etc. It's a great service but when I attempted to get help from the group several years ago, the ability to understand what an online business was was non-existent.
There was also no real online community for entrepreneurs to discuss issues and get help from the community. I still believe that SCORE could become more relevant again today if they leveraged the online community.