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Technology Trends and the Future of Small Business

The latest installment of the Future of Small Business report is out. The Future of Small Business report outlines major trends affecting small businesses in the United States over the next ten years.

This latest installment of the report focuses on technology. It outlines three categories of technology trends that are shaping the face of small business.

There is also a one-page summary chart [1] (PDF) outlining some of the key technology trends.

Future of Small Business Summary Chart of Technology Trends [1]
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This report is written by the Institute for the Future and sponsored by Intuit, the makers of QuickBooks accounting software. This is the second of three planned installments. The first installment was issued in January 2007 and took a look at demographic trends.

I had the good fortune to participate in a panel of experts who gave input for the report last year. It was an exciting experience to spend time with everyone discussing how we see the market shaping, from our different perspectives. I learned a lot from the others, too.

Intuit has made the installments of this report public and available to everyone, unlike a lot of research reports which are available only to the company sponsoring them or cost thousands of dollars.

You can find the Intuit Future of Small Business report here [2].