SOURCE: Small Business Technology Institute

December 05, 2006 15:54 ET

Small Business Technology Institute and Intel Invite Small Businesses to Take Leap Into the Future

Technology Boot Camps Enable Chinese Entrepreneurs to Leap Into the Future by Learning How to Choose and Use the Right Information Technology Tools

BEIJING -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- The Small Business Technology Institute (SBTI) and Intel Corporation invite Chinese small businesses to learn how they can create a profitable and thriving future at the Small Business Technology Boot Camp learning conferences in five cities during the month of December 2006. Made possible at a complimentary rate through the generous support of Intel, the events -- already extremely popular in the United States -- are designed for small business owners, managers and staff, plus the community partners that are integral to their success, including experts, scholars, and market influencers from the IT industry.

In the United States, SBTI is an influential leader in bridging the information technology gap among small and medium-sized enterprises publishing the only print and digital magazine for this market -- Small Business Technology Magazine (www.sbtechnologymagazine.org), with the largest online portal of its kind -- and leading in development of public and proprietary market research and business intelligence studies. SBTI hopes this will be an opportunity for the Chinese business owners to learn and experience first hand how technology can play a vital role in their participation and growth in today's global commerce.

SBTI CEO Andrea Peiro said: "At a global level SMEs are the leading force behind economic growth and innovation. In the United States alone they account for 99.7% of U.S. enterprises, and according to statistics from various sources the growth of SMEs in China is staggering." However, Peiro continued, based on our research, it appears that the majority of SMEs are still not achieving growth through the use of innovative technology because for many SMEs, incorporating high technology is too expensive. This is where SBTI steps in to help, explained Peiro. "SBTI is here in China to educate and we are seeking new local private-sector partnerships and sponsors to continue promoting the use of information technology among entrepreneurs."

Technology is a requirement for any small business to succeed in today's global economy, and the Boot Camps offer a unique blend of knowledge and practical experience to improve growth and success.

The Boot Camp will begin in Beijing on December 5, proceeding to Dalian, Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen on ensuing weeks. Small businesses can attend five in-depth training modules to learn how information technology can make them successful, including:

--  Front and back-office productivity - Networking, wireless, office
    equipment and security for the technology-driven era;
--  Marketing, sales and business development - Email marketing, online
    advertising and search engine optimization for increasing sales and
    reaching new markets;
--  Operations, inventory management and collaboration - E-commerce
    business practices to increase efficiency in product and service delivery;
--  Financial management - Programs for accounting processes including
    overviews of online services, online bills payment, invoicing, electronic
    transactions, e-commerce, taxes and payroll;
--  General management and executive decision making - Using technology to
    improve profitability and growth and manage customer relationships through
    business management applications, collaboration software, web analytics and
    overall technology planning guidelines.
    
"We want to bring more of our experience here in China," said SBTI CEO Andrea Peiro, "expand the reach of our training events and possibly establish a permanent presence and launch a Chinese market version of our successful magazine and its accompanying online portal. We have the strong support of existing sponsors but welcome new partners interested in leveraging our expertise in successfully engaging small businesses in better use of technology."

General Registration

Small businesses can pre-register to any of the event tour at: http://211.154.171.173/sbti/index.html

About the Small Business Technology Institute

The Small Business Technology Institute (SBTI) is a non-profit organization that fosters the adoption of information technologies among small businesses through information technology awareness, education, for businesses with up to 300 employees. Additionally, SBTI provides technology developers and vendors with market intelligence and knowledge to ensure the development of products that meet the needs of small businesses. For more information, please visit www.sbtechnologyinstitute.org.

Contact Information

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