More Help for Businesses at Verizon's Small-Business Web Portal

NEW YORK -- Verizon business broadband customers will now find more features and an easier-to-navigate Web site when they log onto the Verizon Small Business Center at http://business.verizon.net. The updated Web site is a free resource for all small businesses with special content exclusively for Verizon's business broadband customers.

"A lot of small businesses count on our site," said Michael Schaefer, director of business broadband services for Verizon. "On average, we get over 600,000 unique visitors who visit the Web site to do such tasks as research, check their e-mail and look at news relevant to their industry."

Verizon's business broadband customers will see significant changes when they go to the account management section, where the best of the "My Account" tools are right up front so making changes is fast and easy.  Common tasks include changing a password, adding a sub-account, setting up a "vacation" auto-reply, viewing a bill statement, or editing a personal Web space.

Additionally, Verizon has added several new payment options, including credit card billing and recurring bank account debiting.   

Visitors to the site will also enjoy a new informative "Security" area, which answers a host of questions and provides solutions regarding viruses, hacking and other concerns.  Other information enhancements include regional news and links to other useful business sites, all in one place for users' convenience.  With the redesigned site, users will find more engaging pages and more streamlined navigation.

"The Verizon Small Business Center will go through more updates and changes on a regular basis so we always have relevant information for our business customers," said Schaefer.

For example, later this year, the company will add more content and options under the tabs of "Resources" and "Shop." 

Verizon offers a broad range of products and services that allow businesses to customize the solutions they need to better compete in the marketplace, including innovations like e-mail encryption and the Verizon Broadband Toolbar for Businesses (http://business.verizon.net/toolbar).

For more information about Verizon's small business products visit www.verizon.com/business

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 59 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 242,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.