DENVER – May 27, 2010 Just in time for Denver Small-Business Week, Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) is filling a noticeable gap in the small-business community with a new position designed to serve Denver small businesses by offering his expertise and advice on small-business IT needs.  

 

KEY FACTS

·         Qwest has named Enrique Gutierrez as its first

 

·         Gutierrez will be an active member of Denver’s small-business community, visiting these businesses, attending small-business-related events, as well as sharing insights and advice about the community and technology. 

 

·       &nspan>As a successful small-business owner and technology entrepreneur, Gutierrez understands the challenges and complexities small businesses face in regards to IT. Gutierrez offers knowledge gained from more than 15 years of experience of local and international experience growing start-ups into multi-million dollar companies. With a multicultural background and fluency in Spanish, Gutierrez also can guide multicultural small-business owners.

 

·         Small businesses – Qwest customers or not – can reach Gutierrez via his website at http://qwestconnectthedots.com/denver. From there, businesses can find his contact information, read his blog and see his calendar.

 

·         The Community Representative role is yet another step that Qwest Small Business has taken toward demystifying technology for small businesses and serving small-business customers with an integrated, community-driven approach. The role builds on Qwest’s new Core Connect product announcement consisting of essential IT services for small businesses, and a new referral program that lets small-business customers earn money for successfully referring other small businesses to Qwest services. 

 

·  &nbp;nbsp;  Gutierrez will kick off his expertise-sharing with Denver’s small-business community at today's free “The Future of Technology and Marketing” panel discussion, part of Denver Small-Business Week. Click here for more information on Denver Small-Business Week. 

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Stephanie Copeland, vice president of Qwest Small Business

“This role is about one thing: building meaningful relationships with the small-business community. Small businesses in Denver now have their own expert whom they can turn to for advice about connecting their operation and using technology to their best advantage.”

 

Enrique Gutierrez, community representative for Qwest Small Business

“Small business is the heart and soul of America, and I look forward to engaging our Denver community in conversations and interactions that help small businesses compete and thrive.”

 

SUPPORTING RESOURCES

·         Qwest Small Business Community Representative Blog: http://qwestconnectthedots.com/denver.

·         Qwest Small Business website: www.qwest.com/smallbusiness.


About Qwest

Customers coast-to-coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class customer service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest offers a new generation of fiber-optic-fast Internet service, high-speed Internet solutions, as well as digital home phone, wireless service available through Verizon Wireless and DIRECTV&lblue"> services.  Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies: black"> and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by leading technology industry analyst firms.

 

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