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SBDC offers free Internet seminar to residents

Ryan Sheridan

The explosion of Internet use in today’s world has left many lagging behind. As the technology and intricacy of both the Internet and the hardware to access it increase, so does the difficulty of trying to become “net savvy.”

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be offering a free class, “Internet Answers,” to help educate residents and business owners on the uses and benefits of the electronic world. The classes will be on July 10, 17, 24 and 31.

After the introductory class July 10, the SBDC will offer the three-class series to teach students how to build and maintain a Web site for their personal or professional use. The “Web site Development Series” will be offered at the end of July and beginning of August, and there will be a fee to participate.

“This free class is basically for anyone who doesn’t know how to use the Internet, or who wants to improve their understanding. People with all levels of experience are welcome to these courses,” Course instructor Nola Gillham said. “The free class will be a two-hour seminar with a PowerPoint presentation for the first hour. The second hour will be a question and answer time, with people using the SBDC’s computer lab to get hands-on experience.”

Gillham is a 1999 graduate of Moffat County High School, and currently attends Bryant Business College in Rhode Island. She is also the proprietor of her own consulting firm, LeBelle Technology Consulting.

The Web site Development series is only being offered this summer, while Gillham is home for summer break.

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She teaches the same seminars that she will be teaching in Craig at the Verizon Telecommunication Center and SBDC of Smithfield, R.I.

“We’re using portions of the class I teach in Rhode Island for the free seminar. The Web site Development classes are the seminars I teach there also,” Gillham said. “This is a good opportunity for businesses in Craig to catch up with other business, like in Steamboat, for example. The difference in the Chamber of Commerce sites for Craig and Steamboat is significant. The Steamboat Chamber of Commerce site has many more links to local businesses.”

Gillham will offer her technical services until the end of August to those who participate in the seminars in either a consulting or trouble shooting capacity.

Fran DiBartolo, director of the SBDC, thinks it’s important for local residents and businesses to gain this experience and become involved in the e-community, and in e-commerce.

“This free seminar is aimed at generating interest in these technologies and opportunities, to get people involved,” DiBartolo said. “There is going to be a lot of valuable information offered, and [people will be shown] where to go with it. We want to say ‘It’s not that bad. Jump in, folks.'”

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