Verizon Business Center Offers Small and Medium-Sized Businesses a Competitive Edge

NEW YORK - More and more, the ability to access and act on useful information is the key factor in any company's ability to thrive in a competitive marketplace. Verizon's Business Center, http://business.verizon.net/, puts in one place all the tools that managers of small and medium-sized businesses need to manage and grow their companies.

The Verizon Business Center is designed to become a key resource for Verizon's broadband business customers. It offers small businesses immediate online access to tools and information that can make a difference in their business. As a destination portal, it enables broadband customers to do much more than manage their Verizon broadband accounts. Thanks to relationships with top content-providers, businesses can get the benefit of advice and experience of leading management experts and take online classes on a broad range of subjects. There are also stock quotes and industry papers to enable businesses to keep track of their markets and steer their companies toward a stable future.

"By providing the same tools used by large corporations, Verizon is bringing more value to the broadband equation for small business," said John Wimsatt, vice president - broadband marketing. "All of this valuable information is organized in an easy-to-navigate format that saves time and gets customers to the data that can make a difference in their business."

Targeted news and editorial services on the Verizon Business Center include news articles and opinion columns chosen with the small-business owner in mind. Supplied by FluentMedia®, a content-licensing agency of Tribune Company, this information will be drawn daily from the nation's top newspapers, business publications and wire services and refreshed throughout the business day. The information will cover topics of importance to owners and employees of small businesses, including finance, taxes and the economy, law and government, human resources, information technology and sales and marketing. In addition, customers using the Verizon Business Center will also have access to in-depth profiles of successful small to mid-sized companies.

Businesses can reach the Verizon Business Center online at http://business.verizon.net/.

Verizon Communications

A Fortune 10 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $67 billion in revenues. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with more than 139 million access line equivalents and 36 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is the third largest long-distance carrier for U.S. consumers, with nearly 16 million long-distance lines. The company is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.