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Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library has partnered with Google to help the Tomball community learn digital skills via the Grow with Google initiative. Google trainer, Maria Elena Duron, will lead several online workshops in May 2020. These workshops are aimed to help small businesses grow and succeed in the online environment. All workshops will be streamed live, and all necessary information including the registration can be found on the LSC -Tomball Community Library Facebook page via the Events section:   

This partnership allows LSC-Tomball Community Library and Grow with Google to help Tomball residents increase their digital skills at this critical time. Google has been a wonderful partner and is committed to helping the Tomball community.

Karen Hiarker
Adult Program librarian for LSC-Tomball Community Library

LSC-Tomball Community Library is joined by Tomball Economic Development Corporation, Lone Star College-Tomball, Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce and Lone Star College Small Business Development Center. These organizations are partnering to bring online, digital skills to Tomball residents at a time when Tomball businesses and the community have migrated to online communication and retail buying.

“The Grow with Google workshops will be a great way for businesses to learn new skills to help them move toward a virtual business model,” said Kelly Violette, Executive Director of the Tomball Economic Development Corporation. “Our goal throughout the COVID-19 crisis has been to provide resources local businesses can use to continue operating.”

Workshops will help businesses focus on improving their online presence to reach customers and grow business through compelling online content promoting products and services. Appropriately, the initial workshop addresses managing a business remotely in uncertain times.

“Tomball is a community that comes together in tough times. I want to thank our local leaders and collaborators on this critical project — Dr. Lee Ann Nutt, Bruce Hillegeist, Miguel Lopez and Kelly Violette—for partnering on this initiative,” said Janna Hoglund, director of LSC-Tomball Community Library. “These community leaders are supporting us in bringing the workshops and equipping our community members with crucial skills and knowledge. Together we give back and make an impact in the community we love.”

Below are the details on the workshops:

(Each workshop is online and requires registration. See the registrations links below)

Workshop: Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps

Description: Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your business profile or a simple website.

Date: Friday, May 1
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT


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Workshop: Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty

Description: Discover tools, tips and resources to help you manage your business remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how to update critical business information online to keep customers informed, host virtual meetings and events, and access documents from anywhere. We’ll also share the latest resources from Google and other partners to help support small businesses.
Date: Wednesday, May 6

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT

Location: online


Workshop: Reach Customers Online

Description: Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads.

Date: Monday, May 11
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT


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Workshop: Using Data to Drive Business Growth

Description: Learn best practices and analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online then turn these insights into well-informed actionable decisions.

Date: Friday, May 15
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT


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Workshop: Collaborate, Meet and Work Remotely

Description:  Learn about Google tools that can help you work and stay productive no matter where you are. Plus, get tips on more free online resources to help you gain new digital skills. How to schedule and host effective virtual meetings. Discover, collaborate on documents with others in real time. Access your files from anywhere

Date: Thursday, May 21
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT


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