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ChannelNet

February 11, 2009 08:00 ET

ChannelNet Recertified for the Fifth Consecutive Year by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council

ChannelNet Celebrates 24 Years of Operation as a Woman-Owned Business

SAUSALITO, CA--(Marketwire - February 11, 2009) - ChannelNet (www.channelnet.com), the leading provider of multichannel sales solutions, today announced that they have been recertified for the 5th year in a row by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) (www.wbenc.org) as a firm that meets its national standards of being a majority female owned, operated, managed and controlled company. The WBENC, founded in 1997, is the nation's leading advocate of women-owned business as suppliers to America's corporations and the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned by women in the U.S.

"When I started ChannelNet 24 years ago there was no organization available to provide certifications or help for women-owned businesses. In fact, corporations did not even include women-owned businesses in their supplier diversity programs," said Paula Tompkins, CEO and Founder of ChannelNet. "The WBENC is an outstanding organization that works hard to ensure that major corporations as a part of their overall diverse supplier base."

Women entrepreneurs are among the fastest growing group of business owners. The number of women starting and owning businesses has increased dramatically over the past few decades. As of 2008, according to the Center for Women's Business Research, there are an estimated 10.1 million firms that are owned by women in the U.S. that make up 40 percent of all privately held firms. They employ more than 13 million people and generate over $1.9 trillion in sales.

Paula Tompkins is an accomplished entrepreneur and acknowledged pioneer. In the last 30 years, she has helped hundreds of the world's top companies -- including four of the top five on the Fortune 500 -- use interactive consumer technology to improve sales and service processes between companies and their sales channels and customers.

Today, due to Ms. Tompkins' leadership and vision, ChannelNet is a full-service company that creates cross channel solutions for global brands that bridge the gap between the online and traditional "brick and mortar" sales channels. ChannelNet is the only supplier of multichannel sales and service solutions in the base of 8,500 WBEs nationally.

About ChannelNet

For 24 years ChannelNet has been the leading provider of Multichannel selling solutions for the financial, automotive, retail and home improvement industries. Each solution is designed to allow customers to conduct research online and complete transactions either online, in store or with a call center. ChannelNet has created thousands of solutions for hundreds of companies worldwide including BMW, Hunter Douglas, Ford Motor Company, Benjamin Moore Paints, General Motors, La-Z-Boy, Saks Fifth Avenue, VW, College Pro, World Omni Financial Services, California Closets, Harman Kardon, Motorola, Hallmark and many others. ChannelNet is a privately held company based in Sausalito, California, and Detroit, Michigan. ChannelNet's solutions include networks of corporate, brand and sales channel websites, personalized micro-sites, guided selling tools, and communication portals. www.channelnet.com.

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