E-Commerce Business Assistance Grant Program
Under the new E-Commerce Grant program, administered by the York County Chamber of Commerce, businesses in York County can apply for matching grants of up to $500 each ($1000 for Woman or Minority owned businesses) for the purposes of creating a website for their business or upgrading their current website. The application process is as follows:
� Interested businesses should contact the Chamber at www.YorkCountyCC.org or 757-877-5920 for information on the program and for a list of authorized providers.
� The business contacts authorized providers to get quotes for work they want done.
� The business completes and submits a grant application.
� A Chamber committee will review the application to determine eligibility. Eligible projects must create or improve a company�s online identity, interactivity, promotion, or transactions.
� The Chamber will notify the firm of the committee�s decision and, if approved, give them the go-ahead to begin work on the project. Only work done after the Chamber�s approval will qualify for grant funds.
� The business and authorized provider will work together to complete the project as quoted (Additional work may be done, however the business owner will not receive more funds than were originally approved. The business will be responsible for paying any amount above the requested & approved funds.)
� Once the project is complete, the business must pay the authorized provider, submit receipts, and the new website address to the Chamber.
� The Chamber will verify the completion of project as quoted and mail grant payment to the business.
To apply online, click here.
VECTEC �E-Commerce Content� Breakfast
VECTEC is providing a half-day tutorial consisting of an overview of creating effective content for an e-commerce site.
Date: Wed., November 10
Place: VECTEC Conference Room - SunTrust Building on Warrick Blvd.
Time: 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
(Continental breakfast included)
The speaker for this course is Anne Henry, a former Marketing Manager at Microsoft Corporation, where she was a Lead Editor for microsoft.com. She holds a B.A degree from Harvard University, an M.A. degree from N.Y.U., and an M. Arch. degree from Princeton University.
The course will include information about adapting marketing plans to Web components, as well as practical considerations for making your site attractive and easy to use.
In this course we will cover:
� Usability basics
� Positioning frameworks
� Effective copy writing
� How to elicit a response
� Content planning/programming
� Demand generation
� Measuring results
If you are interested in attending, please contact VECTEC at 757-594-7092.
Fantastic 50 Awards
Goodman and Company, on behalf of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, is currently accepting applications for this year's Fantastic 50 Awards. To nominate a company for this award, which recognizes fast-growing companies in Virginia that are creating new jobs and making steady profits, please visit www.goodmanco.com and fill out the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is November 28, 2004.