Free skills taught on Zoom a lifeline for workers and small business owners

Workers and small business owners worried about falling behind in a rapidly changing digital world have been thrown a lifeline by award-winning educator The Mind Lab.

The company is offering New Zealanders affected by the Covid-19 pandemic free enrolment in a course teaching everything from website creation and management to social media and search engine optimisation and business planning and finance.

Students on the NZQA accredited course will also be guided on digital project management, cybersecurity, online collaboration, and communication.

The Digital Skills in the Workplace course usually costs close to $300 but will be free for the rest of 2020.

The Mind Lab founder Frances Valintine wanted to offer the course at no cost to acknowledge the toll the pandemic had on small business owners.

She said it was a no-brainer to make the course free for eligible Kiwis for the rest of the year as New Zealanders help

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Mix of virtual and in-person classes help business owners hone skills

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country Alliance will offer multiple classes for business skills training this fall.

Most of the center’s education is offered virtually, although there are some in-person classes available in October.

Their first fall event, which focuses on e-commerce, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept.10.

Next on the schedule is a class about building credit, which begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 16, followed by a class at noon about starting a business in Illinois. A session about grant application preparation begins at 2 p.m. The trio of courses will be repeated in the same time slots on Sept. 30.

Another class about starting a business in Illinois will take place a 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Illinois Valley Community College’s Ottawa Center, 321 Main St., Ottawa. This will be an in-person session.

A course to teach current and prospective

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