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360 Degrees merges with JB Tech

West Bloomfield-based 360 Degrees LLC announced a merger with JB Tech Innovations, a desktop, network, security, and software support company.

JB Tech Innovations’ president, James Estigoy, will become a managing partner while Ledio Veseli, founder of 360 Degrees, will remain a managing partner.

The merger strengthens 360 Degrees’ offerings to include PC, network, IT security, software, and PDA support, server migration, and project management.

Virtual High School awards contract

Lincoln, Neb.-based has been awarded a two-year contract extension to provide its e-learning courses and consultation to Michigan Virtual High School. The value of the contract was not disclosed. Michigan Virtual High School was launched in 2000 by Michigan Virtual University, a nonprofit.

Michigan Virtual High School has 7,000 students from 400 Michigan districts taking online courses during the 2002-2003 school year.

Computer Builders Warehouse earns Windows logo

Warren-based Computer Builders Warehouse, a premium provider of technology products and consulting services through its nationwide retail outlet stores, announced it has earned the “Designed for Windows” logo from the Windows Hardware Quality Labs for Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Catuity makes Deloitte tech list

Detroit-based Catuity Inc. ranked 309th on this year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a list of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America.

To qualify for the list, entrants must have headquarters in North America and operating revenue of at least $50,000 in 1998 and $1 million in 2002. Catuity reported that it grew 921 percent during that period. It reported $3.1 revenue for the six months ending June 30.

City honors top Web work

The Troy Chamber of Commerce recently presented its Techno Expo, Expert and eWards. The winners were:

— Knife Country USA, best e-commerce site.

— Road Comission for Oakland County, best use of technology.

— Phillips Funeral Home, best graphic design.

— ConnectorUSA, most user-friendly.

— Detroit River Tunnel Partnership, most informational site.

— Christ Child Society, best community organization site.

— DaimlerChrysler eLearning, best intranet.

Group aids women seeking tech careers

Women seeking information-technology jobs can find support at the Job Luck Club sponsored by the Ann Arbor chapter of the Association for Women in Computing.

The Job Luck Club’s purpose is to advance women in computing fields, including women who are unemployed. During the club’s bi-monthly meetings, members share their resumes, practice interviewing skills, work on cover letters and share resources. Women who are employed are also welcome. The meetings are at 100 Phoenix Drive in Ann Arbor. To register or for more information, call (734) 477-1100.

Genesee County joins Automation Alley

Genesee County has joined Automation Alley, a Pontiac-based tech consortium.

The Genesee County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to join Automation Alley as a foundation member, complete with annual dues of $15,000.

Genesee County joins Oakland and Macomb counties, as well as Troy and Southfield as government bodies that are part of Automation Alley.

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