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Mecosta County Launches Broadband Initiative

Published on: April 25, 2017

Mecosta County, MI. (April 25, 2017) – Ten minutes is all it takes for you to help us better connect Mecosta County. The Mecosta County Broadband Committee has partnered with Connected Nation’s community engagement program, Connected, to come up with a plan to improve everyone’s access to high speed Internet. We’re asking agriculture county residents, local town residents, businesses, librarians, …

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Building Broadband Above Obstacles in Rural Michigan

Published on: April 21, 2017

Ogemaw County has made it easier for ISPs to extend broadband coverage in the area by going upward. A newly completed vertical assets inventory includes barns, poles, towers, water towers, silos, and other tall structures across 14 townships in Ogemaw County. With this information, ISPs can install broadband infrastructure on tall structures in the area and significantly reduce the investment …

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Remote Office, Home Office, Your Office in Harbor Springs

Published on: April 19, 2017

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 40% of Americans will work at home in some form by 2020. Harbor Springs is taking advantage of this trend and working preemptively to make the area a hotspot for remote workers. The newly proposed co-working space, under the working title Remote Office/ Home Office or ROHO, will give remote workers of all …

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Cyber-Security Training Made for Small Business

Published on: February 26, 2017

Many small business owners believe cyber security practices and vulnerabilities only apply to big businesses with millions in revenue. However, more and more small businesses are learning the hard way that things like ransomware, password theft, social media hijacking, and cloud storage invasion can cost thousands of dollars and even close doors. Working with cyber security experts, MEDC, and U.S. …

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Free Class Boosts Business in Northern Michigan

Published on: January 31, 2017

Marketing businesses and economic development agencies are teaming up for a fourth year in Roscommon County, Michigan, to help small businesses strengthen their online marketing skills. The Boost Your Business seminars provide free, hands-on instruction using Facebook and website marketing, giving small and home-based businesses and non-profits the opportunity to hone social media skills and use the latest online marketing …

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Wine and Web Adds New Location

Published on: January 30, 2017

HarborActive, a community organization promoting technology education in Northern Michigan, is serving up “four courses of wine and four courses of mobile learning” at a new location in Petoskey. Small business owners or individuals can hone their social media skills while mingling with other locals and enjoying unique wines in Harbor Springs and Petoskey. The traditional location, Stafford’s Pier Restaurant …

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Showcase Iosco Success

Published on: January 12, 2017

Over 50 businesses, non-profits, and community organizations from Iosco County attended Showcase Iosco in Tawas City, Michigan, on Thursday, October 13, 2016, moving the county toward completion of its Technology Action Plan and one step closer to Connected certification. Showcase Iosco highlighted community and economic development through technology and brought residents from surrounding towns and villages to the area to …

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Five Ohio Communities to Receive Detailed Tech Assessment and Broadband Plan

Published on: January 5, 2017

Connect Ohio has selected five Ohio communities to participate in the Connected℠ Community Engagement Program. Each will receive a comprehensive technology assessment and innovative project plan to enhance the technology standing in today’s digital economy. The awards are part of Connect Ohio’s funding from the state of Ohio to continue advancing broadband access, adoption, and use for all Ohioans. Connect …

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Tips for Simple, Safe Cyber Security

Published on: January 3, 2017

With over 1 billion Yahoo! accounts recently compromised in a record-breaking cyber breach, many shoppers and business owners wonder if online shopping and services are still safe and if the convenience is worth the risk. Cyber security experts advise everyday users and business owners to be cautious and recommend a few simple measures that can go a long way toward …

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Connected Program to Help Connect Every Iowan With Broadband

Published on: December 16, 2016

On December 12, 2016, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced the Blue Ribbon Initiative, a public private effort to raise $2 million to expand community broadband planning throughout the state. In partnership with Connect Iowa, and through the Connected℠ Community Engagement Program (Connected℠), the initiative will engage Iowa communities with the tools needed to enhance …