Google wants to help more Florida small businesses get online.
Research shows that 97 percent of Americans look online for local products and services. But in Florida, only 68 percent of small businesses are online.
As part of the Florida Get Your Business Online initiative, Google is partnering with business website designer Intuit to provide small business owners with the tools to make and manage their own website for free. Business owners can go to www.floridagetonline.com to pick a template, upload their own content and then publish to the web.
As part of the program, the participating businesses will get a free domain name and web hosting for one year.
Google will be hosting a workshop April 5 at the Tampa Museum of Art to provide in-person instructions on how to get a business online. The workshop will last from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and participants can register at the event.
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