Gates Offers Small Businesses Some Advice

Microsoft's chairman offered small-business owners his two cents on everything from China, to why Redmond has come to be the dominant desktop software vendor.

NEW YORK—Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates has advice for small businesses that want to grow up to be just like Microsoft: Create a vision about which your employees are excited; hire the best talent; and be willing to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gains.

Gates offered his views on how technology changes will affect small businesses to 200-plus small-business representatives from the New York City area whom attended a gathering at Microsofts New York/New Jersey headquarters here on Tuesday. The get-together, populated largely by members of the New York Chamber of Commerce, was timed to coincide with Gates launch of the Office System 2003 in New York.

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