16 December 2010

press release.

I'm very excited about the opportunity I have been given recently.  This is just another important step in my process to Find Windom, and I can't wait to get started.  You'll be seeing me out and about promoting this great program for rural Minnesota.  I hope Windom grasps this opportunity as well--the internet is an awesome tool--take it from me *wink, wink*

Watch for this informational press release regarding this opportunity coming soon from yours truly:

Helping Windom Businesses Use the Internet to be More Successful

Mari Harries has teamed up with the University of Minnesota Extension in an eighteen month effort to encourage local businesses to use the internet.  The goal, says Mari, "is to show Windom businesses that there are simple and creative ways to use the internet that they may not be using now, to reach new customers, sell more products and services, and stay connected with their existing customers." Mari will work with Extension and local businesses to coordinate a series of workshops and guidance to resources to be offered to local business people and residents.  These workshops will include introductory topics such as why it is important to be "Doing business on the Internet," how to make sure your customers can find you, "Roadside Advertising in the Digital Age," and using social media (Facebook and Twitter) to improve your business.  These workshops will be taught by Extension Educators who will also offer more advanced workshops and will be available to consult with businesses.  The first workshops will be offered in beginning in March.

"I've just started working with Extension on this project," says Mari, "but I'm really excited.  They've got some wonderful ideas and great workshops.  What we'll be offering will really benefit our local businesses and the community overall." "Using the internet to promote your business does not have to be complex or expensive," says Hans Muessig, Extension's Program Director,"there are simple things almost any business can benefit from that can make a significant difference in their bottom line."

Extension's work in Windom is part of the larger Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) project.  MIRC is a coalition of statewide partners including the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Minnesota Learning Commons, regional development commissions, and Extension.  MIRC's focus is to bring the full promise of broadband (internet) technologies to rural Minnesota communities, businesses, and people.  The project is funded through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Grant and the Blandin Foundation of Grand Rapids, Minnesota serves as the project administrator.

For more information Mari encourages you to contact her at 507.822.1691 or findingwindom@hotmail.com.

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