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IBM, BEACON COUNCIL CHALLENGE COMPANIES TO 'ADOPT-A-BUSINESS' DAMAGED BY ANDREW

 IBM, BEACON COUNCIL CHALLENGE COMPANIES
 TO 'ADOPT-A-BUSINESS' DAMAGED BY ANDREW
 MIAMI, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corp. of South Florida and The Beacon Council, Dade County's business development organization, today challenged other companies to follow IBM's lead and "Adopt-A-Business" that has been damaged by Hurricane Andrew.
 In the "Adopt-A-Business" program, companies provide temporary unused space -- a vacant office or even a desk with a phone -- to businesses whose facilities are unusable because of damage caused by Andrew.
 IBM inaugurated "Adopt-A-Business" this week by providing several Dade County businesses free use of office space and computers at its Miami General Business Systems headquarters, located at 1 Alhambra Plaza in Coral Gables.
 IBM is asking its larger customers to join it in donating space and equipment, said Alan Rubin of The Beacon Council.
 Companies can offer spare space and equipment by calling The Beacon Council's Team Miami Andrew Response Task Force at 305-536-8006 -- The Beacon Council's Business Assistance Hotline. The Beacon Council and IBM will match those companies with businesses that have requested help in finding temporary space, said Beacon Council President & CEO John Anderson.
 "'Adopt-A-Business' is a creative and innovative program that serves as an example of corporate leadership and stewardship," Anderson said. "It offers the single best short-term solution to the space requirements for most of the businesses that have suffered damage.
 "We presume that other businesses with unused space will join in this initiative that is being coordinated jointly through IBM and the Beacon Council's Team Miami Andrew Response Task Force," Anderson added.
 Many businesses that have contacted the Task Force have said they need office space, desks, computers, answering machines and phone-mail systems, Rubin said.
 "The short-term challenge is to help businesses get back to their operations," Rubin said. "IBM and companies that join it in this program will provide two essential steps in this rebirth, by offering shared tenant space or by donating equipment."
 Through a team of Miami-area realtors, The Beacon Council also is offering assistance to companies that are seeking permanent replacement for warehouses and other sites that were destroyed by Andrew.
 IBM and The Beacon Council are developing a program to provide new PCs to businesses whose computers were destroyed by Andrew. IBM has given The Beacon Council the responsibility to determine which businesses will receive the IBM PCs. Details will be announced soon.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Albee or Mary Di Landro of The Beacon Council, 305-536-8000/ CO: The Beacon Council ST: Florida IN: SU:


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