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Blog // Connect Michigan

Happy Holidays from all of us at Connected Nation

By Jessica Ditto

It's been another incredible year for our team at Connected Nation. Together with our partners, friends, and supporters like yourself, we've connected more communities across the country and further closed the digital divide. As we approach 2014, we wanted to wish all of you very Happy Holidays! Have a wonderful time with your family, friends, and loved ones! Sincerely, Tom Ferree 
President & COO

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Celebrating the Season of Giving

By Connected Nation

Two thousand seven hundred and fifteen dollars. That is how much in gift cards our team has raised for local families in need as part of the Connected Nation "Season of Giving." This means that we will be able to help ten families with funds to buy food, fuel, clothes, and gifts this Christmas. What's more, any extra will go to the Woodsfield, OH community toy & clothing drive to help the families affected by recent job loss. We are so proud of our generous staff, as well as their friends, families, and neighbors who helped make this a successful "Season of Giving." This outpouring of support is inspiring and admirable. The...

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Michigan Home-Based Businesses Earn $2 Billion in Annual Revenues from Online Sales

By CMI Staff

By Hongqiang Sun, Research Analyst Home-based businesses are a vital component for local economic development.  However, it is not enough to just recognize the importance of these businesses. The goal is to help small, home-based businesses expand and thrive in the digital economy. A new study from Connect Michigan explores how home-based businesses use broadband in Michigan through its 2013 Business Technology Assessment. The report finds that 74% of Michigan home-based businesses use broadband, a 15 percentage point increase since 2011. This rate of broadband usage is comparable to other businesses in the state. Michigan home-based...

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Celebrate Online Businesses This Cyber Monday!

By Connected Nation

It's Cyber Monday and millions of Americans will be going online to get the best deals from their favorite stores. If you missed out on the late night and long lines of Black Friday, Cyber Monday allows you to take advantage of the sales from the comfort of home. Businesses across the nation are getting more connected each year and that's leading to an overwhelming increase in online sales. This past year alone, an estimated $1.7 TRILLION was brought into businesses via online sales. And that's just the tip of the iceberg!  More and more, folks are shopping online: Nationally, 62% of American adults (149 million Americans) shop...

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