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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 Facebook Twitter 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 Budget 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!