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The following stories appeared on the Potomac KnowledgeWay's "Regional News" page during October 1998.

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

GTE inResponse Helps Businesses Manage Their Email

October 30, 1998 - GTE Web Solutions group in Chantilly has introduced the inResponse email-response management solution. GTE inResponse was designed for businesses on the Web receiving a large amount of inquiries on diverse subjects. The inResponse system can be set up on most Web sites within two days and allows organizations to gather specific information from its visitors through the use of customized forms. Information gathered is then routed to the appropriate company expert who then responds with personalized answers.

Guide to Local Jobs Now Online

October 29, 1998 - First Magnitude Career Network in Baltimore is a regional career guide that takes the user on a virtual tour of various resources in the Greater Washington region, as well as national and international regions through its career archives. The archives include career links, career info and job search strategies. The user can specify their search through six criteria including private, government and national employers. First Magnitude Career Network also has offices in Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

Register Now For The "Angels and Revolutionaries" Event

October 28, 1998 - A KnowledgeWay Netpreneur Program event, "Angels and Revolutionaries: Financing and Creating Startups in the New Economy," will be held on November 19. At the evening program, Silicon Valley revolutionary Guy Kawasaki, former evangelist of Apple and now CEO of, will debut his new book "Rules for Revolutionaries: The Capitalist Manifesto for Creating New Products and Services." Gerald Benjamin, president of International Capital Resources and founder of the largest nationwide private investor network, will follow with his thoughts on the present and future of angel investing.

During the afternoon, prior to the main event, Mr. Benjamin will provide insights into the world of angel investing with his nationally-known Business Angel Seminar "Finding Your Wings, How to Locate Private Investors to Fund Your Venture." Delivered for the first time on the East Coast, the seminar is offered to members of the Netpreneur Program community for an exceptional fee of $50. Seminar attendees will receive Mr. Benjamin's ground-breaking book on which the seminar is based. For more information and to register for either or both events, visit the Netpreneur Exchange.

TAP Program Helps Developing Businesses

October 27, 1998 - The Technology Advancement Program (TAP) is a "incubator" facility offering space and support services for early-stage companies engaged in developing technology-based products or services with commercial potential. They are located at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The complex is designed to allow growth for current companies as well as new organizations. The facility's resources include a student labor pool, campus libraries and specialized laboratory equipment. Companies involved in the program can adapt their research to market requirements while gaining business experience. Promotes Musical Events

October 26, 1998 -,based in Falls Church, has launched their new Web site, providing information about musical events happening in the Greater Washington region. The site contains information about local and national bands playing in the DC Area, as well as clubs, special music events and music news. provides a listing for any music related entity along with a link to their respective sites.

The Tech Center at Loyola College

October 23, 1998 - Loyola College will officially unveil their high-technology graduate center next month. Loyola's technology center has 19 classrooms, 125 computer and 1,800 data ports that a computer can be hooked into. Five classrooms have full connectivity, meaning an Internet-accessible computer can be hooked up at each desk in the room. The teacher can also control the room through touch-screen panels that can control cameras hanging from the ceiling (for videotape purposes), audio-visual applications, as well as students' computers. The building allows students 24-hour access to the classrooms.

A Guide to The Greater Washington Region

October 22, 1998 - DC Pages is designed to guide users to the resources the Greater Washington region has to offer. It provides the Internet community with a central access point to local businesses and organizations by providing information about them in a easy to access manner. The site includes updates on various events, community news, local/federal government resources, tourism and recreation information. DC Pages was created by Infohall, a Internet media company based in Bethesda.

Dangerous Drivers Under Surveillance

October 21, 1998 - Multispectral Solutions Inc., in Gaithersburg, has developed a Vehicular Electronic Tagging and Alert System (VETAS). The system uses ultra wideband radio through a credit card-sized electronic tag and is placed on the car with a potentially dangerous driver. The tag transmits information on the driver, including a photo and text, that properly equipped police radios can read. The system can also be coupled with cameras, useful for red-light runners, and allows the tagged cars to be tracked.

Route-based Search Engine Available for D.C.

October 20, 1998 - The Washington, D.C. Motorcade is a route-based search engine that locates stores and restaurants convenient to your route or alternate routes through the Washington region. To access the information, users input a specific road or highway in the metropolitan area. The search engine then accesses its database for a list of restaurants and retail establishments along the route users selected. The Washington, D.C. Motorcade was created by Hibiscus Software, Inc. based in Bethesda.

Customize License Plates on DMV's Site

October 19, 1998 - Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers a varied amount of services on their Web site. The most interactive section of the Web site is their "Plate Lookup" feature. This feature allows the user to enter up to seven characters and select one out of 116 plate styles, then reports back to the user if the plate is available. This feature also allows the user to view and reserve the plate in the DMV's database.

National Center for Health Statistics' Web site

October 16, 1998 - The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), in Hyattsville, is the Federal Government's principal vital and health statistics agency which is used to monitor the nation's health. NCHS' Web site allows a visitor to view procedures on how to order records of remote events such as births, deaths, marriages and divorces from jurisdictions nationwide.

Arlington Launches Commuter Page

October 15, 1998 - Arlington County has produced the Commuter Page designed to help the general public with their commuting needs. The Web site features HOV lane schedules, an online mechanism for carpoolers and a cost calculator that estimates how much money a commuter could save by not driving.

Patuxent Partnership in Southern Maryland

October 14, 1998 - The Patuxent Partnership, a 70-member group promoting Southern Maryland's technology community, recently discussed programs designed to keep local residents and their high-paying jobs closer to home. Events currently in the planning stages include a Naval Aviation Symposium, where firms can showcase new products and a Electronic Commerce Resource Center, which is designed to help small businesses grow.

Discovery Communications Inc.'s New Location

October 13, 1998 - Discovery Communications Inc., a international multimedia company, will build their world headquarters in Silver Spring. The move will increase their 800 employees to possibly 1,100 people locally and 3,000 others worldwide. The relocation is planned to attract other media production companies, such as the American Film Institute which is currently planning to move to the area. Discovery Communications' new building will be in operation within three years.

Public Libraries To Be Wired Nationwide

October 9, 1998 - The National Cable Television Association (NCTA), based in Washington, plans to wire cable TV lines to public libraries nationwide at no charge. The cable industry will also provide cable modems to the libraries that can move text, voice and pictures 50 to 100 times faster over the new cable TV lines. This technology has already been implemented to 2,500 schools in the United States.

Network Solutions Inc. Agrees to Competition

October 8, 1998 - Network Solutions Inc.(NSI), a Web address registration service in Herndon, has agreed with law makers to open parts of its business to competition. Other firms will be able to sell addresses in three domains (".com",".org",".net") by June 1999, but Network Solutions will continue to operate the database that contains the assigned addresses. Network Solutions was the only entity originally allowed by the government to register domains. The company's contract will expire in September 2000.

Send Voice Messages Via the Internet

October 7, 1998 - FirstGate, in Gaithersburg, has introduced a service that enables voice messages to travel through the Internet. First, the customer must sign up with the company and put their e-mail address book into the company's system. Then from any phone the customer can leave a message up to three minutes long and will be sent to the specific address as a "wave" file, which can be opened by any computer with a sound card. The service fee is $10 a month or $80 for a year.

KnowledgeWay Wins NAB Award

October 6, 1998 - The Potomac KnowledgeWay was recently awarded a 1998 Distinguished Performance Award given by the National Alliance of Business. The KnowledgeWay was one of two organizations recognized as the local business coalition of the year. President and CEO Fred Bollerer accepted the award on behalf of the KnowledgeWay during a ceremony held at the National Alliance of Business' annual conference held in Washington, D.C.

Newsweek Enters Internet Arena

October 5, 1998 - Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, a new-media and electronic-publishing subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, recently launched Newsweek's site contains the United States and International print editions, top news stories from The Washington Post and eBLAST, an Internet guide produced by Britannica and Newsweek. Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, based in Arlington, also created the Web site.

Tech Center at Montgomery College

October 2, 1998 - Information Technology Institute (ITI), a joint effort of Montgomery College and Montgomery County will be launched by the fall of 1999. ITI will offer training and certification programs, both credit and non-credit, for students and employees interested in updating or adding to their IT skills. The institute is based at Montgomery College's Germantown campus and will offer classes at their other campuses as well as two off-site campuses. The classes range from microcomputer application programs to Microsoft systems engineer certification.

Office Supplies Available Via the Web

October 1, 1998 -, based in Frederick, provides a line of office products online. The company has flat-rate pricing nationwide with guaranteed overnight deliveries. Through their Web site, accepts purchases via secure credit card transactions and has a database that provides custom-purchasing history for each customer. Up to $1 million in orders can be handled per day. For more information and to see the products offered, visit their Web site.

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