San Diego, March 17, 1999 -- Small business is big business to the Information Technology (IT) industry. In addition to spending approximately $445 billion annually on IT products and services, small business represents ninety-eight percent of all US businesses and approximately fifty percent of the Gross National Product (GNP) according to a report released by the Yankee Group. Many small businesses are interested in developing an Internet presence, however, cost, maintenance, customer service and security have been cited as the main drawbacks. IT has taken note and several big names are developing "shrink wrapped" e-commerce solutions geared toward getting "the little guy" online.

In a special report series entitled The E-Commerce Race, Marketingweb.com will feature interviews with industry leaders whose companies are developing small business solutions. First in a series of five interviews is Robert J. Frankenberg, President and CEO of Encanto. Mr. Frankenberg served as the Chairman, President and CEO of Novell from April 1994 to August 1996. The focus of the interview will be the Encanto e.go 200 and 300 Series web server designed for small businesses. Diane W. Collins, President of Marketingweb.com will interview Mr. Frankenberg in the Marketingweb.com Forum; a Java based chat room on March 30, 1999 from 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., Pacific. The interview is open to the public, however "seating" is limited. Reservations are required.

Founded in 1997, Marketingweb.com is an Internet marketing consultancy. The company focuses on providing online training and information covering Internet marketing and e-commerce issues. The Marketingweb.com Community is composed of small businesses who are either in the process of developing or plan to develop an Internet presence.


For more information, please contact:
Diane W. Collins, President
Phone: 858.523.0765
E-mail: dcollins@marketingweb.com
Company Name: Marketingweb.com
Web Address: http://www.marketingweb.com
Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 1999



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