Program teaches importance of technology for businesses, organizations

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Due to frequent technological changes, it may prove difficult for small businesses, nonprofit organizations or government officials to make sure they are up-to-date on the latest and greatest that can help them succeed.

To provide assistance, Osceola County, the Evart Local Development Finance Authority, the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce, Connect Michigan and Lansing-based Courtland Consulting are hosting a free technology training program on Tuesday, June 24.

"There's so much technology out there and this will help people become familiarized," said Osceola County Community Development Coordinator Dan Massy. "It's not just limited to websites. It's about addressing more than that."

There are two session options for attendees. One session is from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Reed City Depot, and the other is from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Evart Depot.

Speakers will discuss why websites are important and how they can be effective, teach about the trends of advertising on social media and the internet, and teach strategies on using social media and the internet. Questions will be answered, case studies will be viewed and an open discussion on what internet options are best for each business type or organization will take place.

The purpose of the technology program is to break down the barriers for adopting technology and increasing digital literacy and is in coordination with Connect Michigan's goal to make high-speed internet available across the state. The sessions are tailored to inform and provide resources and support to businesses, organizations and agencies to promote their products, services or programs, Massy added.

Light refreshments also will be provided during the sessions.

To register for the training, contact Dan Massy at (231) 832-7397, Susie Williams at (231) 832-5431 or Melora Theunick at (231) 734-6119.