The Windham Region Chamber of Commerce has been working with several local small businesses to help them increase their virtual presence and learn new technologies essential to doing business. The “Business TAP” or Business Technology Advancement Program, works one on one with a business owner to help them with the following: create or better utilize their social media platforms, learn and distribute electronic newsletters, add their business to local websites, understand and maintain their Google Business site, update their websites and learn to use zoom and other meeting software. Under this program the business will work with the Chamber to create a short commercial for their business and do a live facebook interview.
“During the pandemic we received so many calls for help from local businesses because they were not able to access grant applications or change information about their business on Google and other internet locations. It was alarming how many business owners did not use the internet or email, and many did not have websites or social media platforms. Applying for grants or other COVID related programs was impossible without our walking them thru the process of creating an email address and then completing the process online. This made us very aware of the need for these services,” said Diane Nadeau, President/CEO for the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce. “So many businesses were left behind. To date we have worked with dozens of local businesses and have helped hundreds navigate thru all the programs they are eligible for.”
If you are a local small business and would like to access Business TAP please email the Chamber or call 860-428-7739. Free services include setting up social media, newsletters, Google Business and a video commercial. The Chamber will not only help you set up your virtual presence but will teach you how to use technology to grow your business.
The Chamber is able to provide these much needed services through the generosity of our partners: Liberty Bank Foundation, The Last Green Valley, The Eastern Region Tourism District and Eastern CT State University.