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Forums Teach Michigan Businesses How to Take Advantage of the Internet - Forum To Be Held in Lansing

Monday, October 25, 1999

Kathleen McMahon
(517) 335-4590

The last of three forums focused on teaching Michigan companies how to implement e-Commerce solutions in their businesses will take place in Lansing on Thursday, November 18, at the Lansing Radisson Hotel. The forum, entitled "E-Commerce: Threat or Opportunity?," is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Information Technologies Roundtable and Microsoft Corporation. Raymond Gay, Business Development Manager for Microsoft Corporation, will deliver the keynote presentation. "The Internet has forever changed the way the whole world does business," said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "We're trying to stay ahead of the rest of the world by making sure that Michigan companies are up to speed on e-Commerce. Right now, it is very important for every Michigan business to assess its place in the 'Virtual Economy' and take the necessary steps to establish itself there." The forums, which were also held in Grand Rapids and Novi, will explore how all types of retail, service and manufacturing companies are implementing e-Commerce strategies to take advantage of the power of the Internet. The program will include presentations by e-Commerce experts from companies, such as Comerica; Polyphasic, Inc.; Ford Motor Company; Buick Motor Division; Pasty Central; Michigania, Inc.; and Repair Clinic.com, that are using the burgeoning Internet economy as their business model. The forum will touch on all aspects of e-Commerce including business-to-consumer e-commerce, specialty e-commerce and government to consumer e-commerce. The panel presenting government to consumer e-commerce will feature Phyllis Mellon, CIO, Michigan Secretary of State; Craig Newell, CIO, Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Service; George Boersma, CIO/Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Management & Budget; and Nancy M. Taylor, Deputy Treasurer of Tax Administration and Oversight, Michigan Department of Treasury. Other forums will include practitioners who have successfully made the leap from traditional one-on-one relationships to Internet commerce. A recent United States Department of Commerce report estimates that by 2003, business-to-business e-Commerce alone will top the $1.3 trillion mark with 80 percent of all e-Commerce taking place in business-to-business relationships. Probably the best known business to consumer e-Commerce site is Amazon.com and the best known business-to-business e-Commerce company is Cisco Systems. The first of the three forums was held on September 29 in Grand Rapids. The second was held October 14 in Novi. There is no charge for the forums but all attendees must pre-register. Attendance is limited to Michigan companies. Register online at: