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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:...

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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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