The North Dakota State University Extension, United Tribes Technical College and Pride of Dakota teamed together to present a two-day marking workshop to 36 small businesses in the area. Online Marketing: Examining the Possibilities workshop specialized in small businesses looking to jump start their online marking and for those looking to refresh their skills. The hands-on workshop covered topics such as websites, marketing your brand, using analytics, Twitter, video, Facebook and more.
“The goal of the program is to create awareness of and comfort with e-commerce and social media as part of the business strategy,” said Glenn Muske, Rural and Agribusiness Enterprise Development Specialist at NDSU Extension.
The savvy Tech Wizards have trained several counties in Mississippi by working with the 4-H agent in that area and connecting with the Mayor, Fire Dept. Emergency Management, and Local businesses. The Tech Wizards also traveled to Paris, TN and trained a group of Tennessee 4-H'ers in how to implement the program.
Dr. Linda Mitchell, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, spoke about the success of the program, saying, “We felt good after the TN training. For young people, still in school deciding what they want to do with their lives, to volunteer time to assist others is a great thing. The trainers (our 4-H youth) also derive the benefits of a stronger resume, increased network, communication and leadership skills.”
Almost all the participating 4-H trainers have been offered jobs related to technology. The 4-H Tech team was invited by Senator Wicker to the Youth and Technology Dinner. 4-H’er, Marissa Landon spoke at the dinner in Washington D.C. in front of a very prestigious crowd. Afterwards she was approached by a representative from one of the major newspapers in DC and was offered a job. The representative was surprised to find she was still in high school and noted how well she spoke and how knowledgeable she was.
For more information about MS Tech Wizards opportunities in your area, or to request additional information, please contact Dr. Linda Mitchell, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-539-1733.eXtension Entrepreneurs Their Communities