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NOV. 6 MEET IN PROVO ON AUTOMATING FIRMS

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Small-business owners will get expert advice on how computers can help their companies during a network computing conference on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The conference will be held at the Excelsior Hotel, 101 W. 100 North. It is sponsored by Novell, Computers Made Easy and the Provo Department of Economic Development.Utah Valley ranks second only to Silicon Valley for high technology development. There are 140 technology firms based in the county, including Novell, WordPerfect, Wicat, Gazelle and Eyring Research. Provo-based Novell is the premiere networking software company in the world, with 60 percent of the market.

Sponsors hope the conference will allow local companies to enhance their technical capabilities by drawing on locally produced products and expertise. It will become an annual "mini-Comdex and NetWorld combined," according to Albert Kanehale, Provo City's project manager for East Bay Business Park.

Comdex is the world's largest computer trade show and NetWorld is the annual conference for Networking Professionals.

The conference will feature 12 concurrent seminars, ranging from product demonstrations, an overview of Novell NetWare, local area networking by Computers Made Easy, LAN utilities by Gazelle, complete office automation by WordPerfect and network accounting by Great Plains. The conference will open at 8 a.m., with seminars from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration continues through Thursday, Oct. 31. The cost is $25 per person or $20 each if two or more individuals from an organization attend.

To register, contact the Provo Economic Development office at 379-6160 (Brent) or 377-9964 (Cassi).