Amazon launches Small Business Academy in rural community colleges


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Amazon today launched the Small Business Academy. It is a combination of in-person classes and seminars that will be offered at rural community colleges alongside online webinars.

The Academy’s goal is to help thousands of entrepreneurs across the country succeed while not leaving rural communities behind.

The issue of rural communities and the digital divide is a growing concern, which is why Amazon’s focus on this area is so important. For example, in the emailed press release, Nicholas Denissen, Vice President of Amazon Small Business, addressed this specific point.

Denissen says, “Small businesses make up 99.9% of American businesses, employ nearly 60 million people, and are the backbone of our economy. Many of them told us they wanted help and advice on leveraging the power of the internet and digital business, especially in rural areas. »

He goes on to say that the goal of the Amazon Small Business Academy is to accelerate the digital capabilities of small businesses. Adding it doesn’t matter whether it’s a brand new business or one that’s been in business for generations. Online success is essential and will continue to be essential for businesses of all sizes in the future.

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Amazon’s suite of educational initiatives will help entrepreneurs, startups and businesses succeed online.

With this academy, Amazon wants to give entrepreneurs the tools they need to acquire skills in digital strategy and brand creation. Why, because these skills are essential for any business in today’s digital ecosystem. Acquiring this knowledge now will serve you well in all your entrepreneurial endeavors in the digital world.

The academy will provide these lessons for free through in-person seminars and live webinars. It will also include classes from community colleges across the country.

The Amazon Small Business Academy

The first Amazon Small Business Academy seminar will be held today (11/1/2019) in Southaven, Mississippi, near Memphis, Tennessee. Another seminar will take place at the beginning of December, and others will follow in 2020.

This event will give the 100+ attendees ideas, best practices and practical skills to start and grow an online business, or grow their business on the internet.

The next part of the academy takes place at community colleges. The courses will offer sixteen hours of beginner, intermediate and advanced content. The program is created in conjunction with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) as well as the main program schools.

When classes begin in February 2020, they will cover the fundamentals of online business strategies, marketing, merchandising, inventory management, and more.

Classes will be available at Lorain County Community College in Elyria near Cleveland, Ohio; North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Mass.; State Center Community College District in partnership with Fresno City College, in Fresno, California; Houston Community College in Houston, Texas; and Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.

Additionally, Amazon will offer webinars with best practices for selling successfully in Amazon stores and include live Q&As with experts. You can register for the initial webinar here.



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