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Workshop offers tips on creating Web sites

April 21, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Building a Web site for your family or small business may seem overwhelming, but with the right software, it's actually easy, according to an expert slated to speak at a Western Michigan University workshop Thursday, May 1.

Sheila Britney of Pfizer will present "Developing a Web Site: How to Get Started" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Federal Room of the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce building, 346 W. Michigan Ave. The program, part of a monthly series of workshops offered by WMU's Women's Business Development Center, is free and open to the public.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact WBDC Director Patricia Guenther at (269) 387-2714 or <patricia.guenther@wmich.edu>.

"Whether the intent is to share pictures with friends and family or get your business contact information online, there are a few simple steps that can help you get a Web site online," says Britney, who will share her practical, hands-on approach to Web building. "Once you grasp the basic concepts of Web design, you can incorporate advanced features of Web development and deployment if you want a more complex site."

In her talk, Britney will address understanding the mechanics of a Web site, deciphering the acronyms common in Web terminology, developing a plan, identifying the type of site desired and promoting a Web site. Participants who bring along a laptop computer with Microsoft Word version 97 or later will have the chance to try their own hands at creating an informational site. Others can follow along on an overhead projector.

Britney is a program/analyst for Global Supply Operations at Pfizer's local facilities, with technical lead responsibilities for the eCommerce Procurement Project. She has worked as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies supporting their e-commerce initiatives.

WMU's Haworth College of Business established the Women's Business Development Center in 1999 to offer support to female professionals and entrepreneurs by providing training, problem-solving consultation, current business information and networking opportunities.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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