Around Williams: Week of March 2, 2011

Free tax preparation today

Free tax preparation for households with incomes less than $49,000 will be offered 4:30-7 p.m. today at the Williams Elementary-Middle School library, 601 N. Seventh St.

Spanish language translators will be available. Please remember to bring the following: picture ID for taxpayer and spouse; Social Security or ITIN cards for all household members; proof of income, including all W-2s and 1099 forms; all other important tax documents; name, address and tax ID number of child care provider if applicable; amount of money paid to child care provider for 2010; and, a copy of last year's tax return. If filing jointly, both adults must be present.

The event is sponsored by United Way of Northern Arizona. For other sites, dates or more information call 1-888-635-0545.

Career Expo tomorrow

Parents are welcome to attend the first Career Expo 1-4 p.m. tomorrow at the Williams High School gym. Students in grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to talk with more than 25 professionals who will be on hand to talk about their careers or show by demonstration what their professions are all about. Students have been invited from Ash Fork, Parks and Heritage as well as those who are home-schooled.

The Career Expo is sponsored through a partnership with the Education Committee of the Williams Chamber of Commerce and the Williams Unified School District in support of Arizona State Standards for workplace skills. The goal is to improve the college and career readiness of our students and to have this program as an annual event.

Learn how to utilize social media effectively

Anyone interested in learning more about using social media to generate business is invited to attend two workshops March 9 at Doc Holliday's Steakhouse, 950 N. Grand Canyon Blvd. The workshops are sponsored by Williams Main Street Association, Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Main Street Program and Local First Arizona Foundation.

Learn about using technology to build business and reach customers 10 a.m.-noon. This two-hour workshop will focus on social media tools that businesses can utilize to promote their services and stay better connected with customers. Facebook, Twitter, E-mail Marketing and Survey Monkey are a few of the social media programs.

Learn how to build a small business network 12:30-2 p.m. Kimber Lanning, executive director of Local First Arizona, will be the luncheon speaker. She will outline tools for small businesses including an online business directory, iPhone applications and e-mail blasts as well as discuss the 10 percent Shift Campaign as a community-wide tool to raise awareness of the impact of keeping dollars local.

The cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch. Bring a laptop. Call Sue Atkinson to reserve a seat at (928) 635-0273.

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