• At the behest of Rep. Bart Stupak, Gaylord businesswoman Daune Weiss and Traverse City businessman Frank Noverr took part in a day-long series of workshops at the nation’s capital on May 8. A key element of the conference was the importance of the Internet in business growth.

“According to American City Business Journals, small businesses that use the Internet have grown 46 percent faster than those that do not,” said Stupak, pictured with Weiss and Noverr as they received an on-line review of a Web-based overseas investment program.

• WMIS Internet out of Grand Rapids has expanded service into Beulah, Frankfort, Petoskey, Indian River, Wolverine, Lake Leelanau, Northport, Suttons Bay and Cheboygan.

The Internet services provider (ISP) offers businesses and residents Internet access, e-mail, Web design and hosting, dedicated circuits, including ISDN and T1s, and support. For more information, call 888-482-9647 or www.wmis.net.

• Students at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City and North Central Michigan College in Petoskey can now use the Internet to register for classes.

“This is a great convenience for students,” Chuck Shreve, NMC’s Enrollment Management Director, said. “Now they can register from their own computer at home or use one of our computer labs on campus.”

They can also add or drop classes, add or change their e-mail address, and view their class schedule, tuition and fee charges, account balance and transcripts.

NCMC’s Web module also shows students how many spaces are left in a class, and gives them access to their college transcripts.

“Over time the vast majority of our students will be registering on line,” said Dr. Cameron Brunet-Koch, Dean of Student Services at North Central.

Go to ncmc.cc.mi.us for North Central and www.nmc.edu for NMC.

• American Business Forms Inc. has received a 5-star performance rating for its corporate Web site (americanbus.com) from Keynote Systems Inc., an Internet performance company. Rod Kuncaitis owns the Traverse City location of American Business Forms.

• TraverseAreaGuide.com is the newest on-line source for information on businesses, churches, shopping, sights, entertainment and more. The site offers personalized business listings; free links to your web site and e-mail address; and multi-access functions listed both alphabetically and via categorical search. Business registration is free. Call the offices of Northland Computers at 933-9910.

Send your e-news to Gayle at biznews@traverse.com by June 14 for the July issue.