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U.S. Chamber Unveils High-Tech 'ThinkCenter' to Help Small Businesses in New York

Wednesday, December 1, 1999 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Chamber of Commerce, in a partnership with the Small Business Administration and IBM, is opening a small business "ThinkCenter" in Albany, New York, today in a step to help small companies get access to the latest technology.

At the ThinkCenter, consultants will assist small-business owners on technology questions. Entrepreneurs can also get hands-on experience with the latest computer and Internet technologies and get referrals to local technology specialists, consultants and vendors.

The ThinkCenter is equipped with state-of-the-art IBM computers, Web site development software and other targeted solutions for small-business owners. A joint Chamber-IBM study in 1998 showed that small business owners want to use technology, but are often uncertain about where to buy, what to buy and whom to turn for help. As a result, many tend put off investments that could boost their businesses.

Three other centers (Chicago, Ill., Spokane, Wash., and El Paso, Tex.) preceded the opening of the Albany ThinkCenter.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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