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The internet has created numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs to both start a new online business and/or increase a traditional business. Share your thoughts on how the Internet has contributed to small businesses.

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Internet technology helps small companies compete with Fortune 500 companies as they build eBusiness Infrastructure.

Companies no longer need to invest in in-house IT infrastructure to support packaged software and hardware to install and maintain. With just Internet access and a web browser, web-based solutions can offer integrated business tools like:
- Document Management,
- Content Management,
- Customer Relations Management,
- Sales & Marketing Management,
- Enterprise Phone systems that automate business operations no matter what that business is.

* Using VPN
One example of a small company utilizing the power of the Internet successfully is Olympic Moving and Storage [1]. The company has two locations. One is in MA and another in VA. The company has realized significant increases in business by adopting an Internet-based business infrastructure. Before implementing web-based solutions, the company's two locations were completely separated with no direct connection between the two. The company first implemented a VPN (virtual private network). Basically a VPN is a private network that uses a public network (usually the Internet) to connect remote sites or users together. With the VPN installed, Olympic Moving now has the ability to maintain fast, secure and reliable communications ...

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How the Internet has contributed to small businesses is explained.

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