The number of firms owned by women and minorities is the fastest growing business segment in our country--and, unfortunately, one of the least technologically savvy. According to a recent study by the Urban Institute, up to $200 billion in additional revenue could be generated if this exploding segment of business owners learned to better utilize the technology they have. And Task Force, a new team of IT industry leaders, elected officials and other community organizations that was put together by Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency, is planning on helping these businesses do just that.
In its first step to bridging the technology gap, the Task Force is hosting free technology seminars in six different cities across the United States. These interactive, live seminars will provide hands-on training and teach practical skills such as building websites and utilizing other tools to expand your business. Participants will be exposed to the best practices, develop a better understanding of the latest technology, and increase your awareness of the various software and hardware available.
In addition to the trainings and hands-on labs, seminars will also feature partner pavilions housing local small-business support services and economic development initiatives designed to connect participants to additional assistance from local resources. The goal of the Task Force is to strengthen the U.S. economy by enhancing the business potential of woman-owned and minority-owned businesses.
If you are a woman or minority business owner who could benefit from this free, educational service, check out a seminar coming to a city near you:
June 7: New York City
June 9: Miami
June 14: Chicago
June 16: Los Angeles
June 21: Seattle
July 13: Chicago
July14: Silicon Valley/San Jose, California
July 21: Los Angeles
July 28: Washington, D.C.
August 2: Miami
August 4: Washington, D.C.
For more information, call (888) 613-3787 or visit www.biztechconnect.org.