Small Business' Technology Gap: How Uncle Sam Could Help

One reason for the decline in U.S. industrial competitiveness is the sorry performance of many of the nation's 355,000 small manufacturers. These companies represent nearly 99% of American manufacturers and employ 40% of the country's manufacturing workers. Yet many studies have found that they lag far behind their Japanese counterparts in using computer-controlled machine tools and other key technologies, as well as in implementing quality programs.

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