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