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New Small-Business Web Site Hosting Service Launched

NetEndeavors Inc. launched its "Find Us On The Net" service allowing small business owner to create and maintain their own free commercial Web presence via the company's secure Create-A-Site HTML forms- based interface.

Small business owners can create and modify their Web site with little or no prior knowledge of HTML, the company said. Premium services, such as promotion and additional space, are being offered as well. NetEndeavors Inc. will register and host domain names redirected to any free "Find Us On The Net" Web site at an annual charge of $120. This fee includes InterNIC-related domain name registration fees.

"Find Us On The Net provides a unique opportunity for the small business owner to create a Web presence for themselves," said David Barnes, president and founder of NetEndeavors Inc. "We wanted to provide a means for small business to get on the Web without incurring the costs/contracts currently associated with such a venture. To that end, our service allows the small business owner to 'get their feet wet' before diving in."

Upcoming offerings include free CyberCash enabled e-commerce services, the company said. Interested small business owners will be able to obtain their own CyberCash-enabled Merchant ID from the financial institution of their choice.

The small business owner will then list their products for sale and provide such customized items such as what state(s) they wish to charge sales tax in, how they wish to ship and how to compute shipping charges. In the short term, the company said it will create and maintain stores for clients. Beginning in February 1999, the small business owner will be able to maintain their store themselves.

NetEndeavors will append a 3 percent "handling" charge to all transactions, which will be contained in the total charges billed to the retail consumer's credit card. NetEndeavors will then invoice the merchant on a quarterly basis for these accrued "handling" charges. As a result, a small business owner loses nothing if they sell no products online, the company said.