Symantec Announces Sponsorship of National Small Business Crossings Tour with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft
Symantec Corporation encourages small businesses to do more business and work less at Small Business Crossings: Seminar and Expo for Strategic Directions seminars across the country
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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