By NetWork Kansas
In partnership with Next Street and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Verizon Small Business Digital Ready aims to focus on women- and minority-owned businesses in under-resourced communities
The online curriculum will provide resources and in-depth support - including coaching, networking and incentives
Wichita, KS —July 21, 2022 —Today, NetWork Kansas announced its plan to help bring a new online curriculum to small businesses across Kansas: Verizon Small Business Digital Ready. In partnership with Next Street and LISC, the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready online curriculum is designed to give small businesses the tools they need to thrive in today's digital economy, including access to personalized learning plans, coaching from experts and networking opportunities with diverse, industry-specific businesses.
More than 100,000 small businesses closed due to the pandemic, with a disproportionate impact on Black and Hispanic/Latino-owned small businesses. Verizon Small Business Digital Ready offers businesses support, aiming to enable digital readiness and drive digital transformation through a customized curriculum that accounts for industry, size and interests. NetWork Kansas is proud to be working with Verizon to reach those businesses most in need of support within Kansas.
"The Verizon Digital Ready Program is so easy to access and continues to grow its resources daily,” said Tiffany Nixon, Director, Impact Investment Services, NetWork Kansas. “We are very excited to help bring this program to small businesses across Kansas."
Developed by small businesses, Verizon Small Business Digital Ready provides a personalized experience - providing resources, networking and coaching tailored to a small business’s specific needs. The program can help small businesses move forward in four ways:
● Personalized Learning
Content presented by small businesses through brief, information-packed lessons small businesses can use right away.
● Expert coaching
Guidance from business experts across marketing, business planning, legal, and more.
● Peer Networking
Connections to other small businesses to build their networks.
A marketplace of tools, solutions, products and services that can help small businesses. Participants will also be eligible to apply for grant funding exclusive to users of Verizon Small Business Digital Ready.
To register and access, https://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/digital-inclusion/small-business-training?utm_source=lisc-kansas-center-for-entre-networkkansas&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=digital-ready-launch&utm_term=local-champion-rural
This initiative is one part of Verizon’s commitment to providing one million small businesses with digital tools and resources by 2030 and is central to Verizon’s responsible business plan, Citizen Verizon, for economic, environmental and social advancement. Launched in 2020 to move the world forward for all, Citizen Verizon leverages technology, innovation and resources to address the world’s most pressing issues across digital inclusion, climate protection and human prosperity. As part of Citizen Verizon, Verizon plans to exceed $3 billion in its responsible business investment from 2020-2025 to continue helping vulnerable communities bridge the digital divide and prepare for the digital economy of the future.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $128.3 billion in 2020. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.
About NetWork Kansas
NetWork Kansas was established as a component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to further entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. Backed by more than 500 partners statewide, the NetWork Kansas service promotes an entrepreneurial environment by connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the expertise, education and economic resources they need in order to succeed.
NetWork Kansas facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem within participating communities through the E-Community Partnership. Contributing factors to successful development include availability of financial capital, support by local leadership and development of educational resources. All of these factors combine to increase entrepreneurial activity in participating towns, leading to increased startup activity, business expansion, job creation and more.
For more information about the Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership, visit www.networkkansas.com/ecommunities or call 877.521.8600.
 Participants who register for Verizon Small Business Digital Ready and complete two courses or mentoring events will be eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant.