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    • < The BTOP Experience: Bringing Broadband to Underserved Populations >
      < 11NTCBTOP >
      Richard Abisla
    • Session Evaluation
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    • Latino Microenterprise Tech Net: Digital Technical Assistance for Microentrepreneurs
    • Digital Exclusion in the Latino Community
      Just 33% of Spanish-speaking Latinos use the Internet, compared to 71% of non-Latino whites and 60% of African-Americans
      Latinos have second highest unemployment rate (12.5%) after African-Americans (14.6%) versus national average of 9.4%
      Most online content is in English,
      not Spanish
    • Training Delivery Innovation
      306 fully bilingual workstations and curriculum
      Targeted technology curriculum for microentrepreneurs
      Central server allows for centralized maintenance and tech support from Plaza Adelante
      Mobile and hybrid labs offer flexibility
    • Benefit to sub-recipient organizations
      Between 10-75 Dell desktop or laptop computers
      Color and B&W Printers, Scanners, Projectors
      T1 internet connection for at least 36 months
      MPLS Cloud services linking sites, central data center together
      Microsoft Office 2010
      Windows 7 Operating Systems
      Symantec Antivirus
      Centralized maintenance and 24/7 Tech Support
    • Benefit to sub-recipient organizations:Reimbursement Budget
      Funding for:
      Furniture (desks, chairs, ADA approved workstations)
      Materials/Supplies (paper, toner, etc.)
      Upgrades to physical space (ADA accessibility, converting space to a computer center)
      Travel (to Train the Trainer events)
      Surge protectors, cables, etc
    • Benefit to sub-recipient organizations:Curriculum
      Bilingual training curriculum
      “Core curriculum”
      Basic Digital Literacy
      Windows 7
      Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher)
      “Electives” targeting microentrepreneurs
      Quickbooks Online
      Constant Contact
      Wix Website Design
    • “Mobile Labs”
      Allows practitioners to have small group classes in a workplace, satellite office, partner organization. Particularly useful in rural areas; trainer can do the distance travel.
      These laptops are equipped with satellite internet and connect to MPLS through SSL connections
      Allows business consultants to bring laptop to individual consultations and meetings to enhance technology exposure and learning.
    • Latino Microenterprise Tech Net:By the numbers
      Initial Project Structure:
      17 18 public computer centers
      12 partner organizations
      10 states in every time zone
      Potential Growth
      5 new potential partners, serving similar audiences with similar goals
      Leveraging federal investment, matching funds, and new funding streams
    • Minneapolis, MN
      Latino Economic Development Center:
      17 computers
      Blackfoot, ID
      Latino Economic and Development Center:
      12 computer mobile lab
      Philadelphia, PA
      Norris Square Civic Association
      30 computers
      Wheaton, MD
      Latino Economic Development Corporation
      10 computers; hybrid mobile and standard lab
      Kansas City, MO
      Hispanic Economic Development Corp:
      12 computers
      Del Norte, CO
      Colorado Rural Housing Development Corp:
      10 computers
      San Francisco, CA
      MEDA; Caminos
      40 computers
      Phoenix, AZ
      Chicanos Por La Causa:
      75 computers: 3 sites
      Anthony, NM
      Tierra del Sol Housing Corp.:
      10 computers
      San Antonio, TX
      Avenida Guadalupe Association:
      45 computers:
      3 sites;
      NALCAB headquarters
      Los Angeles, CA
      New Economics for Women
      40 computers: 2 sites, potential for mobility
      Laredo, TX
      Azteca Economic Development & Preservation Corporation:
      15 computers
    • Project Partners
      Lead Agency/Project Manager:
      Mission Economic Development Agency San Francisco, CA
      Technical Manager: Caminos Pathways Learning Center San Francisco, CA
      Avenida Guadalupe Association San Antonio, TX
      Azteca Economic Development & Preservation Corporation Laredo, TX
      Chicanos Por La Causa Phoenix, AZ
      Colorado Rural Housing Development Corporation Del Norte, CO
      Hispanic Economic Development Corporation Kansas City, MO
      Latino Economic Development Center Wheaton, MD
      Latino Economic and Development Center Blackfoot, ID
      New Economics for Women Los Angeles, CA
      Norris Square Civic Association Philadelphia, PA
      Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation Anthony, NM
      Consortium Coordinator:
      National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders San Antonio, TX
    • Target Population
      Existing or potential Latino micro-entrepreneurs
      Microenterprise: >$35,000 investment, 5 employees or fewer
      Offered as Technical Assistance to participants in Business Development Programs
      Partner organizations have Business Development Programs; LMTN complements these, offers a new facet to services partner groups can provide.
      Everyone is welcome!
      Both Spanish and English speaking small business owners are targeted
    • Latino Microenterprise Tech Net
      Federal Investment: $3,724,128 over 3 years
      Matching Investment: $2,483,855 over 3 years
      Total Investment: $6,207,983 over 3 years
    • Federal Targets/Goals for 3 year period
      Create & retain 2,100 jobs in Latino communities
      Train 15,000 people
      Provide computer access to 45,000 individuals
      Each sub-recipient has variable, self-reported job targets ranging from 14 jobs created/retained per year to 196 jobs created/retained per year
      Every workstations will train 30 people over 3 year period
      Every workstation will provide broadband access to 148 people over 3 year period
    • Our experience so far….
      Delayed construction/permitting/inspections causing other delays
      Difficulty in developing curriculum in one language and translating; have to have final copies before translation!
      Staff at NTIA and NIST have been helpful, available as resources
      Interested in sharing best practices in PCCs, particularly those with several sites
      Thank you!