Rhode to Resilience

As you are aware,in the couple last months the World Health Organization officially declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic. This global health crisis is a unique challenge that affects all of us universally. We would like to express our concern and support for all the members of the Tech Collective community; our staff, our members, our partners, our families, and all others affected by this outbreak. 

As our state and national government leaders issue restrictions on travel, gatherings, and meetings to limit and slow the spread of the virus, we are, of course, following their guidance. The health and safety of the Tech Collective community is our first priority 

 

1. Tech Support During COVID-19 

We are working closely with Commerce RI and Venture Café Providence to provide technical assistance to Rhode Island’s small businesses that need help adjusting to the new work from home reality. In partnership, we have launched a tech support program (click here), providing complimentary 45-minute tech support sessions for small businesses and sole proprietors via Zoom or conference call. 

Many local businesses need IT support or e-commerce website assistance. If you or your team can volunteer a few hours per week, please let us know. 

2. Laptop Loaners 

Another area we are helping is by offering a laptop loaner/donation program. Several small businesses in the state have mentioned that they do not have laptops available to work from home. As such, we are coordinating a program to loan or give laptops to these companies. If anyone has laptops to loan or donate, or time to assist us executing this program (soliciting laptops, cleaning before they go out, tracking, delivering, cleaning when they come back, etc.), please let us know. 

 

3. Rhode to Resilience Program—Virtual 

At the end of last year, our Cyber Security Steering Committee started exploring what we can do in Rhode Island to improve our small- and mid-sized businesses approach to cyber security, and leave them feeling better prepared to navigate this ever-complex security landscape. Our conversations and strategy sessions led us to introducing the SMB Cyber Security Rhode to Resilience Program, sponsored by COX Business. 

We are converting our program to a virtual program, and continuing on our quest to ensure that local leaders are able to receive training from the best security professionals in the industry so they can improve the cyber resilience of their small businesses. 

You can learn more about the program here. 

If you have any security or IT professionals who can donate an occasional hour or two, please let us know and we will get them trained on our platform. 

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