The availability of high speed, wired fiber internet access with no data limits has already allowed at least two individuals to start and operate businesses, coming to their “office” at the Skyline on a regular schedule. With additional promotion, we expect others to do this as well, on a regular or as-needed basis (e.g., when they hit the satellite data limit). By providing this facility, we allow small entrepreneurs to remain in the community to support themselves.
Skyline facilities allow area residents to take college courses, participate in meetings and webinars, and use online and media based training materials. Trained staff and volunteers provide expertise and guidance to make the technology effective and efficient.
The community does not have a place where someone can go for minor assistance – e.g., how to set up a new computer, file a tax return online, solve a program problem, or get a new worker started on essential business software. While these problems may irritate a larger organization, for a small family business, they can form a major obstacle. As more state and federal agencies require online reporting, small businesses need assistance getting up to speed with new regulations.
Skyline REC will soon offer sales classes, with mentoring by professionals with decades of experience in successful selling. These classes will help local businesses extend their reach beyond the immediate area. Additional programs will help area residents develop their passions for music and arts into income producing ventures, and allow professionals with continuing education requirements to address those needs locally. We are exploring a wide variety of class offerings, ranging from nurses’ continuing education, to sound stage management, to operation and maintenance of timber harvesting equipment. Many of these support local business needs; others offer an opportunity for an individual to acquire new skills and opportunities.
Teleconferencing equipment will allow people to participate in remote meetings, host training or sales presentations, take webcast or online courses, and conduct business outside the immediate area.