AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - CSRA business owners who need a boost getting their company online can get some help at a workshop this week.
U.S. Rep. John Barrow (GA-12) is teaming up with Google to host a workshop Thursday encouraging small businesses to utilize the Internet to grow their businesses.
At the "Georgia Get Your Business Online" event, Google experts will help small business owners create their own websites courtesy of Intuit. Businesses also will receive a customized domain name, free web hosting for one year, a local business listing on Google Maps, free tools, training and resources.
"Access to an online marketplace is changing the way small businesses operate," Barrow said. "Google is providing an invaluable resource to these entrepreneurs and opening up some of the great businesses we have here in the 12th District to a new customer base."
Barrow said it's important for businesses to become more visible online, where the majority of people are going to find goods and services.
"The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many Georgia 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."
Businesses unable to attend the event can still get a free website and resources by going to www.GeorgiaGetOnline.com. More information about the program and the Augusta event is also available on the website.
WHAT: Small Business "Get Your Business Online" Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 30
Two sessions: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Enterprise Mill Event Center, 1450 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901