I’m very proud to see the fruits of the labor which many amazing people have worked so hard to help bare. The California Small Business Education Foundation, made possible through a grant from the AT&T Foundation, has just quietly soft-launched TechForSmallBusiness.org.
The objective of the site is to provide an web 2.0 experience for Small Business owners who feel lost when it comes to technology, and are not quite sure to leverage it in today’s marketplace to gain and maintain a competitive edge. It also aims to connect such small business owners with a ‘certified’ group of Information Technology services companies (like SADA) who are “small business friendly”.
SADA has been involved in designing the standards by which other IT services companies can earn this distinction, and participated in the interview and screening process to help certify the first group of such companies.
We are passionate about this because we understand how technology has leveled the playing field for those who know how to leverage it, allowing small business to compete with much larger ones IF (and it’s a big IF), they understand technology from a business prospective. This is something we help our small business companies achieve, and we are excited about participating in an endeavor of this scale, which aims to fulfill this mission state-wide!
More information to come – though I wanted to post this, and thank Betty Jo Toccoli for taking this project on from the CSBA, to Terry Bibbens, who has a record and history in the IT industry far to long to name here, Abdi Ahmed from NetServe Systems and IT company which shared our vision, and the rest of the wonderful and dedicated team of individuals who have worked hard to make this a reality! This is only the beginning!