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Mission and Site Overview
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BrainTrust Solutions provides this web site as a service to the public and its supplier business
entities. BrainTrust Solutions knows that you care how information about you is used and shared,
and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. This statement describes
In order to access some of the features of our web site and that of our affiliate web sites, a
user must first complete a Password Registration form. During Password Registration a user is
required to give their contact information (such as a company affiliation, name, phone number
and an E-mail address). This information is used to contact the user about the services on our
site for which they have expressed interest, to allow them to participate in product demonstrations,
to allow them to access licensed information, and to register to be included in our National
MWBE Directory. Personal demographic information (such as income level), and unique identifiers
(such as social security number), are not solicited.
Supplier Registration and Supplementation of Information
In the Supplier section of our web site and our affiliated web sites, client businesses may
register to be included in our National MWBE Directory. Our National MWBE Directory is a service
licensed to third party, public and private buying organizations for the purpose of identifying
qualified suppliers. During Supplier Registration, an information profile about a business
entity is provided for acceptance in our National MWBE Directory. The National MWBE Directory
is used by purchasing entities to source and qualify suppliers based on characteristics determined
at the discretion of third party licensees. BrainTrust Solutions and affiliated third party
licensees are not under any obligation to business entities registering on its Supplier
Registration web site or affiliated web sites and may or may not at their option contact
registrants regarding potential supply relationships. Registration at our web site or one of
our affiliated web sites does not guarantee registrants that their company will be identified,
contacted, evaluated, or selected to enter any business relationships with BrainTrust Solutions
or an affiliated third party licensee.
Supplier Registration is voluntary. We are not under any obligation to accept a Supplier
Registration and enter a company profile in our National MWBE Directory. As the result of the
completion of a registration form, we review its business information and compare it to that of
business information received about the company from other public and private business information
sources and under our sole discretionary judgment determines if we are going to accept its registration
for entry in our National MWBE Directory. If a Supplier Registration is submitted at this web
site, or one of our affiliated web sites, and is accepted for entry, the registration profile
is placed in our National MWBE Directory. We consider the information received directly from a
Supplier Registration form to be the most current and accurate available and it supercedes that
of similar information received from other public and private business information sources
unless the Supplier Registration profile has not been updated in the last 365 days. If company
information has not been updated in 365 days, we will attempt to notify the company at the
primary contact name given to us during registration by E-mail or other mail service and request
updated Supplier Registration information. If a Supplier Registration at this web site, or one
of our affiliated web sites is not accepted for entry in our National MWBE Directory we will
notify the company at the E-mail address given to us during Password Registration. BrainTrust
Solutions reserves the right to reject any Supplier Registration for any reason and does not
have any obligation to any user or business entity. If we have trouble processing a Supplier
Registration form, the contact information received during Password Registration will be used
to get in touch with the company.
Information Collection and Use
BrainTrust Solutions is the sole owner of the business profile and personal information collected
on our web site www.mwbe.com and
affiliated web sites we provide. We will not license, sell, share, or rent this information to
others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. BrainTrust Solutions collects
personal and business information from our users at several different points on our web site.
As we continue to develop our business, we might sell or buy assets. In such transactions,
business information generally is one of the transferred business assets. In the unlikely event
that BrainTrust Solutions, or substantially all of its assets are acquired, business information
will of course be one of the transferred assets.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the userís hard drive containing information about
the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while
on our site. Once the user closes their browser, the cookie simply terminates and remains on the
userís hard drive until our site is entered again. For example, like many Web sites, we use "cookies,"
and we obtain certain types of information when your Web browser accesses mwbe.com. Cookies enable us
to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. Examples of the
information we collect and analyze include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your
computer to the Internet; login; e-mail address; password; computer and connection information such
as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL)
clickstream to, through, and from our web site, including date and time; and cookie number. For example,
one instance of our setting a cookie on a user computer is the user can "opt" to not have to
log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. The "help" portion of the toolbar
on most browsers will tell how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser
notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. If a user rejects our cookie,
they may use our web sites on a limited basis. The primary drawback to rejecting our cookie is that the user
will not be able to complete Password or Supplier Registration or access the National MWBE Directory.
We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. However,
cookies allow you to take full advantage of the features of our web sites, and we recommend
that you leave them turned on.
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer web sites, track userís movement, and gather
broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally
We will share aggregated information with our affiliated third party licensees and partners.
This aggregated information is not linked to any personal or business information that can
identify any individual person or business entity.
We may partner with another party to provide specific services. When the user signs up for
these services, we will share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the
partner to provide these services. These partners are not allowed to use BrainTrust Solutions
Supplier and Password Registration information except for the purpose of providing these
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that BrainTrust Solutions and our
affiliates are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our
users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every
web site that collects personally identifiable information and make an independent decision on
whether to proceed. This Privacy Statement applies solely to information collected by web sites
From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys. Participation in these
surveys is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose
this information. Survey information requested may include contact information and other
information. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use
and satisfaction of our web sites for our supplier and buyer clients.
At all of our web sites we take every precaution to protect our usersí and clients
information. When users submit sensitive information via our web sites, their information is
protected both online and off-line.
When our registration profile form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as Tax
Identification Number, social security number, contact names and addresses, and annual sales),
that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the
industry - SSL. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of
Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as
opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just Ďsurfingí.
While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in
our power to protect user-information off-line. All of our usersí information, not just the
sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need
the information to perform a specific job (for example, our iNet customer service representative)
are granted access to personally identifiable information. Our employees must use password-protected
screen-savers when they leave their desk. When they return, they must re-enter their password
to re-gain access to your information. Furthermore, ALL employees are kept up-to-date on our
security and privacy practices. Periodically, as well as any time new policies are added, our
employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they
can do to ensure our customersí information is protected. Finally, the servers that we store
personal and business information on are kept in a secure locked environment.
If you have any questions about the security at our web site or that of our affiliate web sites,
you can send an E-mail to email@example.com.
Product and Service Offers
To help us process your information, we often receive a confirmation when you register for
password or update Supplier Registration information. Information, including contact E-mail
addresses submitted during registration, is provided to large buying organizations so they
may contact registrants directly.
We send all new users a welcoming E-mail to verify their password and username. Registered
users will occasionally receive information on products and services. Out of respect for the
privacy of our users we present the option to not receive these types of communications. If
we do not present the option to not receive these types of communications it is because we
have determined in advance that we will not be sending these registered users information on
products and services. Please see our "Users Choice to Opt-out" statement below. We
make every effort to avoid sending unnecessary messages to our clients and affiliates.
Site and Service Updates
We send user site and service announcement updates. Users are not able to un-subscribe
from service announcements, which contain important information about the service. We communicate
with the user to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their registration
account via E-mail or phone.
Correcting and Updating Registration Information
If a userís identifiable information changes (such as an E-mail address), or if a user no
longer desires our service, we will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update or remove that
userís personal data provided to us. E-mailing our Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org can usually do this.
If entities Supplier Registration information changes, users are urged to update their company
profile information on a timely basis and at a minimum once yearly. Userís can easily update
their company profile by entering the Supplier Registration section of our web site or that of
the affiliate where the user registered previously and select the "Update Existing Profile" button at the start of the registration process.
Users Choice to Opt-out
Our users are given the opportunity to Ďopt-outí of having their information used for
purposes not directly related to our site at the point where we ask for the information. For
example, our order form has an Ďopt-outí mechanism so users who register with us, but donít want
any marketing material, can keep their E-mail address off of our lists. If we do not present
the option to Ďopt-outí it is because we have determined in advance that we will not be sending
these registered users marketing material.
Users who no longer wish to receive our promotional materials or promotional materials
from our affiliates and partners may opt-out of receiving marketing communications by replying
to unsubscribe in the subject line in the E-mail or by sending an E-mail to email@example.com.
Users of our site are not notified when their Supplier Registration profile information is being
reviewed and collected by a third party licensee. We are in the business of licensing Supplier
Registration business and contact information and our licensees have access to contact names and
E-mail addresses that are provided to us during Supplier Registration. Our license agreements
restrict the use of Supplier Registration business and contact information to that of its intent,
sourcing qualified suppliers. Supplier Registration information is intended for this purpose only
and is not to be used for marketing purposes by third party licensees other than marketing
solicitations related to purchasing program participation and activities. If you believe you
have received a solicitation from a third party licensee in violation of our Privacy Statement
we would like you to notify us by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
so we may investigate and take appropriate action.
Notification of Changes
affiliated web sites so users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it,
and under what circumstances, if any, about how we disclose it. If at any point we decide to
use personally identifiable information, Password Registration or Supplier Registration business
and contact information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we
would notify users by way of an E-mail. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use
their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the
Conditions of Use, Notices, and Revisions
If you choose to visit www.mwbe.com, www.braintrustsolutions.com, or any of our other affiliated web sites, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Statement. If you have any concern about privacy at www.mwbe.com, www.braintrustsolutions.com or any of our other affiliated web sites, please send us a thorough description to email@example.com, and we will try to resolve it. Our business changes constantly. This Privacy Statement will change also, and use of information that we gather now is subject to the Privacy Statement in effect at the time of use. We may E-mail periodic reminders of our Privacy Statement and that of our Terms and Conditions to users, third-party licensees, and partners. Users should check our web sites frequently to see recent changes.