Onvia Appoints Eric Gillespie as New Chief Information Officer

    SEATTLE, June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Onvia (Nasdaq:   ONVI) today
 announced Eric Gillespie has been appointed Chief Information Officer for
 the company, which provides comprehensive, industry-specific government
 sales intelligence for companies seeking to do business with the public
 sector. Gillespie brings almost 16 years of experience in technology
 consulting, information services and strategic development to his
 leadership role at Onvia.
     "I am very pleased to announce that Eric will be joining the team at
 Onvia," said Mike Pickett, CEO. "Eric is an accomplished organizational
 leader and problem solver and he is more than capable of leading Onvia in
 developing and implementing our strategic technology plans."
     Gillespie joins the Onvia team from The Patent Board, where he served
 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Gillespie founded
 The Patent Board in 2004 and was instrumental in growing the Illinois-based
 company to 45 employees in its first year. The Patent Board takes publicly
 available data from government sources and leverages a proprietary
 technology platform to identify business and investment opportunities.
 Prior to The Patent Board, he served as Vice President and Managing
 director at The SBI Group (formerly Scient). His experience also includes
 senior leadership positions at Sears Roebuck and Company, Computer Sciences
 Corporation, and IBM. Gillespie's views on creating value through
 technology have been featured in such business publications as Fortune, The
 Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune,
 Intellectual Asset Management Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune, among
     "I'm excited and proud to join the team at Onvia," said Gillespie.
 "It's an honor to be chosen as the leader of a group that has accomplished
 so much in the last few years. Onvia's services provide an incredible value
 to businesses who want to sell to the government, and I look forward to
 helping Onvia continue to create and expand the value it delivers to
     In his role as CIO, Gillespie's work at Onvia will focus on providing
 initiative and leadership in the development and implementation of Onvia's
 Information Technology direction, achieving more effective and cost
 beneficial enterprise-wide IT operations. He will lead the IT and
 Engineering teams in developing, deploying and supporting new products. In
 addition, he will provide support for Onvia's existing array of products,
 including the award- winning Onvia Business Builder, which grants online
 access to Onvia's multi- dimensional database of government contract
 information and government sales opportunities; and Onvia DemandStar, a
 program that allows procurement specialists at government agencies to keep
 vendors up-to-date with RFPs and bid requests.
     About Onvia
     Onvia (Nasdaq:   ONVI) helps businesses achieve a competitive advantage
 by delivering timely and actionable government procurement opportunities
 and information. More than 9,200 subscribers across the United States rely
 on Onvia as a comprehensive resource for industry-specific information
 needed to make intelligent sales decisions. Onvia offers unparalleled
 coverage of 73,000 federal, state, and local purchasing entities and across
 such markets as architecture and engineering, IT/telecom, business
 consulting services, operations and maintenance, and transportation. In
 2006, the Onvia published 860,000 advance notices, bids, quotes, RFPs, and
 award notifications. Onvia was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in
 Seattle, Washington.


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