Community Leaders Program in the News!

Over the weekend, I was thrilled when the Times Picayune ran an article about the program I started in New Orleans to help small businesses leverage online tools to promote their business. We have 15 stellar students who have dedicated their time to helping 140 (I was interviewed a few weeks back and the number has increased!) small businesses reach more customers by learning about the various online tools and resources. I couldn't be more proud of what they have accomplished :)


Google and New Orleans college students launch training for small business owners seeking to build their web presence

Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneBy Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
on November 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM, updated November 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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Google has launched a campaign to help New Orleans area small businesses build their presence on the Internet with help from university students at Dillard, Loyola, Tulane and Xavier. The program offers training for business owners, showing them how to raise their profiles on Google Maps and other Google searches and services.
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One goal, said Katelin Todhunter-Gerberg, a spokeswoman for the initiative, is to help New Orleans businesses get better wired in time for the Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in February.

Training takes place Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the second-floor Central City Renaissance Alliance office at the Mahalia Jackson Elementary campus, 2405 Jackson Avenue; and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Good Work Network office, 2028 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

The program is holding one-time sessions Thursday and on Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Freret Neighborhood Center, 4605 Freret Street. It also maintains office hours on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Freret center.

The office hours will pause for the holidays after Dec. 13 and the weekly training sessions will take a break after Dec. 14. Anyone interested in registering can do so using a Google online form.

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