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Blog // Connect Michigan

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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$30M Grant Funds Available for Broadband Apps and Innovations

By Amanda Murphy

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) recently announced a $30 million grant opportunity toward innovative digital tools for first responders and FirstNet’s national public safety communications network.  "The idea behind this is that we want to help public safety [professionals] envision what the future looks like for them. Not two years or three years from now — but what does 10 years or 15 years look like for you?" said PSCR Director Dereck Orr in an interview with FirstNet. "We want to pull that future vision forward in the timeline by thoughtfully...

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Library Offers Free Take-Home Internet

By Eric Frederick

When applying for jobs, taking an online course, finishing homework, or even setting up an e-mail account, many of the approximately 90 million Americans who do not have adequate Internet access at home turn to their local libraries. New programs offering mobile Internet access are now allowing library patrons to take the Internet with them when the library closes its doors at night. Chelsea District Library (CDL) in Washtenaw County, Michigan began offering “CDL Hotspots” in June, allowing library card holders to check out a device which provides wireless broadband Internet access up to 40 feet for up to 10 devices. Each person or family...

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