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Bizmore

September 24, 2009 08:00 ET

Bizmore Launches as Business Advice Web Site

New Online Community Provides Small and Mid-Sized Business Leaders and Managers With Practical Advice, Expertise and Insight to Succeed in the New Economy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2009) - Bizmore today formally launched as a new online community for business leaders and managers to share advice with peers, get answers from experts and gain insights from exclusive articles and other content. Bizmore is the first Web site to bring all of these components together into a single community built exclusively to help SMBs - the engines of our economy - succeed and grow.

Small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) account for 70 percent of all U.S. jobs, more than 50 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and most of the innovation and entrepreneurship that drives our economy. The SMB market is the fastest growing segment in business. Now more than ever, SMB business leaders and managers are faced with tough questions, difficult decisions and new opportunities, and they have few places to get insights and answers. Bizmore is launching as a new go-to source for business advice to provide SMBs the experience, expertise and explanations they need to succeed in the new economy.

Bizmore provides SMBs with content and insights from top business and management experts, an integrated question and answer platform, and a set of community features that allow peers to share knowledge, answer questions and discuss important business issues.

Bizmore is a subsidiary of Vistage International, the multinational CEO membership organization that has been serving business executives for more than 50 years by providing a trusted community of peer groups, mentors and experts for exchanging ideas and solving important business challenges. With more than 14,000 members in 16 countries, Vistage is intimately and distinctively familiar with the issues, opportunities and needs of SMBs.

Bizmore is led by a team of media executives and editors with decades of experience. The combination of Vistage's proven track record in offline business advice and Bizmore's experience in building online media companies and communities for business leaders creates a powerful foundation for delivering a new online business utility for every generation of business leaders.

"The people who run the smaller, nimbler businesses that drive our economy are creative and ambitious and they have questions and opportunities that they need help to figure out," says Rafael Pastor, Vistage's Chairman of the Board and CEO. "We started Bizmore to meet their needs for quick and reliable advice and to help fulfill their aspirations for continued success and growth."

"Bizmore is built to give managers solutions to tough business challenges," says Alice Hill, Bizmore founder. "Bizmore is not only a living archive of useful advice; it's also a conversation where real business managers give real-world insights into problems they are solving every day. We want Bizmore to be an easy-to-use, must-have resource for managers of small and mid-sized companies that need practical advice and a single trusted source to find it."

Bizmore's key features include:

Experience: Insights from people who've done it.

Bizmore gives everyone the opportunity to ask questions, engage with peers and get answers from people who have real-world experience solving real-world business challenges. Bizmore private networks further allow users to connect, collaborate and discuss sensitive information while simultaneously streaming Bizmore content. Users are able to share documents, blog in-network, create professional profiles, message one another and create private question and answer forums that address the unique needs of their businesses and clients in a secure, private virtual space.

Experts: Real answers to real questions from industry leaders.

Bizmore also features a full slate of industry experts who actively engage with the community, answer real questions and provide their deep knowledge in a broad range of industries and subjects. Top Bizmore experts include (but are not limited to):

--  Jason Jennings, bestselling author, "Less is More," "Think Big, Act
    Small" and "Hit the Ground Running"
--  Libby Sartain, advisory board, Peet's Coffee and Tea; human resources
    expert and author
--  Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor, Stanford University Graduate School of
    Business
--  Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis, Payscale
--  Reuben Advani, founder and president, Telestrate Education
    

Explanation: Juicy slivers of practical content delivered in bite-sized portions.

Bizmore's exclusive original content series gives context and actionable insights that help managers make smarter, faster decisions. Bizmore content is short, to the point and entirely practical, so that it can be read quickly and implemented the same day. Bizmore content focuses on all core business topics relevant to businesses today, including business structures, compensation, recruiting, IT security, finance and marketing. Bizmore's "Best Practice" article series shows how the most successful SMBs get things done - and how other businesses can apply those lessons themselves; interactive "Roundtable" discussions bring experts and community members together to provide clear, sound and accessible answers on major topics; and Bizmore special reports focus on one hot topic in-depth for SMBs, and offers effective tactics and strategies for the issue at hand.

Bizmore has been in public beta for several months and has already attracted over 50,000 unique visitors, more than doubling initial projections.

About Bizmore

Bizmore (www.bizmore.com) is a new business advice community for managers and leaders at small and mid-sized businesses. Bizmore offers trusted, practical insights from a community of business experts and peers who help people in business solve problems, seize opportunities and grow their companies and capabilities. Users of the site will find an easy-to-use question and answer platform; a set of community features that allow them to share best practices and discuss important business issues; and exclusive articles and features that address key issues, opportunities and trends facing business leaders today.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Vistage International, San Francisco-based Bizmore offers decision makers of all small and mid-sized companies powerful new online tools to help them succeed and grow.

About Vistage International

Vistage International (www.vistage.com) is the world's leading chief executive organization operating in 16 countries with more than 14,000 members. The Vistage experience brings groups of CEOs from non-competing industries together monthly to hear expert resource speakers and to process key business and personal issues through peer-to-peer discussions. Vistage CEO members also receive monthly one-to-one coaching from a mentor called a Vistage Chair. The sharing of information in a Vistage group is completely confidential, allowing for the open exchange of ideas and solutions. Vistage's owners include Larry Ellison, Michael Milken and Thomson Reuters.

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