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The following stories appeared on the Potomac KnowledgeWay's "Regional News" page during July 1999.

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

TechCorps Assists Schools

July 30, 1999 - TechCorps-DC is a group of volunteers dedicated to improving public and private K-12 education in Washington, D.C., through the integration of technology into the schools. Their Web site features a list of schools and volunteers as well as a "Toolkit." One of the Toolkit's features is webTeacher. WebTeacher include tools that can help teachers effectively access and use the Internet. The site includes tutorials of email, newsgroups and basic Web design.

MAVA Returns To Washington Area

July 29, 1999 - The Mid-Atlantic Venture Fair '99 (MAVA) is coming to the Greater Washington region November 17-18. MAVA organizers are currently selecting companies to present to the many venture capitalists expected to attend. Companies that have successfully received first-round funding may sign up to present in the MAVA Fair, while businesses that have not yet received funding may participate in the MAVA Forum. Companies interested in taking part in MAVA '99 can view information on the conference and download applications for participation available on the MAVA Web site.

TecHound Helps Job Seekers

July 28, 1999 - TecHound.com is a technology career site for the Greater Washington Region. TechHound.com, based in Vienna, offers two versions of the site, one for employers and one for job seekers. Some key features of the site include "Employer Search," "Job Search," "Personal Job Retrievers" and "Audio Intro's."

Organization Created To Focus On Internet Policy

July 27, 1999 - Netcoalition.com, a D.C. based lobbying association, has recently been created to be a resource to policymakers who want to protect the open and competitive environment of the Internet. Netcoalition.com represents Amazon.com, America Online, DoubleClick, eBay, Excite@Home, Inktomi, Lycos, theglobe.com and Yahoo! For more information about Netcoalition.com visit their Web site.

Track Flights Online

July 26, 1999 - Dimensions International Inc. has recently released Flight Explorer. This program allows Internet users to view frequently updated traffic controller data. Dimensions International, based in Alexandria, develops software for the aviation industry and other businesses.

ITG Recognized By U.S. Treasury Department

July 23, 1999 - Integration Technologies Group, Inc. (ITG) was recently named 1999 Small Business Partner of the Year by the Treasury Department. The reward was given for their work on the Disabled Employee Support Acquisition Contract (DESAC). The service contract provided equipment, training and other support to disabled users. ITG, based in Falls Church, provides computer services, products, and support required to maintain or improve clients information systems productivity.

ITMI Provides Program For University

July 22, 1999 - The Information Technology Management Institute (ITMI), based in Arlington, has been chosen to run the University of Pittsburgh's Web Master certification program. The program offers two tracks, a web authoring track for non-technical students and a web development track for more technically advanced students. ITMI provides training for the Information Technology Industry.

Dbusiness Reports On Local Start-Ups

July 21, 1999 - Warfield Publishing Co. in Baltimore, has launched Dbusiness.com, an online newspaper. The site focuses on news concerning local start-up companies from around the nation including Washington, D.C. Dbusiness.com also allows businesses to post their press releases on the site as well as registering businesses for online auctions where businesses can buy and sell used office supplies.

Local Company Teams Up With Cisco

July 20, 1999 - PRIMUS Telecommunications Group is collaborating with Cisco Systems to provide enhanced IP and data services to customers worldwide. iPRIMUS.com, the new Internet and data subsidiary of PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, will provide voice, data and image communications over the company's global Integrated Communications Network (ICN). PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, based in McLean, is a global facilities-based voice, data and Internet telecommunications provider.

CIO Portal Unveiled

July 19, 1999 - NetBalance has recently unveiled CIO Portal, a decision support application to provide Information Technology (IT) managers with complete financial and operational management of IT. NetBalance, based in Gaithersburg, is a provider of decision support and infrastructure resource management solutions. NetBalance develops and delivers a suite of applications over a corporate Intranet that enables organizations to make effective decisions.

Web Site Looks For Partners

July 16, 1999 - RxDrugstore.com, an online drugstore based in Chantilly, recently introduced their Internet Partner Programs. The programs provide businesses with templates to create their own Web sites and market products through their own methods. RxDrugstore.com then does the paperwork and fills the orders. A list of the programs can be found at RxDrugstore.com's Web site along with more information about the company.

Local Company Provides Spam-Free Email

July 15, 1999 - MsgTo.com, based in Bethesda, is a free email provider that eliminates unsolicited email, known as spam. Spam is eliminated through MsgTo.com's "spam test" which determines if the message is generated from a bulk email program or an individual. If the test determines the sender is a bulk email program then the message is refused. Users sign up for service by giving personal information so targeted email advertisements can be sent to their inbox. Users can specify how many ads per week, or none at all, they want in their inbox.

GWU Offers New Programs

July 14, 1999 - George Washington University's Ashburn and Falls Church campuses will offer MCSE-Prep and Web Database Programming Professional Certificate programs. The programs were made possible by a partnership with the Northern Virginia Regional Partnership (NVRP) as part of their Most Valuable Partner (MVP) program. The courses will start in late July and is scheduled as two evenings a week with alternating Saturdays.

Spacenet Provides Satellite Based Network

July 13, 1999 - Spacenet, in McLean, will provide a satellite based network for PeopleSoft. The network will be used for an interactive distance learning program to train customers on PeopleSoft's products. Spacenet is a telecommunications services company that specializes in full-service communications solutions for businesses on a global basis. PeopleSoft, based in California, develops, markets, and supports a complete suite of software applications to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of business and public sector organizations.

UVA Launches IT Program

July 12, 1999 - The University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center will introduce the Information Technology Certificate (ITC) program this fall for transition liberal arts graduates, career changers and other professionals. The nine month, 19-credit program introduces business processes and computer applications that an employee must understand to work effectively in a high tech environment. The ITC was developed to produce entry-level staff and mid-level managers capable of operating in the areas of systems analysis, information architecture, Web design and development, technical sales and marketing, quality assurance, client liaison and customer service, technical writing and administration.

SRA International Signs New Contract

July 9, 1999 - SRA International, was recently contracted to establish a case management and reporting system for military personnel records by the National Archives and Records Administration. SRA based, in Fairfax, is an Information Technology (IT) firm that offers consulting and systems integration services, as well as products and business solutions, tailored to clients' needs. Their Web site offers more information about their company, product demos and a career center.

Outfit Students Via The Web

July 8, 1999 - OnlineOfficeSupplies.com, an online shopping site based in Frederick, has unveiled BackToSchoolNow.com. The site provides school students, Kindergarten to College, and teachers with school supplies. One of the site's upcoming features is the "Valued School Program." This will allow teachers to post needed school supplies so parents can purchase the correct items.

GLS Provides IT Training

July 7, 1999 - Global Learning Systems Inc. (GLS), based in Vienna, is a provider of corporate and Information Technology (IT) training services and solutions to corporate and IT professionals in a business-to-business environment. GLS offers Internet and Web-centric distributed learning options through instructor-led virtual classrooms, online tutorials, customized training and support tools, help desk assistance and individual employee skill assessment. Their Web site offers more information about the company, a list of associates and a contact page.

Amazing Media Receives Venture Capital

July 6, 1999 - Amazing Media, based in Fairfax, develops direct marketing technology used on the web. Their technology is targeted to web site operators and advertisers who want to sell or buy goods in banner ad form. Their Web site offers more information about the company, a gallery of banners and a search feature. Amazing Media recently received $1.5 million from Draper Atlantic.

Local Business Receives Award

July 5, 1999 - Completed Systems, Inc., a software development firm based in Vienna, was recently named 1999 Information Technology Business of the Year by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Business Journal. The firm received the award at the annual Best Business Awards ceremony. Completed Systems' Web site offers information about the company, tips on successful completion of projects and listings of open positions. The firm provides completion-focused software as well as business and Web site solutions.

Ebusiness Intelligence Firm Online

July 2, 1999 - Cyveillance, a privately held company based in Arlington, is a provider of eBusiness intelligence. They help corporations maximize their eBusiness objectives by providing critical market feedback from the Internet. Cyveillance clients include the computer, automotive, publishing, music, motion picture, apparel and telecommunications industries. Recently they received six million in venture capital led by the New Enterprise Associates (NEA).

Web Community Set To Take Shape

July 1, 1999 - MarylandB2B.com is an "up and coming" Web community coming to Maryland. The site will enable Maryland based companies and partners to compete in the global marketplace by providing access to contacts, content and commerce services on VeritcalNet. The site is a project of the Maryland Information Technology Center (MITC) and VerticalNet.

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