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Verizon brings the Small Business Digital Ready experience to live event in New York City


Verizon announced it will host its third Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Summit, an all-day experience for small business owners to network and participate in live events designed to help them grow their businesses, in New York City, New York on September 26, 2023. In partnership with the global professional education and networking platform, Luminary, the summit aims to bring valuable business insights and strategies to small business owners.

Participants of the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready: NYC Summit will have the opportunity to engage in workshops and networking opportunities and to hear from speakers and experts across industry sectors hosting fireside chats and educational sessions - including a Business Plan Bootcamp - with the ultimate goal of building community connections. In addition, Verizon is giving away a free Chromebook to five small business registrants who attend the summit1. To learn more about the event and to register, visit Verizon Small Business Digital Ready: NYC Summit.

“As a New York-based company, we understand the value that small businesses bring to this city,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate social responsibility officer for Verizon. “We are excited to bring our Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Summit to New York-area small businesses. We developed Small Business Digital Ready to put our innovative tools and resources directly into the hands of small business owners to help them succeed in the digital world, and through these events, we get to work more closely with them than ever.”

Launched in 2021, Verizon Small Business Digital Ready is a free online resource designed to give small businesses the tools they need to thrive in today’s digital economy. Small businesses can access personalized learning through over 40 courses, mentorship, peer networking, 1:1 expert coaching and incentives such as grant funding. In partnership with LISC and Next Street, the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready portal was created with and for small businesses, with a specific focus on under-resourced business owners. Spanish-language course offerings, coaching from experts and community events are also available. Since its launch, over 2,000 NYC-based small businesses have registered and engaged with the platform.

“Given the boom of new businesses started in the last few years and the current volatile state of the economy, there is a greater necessity for incremental support, door openers, mentorship, tools to further build their companies and help to fuel spend,” said Luminary founder and CEO Cate Luzio. “Our goal at Luminary has always been to provide entrepreneurs access to empower growth, and our partnership with Verizon allows us to expand our reach even further and have a deeper impact together.”

This initiative is part of Verizon’s goal to support 1M small businesses by 2030 with the resources to thrive in the digital economy, as part of its responsible business plan: Citizen Verizon. Visit to learn more about the company’s responsible business efforts.

1 No purchase necessary. Must be present to win. Sweepstakes starts September 26, 2023 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) and ends on September 26, 2023, at 12 PM ET. Must be a legal U.S. resident 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Verizon Corporate Services Group Inc. For official rules, see

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