Cobb Microenterprise Center Receives Grant for Broadband Services

The Cobb Microenterprise Center‚ which has helped hundreds of low and middle income metro…

Georgia (May 3, 2004) — Cobb Microenterprise Center Receives Grant for Broadband Services

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The Cobb Microenterprise Center‚ which has helped hundreds of low and middle income metro Atlanta residents become entrepreneurs‚ has been chosen as a Local Partner for the 2004 Covad Broadband Entrepreneur Program. The non−profit Cobb Microenterprise Center‚ based at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University‚ offers in−depth‚ affordable entrepreneurial training and support for low to moderate−income individuals.

The Covad Broadband Entrepreneur Program is the signature community outreach effort of Covad Communications Group‚ a leading national broadband service provider of high−speed Internet and network access. The honor means that selected microenterprise clients will receive a $500 cash grant and free broadband installation and service for one year. The Microenterprise Center also receives $2‚250 to help select the clients who will receive the broadband service.

“We expect that having broadband services within their reach will help our entrepreneurs operate more efficiently and provide better services to their clients‚ increasing their chances of success‚” says Cobb Microenterprise Center Executive Director and CEO Patricia Harris.

The Center is also automatically nominated for a national honor‚ the COVAD Broadband Entrepreneur Program Partner of the Year Award.

This is the second significant technology grant the Cobb Microenterprise Center has received in recent months. Hewlett Packard Corporation announced earlier this year that it would bestow a grant ranging between $150‚000 to $250‚000 for technology equipment‚ tools‚ services‚ support and training as needed. The center will use the funds to create the HP Microenterprise Technology Room at its headquarters.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 17‚400 from 129 countries. The third largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit