Grant funds paid for two years of website hosting and domain registration.
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Seven businesses and organizations in Dearborn and Ohio counties have new websites thanks to a partnership between the Duke Energy Foundation, Purdue Center for Regional Development, Task Force on High debit and digital inclusion of Dearborn and Ohio counties and One Dearborn Economic Development.
The new business websites belong to:
“Little Red Academy really appreciates the opportunity to be part of this grant program! Designing and commissioning our website allows us to connect with our current families and provide them with information on upcoming activities. It also gives potential new families who need care for their little ones another way to connect with us and see what services we offer,” says Melissa Watkins, owner of Little Red Academy.
PCRD awarded a $15,000 digital inclusion grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to One Dearborn, which formed the new Dearborn and Ohio Counties Broadband and Digital Inclusion Task Force to identify better use of funds in line with the Southeast Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s 2022 Regional Digital Inclusion Plan. . The members of the task force decided to help local businesses and non-profit organizations with no websites to improve their online presence, in most cases by creating their very first website.
Grant funds paid for two years of website hosting and domain registration. Bebe Kinnett, owner of Absolute Web Marketing and volunteer on the task force, was chosen to design and create the new corporate websites.
In a training session held at the Lawrenceburg Community Center in June, task force members taught business owners and managers the basics of editing and updating their new websites, as well as just a few strategies and tips to improve their performance in search results and online reviews. Reneisha Rudder, Economic Resilience Coordinator and Digital Fellow for the Southern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, was also on hand to help with the training.
“The website program aligned well with One Dearborn’s business retention and expansion activities. Our new task force and this program have helped business owners develop a stronger online presence and increase their ability to market to a wider audience, which will help them continue to grow,” said said Mike Perleberg, executive director of One Dearborn.
The Dearborn and Ohio Counties Broadband and Digital Inclusion Task Force will continue to work more strategies into the SIRPC Digital Inclusion Plan, which can be viewed at www.sirpc.org/broadband/digital-inclusion-plan.
For more information on One Dearborn or to access the Dearborn County Regional Economic Development Plan, visit www.1dearborn.org/reports.