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Fall 2009 Webinar Series Rescheduled for Thursdays in October, November, and December

The National e-Commerce Extension Initiative is excited to kick off the 2009 fall Webinar Series! These Webinars are designed for extension educators, economic development professionals, and others who desire to work with local leaders, citizens, and organizations to build a strong, vibrant plan for introducing and effectively using broadband in their communities. The Webinars will spotlight newly-developed online learning curricula. Participation is recommended for extension educators who may apply for the Implementation Mini-Grants Program.

Webinars topics include:

A Beginner’s Guide to e-Commerce: Easy Tools for Profit
October 29, 2009 3 p.m. (Central Time)
Dr. Kimball Marshall

If you are looking to turn an existing skill into income, grow a small business, or expand the market for a rural business then this e-Commerce Webinar is for you.  Join us for this free online learning opportunity and discover how to use the Internet to generate income.

Web site Basics: A Primer for Hispanic Small Businesses
November 19, 2009 3 p.m. (Central Time)
Dr. Brian Whitacre

The Internet can open doors for Hispanic Small Businesses through effective Web site design and online shopping options.  Learn how to use the Internet to add value to a Hispanic Small Business or increase awareness of the products and services provided by these small businesses among Spanish speaking consumers.

Marketing Food Specialty Products Online
December 3, 2009 3 p.m. (Central Time)
Rachael Carter

How can food retailers – such as grocery managers, farmers, restaurants, or food specialty entrepreneurs – utilize the vast amount of online marketing options?  To gain skills in online business decision-making, tune in to “Marketing Food Specialty Products Online” This free interactive Webinar is sponsored by the SRDC.  


How to Participate in Webinars
To join a Webinar session, click on the name of the session. When you find yourself at a login page enter your name under the "Enter as a Guest" heading.  Click on "Enter Room."

We will use Internet connection (not phone lines) for audio. You will need speakers for your computer to hear the presentation and a microphone to participate in the discussions. A chat box will be available for those who do not have microphones.

For additional information or questions, visit the 2009 Webinar Series page or contact Bo Beaulieu


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