SOURCE: Small Business Technology Institute

August 15, 2005 11:22 ET

Small Business Technology Institute Launches Program to Mentor Los Angeles-Area Women-Owned Small Businesses

SheBusiness Begins in LA on September 7th With Education, Consulting and Digital Scholarships to Build Thriving eBusinesses

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 15, 2005 -- The Small Business Technology Institute (SBTI), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering technology education and adoption among small businesses, invites women entrepreneurs in the Los Angeles area to accelerate their growth and success by applying for SheBusiness, a one-year program that facilitates and supports women-owned eBusinesses. SheBusiness is sponsored by Intel®, a world leader in technology that began as a small business in 1968.

SBTI's SheBusiness program combines expert-led classes, workshops, consulting, development and support services to help women expand their business on the Internet. The program guides business owners through all aspects of learning and implementing new technology approaches, through comprehensive training in areas such as: Introduction to eBusiness, Web Fundamentals and eCommerce Principles, Online Marketing and Advertising, and Creating and Managing eMail Marketing campaigns.

"Women-owned businesses are a driving force in the United States -- reflecting innovative ideas and diverse cultures that enrich our economy and our way of life," said Andrea Peiro, CEO of the Small Business Technology Institute. "SheBusiness is a great example of the outstanding educational programs and tools we've created to help small businesses achieve their vast potential by understanding and implementing the benefits of information technology. We're excited to work with Intel to expand this valuable program and make a real difference in the future of women business leaders in the Los Angeles area."

"Sponsoring SheBusiness is an important educational investment in both women entrepreneurs and the Los Angeles business community," said Sharon Velasco, Intel Global Business Development and Diversity Program Manager. "The ability to use technology to solve business problems is an important part of small business competitiveness in today's global economy."

Only 60 of the top applicants will be selected to enter the four-phase program and finalists will receive digital scholarships at the Gala Award Ceremony in 2006. The 2004/2005 SheBusiness program attracted more than 200 applicants.


The first SheBusiness session is Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at the Millennium Biltmore, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Pre-registration is required. To apply, visit

About the Small Business Technology Institute

The Small Business Technology Institute (SBTI) is a non-profit, public benefit corporation that fosters the adoption of information technology among small businesses. SBTI provides information technology awareness, education, consulting, and support services to businesses with 1 to 300 employees, with a focus on disadvantaged categories. SBTI also 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, visit or call (408) 494-0212.

Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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