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Ingram Micro Launches VentureTech Network

Ingram Micro Inc., a wholesale distributor of technology products and services, launched VentureTech Network, a national network of technology resellers designed to service the small to midsize (SMB) business market.

Sponsored by 3COM , Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel and Microsoft, VentureTech Network is a membership-based alliance of value added resellers, computer retailers and technology dealers.

Members offer industry-leading information technology brands, certified high- technology expertise and value-added services suited for businesses. The network will be administered by Ingram Micro.

Charter members met last week in New Orleans for the VentureTech Network kick-off to learn how to make the most of the small to midsize market.

According to Doug Antone, president of Ingram Alliance and senior vice president of Ingram Micro Inc., "The small to midsize-business market is one of Ingram Micro's strategic pillars. Historically, our company's success has been predicated on servicing small VARs. Today we continue to make the investment and commitment to the SMB reseller, as evidenced by this new company-wide effort to optimize support to our SMB customers."

VentureTech Network currently has 130 members. Additional resellers can join, but membership is limited. Members are required to possess a minimum of two certifications and three vendor authorizations, with more than 50% percent of their business revenue from SMB. They also pay a quarterly membership fee.

To apply or to learn more about VentureTech Network, resellers should call Vincent Stemen, VentureTech Network recruiter at (800) 609-6096, ext. 25980 or (714) 566-1000, ext. 25980.

VentureTech Network is an expanded version of its predecessor, Business Technology Center, which Ingram Micro acquired as part of its 1997 acquisition of Intelligent Electronics' Reseller Network Division.