Hands on Small Business

Hands on Small Business, hosted by the Politics, World and Business Section of Kirtsy and Microsoft Live, is a series of FREE classes offered across the US and Canada.

Each of the five two-hour classes in Miami will cover the following basics:

1. Using Twitter to communicate with audiences and customers. We’ll walk through setting up an account and discuss tactics.

2. Using Microsoft Live to run paperwork and projects. We’ll create new accounts and checkout the online workspace.

3. Using Microsoft Live to build a basic website. We’ll browse the service to see what’s available.

4. Using Kirsty for social bookmarking. We’ll also discuss other ways to promote small business online.

This hands-on, workshop style class is ideal for those with little or no experience in social media and online publishing. Absolute beginners are welcome!

Two-hour workshop-style class.

The same class will be offered on five different occasions.

Thursday, November 5th 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Register at Eventbrite
Thursday, November 12th 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Register at Eventbrite CANCELLED
Saturday, November 14th 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Register at Eventbrite
Monday, November 16th 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Register at Eventbrite
Tuesday, November 17th 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Register at Eventbrite
Saturday, November 21st 11:00 AM - 1 PM - Register at Eventbrite


Brikolodge (Coworking Space)
3301 NE 1st Ave, Unit L207
Midtown Building 4
Miami, FL 33137

Brikolodge is great but finding it is a little tricky. Entrance is on the south side of the building toward the back on a stone-paved walk, past a tiny park directly in front of an empty, fenced lot. A glass door leads you to the elevator. Go to second floor and head left (west) in the hallway to unit L207.



$1/hour on street, payable at receipt display meters. Use coins or cards. Bills not accepted.

If you have a laptop, please bring it so you can experiment online as we go along. Brikolodge offers free wi-fi. Seating at the conference table is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Class participants will have a chance to win a Microsoft Office Small Business 2007, complete software suite, valued at over $400. Bring business cards for the drawing!

Coffee and cupcakes will be served, courtesy of Two Girls and A Cupcake.


Maria de los Angeles is best known for her 4 year-old, award-winning multimedia blog, Sex and the Beach. A freelance writer, blogger and online community connector, she is very active in the Miami social media scene and knows first hand how social media can transform lives and businesses for the better.

Her regular clients include Miami Beach 411, where she works as a contributor and forum editor, reaching out to the local community and thousands across the world. Maria also covers tech and social media for the Miami New Times online edition, where she writes a column called Silicon Beach three times a week. Maria is one of 100 Ford Fiesta agents — skilled content producers and social media influencers across the country involved in a massive social media campaign.

She has also worked as an Online Community Manager and blogger for Obopay, a mobile-to-mobile payments service based out of Silicon Valley. Most recently, Maria participated in “LaidOffCamp/FreelanceCamp” giving a lecture on blogging for newbies at the Miami Beach Convention Center. She has ample teaching experience, having worked as a teacher of record in writing, composition and literature during her post-graduate tenure at the University of Miami.