Nan Wood would like to paint a clearer picture for folks concerned about Internet sweepstakes businesses.
"I want to invite the whole community who may have misconceptions to stop in any time and meet us and become involved and see it," Wood says. "It's just a fun atmosphere and people enjoy it. It's a social situation." Wood, who owns Oak Ridge Business Center with partner Jerry Williamson, says while online games are the primary service offered at the 1692 Highway 68 North location, it's not all they do.
"We are a full-service business center. We fax, we print, we copy. The main product we'll be selling is Internet time. People can surf the web; look for job opportunities for those who are unemployed or looking," Wood says. "With the purchase of Internet time, they get free entries which enable them to play different games that (International Internet Technologies) has provided for us."
The business center is open daily at 8 a.m. and currently employs four. Wood says more employees might be added to the workforce to correspond with demand.
Wood is glad to have the opportunity to set up shop in Oak Ridge.
"We are delighted to be here. I'd like to thank Philip Cooke and his family for allowing us to come and to reassure him that he's made the right decision," Wood says. "He'll see, as time goes by, we're a positive force and want to be a positive force for the community."