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Google “Get Your Business Online” planned in Big Apple

NEW YORK -  Google will host “Get Your Business Online” events in the five boroughs of New York City, designed to help small businesses get online. The kick-off event will occur on October 15th in Brooklyn. Google has established a coalition, including organizations like Intuit, SCORE, to give small businesses the technology, resources and expertise they need to get online. Google hosted a similar event in New York’s Capital Region last year. The event offered small businesses a free, easy-to-build, professional website, a free customized domain name and web hosting for one year and a local business listing on Google Maps. Schumer applauds Google for selecting New York City for these events dedicated to driving economic growth by providing New York’s local businesses the tools and resources to get online and succeed.

U.S Senator Charles Schumer had urged Google to organize “Get Your Business Online” events for small businesses around New York.

“It is an important priority to get small businesses online so they can harness the power of the internet to grow and add jobs,” said Schumer. “Google’s events will connect small businesses with new customers by teaching businesses how to get online quickly and easily. Small businesses are the driving force behind NYC’s economic growth and I am thrilled to see that Google is bringing this successful seminar to the tri-state region.”

"Over half of small businesses in New York do not have a website. We are pleased to be working with Senator Schumer and other NY leaders to help make it fast, easy and free for New York City businesses to get online," said Susan Molinari, Google Vice President of Public Policy.

Schumer noted the wide range of benefits that Google will bring to small business in New York City through these events. Google’s search and advertising programs enable hundreds of thousands of small businesses to find customers, and their programs help websites earn money from their content and help non-profits solicit donations and volunteers. In particular, Google has demonstrated a focus on small businesses by providing tools they need to increase their presence and visibility online. A website that's easy to find translates into new customers and more sales of products and services.

New York small businesses stand to benefit a great deal from Google’s “Get Your Business Online” events, as about 97% of people in the US research local products and services online, yet 58% of small businesses have no website. Schumer is confident that the “Get Your Business Online” program will give New York City’s small businesses the boost they need to grow and thrive.