Construction firms lag in Internet use

A report released Sept. 13 by the Small Business Research Board (SBRB) shows small construction and contracting firms use the Internet for business purposes less than any other industry surveyed.

The study, which was co-sponsored by Business Today magazine, shows 57 percent of participating small construction and contracting firms do not have Web sites. Additionally, the poll indicates less than 14 percent of firms surveyed believe sales resulting from Web-based commerce will increase during the next 12 to 14 months.

In contrast, 67 percent of participating manufacturers have Web sites, which is the highest percentage of any industry surveyed.