Google Provides Free Websites for Mecklenburg County Businesses

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Google is proud to announce North Carolina Get Your Business Online. Google worked with local partners to design the program, which will help drive economic growth by giving North Carolina businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow their business.

Get Your Business Online is an easy and fast way for North Carolina businesses to get online. For the next year, participating North Carolina businesses can go to http://www.americagetonline.com/north-carolina/ to get a free website as well as free tools, training and resources to help their business succeed online. Google is partnering with Intuit to provide its popular Intuit Websites offerings for free including an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name and web-hosting for one year. After the first year the website will cost $4.95 a month.

“The NC SBTDC is very excited to partner with Google to offer this opportunity for North Carolina small businesses to develop a free website and gain greater understanding of the importance of having their business on the Internet,” said Scott Daugherty, Executive Director of the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center. “The expert training provided at the conference will be beneficial to those small businesses that attend and help them better understand the benefits and requirements to gain an effective presence on the Web.”

Small businesses need to be online because that’s where their customers are. While 97 percent of Americans look online for local products and services, 69 percent of small businesses in North Carolina do not have a website or online presence.

“The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many North Carolina small businesses from taking the first step,” said Scott Levitan, Director of Small Business Engagement at Google. “This program makes it fast, easy and free for businesses to get online.”

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