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How Technology Is Mapping The Direction Of Small Business.

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This story appears in the December 1997 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The spotlight on small-business technology isn't going to fade any time soon. In 1998, we'll continue to see technology products for small companies that are cheaper and easier to maintain than the high-end technology geared toward larger companies. While new products and concepts will come and go, here's a look at three major technology trends that will likely shape small business in the coming year:

1. The Internet. Far from the flash-in-the-pan trend that some people predicted, use of the Internet will continue to grow--particularly in small businesses. According to IDC/Link, an information technology research firm in Framingham, Massachusetts, about 75 percent of small companies currently have PCs, and 38 percent of those have online access. That number is expected to grow an impressive 17 percent annually through 2001.

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