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Published: 12/17/2009 12:00 AM

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RIVERWOODS - In spite of a growing interest in social networking, online transacting and using a Web page to promote their operations, the majority of small business owners still don't consider use of the Internet as mandatory in running a small business in America today, according to research from Discover.

Discover has been tracking the business concerns and economic confidence of America's 22 million small businesses since 2006, and some key trends are emerging with regard to online resources. The number of small businesses with their own Web sites has grown 36 percent in the past two years, but still fewer than half of owners have one.

The number of small businesses that have Web sites grew from 33 percent in November 2007 to 45 percent in August 2009. Forty-six percent of small business owners said it is a myth that every company should have a Web site, 44 percent felt the opposite and 10 percent were not sure.