Malla Haridat Helps Bring Digital Transformation to Diverse Small Businesses in the United States with Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

October 04 17:34 2021
In partnership with Next Street and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Verizon Small Business Digital Ready aims to focus on women- and minority-owned businesses in under-resourced communities

Malla Haridat is thrilled to announce she will be helping to bring a new online curriculum to small businesses across the US: Verizon Small Business Digital Ready. In partnership with Next Street and LISC, the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready online curriculum is designed to give small businesses the tools they need to thrive in today’s digital economy, including access to personalized learning plans, coaching from experts, and networking opportunities with diverse, industry-specific businesses.

More than 100,000 small businesses closed due to the pandemic, with a disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx-owned small businesses. Verizon Small Business Digital Ready offers businesses support to enable digital readiness and drive digital transformation through a customized curriculum that accounts for industry, size, and interests. Malla Haridat is proud to be working with Verizon to reach those businesses most in need of support within the United States, especially those in New York.

“I am truly excited about the commitment to reach diverse entrepreneurs across the country through these offerings,” explained Malla Haridat. “These classes are the type of classes I wish I had years ago when I started my business. When you’ve got past the 101 content, and you need the guidance that will grow your business and don’t have time for the fluff – this free offering is amazing.”

Developed by small businesses, Verizon Small Business Digital Ready provides a personalized experience – providing resources, networking, and coaching tailored to a small business’ specific needs. The program can help small businesses move forward in four ways:

Personalized Learning

Content presented by small businesses through brief, information-packed lessons small businesses can use right away.

Expert coaching

Guidance from business experts across marketing, business planning, legal, and more.

Peer Networking

Connections to other small businesses to build their networks.


A marketplace of tools, solutions, products, and services that can help small businesses. Participants will also be eligible to apply for grant funding exclusive to Verizon Small Business Digital Ready users.

To register and access, visit

This initiative is part of Verizon’s commitment to providing one million small businesses with digital tools and resources by 2030. It is central to Verizon’s responsible business plan, Citizen Verizon, for economic, environmental, and social advancement. Launched in 2020 to move the world forward for all, Citizen Verizon leverages technology, innovation, and resources to address the world’s most pressing issues across digital inclusion, climate protection, and human prosperity.

As part of Citizen Verizon, Verizon plans to exceed $3 billion in its responsible business investment from 2020-2025 to continue helping vulnerable communities bridge the digital divide and prepare for the digital economy of the future.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000, and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information, and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence worldwide, Verizon generated revenues of $128.3 billion in 2020. The company offers data, video, and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security, and control.

About Malla Haridat

Malla Haridat is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and founder of the New Designs for Life Training Company.  She trains social and business entrepreneurs to run successful enterprises that educate, empower and support others. As CEO of New Designs for Life Training, Malla helps under-engaged corporate employees tap into the power of intrapreneurship. In addition, Malla coaches women to become more independent catalyzing transformation even in the smallest capacity.

She has earned mentions on ABC, NY Times, Huff Post, FOX Small Business, and spoke at conferences organized by Fast Company, Inc Magazine, and Black Enterprise in 2020. Today, Malla runs a group sales coaching program, Crush Your Sales Plan which can be accessed via

Contact Malla by email via [email protected] or visit for more information.

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