Grow with Google to host workshop in St. Cloud

Grow with Google plays host to a workshop in Minnesota this week to help small businesses, jobseekers and non-profit leaders.

Katherine Williams, Grow with Google's communications manager, said the workshops will help attendees learn how to use free Google tools and services to help grow their skills, careers and businesses.

"For small businesses that may mean setting up a free Google my business page so that they can be found on Google maps and search or learning how to target advertising," Williams said in an interview with Minnesota Business Daily. "For jobseekers, instructors will walk through different GSuite tools to create a resume and track your job search."

Williams said attendees do not need to be a local business or interested in a new career to attend.

"If you need an e-mail account or have questions on how to best use digital tools in your everyday life, we hope you'll drop by the library and check in with the Google volunteers we’ll have running one-on-one drop in sessions in addition to the formal workshops," Williams said.

The workshop is Oct. 18 at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud. It runs from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

"Small businesses and jobseekers can learn how to leverage Google’s free tools for business profit or to accelerate their career search, while local nonprofits and educators will be introduced to the ‘Grow with Google’ partner program, which offers free resources and curriculum so that they can continue to teach people in their community these skills after the day long event concludes," Williams said.

Grow with Google is being held in St. Cloud, Williams said, because Minnesota has consistently attracted successful companies, health care pioneers and entrepreneurs—especially in the computer industry—contributing to its strong economy.

"Grow with Google workshops aim to build upon this foundation by providing small business owners and job seekers in the state with more resources to grow economic opportunities in Minnesota," Williams said.

Williams said Grow with Google has partnered with libraries to bring the workshops to communities nationwide during the past year.

"Last year Grow with Google committed $1 million in grants to libraries across the country, through their partnership with the American Library Association," Williams said. "Starting Oct. 21, libraries in Minnesota will be able to apply for grants from that fund to build upon or kickstart their own digital skills programming."

Williams said Grow with Google was founded in 2017 as a way to help create economic opportunities for Americans. She said the initiative draws upon Google's 20-year history of building products, platforms and services that help people and businesses grow.

"We’ve found extreme value in meeting people where they are with in person trainings—helping small businesses understand the ways that the Internet can help scale their businesses and teaching jobseekers that digital tools are useful for careers in every sector," Williams said. "We know that small businesses that use the Internet grow at four times the speed of those who don’t and Google succeeds when the people using our tools and services succeed."

The training workshops are free and open to all. 

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