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The Independent Business Owners Association International Congratulates Quixtar Partners of the Year, Barnes & Noble and Brite Way says Billy Florence


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Partner stores and vendors are vital to the success of our members’ businesses. – Billy Florence

Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 1, 2005 – Billy Florence, President of The Independent Business Owners Association International (IBOAI, www.iboai.com) announced the trade association’s recognition of Quixtar (www.quixtar.com) Partners of the Year Barnes & Noble and Brite Way.
“Through the Partner Stores and Services program our members, Independent Business Owners (IBOs) powered by Quixtar, are able to market a broad range of brand name products,” says Billy Florence. “From books, music, and more through Barnes & Noble to the outstanding nutritional products provided by Brite Way foods, it’s a powerful partnership,” notes Florence.
“Last year alone, IBOs created $68.5 million in revenues for Quixtar’s online Partner Stores and Services, up $10.2 million from fiscal 2003,” says Billy Florence. “Since the launch of Quixtar in 1999 IBOs have generated nearly $320 million in Partner Stores and Services sales.”
“Partnering with such outstanding organizations presents a win/win opportunity for both the vendors and IBOs,” adds Billy Florence. “The vendors benefit from the new source of customers and IBOs benefit from sales made through these partners. Each purchase earns points toward the IBOs’ monthly bonus checks.”
The online sales leader in health and beauty, Quixtar partners with many e-commerce sites, service companies, and product vendors to diversify its vast offering of consumer merchandise.
“The Partner Stores and Services program is another great way that Quixtar provides outstanding products that support the efforts of IBOs in the U.S. and Canada,” says Billy Florence. “We highly recommend it to our members,” states Florence.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS - News), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 819 bookstores in 50 states. For the fourth year in a row, the company is the nation’s top retail brand for quality, according to the EquiTrend® Brand Study by Harris Interactive®. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites and the number one online bookseller for quality among e-commerce companies, according to the latest EquiTrend survey.
General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company’s corporate Web site: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

About the IBOAI
“The official Trade Association, IBOAI is dedicated to serving and protecting the interests of Quixtar powered Independent Business Owners (IBOs) throughout North America,” states Billy Florence, President of IBOAI. Governed by a Board of Directors, the IBOAI:
• Protects the best interests of IBOs and serves as an advocate in IBO issues.
• Promotes and protects the integrity of the Independent Business Ownership Plan.
• Ensures that the business opportunity today is as good or better for future generations.
• Acts as an advisory group to Quixtar Inc. and Quixtar Canada Corp.
The IBOAI Board of Directors Executive Committee includes IBOs Billy Florence, President, Greg Duncan, Vice President, Don Wilson, Secretary/Treasurer, Fred Harteis, Past President, Jody Victor, Angelo Nardone, Steve Woods, Tim Foley, and Mark Crawford.

About Brite Way
Brite Way Foods, Inc is a product development company that focuses on high quality, health oriented food and beverage programs. Brite Way Foods, Inc is based in Carlsbad, California and has been in business since 1988.

Related Links:
IBOAI www.iboai.com
Billy Florence http://www.iboai.com/IBOAI_ExecutiveCommittee.asp
Quixtar www.quixtar.com



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