Google Hoping To Get More Local Companies Online

Google Hoping To Get More Local Companies Online

Too few small businesses have their own websites. Google hopes to change that

POTTSTOWN PA – Fifty-six percent of Pennsylvania’s small businesses operate without a website, a figure that Google – the Internet search engine giant – wants to change.

Google on Wednesday (April 11, 2012) launched what it calls the “Pennsylvania Get Your Business Online” initiative to give the state’s businesses tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow their business.

“Nearly all Pennsylvanians are now looking online for local products and services, and (small businesses) want to tap into that vast market,” said Soo Young Kim, who heads Google’s venture. For the next 12 months, Google is encouraging Pennsylvania businesses to visit and register for a free website, free site tools, training and resources to help them succeed online. Google is partnering with Intuit for these products, a customized domain name and web hosting for one year.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey was among those who attended a launch event Wednesday in Pittsburgh to meet with Google officials, local partners and small business owners. “Small businesses are a major driver of job growth, so I’m thrilled that Google is helping,” Casey said; he asked Google to bring the event to Pennsylvania.