Small Business Digital Ready Program

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What is the Small Business Digital Ready Program?

More than 100,000 small businesses closed due to the pandemic, with a disproportionate impact on Black and Lantinx-owned small businesses.  Small Business Digital Ready Program offers businesses support, aiming to enable digital readiness and drive digital transformation through a customized curriculum that accounts for industry, size and interests. NACCE is proud to be working with Verizon to reach those businesses most in need of support through the community college system.

Small Business Digital Ready Program

Developed for small businesses by small businesses, Verizon Small Business Digital Ready offers a personalized experience – providing resources, networking, and coaching tailored to 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.
  • Incentives: 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 Small Business Digital Ready.

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.