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IMAGE COURTESY MAGGIE ARDITO

Are you interested in learning about latest technologies and meeting experts who can help accomplish your goals? Tech DeLand meets every third Wednesday at The Abbey on Woodland Ave from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. On November 17 local experts and leaders will engage in a panel discussion on “Best Free and Low-Cost Tools for Success”.  Advance registration is required.

Tech Deland’s mission is to provide an opportunity to learn and network about enabling technologies and tools that help businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits – all organizations and individuals – meet their goals. Technology is moving faster than ever. Tech DeLand offers an opportunity to keep up with the latest trends and advances.

Join us November 17 to explore open-source tools and commercial products that offer feature-packed free or low-cost options. We’ll focus on tools and tips for small to mid-sized businesses, nonprofits and startups.

Future programs will feature web development, virtual operations, social media, data management, geospatial/mapping, videography, graphic design, mobile apps, and (maybe most importantly) “getting unstuck – where to go for help”.   

All of us face technology demands that stretch our knowledge and resources. According to organizer Maggie Ardito ”Tech DeLand offers a productive, convenient and fun way to keep in touch with specialists. When I founded a nonprofit seven years ago, I quickly discovered that, even with a tech/business background, the demands of the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance far exceeded my capabilities. A big challenge is always picking the right tools because even free tools come with a steep learning investment. I chose the wrong web development platform and now we’re paying the price of conversion. Access to a diverse and supportive team of experts could have avoided years of frustration, expense and time. That’s just one example of how everyone can benefit from Tech DeLand.”

People who remember Tech DeLand will be happy to know it’s back – more focused, information-rich and opportunity-filled than ever.  If you have knowledge or intertest in  tech, business, nonprofits or entrepreneurship please join the planning team.

There is no charge but advance registration is required and attendance is limited. The Abbey offers meeting space and excellent refreshment options. Registration and information at https://www.meetup.com/TechDeLand or email techdeland@gmail.com.

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