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Dotster Announces Winners of the Next BIG Small Business Contest

Winning Businesses Couple Passion and an Online Presence to Achieve Success

VANCOUVER, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/20/09 -- Dotster, Inc., a leading provider of Internet business services, today announced the three winners of its Next BIG Small Business contest: Bike Tires Direct, The Ad Diner, and Like The Dew. Dotster recognizes each of these companies for using the Internet to turn their personal passion into successful small business ventures, and for standing out as some of Dotster's most promising small business customers. Winners were chosen based upon videos they submitted that described how they have used their websites to grow their businesses.

"Many great small businesses participated in our contest and it was a tough choice to select only three winners from our finalist submissions," said Clint Page, CEO of Dotster. "We are pleased to honor these exceptional customers. They each exemplify the idea that, in business, the combination of passion, necessity and the market reach provided by a well-run online presence can drive great success."

First Place: Bike Tires Direct. Started in Lou Doctor's garage in Portland, Ore., Bike Tires Direct is now a large, online cycling retailer with revenue exceeding $1 million. "The business, like so many great companies, started in my garage and is rooted in my passion for cycling," said Lou Doctor, founder. "My sons started selling my extra cycling gear on eBay, and then, with the help of Dotster, we started a website that has driven business growth over the past seven years."

Second Place: The Ad Diner. Founded based on the need for small business to have access to affordable, high-quality advertising, The Ad Diner enables businesses to buy pre-existing advertising that is customized for use in their local market. Meanwhile, advertising agencies and freelancers can earn royalty payments when they resell their work on The Ad Diner website.

Third Place: Like The Dew. Started as a passion project, LikeTheDew.com fills a coverage gap with a refreshing take on political news and Southern culture while helping to promote the work of displaced traditional print journalists and freelancers. It's an all-volunteer journal that will be exploring non-traditional revenue sources to share with its regular authors.

To view all the finalist video submissions, please visit: http://www.dotster.com/nextbigsmb/.

About Dotster, Inc.

Dotster is a leading full-service provider of essential resources for businesses to get online and grow online. It has helped more than one million businesses and individuals establish their web presence, build their websites, and drive revenue. Dotster offers its customers a complete set of services including the ability to get online with a domain name and email address; build a major web presence with web hosting and custom website design; generate traffic with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), website promotion and social media platforms; and reduce IT costs with VPS hosting.

For more information, please visit www.dotster.com or call (360) 449-5900.

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