Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Social Media Workshop, March 29th

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and now Pinterest?  Social media has certainly changed the way we do business.  We no longer have a choice on whether we do social media; the question is how well we do it.

Pinning has changed the way we search the web! 

The Knox County Visioning Group will host a business development workshop on March 29, 2012, from 6-7 p.m., at the Benjamin Courthouse on using social media. This workshop will focus on creating a page for your business, scheduling updates and how to advertise on facebook. The KCVG will also touch on using Pinterest to advertise your products.

Facebook fans (those who ‘like’ your page) are 291 percent more likely to engage with brands than nonfans. That means fans are three times more likely to convert (use or purchase your product or service) than nonfans. According to the business SocialCode, fans of your page buy at a 7 percent rate, while nonfans buy at a rate of just 2 percent. Based on those numbers, you can see why so many companies want you to ‘like’ their page.

If you have a facebook page but rarely post, the KCVG will be showing you how to schedule regular updates using the program Hootsuite. With a few minutes a week or a month, this program can help keep your page fresh and exciting.

Pinterest is the new kid on the block for social media, and she is taking the world by storm. The KCVG will delve into this site and show you how fun and easy it is to add this button to your website, and get folks ‘pinning’ your products.

In addition to door prizes at each meeting, there is also an opportunity to win cash! Attending three workshops will get a person’s name into a drawing for $25, attending four - $50, attending five - $75 and attending all six will get a person entered to win $100!  

These workshops will provide training and information locally, saving businesses time and gas driving to Abilene or Wichita Falls. Make the best of this opportunity and plan on joining the KCVG. The meetings will be fun and informative! For questions and information call 940-459-4121. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

HVAC Scholarship Available through KCVG

The Knox County Visioning Group (KCVG) is looking for persons who have an interest in pursuing a trade in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).  The KCVG is offering a scholarship to a senior in a Knox County, Texas, high school or Knox County, Texas, resident who wishes to pursue this training in the amount of $1500. The grant will require the student to return to Knox County for one year and work in an HVAC field.

Click here for Application

Knox County will experience a loss of individuals in the HVAC field in the future. The KCVG would like to help replenish that talent by helping an individual interested in HVAC become licensed and return to Knox County.  Full HVAC certification requires one year of school, then a three-year apprenticeship before allowing individuals to sit for the test. This is a long-term commitment between the KCVG and the winner of this scholarship.

Applications can be found by clicking here or by calling 940-459-4121.  Students can also pick up an application at their high school councelor’s office.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2012.

More information on schools and costs associated with this degree can be found at TSTC’s website: http://www.westtexas.tstc.edu/ or at Vernon College’s website: http://www.vernoncollege.edu/. A larger list of schools offering this training in Texas can be found here: http://www.braintrack.com/colleges-by-career/hvac-mechanics/state/tx

Additional scholarship information can be found on the Youth Opportunities page of this website.