Internet Provider Logs Off

After a long public struggle to regain its financial footing after a series of management missteps, Leesburg-based Mediasoft Corp. will no longer provide Internet service. The four-year-old company, which has kept customers apprised of its situation through its Web site, posted its farewell letter on the site, thanking customers for their "support and loyalty."

Mediasoft executives made arrangements to transfer many of the company's 1,000 subscribers -- about 80 percent of whom live in Loudoun County -- to another provider, Megapipe Communications Inc. Information on transferring user accounts is on the company's Web site, www.mediasoft.net.

The company announced in the spring that it was having financial trouble. Executives blamed ousted general manager Rick Schroeder, who had taken over the company's finances more than a year ago. On its site, Mediasoft representatives accused Schroeder of misusing company funds for personal expenses, charges Schroeder denied. The company, which had about $150,000 in debt, tried to make up the losses by prompting customers to pay bills in a timely manner and by looking for outside funding but was unable to find financial relief.

Talking About Change

Tonight's meeting of the Home-Based Business Connection, a group of home businesses that meets in Herndon on the first Thursday of every month for networking and educational seminars, will focus on how to survive change. The guest speaker will be Gayle Young-Monroe, founder of Positive Organizations Inc., of Sterling.

Young-Monroe will talk about how owners of home-based businesses can deal with tight deadlines, competing priorities and interruptions. She'll also tell attendees how they can add 15 minutes of free time to their days.

The meeting costs $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. For more information, call 703-827-7939 or visit the group's Web site at www.webuse.com/hbc.

AH&T Expands to Seattle

AH&T Technology Brokers, a Leesburg company that provides insurance and risk management services to the technology industry, announced that it has opened an office in Seattle, its first office outside Northern Virginia.

The company, which was founded in 1921, has clients nationwide. In addition to technology firms, AH&T works with the manufacturing and nonprofit sectors.

The company said it chose Seattle because of its high volume of technology companies.

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