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Small business face big challenges

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A recent survey shows Palm Beach County's business potential in the new year, but there are some challenges to make that happen.

Last year's holiday retail season was up from 2009, and construction companies say the time for new projects is now.

According to the Palm Beach County Business Development Board, Google considered the county for a data center, but decided not to build here.

The BDB's CEO said Google may have thought the county wasn't equipped with enough technology workers for the center.

It's a perception the board hopes to change. "Making sure that the curriculum that is developed in our workforce and our educational institutions is in line with the jobs that are being created here in Palm Beach County," said Kelly Smallridge.  "The good news is we're already addressing the issue."

Despite Google, the board said at least three other big companies are eyeing the area for expansion.

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