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The TechBoost Program supports the growth and development of small businesses in Windsor-Essex by providing affordable training in information technology tools and products for business.

We understand that running a small business is a 24/7 type of job, so spending time trying to choose the right technology solution or learning how to use a new kind of software for your company can be daunting. We want to help.

We’re offering a series of 10 different workshops, offered multiple times and in multiple regions in Windsor-Essex over the course of 2018 that touch on various topics related to implementing technology into your small business. This includes tools for marketing, organization, finance, sales and productivity.

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List of Workshops

A full list of TechBoost workshops in chronological order.

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Download the TechBoost Program Guide

A guide to the TechBoost Program available in PDF format. Great for sharing to networks through email. 

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TechBoost Workshops

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The Cloud: Working Smarter, Not Harder

What’s available for small business and how do I choose?

Straight Outta the Cloud! Update your numbers, log your inventory, track your staff hours, pay your bills and so much more.  Cloud systems are rapidly expanding and giving small business owners back their time to work ON their business and NOT IN their business.  By the end of this workshop, participants will understand what the tech world has to offer not only their accounting but apps and integrations that are game changers for small business owners.

Upcoming Sessions

Thursday, July 26, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm 

Essex County Library - LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

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Understanding Hardware and Software Solutions

Do you need help understanding the available hardware and software solutions that would improve your business processes? Do you have a working business process but want to see if there’s a more efficient way to accomplish similar or better results? This workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, is for owners or employees of small business to increase their understanding of the types of hardware and software solutions that small businesses use to create, manage, and improve the way their businesses work.

Upcoming Sessions

More dates announced soon!

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Office Automation with Google Apps

Do you need a more efficient and affordable way to manage your business’s files, calendar, and customers? Do you need flexible tools to collaborate with your team in real-time? Do you want to be able to access your company’s tools and data anywhere, anytime and on any device? This workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, is for owners or employees of small business who want to know what G-Suite is, what tools and products are available and ways you can utilize the best ones to automate and enhance your business processes.

Upcoming Sessions

Thursday, July 5, 2018
5:30pm – 7:3opm

Essex County Library - LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

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Monday, July 16, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Libro Community Centre and Library, 1925 South Middle Road,  South Woodslee, Ontario

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Cyber Security for Small Business

Do you worry that your business is not as secure as it could be? Do you need to hire a security consultant and want to know what to ask for? Do you want to be prepared in the event of a security breach? By the end of this workshop, you’ll understand what parts of your business you need to protect, what are the risks and and threats, and how to identify and monitor tools to address these threats. You’ll come away with some steps you can take to make your business more secure.

Upcoming Sessions

Thursday, July 12, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Essex County Library - LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Libro Credit Union - Branch, 441 Notre Dame St, Belle River, Ontario

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Email Marketing with Mailchimp

Email marketing is a great way to speak to your existing customers. In this workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, we’ll discuss why email marketing is important and learn how to create a email sign-up form, manage a subscriber list, design email campaigns and send automated emails.

Upcoming Sessions

More sessions will be announced soon!

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Facebook Marketing 101 for Small Business

Not sure what to be posting on Facebook? Or further… How to create that content? Looking for an easy way to find clients online? By the end of this workshop, participants will have a series of content ideas for their own social media marketing, the tools to create this content and a clear plan on how to utilize Facebook to grow their business and clientele.

Upcoming Sessions

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Essex County Library - LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

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Making Instagram Work for your Business

Are you excited to use Instagram to promote your business but not sure how the app works? Do you need some help generating ideas to kickstart your content strategy? Are your posts lacking engagement and struggling to reach your audience? Do you need a few pointers to develop high-quality visual content? By the end of this workshop, participants will understand how Instagram can help accomplish business goals, have created an Instagram profile and uploaded their first post and story.

Upcoming Sessions

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Libro Credit Union - Branch, 441 Notre Dame St, Belle River, Ontario

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

 Essex County Library - LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

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Simple and Effective Websites for Small Business

Do you need to create a website for your business, but not sure what platform or service to use? Have you heard about WordPress, or even tried it and feel overwhelmed by what’s involved? Do you have an out-of-date website and want to update it with a fresh and elegant design? This workshop will help you to determine what you want a website to do for your business. It will also explore the options to build it yourself or to engage professionals.

Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Libro Credit Union Branch, 441 Notre Dame Street, Lakeshore, Ontario

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Essex County Library - LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

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Up and Running with Shopify

Does the idea of setting up your online store seem way too time-consuming? Are you worried you might not set up your online store correctly? Do you want a rundown of how to get your store up and running and how to maximize the features available on Shopify? By the end of this workshop, you'll have your Shopify account set up and know how to choose a theme, customize your theme, add products and manage shipping.

Upcoming Sessions

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Libro Credit Union - Branch, 441 Notre Dame St, Belle River, Ontario

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Essex County Library - LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

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Some questions you might have…

 

Who is TechBoost for?

TechBoost is a program designed for owners and employees of small businesses who need help making their business more efficient and profitable using technology. According to the Business Development Bank of Canada, “Upgrading or incorporating new technology is one of the fastest ways to stimulate growth and make your business more competitive.”

TechBoost is designed to help business owners and employees who are familiar with computers and some technology, but want to boost their knowledge and take advantage of the newest products and offerings.

TechBoost is for you if:

  • You have or work for an existing business or a business just starting up
  • You are comfortable using computer programs and the Internet
  • You are curious and open to trying new things to help your business thrive
  • You are willing to invest your time in practicing new technology skills

Why did we create TechBoost?

With the generous financial support of a Prosperity Grant, provided by Libro Credit Union, we created the TechBoost Program to address our mission and mandate here at Hackforge. Hackforge is technology enthusiasts growing the tech capabilities of our region by creating connections and learning together. The TechBoost Program will improve the regional economic development knowledge and capacity of residents, business and organizations by encouraging knowledge sharing between our region’s technology experts and small businesses.

I’m interested in TechBoost but I’m not sure if I’m right person to attend?

TechBoost is open to anyone who owns or works for a small business that wants to boost their skills in technology. We also welcome artists, students, and freelancers. If you’ve heard about the program and you are interested in taking a workshop, please do! All of our instructors are available to answer any and all questions you might have.

What can I expect from a TechBoost workshop?

When you attend a TechBoost workshop, expect to be taught new knowledge and skills alongside 5-20 other participants at differing skill levels. Our instructors will present information through slide presentations and demonstrations and may ask the group to participate in group or individual activities or exercises. The workshop will be a casual environment where questions and collaboration is encouraged. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your feedback on the quality of the workshop so we can make improvements to the program.

What’s the level of commitment required?

There is no commitment required! You can take as few or as many workshops as you like.

What do I need to bring?

While not absolutely required, we recommend bringing a laptop computer or tablet, a charger cord and a notepad and pen for taking notes to make the most of your learning experience. We will provide the internet connection for you. Please check our Eventbrite listings for specific materials required for each workshop.

I might want to send an employee to a workshop in my place. Is my registration transferable?

Yes, your registration is transferable.

Please send us an email at rebecca@hackf.org to indicate who will be attending in your place and we’ll take care of the rest.

Contact

Rebecca Welbourn
TechBoost Program Coordinator
rebecca@hackf.org

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