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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MANHATTAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTS EMERGENCY ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR TRADE CENTER DISASTER RELIEF
EAMS Web Site Enables Nations’ Chambers To Aid Manhattan Businesses Through Manhattan
New York, New York – October 29, 2001 – The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has partnered with a Chicago software firm to enable other Chambers and their local businesses to source donated materials, goods and services to the businesses in lower Manhattan quickly and easily.
The Web-based EMERGENCY ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EAMS) platform, powered by software developed and implemented by 2Xchange, allows each local Chamber to have their affiliated businesses post listings of tangible items that they wish to donate to the NYC relief effort on the EAMS Web site, www.eams.org.
“This will give the 300-plus affiliated chambers of commerce another opportunity to participate directly in the disaster efforts. Now, they can set up local drives and then have donations posted immediately to the EAMS site. Additionally, using the EAMS will give us the ability to efficiently make available the contributions to the over 10,000 affected businesses”, said Nancy Ploeger, Executive Director of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s really quite simple, local Chamber Chapters encourage their local businesses to register and list what they would like to donate as part of a local relief fund drive. Once in place, the affected and registered New York City businesses can go to the website and acquire the goods that are available. The donating businesses are notified automatically and they can then ship the goods directly to the requesting business,” said Stephen Meade, chief executive officer of 2Xchange. “That’s why we are so proud to offer the EAMS system to the disaster relief efforts in New York. We believe we will be able to connect the generous donations of companies and individuals with the businesses that need the items most.”
Once local Chambers are registered with the Manhattan Chamber and EAMS, they can encourage their local businesses to post items for donation to the relief effort. Manhattan businesses also register and post items that they need. They can use the powerful search tool to find needed items. An online credit system is utilized to enable the affected businesses to acquire the donated goods if and when needed. The system also is capable of taking online donations of volunteer time.
Chambers, companies and individuals wishing to donate goods and services should go to www.EAMS.org and register.
2Xchange is a provider of Business-to-Business software for the Global 2000’s $1.2 TRILLION non-cash transaction industry. 2Xchange is a subsidiary of GBUCs, LLC. Among GBUCs’ other products is RONAStar, a software product that simplifies asset transfers in and among large corporations and governmental units. For more information visit www.2xchange.com, www.ronastar.com