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StarCite.com Debuts as B2B Solution for Meeting Planners

StarCite.com launched as a global business-to-business e-commerce "Meeting Marketplace."

"StarCite.com is an Internet-based marketplace for buying and selling products that will change the way meetings are both booked and managed," said John Pino, chairman and chief executive officer of StarCite Inc.

"We designed this site with extensive input from meeting planners, hotel executives and other suppliers across the country, and will provide breakthrough features such as online auctions and planning tools that are unique to our industry," he said.

StarCite.com said it allows those in the $100 billion meeting planning industry to search from more than 50,000 suppliers, submit and receive responses to Requests for proposals, plan meeting or event requirements, consolidate data, and purchase products and services online.

Formed in January 1999, StarCite is a partner company of Internet Capital GroupInternet Capital Group, an Internet holding company specializing in business-to-business e-commerce.

ICG currently holds positions in more than 30 B-to-B Internet companies, including VerticalNet and Tradex Technologies. StarCite.com also offers customized individual and corporate sites, supplier directories with comprehensive search capabilities targeted marketing opportunities industry news and community forums.

Companies that plan multiple meetings each year benefit from a key StarCite innovation -- a free customized version of StarCite.com, tailored to their organization's specific needs, policies and preferred vendors.

Supplier categories include hotels, resorts, and other meeting facilities; transportation companies; destinations; and recreational companies.

All suppliers receive a free listing in the StarCite.com database. StarCite.com said it will be adding a proprietary online auction capability to the site in the first quarter of 2000.