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HP Expands Technology Portfolio for Small BusinessesSAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2007
HP today unveiled 12 new products and services at a special event hosted by the company to showcase how small business customers are making technology work for their individual businesses.
At "The Art of Small Business" event, HP also announced new HP Total Care services, a Small Business Connection web portal and a "Boost Your Business" editorial contest with Forbes.com - all designed specifically for small businesses.
HP was joined by several small business owners at the event, where the company additionally previewed small business owner and fashion designer Vera Wang's upcoming "Personal Again" ad campaign spot and showed off the HP Chopper designed and built by another featured customer, the Orange County Choppers.
"HP empowers small businesses by making technology simple and accessible, freeing time for business owners to focus on the business itself," said Satjiv Chahil, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. "HP is the only company capable of providing small businesses what they need every step of the way, from selecting reliable products to offering tailored advice and award-winning service and support."
According to a fourth quarter 2006 report by the market research firm IDC, HP is the overall worldwide leader in unit shipments in the PC, server and hard copy peripherals markets for small and medium-size businesses.(1)
Products specially tailored to meet critical small business needs
HP released several new products that address four key customer needs: mobility and networking, business protection and security, do-it-yourself marketing and retail point-of-sale.
Mobility and networking:
Security and data protection:
Retail point-of-sale system:
Additional product information is available in an online press kit at http://www.hp.com/go/artofsmallbusiness2007.
Designed with small businesses in mind
HP Total Care for Small Businesses, available in the United States, includes a range of free and fee-based support, services and programs to ensure customers receive personalized services for every stage of their computer's life: from choosing, configuring and protecting it, to tuning and, ultimately, recycling it.
"HP Total Care simplifies the technology experience for small businesses, giving them a straightforward way to access, use and evaluate solutions designed to meet their needs throughout the PC lifecycle," said Laurie McCabe, vice president of AMI Partners, a research and consulting firm to small businesses. "And, with Total Care Advisor, small businesses have ready access to essential information about their PCs, which makes its easier to manage their systems."
HP is working with Forbes.com on its "Boost Your Business" online contest for small business owners. Bolstered by a panel of experts, this contest aims to identify and celebrate sound business ideas with the most promise for growth. Contestants can submit their stories about how they want to grow their business to the Forbes.com website beginning today.
HP has expanded its small and medium business website to include a new section called Small Business Connection, www.hp.com/go/sbc. With this new section, the website becomes a "one stop" location where business owners can find information and resources to help grow and market their businesses. The new section prioritizes key products, services and solutions and shares helpful content from the main site, including free online classes and business templates, success story videos and interactive features such as dynamic polling and social marketing tools.
Additional information on the announcements above and today's "The Art of Small Business" event, including HP's work with SCORE, the National Association of Women Business Owners and Administaff to provide advice to small businesses, is available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/artofsmallbusiness2007.
HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers - from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world's largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $94.1 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.
(1) IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, IDC Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripheral Tracker, Q4 2006.
(2) Wireless use requires separately purchased service contract. Check with service provider for availability and coverage area. Available in select countries only.
(3) Wireless access point required and is not included. Availability of public wireless access points limited. Wireless Internet use requires separately purchased Internet service contract.
(4) This system requires a separately purchased 64-bit operating system and 64-bit software products to take advantage of the 64-bit processing capabilities of AMD Turion 64 X2 technology. Dual-core processing available with AMD Turion 64 X2 technology is a recent technology innovation designed to improve performance of this system. Given the wide range of software applications available, performance of a system including a 64-bit operating system and a dual-core processor will vary.
(5) HP Smart Data protection service is sold as a one-year fixed HP Care Pack Service, which, including installation, start-up and ongoing support for data backup and restore, starts at $140 for 1 gigabyte of storage. Actual price may vary.
(6) Service is defined as an onsite visit by a technician, parts shipped to the customer or a unit shipped to HP for service. Phone support does not limit eligibility. This promotion only supports those products outlined in the terms and does not support all of the products described in this announcement. Customers must register the HP Care Pack Service with HP within 30 days of the original purchase date on eligible products. (Resellers can register products on behalf of their customers.) To claim the rebate, customers must submit a completed and signed claim form along with the invoice/receipt postmarked and received within the required dates. Limit 10 rebates per customer. See the redemption form for the full terms and conditions of this offer.
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