On July 19, Google announced the "Texas Get Your Business Online," a program in the United States, designed with local partners to help drive economic growth. The program provides Texas businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow their businesses.
"Businesses get a free, easy-to-build website and web hosting for one year powered by Intuit. Businesses also get a customized domain name, a local business listing on Google Places and free tools, training and resources to succeed online."
The free website and services are good for one year. After that, the website will cost $5 per month and the domain name $2 per month. Google reps have been in Austin Tuesday and today to meet small business owners face-to-face and get them started on the program, and are headed to San Antonio later in the week for more of the same.
Back in March this year, Google has launched similar programs in Canada at GYBO.ca and in Ireland at GettingBusinessOnline.ie.
"Getting online represents an enormous economic opportunity for Texas businesses. While 97% of Americans look online for local products and services, 51% of Texan small businesses don't have a website or online presence. The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many small businesses from taking the first step," Google stated.
"Choosing Austin as a launch market for the Google 'Texas Get Your Business Online' program is a natural fit as our area is recognized around the world as a hotbed for innovation where entrepreneurs and businesses thrive," said Rebecca Martin, SVP Marketing, Austin Chamber of Commerce. "This new Google program is a great tool designed to help small businesses succeed in a tech-savvy, global marketplace."
"Small businesses in Texas realize that they operate in a global marketplace and in order to be competitive, having a strong online presence is critical for success, says Jeffrey L. Boney, Founder and CEO, Texas Business Alliance. "I am excited that Google has made the investment and commitment to ensure small businesses have the tools and resources necessary to be more competitive and accessible in this new global economy."
Businesses can either get online through www.texasgetonline.com, or in person through a series of Google-hosted events for small businesses which will be held in Austin on July 19-20 at La Zona Rosa, and in San Antonio on July 22 at Alamo Cafe throughout the state.
[Source: Press Release]