Booting Up Your Friendly Banker

More small businesses are balancing checkbooks and paying bills via PC

While waiting for a flight back to New York from Alaska, James Cardwell struck a few keys on his laptop to check his company's account balances before wiring money to Australia. "The records are immediate, and it's cheaper and easier than going to the bank," says Cardwell, the chief financial officer of Daglow Exploration, a company that searches for and mines gold in Alaska.

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