Amazon announces Amazon Small Business Academy: A range of educational initiatives to help entrepreneurs, startups, and business owners succeed online
"Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced a range of Amazon Small Business Academy programs to help small businesses harness the power of the internet to reach more customers, build their brand, and grow sales. The initiatives includes in-person seminars, community college courses, and webinars.
"Small businesses make up 99.9% of U.S. businesses, employ almost 60 million people, and are the backbone of our economy. We've heard from many of them that they want help and guidance to take advantage of the power of the internet and digital business, particularly in rural areas," said Nicholas Denissen, Amazon Vice President of Small Business. "Amazon Small Business Academy is focused on accelerating small business' digital capabilities, whether they are a brand new company or one that has been in business for generations."
Today in Southaven, Mississippi near Memphis, Tenn., Amazon is hosting its first Amazon Small Business Academy event, featuring special guest speaker U.S. Senator Roger F. Wicker. The free seminar will provide more than 100 attendees with insights, best practices, and how-to skills to start and grow a business online, or extend an existing business on the internet. The company's next Amazon Small Business Academy seminar will be held in December, with more events planned for 2020.
"Small business owners and entrepreneurs are the driving force behind economic growth in Mississippi and across America," said Senator Wicker. "The Amazon Small Business Academy will empower more small businesses to succeed, particularly in rural states, through digital tools and broadband access."
The Amazon Small Business Academy program also includes a grant to the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to fund curriculum development and instruction of digital business courses in community college classrooms around the country..."