In an effort to provide smaller companies with a technology jump-start in the wake of Sept. 11, the Commerce Department, IT vendors and other business executives unveiled last week a Web site with links to IT service and equipment suppliers.
The suppliers listed are providers of Intel Corp. architecture hardware and software products and Microsoft Certified Partners. A notice on the site states, "More service suppliers will be added, representing a broad range of hardware and software products, as demand for such services grows through this site."
Some businesses are making their offerings available at a discount through the Web-based clearinghouse.
"I am especially thankful for the IT businesses who have offered price reductions or at-cost services to help these small and medium-size businesses get back up and running," said Commerce Secretary Don Evans in a prepared statement.