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UMFK host site for internet use workshop

June 24, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be the host site for a workshop designed to assist local small business owners to learn how to move into the world of internet commerce.

The sessions will be held Tuesday and Thursday July 12 and 14 and Tuesday and Thursday July 19 and 21, between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the computer lab located in Nadeau Hall.

The workshop is being funded by the Maine Microenterprise Initiative program.

Coordinated by the Northern Maine Development Commission's small Business Development Center, the session entitled "Access eCommerce", will be led by the NMDC business development staff members, Rod Thompson, Shawn Manter and David Spooner.

"The course is geared to businesses with fewer than 50 employees," said Thompson, program coordinator. "It has already been presented in many areas across the country."

The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to use the internet as a business research tool to find new markets or suppliers or to check out the competition, to decide if a web presence is right for their business, to learn steps in planning or learn techniques to effectively promote a website and how to incorporate the internet into a business plan.

Participants must have prior experience with the use of an internet browser and basic computer skills, including keyboarding and mouse operations.

Cost for the workshop is $50.00 per person but full tuition assistance is available to all interested attendees.

To register contact Judy Dinsmore at 1-800-427-8736 or e-mail at jdinsmore@nmdc.org.

For more information on the workshop contact Rod Thompson at 207-498-8736 or e-mail at rthompson@nmdc.org.