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SkillSlate grabs $1.1M to find local service providers

men at work coverSkillSlate, a website for easily finding local service providers such as dog walkers, DJs and movers, today announced it has secured a first funding round of $1.1 million. The company plans on using the funds to expand the service outside of the New York area and add more work categories.

The company has created an online directory of local service providers who can easily create a profile that includes the company’s location, contact information, prices and reviews. The profiles are made searchable by major search engines, like Google, and can help businesses who may not have a website have an online presence.

Currently, the website only allows 10 work categories for profiles, including cleaner, DJ, dog walker, hairdresser, handyman, massage, mover, personal trainer, photographer, and tutor.

Similar companies include CustomMade, a startup that gives metal, glass and wood workers a way to create an online profile and be found by consumers visiting the website.

The New York City-based company, founded in 2009, claims to have more than 3,500 local service providers on its website.

Funding was led by Canaan Partners and First Round Capital as well as several angel investors, including Jason Finger, John Caplan, John Goldsmith, Kal Vepuri, Josh Abramowitz and Matthew Grodin.