Every day there are dozens, hundreds maybe, of free seminars (technology and more) for small businesses that you or your designated “techie” should be taking advantage of.
For example, on March 11, 2008, I’ll be chatting about technology, hosted by Dell chat, with a focus on my Six Technology Rules for growing your business.
If you check out the Small Business Events and Awards Calendar you will see events and awards for YOUR small business. This calendar was started by Small Business Trends and is jointly published by Business Technology Radio and Smallbiztechnology.com.
Many technology vendors such as HP and Microsoft produce events (in person and online) all across the country – these are most often always FREE and you should take advantage of them to learn all you can about using technology in your business.
Online retailers such as CDW and Softmart offers free online events as well. If you want to know about security, mobility, storage and a host of other topics, these retailers offer a number of opportunities for you to learn.
Ziff Davis, CNet, CMP, TechTarget and other online and print publishers produce a number of free seminars as well.
There’s really no excuse for you not to know more about any technology you need to grow your business.
If you have some great resources for online events, use the comment’s section and let others know.
While free information is good, for your core technology I highly encourage you to invest in training.
If you’re a user of QuickBooks take a few course to get more out of the technology. I just came back from In Infusion CRM user conference and user conferences are incredible, often multi-day events, where you get to know senior management, can get one on one guidance from the vendor’s own experts, can talk with other users, and most important can get as much as you can to know how to better use the vendor’s technology.