Let's Put Our Cities on the Map!

October 25 @ 7:30 am

Get Found on Google Search and Maps

Description:  This workshop is designed to help businesses get found on Google Search and Maps for free, using Google My Business.  By the end of the workshop all participants should have an up-to-date and complete business profile on Google My Business, know how to manage and edit their business information on Google, and understand the importance and advantages of doing so.

MUST Pre-register



Bemidji:                October 25, 2016             @7:30 AM

(deadline to register 10/21)

Park Rapids:        November 1, 2016           @12:00 PM

(deadline to register 10/28)

Thief River Falls: November 15, 2016         @12:00 PM

(deadline to register 11/11)



Northwest Minnesota Foundation

201 3rd St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601

Lake Bronson & Lake Bemidji Conference Rooms


Park Rapids: 

Northwoods Bank

1200 1st St E, Park Rapids, MN 56470

Community Room

Thief River Falls:       

Northland Community & Technical College

1101 MN-1, Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Building and Room TBA

 Sponsors: Blandin Foundation, Northwest Small Business Development Center, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Northland Community & Technical College, Northwoods Bank


Focus on High-Speed Access and Business Training

The Broadband Taskforce initially focused on reform of the Universal Service Fund as a mechanism to support build-out of broadband infrastructure in high-cost areas. In support of their effort, the taskforce published "The Case for Broadband," a 12-page document which identified critically underserved areas within the region, along with showcasing three examples of businesses that were thriving, due to their use of broadband.

In the second phase of their work, taskforce members turned their attention to increasing commerce in Northwest Minnesota through helping the region’s businesses create a more robust telepresence. Their first step was a micro-study of businesses within the region that were great examples of what can be accomplished, using broadband tools. The "Study of Business Broadband Use in Northwest Minnesota" found that businesses within the region were successfully using broadband to increase their customer base, increase their reach, and increase profitbability.

Following on the heels of the micro-study, the taskforce delivered a series of workshops in October 2014, focusing on increasing business use of digital marketing strategies. A second series of workshops was conducted in November 2015, including Facebook for Business, DIY Websites, and a workshop for current WordPress users.

Digital Marketing Mastery

If you missed last year's digital marketing workshops - you can watch them online by going to IMPACT 20/20's Google+ page. Trainer Lisa Bodine of Giant Voices, will help you make the most of your digital marketing strategies, including social media and search engine optimization.