SOURCE: Small Business Technology Institute

August 03, 2005 14:01 ET

U.S. Small Businesses Vie for $100,000 in Free Information Technology Education, Products and Services to Accelerate Their Growth and Success

The World of Difference Contest Presented by the Small Business Technology Institute and Intel® Corporation Rewards Small Businesses and Community Organizations for Discovering the Benefits of Information Technology

Application Deadline September 6, 2005

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 3, 2005 -- How will $100,000 in free information technology education, products and services transform a small business? The World of Difference, a nationwide contest presented by the Small Business Technology Institute (SBTI) and Intel, is the first of its kind to invite small businesses, community partners and Intel® channel members to share their vision for creating a profitable, reliable and thriving future for small businesses using server-based information technology. Entrants earn a chance to win $100,000 in hardware, software and services, plus a trip to the award ceremony in New York City in early 2006. The deadline to register for the contest is September 6, 2005 at www.theworldofdifference.org.

The World of Difference contest is part of a six-month educational program that combines online tools and resources with hands-on technology learning events to help small businesses compete successfully in our fast-moving economy using technology.

"The small business market is on the verge of adopting and using technology at an unprecedented rate," said Andrea Peiro, CEO of the Small Business Technology Institute. "Awareness and educational efforts like The World of Difference are the key to spreading knowledge and helping small businesses make the right decisions. Small business owners can learn how technology can help their businesses and also positively impact the quality of their life."

"Managing a small business is a difficult task and technology is often an after thought. However, information technologies can increase the likelihood for any small business to succeed by simplifying and accelerating some of the most complex and time-consuming tasks," said Steve Dallman, Director of Channel Sales & Marketing, Intel Americas, Inc. "Server-based information technologies can facilitate collaboration, improve the understanding of the business performance, optimize the use of resources and provide more accurate fresh information for the best decisions. Since many of our channel members (resellers) are small business themselves, they have a keen understanding of the issues and opportunities for how technology can improve their business, and that of their customers."

About The World of Difference Contest

The World of Difference contest provides hands-on, real-world technology education for small businesses. To enter, qualified small businesses submit a vision statement at www.theworldofdifference.org that describes how $100,000 will transform the business. Small businesses with the highest-scoring vision statements are invited to develop a business case that explores the impact of adopting information technology within their business. The top-scoring business cases are selected to work with an Intel channel member to create a business proposal. Finalists will be invited to present their business case to a panel of judges at the World of Difference Learning and Development Conference in early 2006. The winning small business will be selected live on stage to receive a $100,000 credit with the Intel channel member, plus a $5,000 cash prize. The Intel channel member also receives $50,000 in marketing development funds from Intel.

Community partners also play a pivotal role in ensuring that current and future generations of small businesses have the right tools and opportunities to continue fueling economic growth. Private, non-profit, educational and governmental organizations earn a chance to win $25,000 in Intel-based technology, including server and mobility solutions, for referring the winning small business to the contest.

The World of Difference contest is open to small businesses located in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia with no more than 100 employees and revenue of less than $50,000,000 in 2004. Other terms and conditions apply. For complete contest rules, please visit www.theworldofdifference.org.

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, counseling and support services 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.

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