(AREA) -- The Michigan Rural Council has announced the four pilot communities that will participate in the newly launched Small Business Technology Taskforce Program. Locally, St. Clair County and Sanilac and Lexington Townships were selected. The program will facilitate local efforts to increase broadband adoption by small businesses and microbusinesses in rural communities in hopes of serving as a model for linking rural small businesses to the resources and technology opportunities that can help them continue to grow. The four pilot communities were selected through a competitive process assessing cross-sector local support, sustainable volunteer resources and the need for broadband adoption among small businesses. In the coming months, the communities will receive direct technical assistance, including a multimedia toolkit and on-site training, to develop a taskforce to bring one-on-one technology assistance to entrepreneurs and business owners.