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NewsPress Release: 2/7/02Launch Pad Tenant at Marlboro College Tech Center Launches SoftwareLine

BRATTLEBORO, VT - Growing Design, Inc., a member of the Marlboro College Technology Center's Launch Pad program, announced the introduction of "net.growth software," a suite of online tools to help clients manage effective Websites. Packages include an e-commerce system, content management, job listings, mailing list manager, and an online calendar.

"We are both proud and excited to launch the net.growth software suite," says Trish Keenan, president of Growing Design. "Since I began developing Websites in 1997, I have struggled to find adequate tools for client needs that were also easy for a client to manage. With a talented team of programmers, we have addressed this challenge ourselves. The end result is a series of targeted applications that serve common business needs without a lot of useless bells and whistles."

Net.growth COMMERCE was originally developed to manage the product display and order handling for two Vermont retailers, OfferingsJewelry.com and BuyVermontArt.com. Keenan continues, "As we implement the commerce system for larger organizations, we're finding that our initial focus on serving as a comprehensive solution for an individual owner/operator has served us well in a larger setting. Because the system is fully customizable, we are able to replace some standard administrative functions with integration tools for existing enterprise and legacy systems." Watch for BascomMaple.com and Cas-Cad-NacFarm.com to launch their net.growth COMMERCE stores this March.

Vermed, Inc., recently launched the first net.growth CONTENT Website, Vermed.com. Casey Schnakenberg, Vermed's director of marketing, says, "Net.growth makes it easy for my staff to publish not only new products, but even entire product lines to our online catalog."

Keenan, a 1998 graduate of the master's program in Internet Strategy Management (ISM) at The Persons School of Marlboro College, established Growing Design in 1998 to provide sound Web strategies and development services to businesses and organizations in southern Vermont. In April 2001, Growing Design was welcomed into the Marlboro's Launch Pad program, designed to incubate innovative start-up businesses for graduates of its nationally renowned Internet-based master's programs. In the past year, Keenan's team has completed Web development projects for New England Kurn Hattin Homes, Janos Technology, and the Stowe Area Association.

To learn more about net.growth software and Growing Design, visit http://www.GrowingDesign.com. For more information about Marlboro's Tech Center or Persons School programs, please visit http://persons.marlboro.edu/.

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