Google Program Set For Northwest Indiana

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Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) representatives will hold a technology for business workshop Friday in Merrillville. The Indiana Get Your Business Online event will feature guidance for small business owners. December 2, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today announced that representatives from Google will host a free tech workshop for Hoosier small businesses on Friday, December 6 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT at the Radisson Star Plaza on 800 East 81st Avenue in Merrillville.

At the Indiana Get Your Business Online event, Google experts will help Hoosier small business owners create their own websites. Businesses in attendance can receive a customized domain name, free web hosting for one year, a local business listing on Google Maps, free tools, training and resources. Google experts will be on hand to provide training on how to reach more customers online.

"Small businesses help fuel our economy and create more jobs," Coats said. "I am proud to join with Google to bring this seminar to Indiana. This is an excellent opportunity for Hoosier business owners to receive tools and valuable skills free of charge from experts in online development."

According to Google, 97 percent of Internet users look online for local products and services, yet 53 percent of Indiana small businesses do not have a website or online presence. This event is designed to provide an easy and fast way for Indiana businesses to launch a website and become visible online.

"The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many Indiana 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."

More information and resources for businesses unable to attend the event are available at www.IndianaGetOnline.com.

Source: The Office of Senator Dan Coats