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Big Picture, at the Altar

[Calgary, CANADA] In a strategic partnership, has selected Big Picture as the e-commerce solution provider for its registered members. members will now be able to conduct real-time transactions more quickly and easily using Big Picture's flagship product, eMerchant pro -- recently rated by Home Office Computing as a "best of breed" EC solution for the small office/home office (SOHO) market.

Members can also take advantage of Big Picture's eBuild program to have a customized EC site built and delivered by Big Picture in just five business days.

"Our small business members come to us for design, hosting, and consulting services for their e-businesses," said Cathy Bass, president and co-founder of "We're excited to be able to offer our members a complete set of e-commerce services through Big Picture. We believe they offer the best solutions for our SOHO users."

By becoming members, Big Picture's current clientele will benefit from enhanced buying power and personalized business consulting services through a joint Big Picture/ portal now in the works.

"One of the biggest hurdles facing SOHO business is obtaining access to quality professional services and advice," said Michael Anthony, Big Picture chief executive officer.

"By partnering with, our customers have access to a powerful toolkit to make their small business big."

According to International Data Corp (IDC), the SOHO market (companies with 10 or fewer employees) is expected to grow to more than 36 million businesses by 2002. IDC also anticipates that the number of small offices conducting EC will nearly double by 2003.

Calgary-based Big Picture Technologies (CDNX:BPI) is a developer of e-commerce, e-service, and e-business software, and a designer of e-business solutions, currently serving the small to medium sized business market. thinks of itself as the "missing link" between hi-tech Internet resources and small business, sharing the knowledge and experience of professionals who have used the Internet to sell products, conduct research, advertise, improve communication, and streamline business processes.