NEW YORK (2/26/10)--Newtek Business Services Inc. is offering a new free website designed to support business owners when they launch, upgrade and maintain their presence in today's online e-commerce market. The site also will assist their growth initiatives with a suite of e-commerce features. The New York City-based Newtek has been a CUNA Strategic Services provider since 2003. "Many businesses today cannot afford, or don't know how to access and create a profitable e-commerce initiative or platform for business," said Newtek CEO/Chairman Barry Sloan, adding that the company is "ready to help small businesses in difficult times to compete and finance their growth. The free website is one of the many ways we are able to demonstrate our support for small businesses in the U.S." The website product--Newtek SiteCenter --will support businesses regardless of size and budget. "The businesses that we expect to flourish the most in 2010 are the ones who understand the importance of e-commerce, and we can build and manage their online presence for them as well as their brick and mortar stores," said Sloane. "By providing an end-to-end environment through Newtek's consolidated merchant processing and Web services operations, Newtek is able to reduce both risks and costs for our customers." The website, at www.newtekwebservices.com, is a bilingual, user-friendly do-it-yourself Web product with more than 1,000 design schemes for business owners to use with their own custombuilt website, with essential e-commerce features, said the company. The design of the site is free. If the business wants additional features, such as a shopping cart application that accommodates Newtek's new NewtPay or NewtPay Pro payment systems, or if Web hosting is provided, there are nominal charges, said Newtek.