The East Carolina Network is the internet arm of
Ruffin Associates, Inc. [RAI], a general management and
computer technology consulting firm engaged in
organizational development and strategic business planning
including opportunity / risk analysis. Particular emphasis
is placed on the integration of computerized technologies
into today's business environment.
Services include high speed digital connections for the web, state-of-the-art internet virtual hosting, domain registration, site design, electronic commerce, e-mail systems, marketing and ongoing maintenance. Clients can elect true virtual hosting options as well as the opportunity to participate in any of our award winning regional presentations as a sponsor.
RAI's original consulting business was founded in 1987 and expanded to include the Internet Group in mid 1994 to address the technical, software, and oversight needs of small and medium sized companies interested in pursuing electronic commerce on the Internet.
The RAI Internet Group provides a comprehensive program of products and services aimed at establishing a corporate presence on the Internet for its client companies. The company owns, administers and operates a NT based network with its wide area network (WAN) high speed internet connection provided by Sprint.
In 1994 RAI created The North Carolina's Outer Banks Internet Initiative (NCOB) as a vehicle to provide helpful information to visitors and friends of North Carolina's Outer Banks. It, along with the Outer Banks E-Mail Centre, began "live" operations on the Internet in April of 1995. Today this project consistently receives in excess of 23,000,000 unique visitors annually and responds to approximately ten thousand e-mail inquiries each month. Internet sites such as NCOB (and now it's sister site ... The Northeastern North Carolina Internet Initiative) provide vehicles to show off the historical, cultural and eco-tourism advantages and attractions of these regions while introducing area businesses to internet concepts and electronic commerce. By positioning local merchants to unselfishly offer information and services to internet visitors interested in the region, opportunities are created to expand their business horizons beyond the local economic environment. Further, a close association with these "internet gateway" sites has become increasingly important for businesses wishing to improve their chances of being found on the internet.
Key RAI management personnel have over 40 years of general management and direct marketing experience ... in the real world ... where knowing how to market your products and services can spell the difference between success and failure. This marketing expertise is the real strength of the company. Utilizing the Internet as a key business tool is our specialty.
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RAI owns the content contained in this site, except where noted. Any unauthorized use of any portion of this material shall be deemed a copyright infringement, which RAI reserves the right to prosecute to the fullest extent provided by law. Anyone wishing to copy, duplicate or use any portion of the content herein may contact RAI at 252.332.2235 to request permission.
Note: East Carolina University is NOT affiliated with The East Carolina Network.
The Internet Group
Ruffin Associates, Inc. 403 South Academy Street Ahoskie, North Carolina 27910 252.332.2235 phone or fax
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