RealTime IT News, CCNow Join Forces

Houston-based online shopping mall company, which has more than 130 merchants, signed a strategic partnership agreement with Delaware-based CCNow, a provider of e-commerce solutions for small businesses.

As a result of the agreement, more than 800 small to mid-sized businesses currently using CCNow's online retailing services will have the opportunity to establish storefronts in's online shopping malls, including The Great Intermall of the Americas and its related online shopping sites, the companies said. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

"This agreement with CCNow represents a significant extension of our company's turnkey e-commerce solution for small to mid-sized businesses wishing to establish an Internet presence," said Cheryl D. Austin, president of "A fully secure and encrypted transaction-enabled Web site in The Great Intermall of the Americas is now within the financial means of all merchants."

" can provide a significant increase in visitor traffic to CCNow's clients that will increase their chances of developing a successful Internet presence," said John Lynch, CCNow's vice president of sales. said it projects that it will reach 1 million monthly visitors by the end of the year and 1.5 million monthly visitors within 18 months. It has an advertising agreement with Yahoo! which provides that's advertisements and promotions will be featured on Yahoo!'s front page for five days each month.