CUPERTINO, Calif. --October 28, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced a series sponsorship with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft Corporation for a national tour spanning 30 cities across the United States. The Small Business Crossings: Seminar and Expo for Strategic Directions seminar series and tradeshow tour will provide small business owners nationwide with the latest technology tools to be competitive and reach their prospective work markets efficiently and cost effectively. Microsoft and the United States Chamber of Commerce primarily sponsor the show, in addition to series sponsors like Symantec Corporation. The Small Business Crossings tour spans 30 small business city centers across the country and expects up to 3,000 attendees per each one-day show event.
Small businesses are at a crossroads with regard to their adoption of technology. There are several emerging trends that are forcing small businesses to adhere to the standards of customer service, partnership and competitiveness set by their larger business counterparts. While many of these entrepreneurs know that current technology can help them in their businesses, most are unclear on the specific benefits available to them and how to find the right solution.
"Time is a precious commodity," said Christopher Calisi, vice president of the remote productivity solutions business unit at Symantec Corporation. "The Small Business Crossings tour provides us with an opportunity to meet our customers and educate them about the technology purchase decisions that will help them save time so they can do more business. Symantec is an expert in the small business computing segment with leading desktop applications that altogether provide a complete solution for small businesses."
Symantec's participation in the Small Business Crossings tour will involve live presentations at the symposiums for products including ACT. 3.0 for Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows NT, a fully customizable, feature-rich individual and team contact manager; WinFax Pro 8.0, the first full-featured, 32-bit fax and telephony software to support both Windows 95 and Windows NT (versions 3.51 and 4.0.); Norton AntiVirus for Windows 95, for automatic virus protection and removal; and Norton Utilities for Windows 95, the experts' choice for solving serious computer problems. Local technical consultants and solutions providers will also help customers learn how they too can have the time to do more business. The Symantec Small Business Home Office solutions help save customers time in the performance of key tasks, such as keeping track of customer information, sending faxes right from the computer and reducing computer downtime by solving everyday maintenance and protection problems. For more information, visit the Symantec web site at http://www.symantec.com/smallbusiness/
"We are pleased that companies like Symantec are participating in Small Business Crossings, said Tom Donohue, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "The United States Chamber of Commerce is the strongest and most effective organization representing American business today, and our goal is to make sure that business is properly represented around the world. Recognizing this, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has worked with Microsoft, to put together a 30-city touring symposium and exposition called 'Small Business Crossings.' "
Kicking off in Washington, DC on October 28, the one-day events allow small businesses to learn more about the benefits of technology and how it can be applied to their own unique situation. The common objective that brought together the members of this partnership is to help small businesses overcome the common barriers of adopting technology by providing information on choosing, purchasing, and maintaining the right solution. Additionally, entrepreneurs attending the events will have the opportunity to attend break-out sessions hosted by industry-leading technology companies, and interact with exhibitors showcasing technology solutions specially developed to meet the needs of small organizations.
"We're very excited that Symantec has chosen to participate in Small Business Crossings," said Nigel Burton, director of small business at Microsoft. "Microsoft is very happy to be working with other companies that share the objective of making it easier for small businesses to adopt and leverage technology."
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton Product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax, and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Café product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan, and several fast-growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California, and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054, or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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