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SCORE, an organization that bills itself the “Counselor to America’s Small Business,” announced that The SCORE Foundation rallied corporate partners for a combined donation of $1.1 million to jump-start a nationwide public/private consortium to help small businesses compete in the Internet age by using broadband technologies. The consortium will offer training, tools and resources, all for free, to small businesses in an effort to level the playing field so that they can compete in the global marketplace. The foundation said nearly 75 percent of small businesses have not yet adopted broadband technologies, often because they lack the expertise.

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