As National Small Business Week 2005
begins today, a new report from Hostway Corporation finds small and mid-sized
businesses (SMBs) leading a “Stealth Revolution” powered by the ever-expanding
use of the Web to manage and grow their businesses.
Hostway’s report, “The SMB Stealth Revolution,” is available for free and
unlimited downloading at http://www.hostway.com/media/stealthrevolution .
The Web-powered SMB developments identified in Hostway’s report go far
beyond just the “wiring” of existing small enterprises.
Growing evidence points toward the emergence of an entirely new generation
of highly targeted, niche-focused Web-centric SMBs. These firms not only
leverage new technology, but they take advantage of increasing consumer
willingness to make online purchases from small companies. This combination
has enabled entrepreneurs to develop innovative, Web-based business models –
and even includes the launch of companies that have found ways to counter the
long-standing decline of U.S. manufacturing.
“The strategic use of technology is no longer just the domain of big
enterprises,” says John Lee, Hostway’s vice president of marketing. “The
rollout of new Web-delivered and Web-based services is accelerating. And as
it happened with many earlier technologies like personal computers, desktop
publishing, e-mail and e-commerce, innovative small businesses are in the
vanguard of taking advantage of the new capabilities.”