Provident Bank Launches Netopia’s Web Platform Tool To Create a New Line of eSite & eStore Products For Small Business & Middle Market Customers (PR Newswire)Provident Bank a leader in providing customized commercial non-credit solutions, announced today the selection of Netopia’s Web Platform to provide its small business and middle market customers with sophisticated, commerce-enabled websites. – Oct 12 2:12 PM ET
CINCINNATI, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Provident Bank a leader in providing customized commercial non-credit solutions, announced today the selection of Netopia’s Web Platform to provide its small business and middle market customers with sophisticated, commerce-enabled websites. Netopia, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTPA – news) is a market leader in broadband gateways and Web Platform software designed for small, medium and distributed enterprises. This new service will be offered through Provident’s new Internet Portal Suite called the “Commercial eWorkplace.”
My spin: This is could for Netopia, they’ve been doing this for several years now as I recall. I’m not clear why Provident is offering this though as it goes out of their core competancy, but I’ll find out. Revenue generation? To keep tabs on customers?
SMALL BUSINESS — Entrepreneurs, Fasten Your Seat Belts (Business Week)
There can no longer be any doubt that we’re in for a bumpy ride. The good news: When recovery comes, small business will take the lead – Oct 12 9:44 AM ET
My spin:I sure hope BW is right!

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