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Blog // Connect Michigan

Farmers Need Tech Too

By Jessica Denson

Happy National Agriculture Day! On this day meant for our ag industry, we wanted to talk about an important issue - getting broadband access for our nation's farmers.Farmers and technology may not, at first, sound like they go together. But, if you think that's the case, you would be wrong.Modern farmers use technology for everything from monitoring important weather changes to general farm equipment. For farmers with an Internet connection, their use of technology has truly transformed their operations. It's another important reason why we must continue our work to become a Connected Nation. These stats provide a glimpse into the use...

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Cyber-Security Training Made for Small Business

By Eric Frederick

Many small business owners believe cyber security practices and vulnerabilities only apply to big businesses with millions in revenue. However, more and more small businesses are learning the hard way that things like ransomware, password theft, social media hijacking, and cloud storage invasion can cost thousands of dollars and even close doors. Working with cyber security experts, MEDC, and U.S. Small Business Administration, the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) has introduced Small Business, Big Threat (SBBT), an easy and informative assessment made specifically to protect small business owners from these risks. Anyone...

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Free Class Boosts Business in Northern Michigan

By Eric Frederick

Marketing businesses and economic development agencies are teaming up for a fourth year in Roscommon County, Michigan, to help small businesses strengthen their online marketing skills. The Boost Your Business seminars provide free, hands-on instruction using Facebook and website marketing, giving small and home-based businesses and non-profits the opportunity to hone social media skills and use the latest online marketing tools to get real results. “With a number of Roscommon County residents who make crafts, sell goods, or offer services from their home, many are still unaware of how to take advantage of the Internet to market their...

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Wine and Web Adds New Location

By Eric Frederick

HarborActive, a community organization promoting technology education in Northern Michigan, is serving up “four courses of wine and four courses of mobile learning” at a new location in Petoskey. Small business owners or individuals can hone their social media skills while mingling with other locals and enjoying unique wines in Harbor Springs and Petoskey. The traditional location, Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs, held the first Wine and Web class on January 24. This year, the creators of Wine and Web—Rachel R. Smolinski, Executive Director of the Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources Inc. (HARBOR, Inc.), and Marcie Wolf,...

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