Microsoft Corp. and Compaq Computer Corp. have joined with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer software, hardware and technical support for business training across the country.
The two companies estimated that their total contributions will be about $2 million.
The Start, Run, Grow program will provide technical support and equipment to the SBA's Business Information Centers. The SBA currently supports 38 centers across the country and is building 16 more.
The centers will provide technical training and advice to small businesses in productivity software, and help them conduct financial analysis and business planning.
Microsoft is based in Redmond, Wash. Compaq is headquartered in Houston.