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IBM Web Starter Kit Turns Small Businesses into Internet Businesses Quickly, Professionally

New package gives small businesses IBM-designed and hosted web site for less than $500

WHITE PLAINS, NY - 30 May 2000: -- IBM today announced the Web Starter Kit, a new package that allows businesses of any size to tap IBM's e-business experience and get on the Web quickly, easily and affordably. Starting at $499, small businesses can get their own web site, custom-built and professionally designed by IBM. The package includes six months of web hosting on IBM's secure servers, domain name registration and much more. The IBM Web Starter Kit removes the hassles and sweeps away the uncertainty small businesses have about going online, and gives them immediate access to the power of the Internet.

"The small-business community clearly wants to participate in the Internet economy," said Mike Braun, general manager, IBM Global Small Business. "Many businesses want to have a Web site that shows what they're about and what they can do, but they think it's just too complicated or too expensive. This package should erase those doubts, since we take care of everything."

The Web Starter Kit, which is hosted on IBM's award-winning HomePage Creator ® service, is available in two levels, either as an information site or a site enabled for e-commerce. The information site includes web site creation by IBM's Web Site Design Services group, six months' web hosting, domain name registration and setup fees, all available for a limited time for less than $500. The e-commerce site includes all these features plus additional web pages and a 24-item catalog for $799.

Featured on IBM's e-Cities Tour
In an effort to educate small-business owners on how to "get on the road to e-business," IBM today kicks off the Small Business "e-Cities Tour." The company has equipped a semi-trailer with IBM solutions, including the IBM Web Starter Kit, to bring its newest small business offerings - subscription services, hardware, software, financing solutions - directly to the doorsteps of those most interested. The tour's first phase begins in Baltimore and ends in New York in July.

Small businesses will be able to get up close and personal with IBM e-business professionals who can show tailored e-business programs and provide hands-on demonstrations of IBM solutions. The truck is designed to walk small businesses through the various stages of Internet adoption and help them to determine how the Internet can improve their businesses. IBM small business experts will be available to answer the questions many small-business owners have - from "What is an e-business?" to "How do I sell stuff over web?"

Small businesses can speak with an IBM consultant or order the IBM Web Starter Kit by calling 1-888-IBM-5800, or by visiting http://www.ibm.com/smallbusiness/webstart, where they also can find more information on the IBM e-Cities Tour.

Contact(s) information

Sabrina Lanosa
IBM
(914) 642-4203
lanosa@us.ibm.com

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