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CED to hold series of computer training workshops for Small Business Owners


Small business owners and operators in St. Vincent will have an opportunity to upgrade their computer skills through a series of workshops organized by the Centre for Enterprise Development Inc (CED), next month.{{more}}

The workshops, entitled Computer Training for Small Business Development, will be offered freely in the communities of Georgetown, Mesopotamia, Barrouallie and Chateaubelair, where CED Outreach Satellite Offices are located. The objective is to equip small business owners and operators with knowledge and skills to further develop and manage their businesses, using basic Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools.

According to CED’s Business Development Field Officer, Nisha Glasgow, there is need for this kind of training, as many small business owners are still not comfortable using the computer.

“Too often we find that there are persons who do not know how to use the computer; thus they are at a great disadvantage. Many small business owners still rely on their children or other persons to type a letter for them, to conduct research, etc. Some do not even have an email account; and we at CED want to get them on track so that they can take advantage of the Information Communication Technologies that are available to them.”

Glasgow, who would be conducting the training, along with CED’s IT Specialist Felicia Gill-Neverson, outlined that they are targeting community-based small business owners and their employees who do not know how to use the Internet, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or emails. She says because of the nature of the training, they would only be accommodating 10 persons per session.

The first session would take place at the Georgetown community from July 13-15; then in Mesopotamia July 18-20; Barrouallie July 22, 25, 26; and Chateaubelair July 27-29. All training would run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Registration forms are now available at the CED Office. Registration closes on Friday, July 8, 2011.