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|"Virtual Monmouth" Workshop to be Held
|Monmouth businesses and civic organizations interested in creating a website and becoming part of the Internet community are invited to attend a free workshop, entitled "Virtual Monmouth." The goal of the workshop is to provide web marketing strategies and learn about an inexpensive customized website tool created especially for Monmouth businesses and organizations. The workshop will be held Thursday, May 13 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Patton Block building, located in at 88-90 Public Square, Monmouth, Illinois. The workshop is free, but reservations are required since space is limited.
Virtual Monmouth is an initiative of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs to create an online version of Monmouth to showcase the community, offer businesses without a website an easy and affordable web presence, and include features of social media and e-commerce designed to encourage return visits to the site. The vision for the site was developed jointly between the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs and the University of Illinois Extension-Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership.
"With more commerce and tourism decisions based on web presence, we want to encourage any size business or organization to obtain a website," explains Jolene Willis, UIE-WIEDP Coordinator. "The Virtual Monmouth portal will serve as a virtual town map or directory for visitors to explore all the great aspects of Monmouth."
The Virtual Monmouth portal will feature a user friendly interface that will include an interactive map to identify a business or organization of interest. Selecting a business or organization will take the visitor either to a separate stand-alone website or to a page or pages the business or organization has created through the Virtual Monmouth project. Each business and organization will have the option to purchase a website of varying complexity depending upon the needs of their business. Businesses that currently have a website can be linked to the site for free.
Participating businesses can select a website from three levels of features from basic to expanded, with a basic website starting at $60 per year. Businesses will also have the option to have a logo designed, obtain a stand-alone web address (URL), or incorporate e-commerce features, such as Pay Pal, at an additional cost.
"A business owner could attend this workshop and end up leaving with a website. We're trying to make it that easy," Willis said.
Funding for the program is from a grant from the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs with matching funds from the McDonough County Telephone Cooperative. The University of Illinois Extension-Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership will coordinate the project locally and will maintain the website ongoing.
For more information on the Virtual Monmouth project or to RSVP for the workshop on May 13th, contact Jolene Willis at 309-734-4253 or email@example.com. The workshop is free, but reservations are required since space is limited.
(Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership)
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