One small business is about to find out just how far $100,000 will go toward improving its business.
The three finalists in Microsoft's Total Technology Makeover contest are vying for that $100,000, which must be used to buy Dell hardware and Microsoft software and services to overhaul their businesses.
Allen Schulman, who has been in the bicycle business for as long as he can remember, starting as a teen working in his father's store, knows the money could make a difference for his two-store chain.
Schulman started New York-based Sid's Bikes in 1993, at age 23, with a single DOS-based computer and point-of-sale software. But when Y2K loomed on the horizon, Schulman decided it was time to move to Windows. He taught himself Microsoft Visual FoxPro and cobbled together a program that helped him run his store.