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– WD Web Company, a web site design and Internet marketing company based in Williamsburg, has taken over the equipment and accounts and hired the employees of Internet design firm netRadiant, LLC, of Traverse City.

Former president of netRadiant, Peter Dendrinos, wrote to his clients, “WD Web designs, maintains, and hosts sites from across the country and they are in a great position to help you maintain and expand your Internet presence.”

WD Web Company was founded by Michael Connors and Kitty Karr, whose development accomplishments include weddingdetails.com, morephotos.com and partydetails.com.

They recently signed a license agreement with Leisure Planet, an international travel e-commerce company, to provide content on more than 180 travel destinations for the Honeymoon Destinations section of weddingdetails.com.

Their partnerships with Leisure Planet and Zuga.net, a portal for professional photographers run by well-known photographers Gary Bernstein and Monte Zucker, will be instrumental to the future success of WD Web.

– The Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR) is now placing homes from its Multiple Listing Service (MLS) on line at www.taar.com.

The MLS is a professional database to which all Realtor members contribute their property listings. TAAR’s listing covers the region from Benzie County to Bellaire.

“This additional service is in keeping with the new Internet commerce models which are springing up all around us,” said William Ayotte, president of TAAR. “Our next step will be to allow potential buyers to pre-qualify themselves for loans so they know what they can afford on today’s market.”

Putting the photos, prices, addresses and listing information of all homes on the market lets interested buyers cull through available properties by price or location. They can then contact the listing office for details. The site excludes information the seller would not like to have public, like mortgage balances and reasons for selling.

For a long time, the MLS property information was confidential and could only be accessed by visiting a member of the MLS, said Judith Lindenau, executive vice president of the association.

“This is a real revolution in the industry, because it allows the customer to shop with privacy and convenience,” she said. “It also means that the job of the Realtor is less to point out available properties, and more to act as a consultant, helping buyers discover all the features of the property and negotiate their way through the increasingly complex world of buying and selling property, liability, and government regulation.”

The search results allow easy e-mail contact with the listing agent and that the MLS information is updated daily.

– Jeff Yule and Jason LaVanture have opened RealTour Vision Inc., an interactive virtual tour company, in Traverse City. They offer interactive virtual tours for the purpose of marketing real estate, restaurants, resorts and shops. They also do aerial tours and web site design.

RealTour Vision is an authorized reseller of Pictureworks digital imaging software. This allows anyone to create their own tours which can be hosted by RealTour Vision at a discounted rate.

They recently became incorporated and have plans to expand to surrounding areas; www.RealTourVision.com or info@realtourvision.com. The site is maintained by Wd Web Company.

– You’ve seen it advertised all over Traverse City. Now, ClickTC.com is now just a double click away. The main feature of the online marketplace is a searchable directory of TC area businesses, goods and services. Listings can be posted by individuals or businesses, and simple listings are free.

The site is organized into general categories, such as real estate, transportation, community, coupons, business world, etc. ClickTC offers several ways for businesses to get nocticed, including paid on-line ads, banner ads, links to external web sites and coupons.

Launched by Traverse City-based software company Anthology Inc., the site can be accessed at www.clicktc.com.

– Cherryland Online Services, a subsidiary of Cherryland Electric Cooperative, has become an Internet service provider in the Cadillac area.

The expansion has resulted in a local modem dial-in number for online service now available in the Cadillac, Harrietta, Manton, McBain and Tustin areas. Customers do not have to be Cherryland Electric members to sign up for service. To apply for the service, call (800) 442-8616, ext. 278.

– Business women are the primary decision makers in their households two-thirds or more of the time when buying goods and services for their homes, says a survey by the National Foundation For Women Business Owners. More than half the time, they also take the lead in picking an Internet service provider.

The study also pinpoints major differences between consumer practices of female business owners and female employees. “Women business owners are more likely than employees to purchase on line, invest in stocks and bonds and pay for services that make their life easier,” says Lois Haber, CEO of Delaware Valley Financial Services of Berwyn, Pa.

– Statewide, Baker College’s winter on-line enrollment increased 62 percent over last winter, making it one of the largest on-line enrollments in the country. It’s one of only a few programs in the country to offer associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degrees in a variey of fields entirely on line.

Also, Baker College in Muskegon is adding eBusiness degrees to its list of new fall programs. The program is one of only a few such programs in the country.

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