Free services, donations offered to disaster-affected businesses

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Several companies and organizations have announced efforts to aid businesses and individuals affected by last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.**The Convention Industry Council announced "Operation Cancellation Rescue," a joint initiative with StarCite Inc. to support the convention industry in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. CIC has 29 member organizations, representing more than 81,000 individuals as well as 13,000 companies and properties involved in the events industry.Since the tragedy, many events have been cancelled. John Pino, founder and CEO of StarCite, said in a statement that Operation Cancellation Rescue will try to rebook and fill cancelled hotel rooms and meetings space. StarCite will also suspend all fees associated with its online "Cancelled Space" service through the end of the year.

**Database storage companies Overland Data Inc., Exabyte Corp., Qualstar Corp. and Quantum Corp. have formed a consortium to offer free data recovery services to businesses affected by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The companies will provide consulting assistance, loaner equipment and other services. The news comes as b-to-b businesses continue to make large charitable donations to relief efforts.

**TotalFinaElf USA Inc., the American arm of the Paris-based oil giant, announced it is donating $3 million to the families of the police and firemen killed or listed as missing. Siebel Systems Inc.'s Siebel America Fund contributed $5 million to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to provide direct assistance for the immediate and long-term needs of the injured, bereaved, homeless and displaced in New York and Washington.

**B-to-b publisher The Thomson Corp. pledged $5 million to the World Trade Center relief efforts.

**AdForum MayDream Inc., an information resource for the global ad agency community, has included an area on its Web site for agencies to help victims and businesses affected by the terrorists attacks. AdForum has established a program called ACT (Ad Community Together), which encourages agencies to donate creative resources and talent, pro bono campaigns, ad space and contributions to relief organizations.

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