AUSTIN, TX –Today Google is announcing Texas Get Your Business Online, a first-of-its kind 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.
Core to Texas Get Your Business Online is an easy and fast way for all Texas businesses to get online. 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.
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 do not 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.
“Small businesses in Texas know how important the Internet is, because they use it every day as consumers. Now they have a chance to easily and quickly create their own web presence,” says Amy Chang, Director of Product Management at Google. “There’s a huge opportunity to find new customers, increase sales and grow their businesses.”
“As a leading provider of small business solutions, we have witnessed the growth small businesses have seen from getting online,” said Ralph Matlack, Group Product Manager at Intuit. “We are excited to offer Intuit Websites for free to all the wonderful small businesses in Texas and to help them create a customized presence that represents their unique brands.”
“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.”
“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.”
Businesses can either get online through www.texasgetonline.com, or in person through a series of Google-hosted events throughout the state.
The first of several events for small businesses will be held in Austin on July 19-20 at La Zona Rosa, and in San Antonio on July 22 at Alamo Cafe. Businesses across Texas who cannot attend the events can visit [www.texasgetonline.com] to quickly and easily get online today. The program will be available online for a year.
The Texas Get Your Business Online program is made possible by Google in partnership with Texas Association of Business, Texas Business Alliance, Texas Small Business Development Center Network, Association of Small Business Development Centers, Meetup, SCORE, Intuit, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Small Business United, National Small Business Association.
About Texas Get Your Business Online
Texas Get Your Business Online is a joint initiative by Google, Texas Association of Business, Texas Business Alliance, Texas Small Business Development Center Network, Association of Small Business Development Centers, Meetup, SCORE , Intuit, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Small Business United, National Small Business Association and other business organizations to provide complementary resources and tools to help small businesses create a website and help them understand the huge economic opportunities offered through the Internet. The program has set a target of helping tens of thousands of Texan businesses get online over the next 12 months.
To learn more about Texas Get Your Business Online, please visit [www.texasgetonline.com].
/PRNewswire-July 19, 2011/
SOURCE Texas Get Your Business Online
Web Site: http://www.texasgetonline.com
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