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The following stories appeared on the Potomac KnowledgeWay's Regional News page during April 1997.

All links within stories are verified at the time of publication, but some may have changed or no longer be available.

Capital Region Investor Conference

April 30, 1997 - The 1997 Capital Region Technology Investor Conference (CRTIC) recently went on-line. The site includes information on the Conference, presenting companies and the sponsors . The Conference will provide an opportunity for portfolio managers and equity analysts from all over the country to interact with the top management of approximately 75 publicly traded companies headquartered in the Greater Washington region. The Conference is scheduled for June 15 to 17 at Landsdowne Conference Resort located just outside of the nation's capital. CRTIC is a nonprofit organization founded by the Board of Trade, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Northern Virginia Roundtable, the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project and the Suburban Maryland High Technology Council. Visit the CRTIC's site for more information and to register on-line.

Netpreneur Exchange's JobLink

April 29, 1997 - The Netpreneur Exchange, the Web site for the Potomac KnowlegeWay Netpreneur Program, recently added a job link database to the site's Talent Center. JobLink is a free service to Netpreneur Exchange users. Netpreneurs may post openings to the Exchange and job-seekers may search the database. In addition, the Exchange includes links to national and global recruitment sites, resume posting services and places to find consultants, contract workers and advisors.

Victims' Rights Gain WWW Presence

April 28, 1997 - In an effort to increase the availability of information about victims' rights and assistance services, the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) recently launched their Web site. The site enables crime victims, victims advocates and others interested in victims rights to obtain information about available funding, publications and events. Other links include information about victims' legislation, help for victims of a variety of different crimes and employment opportunities in the field of victims' rights. OVC was established in 1985 as a result of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, as the federal government's chief advocate for crime victims and their families.

Area Company Offers Free Classes

April 25, 1997 - Beginning in May, DSC Resources will hold bi-weekly drawings for free training in a variety of classes, including QuarkXPress, Phototshop and mTropolis. DSC, based in Richmond, Virginia, offers computer staffing, graphic services, multimedia, desktop publishing and software training. To register for the drawings send DSC an e-mail with your name, mailing address and phone number. Visit DSC's Web site for more information.

Human Gene Index Online

April 24, 1997 - The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), a nonprofit research institution based in Rockville, Maryland, recently made a scientific database of the human genome available online. The TIGR Human Gene Index contains data on human genes, gene expression and genetic links to diseases. Researchers around the world may search the Index using their own protein or nucleic acid sequences and examine detailed expression data associated with the sequences.

Financing the Netpreneur Company

April 24, 1997 - The Potomac KnowledgeWay Netpreneur Program will host a forum for netpreneurs on April 30th entitled, "Positioning Your Company for Early-Stage Financing". A group of executives engaged in early-stage funding efforts will discuss the challenges netpreneurs face in developing their business, positioning themselves as the lead executive and positioning their businesses for funding. Visit the Netpreneur Program's Web site for more information and to register for the event or send an e-mail with the your name, company name, e-mail address and a two-line description of the company. Please note, priority seating is given to netpreneurs and early-stage funders.

Promoting Area Entrepreneurs

April 22, 1997 - This week the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project formerly announced the Potomac KnowledgeWay Netpreneur Program. The Netpreneur Program is a support network - virtual and physical - that meets the needs of netpreneurs and their stakeholders by cultivating a community of interest where they can connect, partner and exchange knowledge. A netpreneur is an entrepreneur who creates Internet-based products and services. The cornerstone of the Netpreneur Program is its Web site, the Netpreneur Exchange. The site offers unique resources for netpreneurs including e-mail and web-based discussion groups that cater to the interests of and issues faced by netpreneurs and investors; a calendar of events focusing on technology, education and entrepreneurship; and access to the University of Maryland's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Mentor Program. Visit the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project or the Netpreneur Exchange Web site for more information.

Car Troubleshooting Software

April 18, 1997 - Intellipro Software, Inc., based in Alexandria, Virginia, recently released "Secrets to a Happy Car 1.0." The software program enables the user to maintain their vehicle by identifying problems and explaining how to perform minor repairs. Visit Intellipro's Web site for more information about the product and to view a demonstration.

Entrepreneurial TV Broadcast

April 17, 1997 - The Entrepreneurial Revolution, a one-hour documentary profiling business innovators, will air on PBS beginning this month. Guests being profiled include the CEO of Intuit, a computer software company; the founders of Kindertools, a company that develops and distributes child-safe toothbrushes; and the founders of Three Dog Bakery who specialize in all-natural treats for dogs. In addition, the show will profile the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, an organization dedicated to teaching students how to identify opportunities and start their own businesses. The special also examines how a community comes together to support entrepreneurial success and how the public benefits from its products and services. Visit The Entrepreneurial Revolution's Web site for more information and for a listing of local air dates.

Local Company Sponsors Conference

April 17, 1997 - Washington, D.C.-based Trade Compass is one of the sponsors of Export America '97 Conference. This conference is designed to help the American business community maximize its international business opportunities through the effective use of the Internet. The conference will provide information and hands-on training on Internet tools designed for importers, freight forwarders and exporters. Trade Compass, an Internet information service for the international business community, provides information on country commercial guides, cargo shipping, booking and tracking, EDI documentation filing and market intelligence tools. Trade Compass will be featured at the New Media Society's June 3rd CyberSuds meeting.

Tracking Local Tech Companies

April 15, 1997 - In an effort to monitor the growing technology industry in the Greater Washington region, Wheat First Butcher Singer recently introduced the Potomac Technology Index (PTI). PTI features small- to mid-size companies which have outperformed the market for several years due to their higher-than-average growth potential. In addition to being based in the Greater Washington region, selected companies had to meet other criteria including being publicly traded for at least two quarters and having a minimum market capitalization of $100 million. Companies in the index range from software development to healthcare information technology and Internet service/commerce. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Wheat First provides financial advice, securities brokerage, investment banking, and asset-management services.

Local Publisher Providers Tutorials

April 14, 1997 - MindQ Publishing Inc. of Herndon, Virginia, recently released "Introduction to Programming Java Applets", a tutorial CD-ROM that introduces Web developers, programmers and designers to IBM's "VisualAge for Java" software. IBM gave away 10,000 beta copies of the software and MindQ's tutorials at conferences and trade shows which took place in San Fransisco earlier this month. Visit MindQ's Web site for more information.

Video Phones on the Net

April 11, 1997 - Video and Internet phones allow users to talk across the Internet locally and internationally for the price of a phone call. In addition, users may browse the Web or work on a database while simultaneously having a conversation with a friend or business partner over the Web. Most Internet phones include features such as voice mail, answering machines, multiparty teleconferencing and e-mail voice messaging. For more information, visit VocalTec, a multimedia communications company which offers a free demo on a variety of video and Internet phones software.

Law and Technology Conference

April 10, 1997 - The Fairfax, Virginia Bar Association will present the 1997 Law and Technology Conference on June 11. Topics on the agenda include copyrights and trademarks on the Internet, intranets for litigation management, electronic commerce and computer security. In addition, the Potomac KnowledgeWay's April Young will speak on the impact of the communications revolution on the local economy. For more information, and to print a registration form, visit the Conference's Web page.

Travel Exchanges on the Internet

April 10, 1997 - Virginia-based Trade to Travel recently went online. Trade to Travel is an international service that arranges for members who own vacation homes, hotels and yachts to trade accommodations in more than 20 countries. The service handles the arrangements between the host and guest, allowing members to travel anywhere in its international network of properties. For more information, and to view a sample of available properties, visit Trade to Travel's Web site.

New Section on the KnowledgeWay Site

April 8, 1997 - The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project recently added a new section to its Web site entitled "The Campaign for the Potomac KnowledgeWay". The new section includes the KnowledgeWay's campaign statement, its five-year goals and investor benefits. In addition, the section includes information on the use of investor funds and profiles of the investors.

KnowledgeWay Announces Five-Year Goals

April 8, 1997 - In an effort to establish the Greater Washington region as the global center for knowledge industries, the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project recently announced their five-year goals at its Development Campaign Kickoff. The goals include cultivating 2,000 new entrepreneurial "Digital Age" firms, creating 50,000 new knowledge-based jobs and tripling the region's net-savvy work force. To accomplish these goals, the Potomac KnowledgeWay is focusing on three strategic areas: fostering the growth of new and existing companies in the knowledge industries; producing, recruiting and retaining a skilled work force capable of competing in a global information-driven economy; and connecting our community at all levels to the opportunities in the "Digital Age." Development Campaign Co-chairs Ed Bersoff of BTG, Inc. and Jay Meriwether of Arthur Andersen announced that the Campaign has already raised $4 million towards the $10 million goal. For more information visit the Potomac KnowledgeWay's new Development Campaign section on their Web site.

Connecting Women

April 4, 1997 - Advancing Women's Web site provides tools for networking and a global electronic support system for women with common career goals and strategies. The site includes a chat area, information on resources available to women on the Web and information on the issues affecting women in the field of education. In addition, visitors may access the Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, which offers insights, perspectives and advice to women pursuing a leadership position, and discuss issues ranging from general chat to international networking via a message board.

Electronic Coupons on the Web

April 4 1997 - H.O.T. Coupons, Inc. now offers savings on local, regional or national products in the U.S. and Canada online. Visitors may search the site by entering a zip code, city or state. With over 30,000 advertisers online, customers may print electronic coupons from home, office or while traveling . The coupons offered range from household and personal care to restaurant and auto care. In addition, visitors may join the H.O.T! Coupons Savings Club which provides members with a customized Web page of the products and services of interest to them. The page is updated automatically and club members receive personalized coupons via e-mail twice a month. Visit H.O.T. Coupon's Web site for more information.

Local Production Facility Online

April 3, 1997 - One World Media Center, a community-based nonprofit video training and production facility in Washington, D.C., recently launched its Web site. The site includes information on video production classes and volunteer information. In addition, visitors may register to receive membership privileges such as voting for board members and other policy issues. Visit One World's Web site for more information.

Net Surfing with Blazing Speed

April 1, 1997 - Datalytics recently released BLAZE Web Performance Pack (Blaze WPP), a software-only solution that speeds up browsing when using Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. When a user connects to Web sites using Blaze WPP pages download at ISDN-like speeds. Blade WPP also includes search and organize features. For more information and to download a free demo visit Blaze WPP's Web site.

Visit CyberDiet

April 1, 1997 - At CyberDiet's, Web site visitors may calculate their waist-to-hip ratio, which determines where fat is stored on a person's body, and their Body Mass Index. In addition, visitors may receive a nutritional profile based on their height and weight and obtain recipe ideas. CyberDiet also includes a database which lists information such as calories, fat grams and cholesterol on popular fast foods.

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