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Purdue Extension Community Development’s Digital Ready initiative advances the capacity of small businesses to strengthen their knowledge and application of broadband strategies.
Through interactive workshops and online courses led by a statewide team of Purdue trainers, participants learn about the importance of the digital economy, how to incorporate digital strategies into the work place and build technical knowledge.
Recent studies highlight the economic benefits of broadband adoption by small businesses. Since most new jobs in Indiana are created by existing businesses with less than 100 employees, establishing and expanding their online presence is critical to remain competitive.
Narrowing the digital divide requires efforts to strengthen digital literacy, enhance the awareness of digital tools and encourage adoption by consumers and workers. Our basic/intermediate level educational products help advance broadband applications by entrepreneurs and small businesses.
We currently offer in-person workshops on strategies for entrepreneurs and small businesses to grow their online business presence in these counties: Bartholomew, Cass, Harrison, Lake, LaPorte, Marion, Orange, Posey, Spencer, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Vigo and Wells.
View our calendar for a list of scheduled workshops. If you do not see one offered in your county, let us know which workshops you are interested in here and an Extension educator from the county will get back to you about availability of face-to-face workshops. Please keep in mind that availability of workshops in neighboring counties is not guaranteed for the time being. In late 2018 we will expand workshops to other counties in Indiana and begin offering the courses online, in addition to in-person.
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