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A New Way to Get Customized Service Quotes This online platform lets consumers more easily connect with nearby small businesses.

By Jason Ankeny

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What price do you put on a once-in-a-lifetime experience? The online platform OpenChime is helping users determine exactly that, providing aggregated customized quotes on services from the unusual to the mundane.

Bennett Schwontkowski, founder of Cary, Ill.-based Corporate Balloons, says Openchime has helped his business take off.
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When one hopeless romantic wanted to pop the question on a hot-air balloon ride, an OpenChime search led to Cary, Ill.-based Corporate Balloons, which specializes in branded promotions for corporate clients but also wanted to connect with individuals who might want to take to the air for a pleasure cruise.

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