Tuesday, August 22, 2006

SBT launches robust new Web site

**As a matter of disclosure, I am an intern at Small Business Times.

In fact, here's my mug: http://www.biztimes.com/news/authors/bradley-wooten/.


Small Business Times today relaunched its Web site, www.biztimes.com, as a robust new resource for its readers.

The revamped and expanded Web site features a wide array of tools for the readers of SBT. The Web site complements the publication's mission of providing news and operational insight to the owners and managers of privately held companies throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine, Kenosha, Walworth and Sheboygan counties.

The new Web site features highlights from the current issue of SBT, breaking news from the BizTimes Daily e-mail bulletin of Wisconsin business news, exclusive columns of operational insight, streaming videos of SBT business events and many other resources.

Features of the new SBT Web site include:

- Companies featured in the exclusive SBT "Made in Milwaukee" Manufacturing Spotlight.
- The SBT Commercial Real Estate Spotlight.
- The SBT Technology Spotlight.- Business people in the news.
- Exclusive SBT columnists.- Viewpoints from SBT readers.
- Past issues of SBT.
- The exclusive interactive SBT Business Calendar, which enables readers to post information about their events for other readers to see.
- Information about upcoming SBT events.
- Insight about the annual Wisconsin Business & Technology Expo.
- Profiles and contact information for SBT staff.
- A link for submitting news to SBT.
- A link for advertising with SBT.
- The exclusive BizTimes Stock Index, which tracks the values of the stocks of publicly traded companies headquartered in southeastern Wisconsin.
- A link for submitting news to SBT
- A link for advertising with SBT.
- RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds to have SBT content delivered directly to your computer's desktop. Custom RSS feeds include links to stories from the current print edition of SBT and links to commercial real estate news and technology news.
- Links to other tools to help companies grow.

One of the most significant upgrades to the new Web site is the capability for readers to search for news content by industry, including: banking & finance; business services; commercial real estate; economic development; education and human resources; government; health care; insurance; manufacturing; retail; technology; and transportation.

Readers seeking advice about managing and growing their companies can search the Web site by “Best Practices” categories, including: banking & finance; commercial real estate; corporate leadership; education; health care; human resources; insurance; manufacturing; sales; and technology.

In addition, readers can search the Web site for all SBT archived content by keyword.Unlike some publications, SBT does not charge a fee or require a paid subscription for access to its electronic content or archives."

Our Web site was redesigned and re-engineered to directly complement our company's mission, which is to facilitate commerce," said SBT publisher Daniel Meyer. “We want our publication, our Web site, our BizTimes Daily bulletin and our live events to help the owners and managers of southeastern Wisconsin businesses grow their companies. Our Web site is an extension and a reflection of our own corporate culture."

In keeping with SBT's tradition of doing business with local companies, the Web site was designed and developed by Red Anvil LLC of West Milwaukee.

The Web site's archives currently include content from SBT issues published in 2005 and 2006.

Content from previous years will be added to the archives soon.

Companies featured in SBT articles and archives are welcome to post links to the content at their Web sites and in their e-mail bulletins.

The SBT Web site will be fine-tuned and additional upgrades will be implemented over time.

To sign up for SBT's free BizTimes Daily e-mail bulletin of Wisconsin business news, visit www.biztimes.com/daily.


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