Intuit has released a report on the future of small business, predicting that artisans will re-emerge as an influential force in the coming decade, using technology and globalization to help them expand.

The report, sponsored by Intuit and written by the Institute for the Future, predicts that the emergence of "barbell-like" economic structures will drive new business collaborations, creating greater opportunity and profitability for small business. There will be a few giant corporations on one end, a relatively small number of midsized firms in the middle, and a large group of small businesses balancing the other end.

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