selects to provide custom branded promotional products for meeting planners

Meeting planners now have easy access to “See Before You Buy” branding of promotional products

Foster City, CA and Sausalito, CA – June 27, 2000 –, the first ecommerce network for event and meeting planning, today announced an exclusive partnership with, the most comprehensive and convenient on-line resource for custom promotional products. Through this partnership, meeting planners will now have a ‘one-stop-shop’ for creating custom-branded promotional products.

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“Meeting planners have a continual need for promotional products and we’re proud that we can now provide them with access to the largest selection of quality custom merchandise,” said Ed Sarraille, president and CEO of “Our exclusive partnership with proves our on-going commitment to provide meeting planners with superior resources. With’s “See Before You Buy” technology,’s visitors can view the placement and size of their logo, and receive a cost estimate within minutes.”

“We are excited to offer’s customers creative on-line design, real-person customer support and 24/7, anytime, anywhere access to thousands of the newest and most exciting promotional ideas,” said Jerry McLaughlin, president and CEO of “Together and will offer valuable information to meeting planners who need to fully utilize every resource to grow their customer relationships in today’s competitive markets.”


Created in 1998, is the internet’s first free, business-to-business (B2B), ecommerce network for meeting planners worldwide. Corporate professionals who plan conferences, meetings, training seminars, trade shows, and sales and incentive programs use The site boasts enhanced features that boost ease and speed of use in locating and securing the perfect venue for a meeting. The company has managed more than 30,000 event requests to more than 500 cities worldwide and is backed by a team of meeting planning and hotel industry experts. was named one of the “Top Ten Travel Sites for 1999″ by Business Travel News magazine and one of the most used sites by Successful Meetings magazine. Financing for is led by Sequoia Capital, a top venture capital firm with a successful track record investing in internet companies including Yahoo!, Network Appliances and Cisco. For more information please visit or call toll-free (877) 492-9100.

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About is the leading online provider of custom-branded promotional.’s exclusive “See Before You Buy” allows companies to interactively find, brand and buy promotional products online, with the immediate ability to see a logo or artwork in 3-D on a product. The company offers the largest online selection of products, including exclusive brands, from over 40 major suppliers. helps corporations with their enterprise-wide Brand Management and instant promotional product selection and customization via the company’s proprietary online technology and capabilities. is also the only company to have such technological innovations as: PhotoSample technology, Product Finder, IdeaEngine, secure project folders, and instant quotes. is headquartered in San Mateo, California Additional information can be obtained via the company’s web site at or by calling 1-877-BRANDERS.

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