Biz leaders jump on 'technotrain'
- By Daniel Keegan
- Aug 07, 2000
To kick off its new technology center scheduled to open next year, Richmond,
Va.'s Metropolitan Business League is using a "technotrain" to educate minority
business owners about technology.
Ten business owners are being trained on computers and the Internet
by using a recreation vehicle that is equipped with 11 computer stations.
When the owners are proficient in computers and the Internet, they will
be given a computer for their company.
"We realized that many minority business owners, or at least some of
them, were not using technology to the fullest extent possible to enhance
business opportunities," said Lynda Sharp Anderson, president and chief
executive officer of the MBL.
The future E-Commerce Technology Resource Center will be a 3,000-square-foot
technology center designed to teach business owners about the Internet and
other information technology resources. It is scheduled to open in January
Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, a program of the Office
of the Secretary of Technology, gave a $75,000 grant for the center. It
will be used to cover staffing costs and the delivery of training resources.
Local business owner Johnny Johnson, president and CEO of Marketplace
Holdings Inc., and the Greater Richmond Technology Council spearheaded the
use of the technotrain. The MBL represents more than 300 minority-owned
businesses in the Richmond metropolitan area.