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Blog // Connect Michigan

Spring Into Technology

By Connected Nation

From using Facebook for the first time to using e-mail as a marketing tool, the first step is always education. Many first-time users and even experienced users expanding their skills don’t know how to start or even where to look for instruction.

Across Michigan in both rural and urban areas, chambers of commerce, local libraries, economic development corporations, private businesses, and many others are teaching essential computer skills this spring. If you’re curious about using online tools for socializing, business development, research, or just for fun, new programs across Michigan are beginning now to help you get started. Here’s how:

Michigan Small Business Development Center
Michigan’s SBDC regularly holds workshops for small business owners who wish to start, improve, or expand their online toolbox. These lessons include a variety of subjects such as cybersecurity, cloud storage, Google AdWords, Google Maps, marketing on Pinterest, or how to build a website. Classes are available in or near Grand Rapids, Lansing, Livonia, Troy, Mt. Pleasant, Charlotte, Owosso, Greenville, Flint, Wyoming, and many other locations; some classes are offered exclusively online.

Local Economic Development Groups
Economic Development Centers and regional partnerships take their constituents’ needs into account when making a calendar of events, and they often include lessons in cybersecurity, online marketing, social media marketing, and other online services for local businesses. To find an economic development center, corporation, or partnership near you, visit or your local government office.

Chambers of Commerce
Your city, township, or county’s Chamber of Commerce may also have similar events specializing in technology. Mecosta, Ogemaw, Alcona, Oscoda-AuSable, and Iosco are just a few of the Chambers of Commerce regularly hosting technology-related events for small businesses and residents. Regional government councils and prosperity regions such as the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) also offer springtime classes.

Local Libraries
While local government groups generally focus on small businesses and local economics, local libraries provide technology-based learning events for all residents—students, seniors, kids, and families. Programs may include topics from introductory lessons on using Google and Facebook, to more advanced classes on cybersecurity and over-sharing, to classes for businesses. Many classes are free, and new programs often begin in the spring.

Look up events online or visit your local economic development group, chamber, library, or a local business to learn more about technology-related opportunities, and stay in touch with Connect Michigan to see feature stories on events near you. 


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