The growth explosion of the internet has literally millions
of excited small business owners looking for answers about moving
their own business online. They rarely know where to start or
what the key ingredients to online business are. WebSite101 is
presenting one solution for the home office and microbusiness
crowd to help clearly present the basics to ecommerce for the
According to the US Small Business administration (SBA), over
half the private work force is employed in one of the more than
28 million small businesses nationwide with fewer than 10 employees.
Together, small businesses account for 47 percent of all US sales.
By 2002, the SBA predicts, a full 85 percent of these will conduct
all or part of their business over the Web. This means there is
a huge need for a resource to train those independent professionals
who will create and maintain their own web presence. WebSite101
is here to provide one answer for that need.
Entrepreneur Magazine calls WebSite101 . . .
"resource that gathers together a plethora
of useful links for builders, plus a grab bag of spiffy tools,
including a free banner-ad generator and a free small-business
e-commerce tutorial. --Robert McGarvey"
WebSite101.com serves as a very concise and easy to understand
e-commerce tutorial for small business. The site is organized
around the basic tenets of successful web marketing for small
and home-based business with little technical jargon and a humorous
and casual approach to learning. Designed with the feel of a basic
college course, WebSite101.com uses a notebook paper background.
Just as in any beginning course there are definitions, but by
using the power of the web, the site uses hypertext links to examples
throughout the most commonly used terms unique to the internet.
The definition for "search engine" actually provides a search
engine right below the definition to allow visitors to see a search
engine in action. This one is designed to search just Website101.
Small businesses can receive a weekly "Reading
List" via e-mail which will include regular tips, advice and
reference to additional web sites that provide tools and tidbits
for successful e-commerce by signing up at www.website101.com.
We maintain an archive of valuable material in the form of over
150 articles on doing business in
an online library. Web site101 also offers a member and alumni
message board for interaction of students with the "professor"
Mike Banks Valentine is the founder of the WebSite101 and continues
to maintain and update the resource as the rapid development of
the internet continually changes the landscape of this new territory.
Definitions of terms, webmaster and
small business resources, a weekly
ezine emphasizing business techniques online and an email
"short-course" are available to help those launching a new business
on the web. He is also a recognized expert on Home Office and
Microbusiness issues columnist at WebSite101, writing about
and Domain Names for those
wishing to grasp the basics of each of those important web related
Mike Banks Valentine
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