Cobb Microenterprise Center Receives Technology Grant from HP

The Cobb Microenterprise Center‚ which helps low− and moderate−income individuals…

Georgia (Mar 30, 2004) — Cobb Microenterprise Center Receives Technology Grant from HP

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The Cobb Microenterprise Center‚ which helps low− and moderate−income individuals start their own businesses‚ has been selected to receive a Microenterprise Development Program grant from HP. The center was selected after a competitive process that examined more than 300 applicants.

“This incredible opportunity will assist us in providing business technology classes to our clients in Internet marketing and e−commerce‚” says Cobb Microenterprise Center Executive Director and CEO Patricia Harris. “This resource will give our clients access to new markets and will assist them in increasing revenues‚ marketing and the sustainability of their businesses.”

The non−profit Cobb Microenterprise Center offers in−depth‚ affordable entrepreneurial training and support for low to moderate−income individuals. It has served more than 340 people‚ mostly minority women‚ from nine metro Atlanta counties.

“As one of seventeen selected grantees of this HP e−inclusion program‚ you should take pride in this accomplishment‚” said H. Camilla Nelson‚ Program Manager for Philanthropy and Education at HP. “We are looking forward to working with the center on building a strong technology infrastructure and client training environment which‚ by making them more effective‚ will help enhance economic growth in the community.”

The HP grant will range from $150‚000 to $250‚000 and will include technology equipment and tools. It will be supplemented by services‚ support and training as needed. The center will use it to create the HP Microenterprise Technology Room at its headquarters in the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.


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