Day-long workshop for businesses

"Making the jump from doing business locally to conducting business on the Internet is becoming a necessity for everything from basement-based to international corporations.If you don't keep up and do e-commerce, well, your business, whether it's big or small, has the potential of dying, said Warren Olsen, executive director of the Kitsap Economic Development Council. All businesses, local or otherwise, have to realize that without an e-commerce presence, they start to marginalize their survival.To aid local businesses in developing an e-commerce presence, the EDC will co-host a full-day workshop for Kitsap businesspeople April 25 at the Kitsap Pavilion. The workshop, hosted by U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge, and Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, and the Bremerton Electronic Commerce Resource Center, is titled Going Cyber - A Business Vision for E-Commerce.Panel discussions and speakers from local and international corporations will outline in practical, non-technical terms how to engage in e-commerce, Olsen said.The evening session, Going Cyber with a Home-Based Business, will provide entrepreneurs, business owners and information technology specialists with information about how to transform their enterprises to e-businesses.Jeff Bradley, managing director of Lante Corp., a national Internet and e-commerce consulting company, and Mike Bockey, president of Vialight, Inc. are among the keynote presenters. Kitsap area companies making presentations include Paladin Data Systems, Boxlight, ATECi, eAcceleration Software and the BECRC.As CEO of ATECi, a Silverdale-based company that consults companies on database, network and Internet solutions, Chris Imori said the event will provide access to information that is usually presented only in the Seattle area.This is one that's being run by local groups, she said. When this idea came up, we thought it was a very good idea.In cooperation with several other businesses, Imori said the company would give a presentation of integration issues with systems and applications designed to share information between different offices. This has become a major issue with e-commerce businesses that have encountered incompatibility or insufficiency with their current network or database.They're looking to the Internet to provide some of those access issues, Imori said. We're going to flag some of the issues we see in the real world.A trade show, featuring a variety of vendors and sponsors whose businesses are tied to e-commerce, will go on throughout the day.Conference organizers expect 300-500 businesspeople at the conference, which they said will offer a smart perspective on e-commerce and enough technical information to be able to carry on conversations with the right people. Cost of the all-day event is $30 per person, including meals and beverages. A special evening session for home-based businesses is $10 per person. For information or registration, call the EDC at (369) 779-9499, fax to (360) 479-4653, e-mail to or visit the event's website at"

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