Visiting Google presenters and coaches hosted free “Grow with Google” workshops today at the East Las Vegas Library, with onsite instruction provided to local jobseekers and small business leaders on integral digital skills needed in today’s business environment. Grow with Google, the tech company’s initiative to help create economic opportunities for Americans, is touring the state this week, hosting digital skills events.
“We’re excited to bring the national Grow with Google tour to Nevada, and to be here in Las Vegas. Over the course of the day, we helped jobseekers and small businesses learn new skills that are critical in today’s digital economy. And, to extend the impact of today’s event, we trained 100 trainers from libraries, schools, and nonprofits across the region so that they can share these free resources with their communities going forward,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement.
Google worked with Las Vegas organizations to attract workshop attendees and promote the role of small businesses in Las Vegas current and future economic success. Nevada State Senator Mo Denis was onsite at today’s event in support of Google’s digital training efforts. Workshops focused on digital skills, data analytics for resources like Google Ads and improving online business presence for local business owners through tools like Google My Business or Google Maps. One-on-one coaching sessions also took place with personal instruction on Google Spreadsheets and other GSuite tools.
“In order for our economy to continue to grow and diversify, we need to invest in Nevadans digital skills,” said State Senator Mo Denis. “Free workshops like the ones Google and Nevada libraries are hosting this week across the state provide small business, jobseekers, and nonprofits the tools they need to succeed.”
“The East Las Vegas Library, is an innovative digital centers for the 21st century, and a valuable resource for those looking to grow professionally. We are proud to partner with Google to offer free digital training to the Las Vegas community,” said Dr. Ronald Heezen, executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.
“As a young professional, I borrowed a book from a Las Vegas library that helped me build a successful real estate business. Now, I regularly work with small business owners to help them navigate the new digital landscape,” said Peter Guzman, President & CEO of the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Nevada. “It’s important to help our community understand the absolute potential that both libraries and Google offer.”
Starting Monday, June 17, libraries in Nevada will be able to apply for funds to kickstart their own digital skills programming. Last year, Grow with Google committed $1 million in microgrants to libraries across the country, through their partnership with the American Library Association.