(PRWEB) February 20, 2010
Business social network Ecademy.com has celebrated its 12th birthday with the launch of its new online community information hub, Ecademy Assist, which has already attracted the support of Microsoft.
Since its creation in 1998, Ecademy has built up a thriving community of active small businesses who are willing to support each other, so much so that it is now regarded as not purely a sales pipeline but THE place to build business.
After asking members how Ecademy could provide them with an easier way to access the information they needed, Ecademy has soft-launched a skeleton learning support area on the networking site, called Ecademy Assist.
Ecademy Assist will rapidly develop into a rich knowledge base of Video's, Blogs, Articles, RSS feeds and PDF's. There will also be an Ecademy Q&A area for members to post questions to the community that they will answer.
Each of the support sections within Ecademy Assist, which include IT, sales, marketing, social media, finance and logistics, will be sponsored by a strategic partner who has a genuine interest in supporting small businesses.
Partners already on board include Microsoft, Avanta and yourBusinessChannel.
In a recent post on their official small business blog, Microsoft said;
"At heart most of us are social creatures and networking is not just a way of gaining or giving prospective business it can also offer informal mentoring and support and job opportunities. And this is where Ecademy steps in, providing a 'hub' of knowledge and advice that supports small businesses."
Penny Power, founder of Ecademy says:
"Ecademy's aim is to be the place for business people to be themselves, without the need to push, without the need to force. A place to be a friend to other business people and through that see the wonder of what open, random and supportive communication can deliver for each other."
"When we first started Ecademy, we created a place for members to 'learn, network and develop their career'. Those three words remain true today, although 'career' is now replaced with 'develop your business' and with the launch of Ecademy Assist we are finally giving this vision it's fullest respect," adds Power.
Microsoft's small business blog - http://blogs.technet.com/smallbusiness/archive/2010/02/17/business-networking-can-t-get-by-without-it.aspx
Ecademy connects business people all over the world. Founded in 1998 by husband and wife team Thomas and Penny Power, it is privately owned and sustains itself through subscription. Ecademy is present in over 200 countries. For more information visit http://www.ecademy.com
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