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Hewlett-Packard Canada Opens Business Center Site

[Mississauga, CANADA] Hewlett-Packard Canada has introduced a complete offering of products and e-services for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) in Canada.

Its new Business Center Web site connects entrepreneurs with other business professionals such as accountants, lawyers, technology experts, marketing gurus and investors for real-time collaboration.

According to Evans Research, a Toronto-based market research firm, there are over 800,000 SMB in Canada. HP recognizes that these businesses have unique technology needs that must be addressed to enable competitiveness and growth.

Key to HP Canada's SMB strategy are industry partnerships and Web resources that add extra value to its range of SMB-tailored appliances, e-services and infrastructure technology.

The new Business Center Web site is an online community connecting entrepreneurs to business and technology professionals. It is an interactive business-to-business knowledge exchange that helps to extend networks, promote business and accomplish goals.

"HP wants to take care of the technology needs of our SMB customers so they can take care of business," said Catherine Morgan, director of small business. "HP also recognizes that SMBs need more than great technology, they need to participate in well-connected business communities."

Hewlett-Packard Canada has more than 1,300 employees at 21 locations across Canada. Its revenue in fiscal 1999 was Cdn $1.9 (US $2.8) billion. The parent company has 86,000 employees worldwide with a total revenue of US $42.4 billion in its 1999 fiscal year.

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