Big Fish, Small Pond: How the Largest Business Website on the Internet is Driving Success For Small and Medium Sized Businesses

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Manta.com announces the release of comprehensive profiles on 45 million companies, allowing small and medium sized businesses access to premium company information.

With Manta.com we recognized the need to help people like Steve

Manta.com announces the release of comprehensive profiles on 45 million companies, allowing small and medium sized businesses access to premium company information.

Steve Shelly sells, and he's good at it. "I'm the old guy around here," he said, referring to his tenure with his employer.

As the team veteran, Steve is always on the lookout for ways of doing his job better. "I'm an appointment setter," he said, explaining that he is responsible for uncovering leads in his territory.

Steve's employer, Visual Management Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VMSY) is one of millions of businesses in the United States. And Steve is one of the millions of front line sales people helping these businesses grow.

Strong Leads Equal Strong Growth

Steve and his millions of sales colleagues across the country wrestle with the same issue every day: how do they find qualified, relevant leads for their businesses?

"Before, I'd look in online yellow pages, or try to find leads by searching on a lot of sites," Steve said. Then, he found Manta.com, a site with detailed information on more than 45 million public and private companies.

"It was a fluke, I was searching on a company and found Manta.com," he said. "I'm proud that I'm the first person at VMS to use Manta.com."

Steve explained that by using Manta.com's "megabrowse" feature, he can quickly find a list of US or Canadian companies in any city and then filter the company list by industry.

"Then I could look through the list and find revenue for them," he said. If the company looks like a prospect, Steve contacts the company. "The company contact information is right there in Manta.com too," he said.

"Before Manta.com, professionals like Steve did not have access to premium company information," Pamela Springer, President and CEO of ECNext, the company that operates Manta.com, said.

With its September release, Manta.com becomes the first site to aggregate the primary sources of information about a company onto one comprehensive and detailed company profile.

"Access to the type of information available on Manta.com was limited to senior executives at large corporations who had access to expensive online subscriptions," Springer explained. "Today, the front line sales professional, the college student, the self-employed consultant and the small business owner have access to this same premium content.

Democratizing Business Information

"With Manta.com we recognized the need to help people like Steve," Springer said. In addition to company profiles, Manta.com also features company news, industry analysis, contact information and job postings. The site, one of the top 10 most visited business websites on the Internet, offers more company information than any other online resource.

"Rather than being offered as a subscription service, Manta.com users can access and purchase just the content they need, when they need it," Springer explained.

"Not only has Manta.com leveled the playing field in terms of who can access business information, we've redefined the way business information is created," Springer said.

She explained that the site recently introduced a community feature that allows site visitors to enhance company information.

"Now, every one of the five million monthly Manta.com visitors is a publisher," she said. "Who better to update company information than the hands-on professional who is reaching out to these companies every day?" Springer asks.

Springer said site visitors can add new contacts, correct revenue numbers or update information for any one of the 45 million company profiles featured on Manta.com.

I Love the Siteā€¦

"We have users who tell us they use Manta.com more than they use their email," Springer said. "Many of our users research hundreds of companies every day.'

"I love the site," Steve said. "I use it every day. We've closed four deals from Manta.com already."

"I leave Manta.com open all day while I'm at work, and I've told every one on my team about it, now they use it," he added.

Springer said additional site features planned, based on Steve's and other users' suggestions, include the ability to save lists of companies, add notes and share information securely with peers and managers.

About Manta
Manta.com offers free company research and related pay-as-you-go company information enhanced by user generated content empowering all business professionals to compete on an equal platform through the open web.

About ECNext
ECNext is a Columbus, OH-based, online media company that operates over 50 premier business websites for various business publishers. These websites serve end users such as business decision makers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals seeking information and resources to help them make well-informed business decisions. Through these sites, the Company offers millions of articles, reports, graphs, chapters, executive profiles and business resources. In making this premium content available via the open Web, it can be accessed on demand through a pay-per view purchase, subscription license, or free registration.

About VMS
Visual Management Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: VMSY) provides business owners with loss prevention management solutions by implementing surveillance technologies that enable those owners to view their business live from anywhere in the world. VMS has established that there is an extremely active and aggressive market for loss prevention technology through the use of digital recording and video transmission to remote locations and corporate offices. For information, visit the company's website at http://www.vmscctv.com or contact corporate headquarters at 877-323-CCTV.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performances, or achievements express or implied by such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, changes in levels of competition, possible loss of customers, and the company's ability to attract and retain key personnel.

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