Business that sells products or provides services to other businesses.


While business-to-business activity exists both online and offline, the acronym B2B has primarily been used to describe the online variety.

In the wake of the dot-com crash, online B2C companies were shunned by investors in favor of B2B companies, with their potential for large, steady sources of revenue. Now, both are thriving, with new technologies and business models permitting online businesses of all kinds to rapidly scale into sustainable businesses.

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The Incredibly Quiet B2B Resurgence
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Is the B2B Shakeout Finally Over?
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Seven Great B2B Marketing Initiatives
ClickZ (April 17, 2002)

B2B = Boring to Branding?
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B2B Marketing Predictions for 2002
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10 Things That Shaped B2B Marketing in 2001
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B2B Advertising: Challenges, Opportunities
ClickZ (January 29, 2001)