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Market Hardware Signs Marketing Agreement with American General Financial Services

Bethesda-based firm launches its Certified Channel Program

BETHESDA, MD – June 15, 2006 – Market Hardware announced today that it has partnered with American General Financial Services (AGFS) to promote each company's services to their target markets. American General Financial Services, a member of American International Group, Inc., provides loans, retail financing, and other credit related products to more than two million American families. Market Hardware is a leading provider of industry-specific web sites for small businesses. 

This partnership marks the launch of Market Hardware's Certified Channel program for manufacturers and suppliers - with several additional announcements expected shortly. The Certified Channel program gives firms that supply and service small businesses a way to control their brand image on the Web while providing their channel customers with professional web marketing from Market Hardware.  

"Many manufacturers and service firms know their small business customers want an up-to-date website," stated Brian Kraff, CEO, Market Hardware. "Our program helps them help their customers and provides an effective way to ensure their brands and products are consistently presented on the Web." 

"Market Hardware has a successful approach to serving vertical industry segments," said Jeff Holifield, Director - Major Account Group at American General Financial Services. "We see them as a logical partner for expanding our reach with our retailers and a reliable service to bring to our current customers." 

The companies will cross-market their products through marketing campaigns and their sales teams. Market Hardware is also providing a discount on their web site products for AGFS customers.

About Market Hardware 

Market Hardware is a leading provider of small business web marketing products and services built for specific industries. The company offers business associations and other partners a way to offer web marketing services targeted for their unique needs. With expert content and professional writing and design services, its flagship service, the Complete Website Package, makes it easy for financial planners, general contractors, and other small service businesses to create and maintain a successful web marketing presence.

About American General Financial Services

American General Finance, Inc. and its subsidiaries are engaged in the consumer finance and credit insurance business. In 1920, founder Richard E. Meier started the company, then known as Interstate Finance, in Evansville, Indiana. Today, the company has assets of $25 billion and operates over 1,400 offices in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding either company's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Quarterly Report or Form 10-Q for the most recently ended fiscal quarter.

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