The Information Technology Association of America and the Minority Business Development Agency are offering women and minority entrepreneurs a free online technology training tool, officials said Thursday.

Biz Tech-Connect, a small-business Web portal, will provide free instructional Web-based seminars, video training courses hosted by business experts, and information on managing and growing a small business.

"There is a significant body of knowledge from the private and public sector that shows an underutilization of technology by small, minority- and women-owned businesses," Ronald Langston, national director of the Minority Business Development Agency, said in a statement. "Ensuring that women and minority entrepreneurs realize their business success and competitiveness through the effective use of technology is essential to American's economic strength."

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