Technology has changed the global economy and our business landscape several times over, and we’re in the midst of yet another fundamental shift. Advances in artificial intelligence and the decreasing cost of computing power promise to change the way people work and communicate over the next century. Just as the industrial revolution empowered entrepreneurs to build iconic enterprises like Ford and Black & Decker, there are already signs of how the digital revolution is helping Main Street take a competitive edge.
Small and medium-sized businesses power American commerce, comprising 99 percent of firms in the country. By hiring employees, promoting workforce diversity, and fostering increased participation in the global marketplace, these business owners strengthen local communities as well as the U.S. economy. Increasingly, these entrepreneurs count on technology to start and scale their companies.