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Big Net gets wired on 8th St.

Big Net Holdings of Sterling Heights will be moving all three of its companies–Big Net, Datasharks and U.S. MidTel–into the former ComputerLand building on Eighth Street before the end of June.

According to Dave Halleck, GM of Big Net North, they have ordered approximately eight times the number of fiber circuits that are installed at Munson. It will take Ameritech until late June to bring all of these up.

The Eighth Street building and Big Net’s 13 other retail stores will be branded as “Information Technology Centers” and sell a complete line of computers and communications devices.

Sterling Heights-based Big Net Holdings (bignet.net) merged with Michigan Internet Data Inc. of Traverse City a few months ago. Michigan Internet Data operates a Web and multi-media design firm under the name DataSharks, a young company co-founded by Suzan Moody, James Roberson and Wayne Madison in July 1999.

DataSharks (DataSharks.com) will continue as part of Big Net Interactive, which has performed cutting-edge Web and e-commerce design for Microsoft, Chase Manhattan, Ford Motor Company, AC Delco, Lucent Technologies and many other world-class companies.

“Big Net Interactive has been restructured somewhat, as well as several other elements of the company,” said Halleck. “We have shifted to a completely Cisco Powered Network, which will include many smaller Virtual Private Networks running over it. Many of the Big Net Interactive programmers are now taking care of our ASP (applications services provider) products for corporate clients.”

Last September, Big Net acquired Northlink, a Traverse City-based Internet Service Provider. Since then, Big Net North has more than doubled its revenues and expanded its customer base by 40 percent.

Halleck attributes the increase to significant investments in network infrastructure, advertising, sales and marketing campaigns. BIZNEWS

Internet guide dot.comes to Traverse City

Not finding what she wanted on the Net has spurred Sally Platte-Ford of Traverse City to launch her own Traverse City guide on line in June.

“After being discouraged with the local Web guides, I decided to build one that I thought would be useful, informative and fun,” she said.

The TC Guide will focus on “those interested in getting information about Traverse City and surrounding areas.”

“I not only want to promote businesses, but give visitors links to all of the entertainment and activities here in northern Michigan,” she said.

The site will have links to businesses, restaurants, education, entertainment, government, organizations and fun stuff.

“I have included links to some of the best sites on the Internet and a search engine that lets you decided if you want to search the site, or the entire World Wide Web.”

Platte-Ford, who owns Platte Productions, is working with a small staff and plans to promote the site throughout Michigan. She has lived in Traverse City for five years and has experience as an illustrator, graphic artist and web site designer.

Head to www.thetcguide.com on June 1.

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