The Bowser administration created the position of Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO) in the first few months to take on the challenge of rebuilding and revitalizing the District’s so-called underserved communities.
And the Mayor picked Courtney Snowden, a high energy person who is quickly gaining a reputation for getting things done. “Over the past few months, we have been sitting down with community members across the District of Columbia to hear what they envision for the future of our city. We know that small businesses are the engines of our local economy, and that we must create an ecosystem where your business can succeed,” said Ms. Snowden.
And she and her DMGEO Team kicked off their ward 8 outreach effort to small businesses with a “Let’s Put Washington DC On The Map” intensive training session with technology partner GOOGLE at the R. i. S. E. Demonstration Center in Far Southeast.
The center piece of the small business training was the “Get Your Business on the map with Google” where participants had an opportunity to build a free website and “Get Found on Google Maps” in a series of workshops presented by TrustedPhoto DC.
Local welding and iron working contractor Calvin Reid took time out from his filed supervision of his project sites to participate in a hands-on session. “I couldn’t figure out how to find my business in the system. But this workshop also helped me find out where my competition was. It was very helpful” said Mr. Reid.
The youngest participant was third grader Lydia Abebe who accompanied her father Abera Abebe, the owner of Ethio USA Tours to the workshop on her day out of school., where her father has her enrolled in a STEM curriculum to accelerate her studies in science and technology.
In addition to a day of intensive technology training with world class partners GOOGLE and TrustedPhot DC, each participant got a “Swag Bag” with a “Let’s Put Washington On The Map” red T-shirt and travel drive to take home their technology content.