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Monday, May 23, 2005   (0 Comments)
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The American Small Business Coalition will Provide Outreach and Team-Building for Allstream U.S. Federal Channel Program

Columbia , MD - May 23, 2005
- Small businesses that provide IT and Telecommunications services to the United States Government have a new ally. Allstream, one of Canada ’s leading national business communication solutions providers, is increasing its presence in the U.S. federal sector by collaborating with The American Small Business Coalition (The ASBC). Through this collaboration, Allstream will be leveraging a channel partner approach comprised primarily of small businesses from around the country. The American Small Business Coalition will help Allstream identify candidates and create awareness of the teaming opportunities.

"This is a significant opportunity for The ASBC and its Members," said Guy Timberlake, chief visionary officer of The American Small Business Coalition. "Allstream, as a leader in its industry, brings a level of knowledge and experience that will prove valuable for potential partners. This relationship can have substantial positive effects on The ASBC membership by providing an added dimension of capability to many of our Member Companies." The ASBC was recently featured in the Federal Computer Week article “More than a handshake” that describes the increasing use and need of large business/small business partnerships in the federal sector.

The American Small Business Coalition assists small businesses in acquiring relationships and business intelligence in the federal sector. Members are supplemented with established networks of key contacts which allows them to participate in the early stage development of a business opportunities. Medium and large government contractors participate with The ASBC as Business Partners which compliments their team-building efforts. The ASBC also provides no-cost market research and outreach support to the government upon request. Through its Members and Partners, The ASBC provides ongoing education and training in a variety of topic areas related to business management and federal contracting.

“Allstream is delighted to be a member of The American Small Business Coalition,” said Gary LeJeune, Vice President , U.S. Region, Allstream. “Through The ASBC , we will be able to collaborate with small businesses, enabling them to provide innovative communication solutions to the U.S. federal sector. By leveraging our expertise in serving this important business segment, we can expand our presence in the U.S. federal sector.”

The breadth and depth of Allstream's portfolio combined with its state-of-the-art network provides a solid foundation for their approach to serve small and mid-sized businesses. With Connectivity, Managed Services and Professional Services, Allstream has everything needed to build customized enterprise solutions that reflect how customers do business and what they want to achieve. Allstream’s offerings are enhanced with innovative thinking, agile responsiveness, hands on experience and industry knowledge. By fusing the company’s technology expertise with business insight, they help their customers strengthen their competitive capabilities through increased efficiencies and improved business performance.

Member companies of The ASBC will participate with Allstream in developing relationships and opportunities in the federal sector. Those companies with complimentary capabilities will provide the framework for the federal channel program.

About The ASBC
The American Small Business Coalition is a growing membership of Small and Large Businesses collaborating in an environment that fosters team-building and the exchange of information related to business opportunities with the United States Government. The ASBC’s primary mission is assisting small businesses in acquiring business intelligence and strategic relationships to support their activities in the federal sector.

About Allstream
Allstream is a leading communication solutions provider with a world-class portfolio of Connectivity, Managed Services and Professional Services. Focused on the business market, Allstream collaborates with customers to create tailored solutions that meet their unique needs and help them compete more effectively. Allstream is a division of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS), Canada's third largest communications provider with approximately 6,600 dedicated employees focused on delivering outstanding value to its customers. MTS has an extensive broadband fibre-optic network spanning more than 24,300 kilometres, and provides international connections through strategic partnerships and interconnection agreements with other international service providers. MTS's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For more information, please visit: www.mts.ca and www.allstream.com.

For more information contact Guy Timberlake of The American Small Business Coalition at 410.381.7378

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