Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Grant

In partnership with Next Street and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready online platform is designed to give under-resourced small businesses the FREE tools they need to help them grow and succeed in today’s digital economy. Small business owners who register on the platform receive free, personalized access to over 40 online courses – some of which are available in Spanish — coaching opportunities with industry experts, peer networking events, and incentives such as the opportunity to apply for grant funding.

Starting today, February 26, 2024 until 11:59 pm ET on April 8, 2024, small businesses can unlock the application for this round of grant funding by first registering on the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready portal and completing at least two of the following, in any combination: courses, coaching or community events. Small businesses that complete the application, and are registered in a local zip code, will be eligible for consideration to receive a $10,000 grant.

Rose Stuckey Kirk, Verizon’s Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, said, “Small businesses are the heartbeat of the community. Cities flourish when small businesses flourish, and we have a collective responsibility to support small businesses locally and nationally. Since Verizon Small Business Digital Ready launched in 2021, we have been able to support more than 270,000 small business owners nationwide. Based on a survey conducted of small business owners registered on the platform, 99% of respondents agree that Small Business Digital Ready courses helped their business.* We are proud to tap into our tools and resources – as well as our network of experts – to help small businesses succeed and, ultimately, help benefit their local communities.”

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready includes courses designed to provide essential knowledge and tools, including topics such as developing a marketing strategy, improving employee experience, cybersecurity, best practices for leveraging digital marketing channels for growth, and many others. The free portal also includes access to 1:1 coaching, providing small business owners with the opportunity to obtain advice and support from experienced professionals who can help them overcome business challenges. Spanish language course offerings and community events are also available.

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready includes courses designed to provide essential knowledge and tools, including topics such as developing a marketing strategy, improving employee experience, cybersecurity, best practices for leveraging digital marketing channels for growth, and many others. The free portal also includes access to 1:1 coaching, providing small business owners with the opportunity to obtain advice and support from experienced professionals who can help them overcome business challenges. Spanish language course offerings and community events are also available.

"Small businesses are essential to the continued growth and prosperity of the Greater Houston region. With the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Program, small businesses can utilize the online, self -paced resources and tools to build capacity and enhance skills to thrive in the ever- evolving digital world. It's a helpful tool for everyone; whether you are preparing to launch or looking to grow a business,”

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