Individuals and small businesses interested in enhancing their online presence may benefit from a free educational and entertainment event sponsored by the Google Community Leaders Program from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the rear parking lot of Lakeview Grocery, 801 Harrison Ave., New Orleans.
The “#GetConnected Google CLP Block Party” aims to close the digital divide and to motivate as well as equip local entrepreneurs with digital tools to help build sustainable businesses that contribute to the economy.
In partnership with the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association, Google CLP will offer on-site, hands-on training sessions in four key areas: small-business essentials, business development, nonprofit groups and marketing designed for attendees to learn more about their products and services.
Food trucks will be on hand, and there will be live music from Google CLP graduates.
“Trainings are focused on helping small businesses develop an online presence, ensuring musicians have the tools to increase their fan engagement, teaching individuals basic computer skills to apply for jobs or communicate regularly with family that aren’t nearby, or assisting nonprofits with building an online presence to spread their mission and reach more donors,” said Jennifer Miller-Holland, the founder of the Google Community Leaders Program in New Orleans.
New Orleans’ community leaders are motivated and passionate students from Dillard, Xavier, Loyola and Tulane who are assigned to one of six teams that consist of one student from each school. Each team is given a mentor for the yearlong program and assigned to a neighborhood. The students are tasked with helping small businesses build an online presence and improving the overall Web literacy of their neighborhood. For more information, visit www.nola clp.com.