College Pro Painters Chooses ChannelNet to Overhaul Web Presence Between Buyers and Sellers

    Franchise Network Gets Powerful New Web Tools to Drive Sales

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF., March 1 /CNW/ - College Pro Painters, North
America's largest and most successful student painting company, has chosen
ChannelNet to overhaul their North American Web presence. College Pro's
corporate site will be redesigned and integrated with 650 new franchise sites
as well as several internal web portals -- all built on ChannelNet's powerful
SiteBuilder technology platform. This integrated network of Web sites will
provide customers, managers, and employees alike with a seamless connection to
the sales and information channels to drive sales and improve customer

    "Our solutions and technologies are designed to help companies sell in an
increasingly Web-centered world," said ChannelNet founder and CEO Paula
Tompkins. "With more and more customers going to the Web first when thinking
about complicated purchases like exterior house painting, ChannelNet's domain
expertise in connecting sales channels and customers becomes more relevant
with each day."

    Every year College Pro Painters recruits thousands of college students
for jobs as franchise owners and as painters. Painting an average of 30,000
homes in communities throughout North America each year, College Pro Painter's
combination of annual workforce demand, active sales, and wide coverage area
make the Web the perfect tool to recruit and connect customers and franchisees
across North America.

    "ChannelNet is helping us use the Web as an interactive tool, and as an
extension of our core business activities," said College Pro Painters Director
of IT April Broome. "It's not just a brochure anymore. It's our front door."

    ChannelNet's powerful SiteBuilder technology will allow each franchise
manager to establish and maintain a franchise site with custom photos and
content while maintaining the look, feel and brand identity of the corporate
site. It will also allow regional managers to easily create blogs to
communicate with employees and provide a virtual space for College Pro
colleagues to communicate and troubleshoot. In addition, ChannelNet will
create a suite of personnel management tools that will allow for streamlined
assignment of workers, time management, and billing. The result will be a more
connected and coherent presence for the company and better experience for
customers and employees alike.

    ChannelNet technologies allow for the rapid deployment of Web sites and
Web functionalities at a fraction of the cost of traditional Web development
processes. The College Pro solution will provide College Pro with a
world-class Web presence with hundreds of easily-customized sites and
intranets for less than many mid-sized single site Web projects.

    About College Pro Painters

    College Pro Painters was founded by a college student in Thunder Bay,
Ontario in 1971. Three decades later, College Pro Painters is the largest and
most successful student painting company in North America, with over 650 full
time college students running franchises and 50 million in sales. Painting an
average of 30,000 homes in communities throughout North America, College Pro
Painters operates in 38 U.S. states and in 7 Canadian provinces. Every year,
College Pro Painters recruits, selects and extensively trains hundreds of
franchise managers to deliver a quality paint job and customer experience, run
their own businesses, and uphold the promise of the College Pro Painters
brand. For further information go to

    About ChannelNet

    Celebrating its 21st anniversary, ChannelNet is a full-service company
that creates multichannel solutions to help companies sell complex products
and services through traditional sales channels. The company's broad range of
solutions includes communication portals, guided selling, integrated network
of websites and interactive marketing. For further information go to

For further information:

For further information: ChannelNet Pam Takahama, 415-289-5140

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