FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2011
AFTER SCHUMER’S URGING, GOOGLE TO HOST SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY EVENT TO GET CAPITAL REGION BUSINESSES ONLINE; EVENT WILL HELP CONNECT BUSINESSES WITH NEW CUSTOMERS, UNLOCK ECONOMIC POTENTIAL
Schumer Announces Google to Host ‘New York Get Your Business Online’ Event in Troy; Schumer Pushed For Google-Led Coalition to Give Cap Region Small Businesses Technology, Resources, and Expertise To Increase Business Potential
Google Event Will Offer Free Professional Website, Customized Domain Name and Web Hosting, and Other Tools and Resources to Cap Region Businesses
Schumer: Google’s Small Business Event Will Help Local Small Businesses Drive Economic Growth in the Region
Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Google will host a “Get Your Business Online” event in Troy, designed to help small businesses get online in the Capital Region. In an October 4th letter, Schumer urged Google Chairman of the Board Eric Schmidt to hold a “Get Your Business Online” event for Capital Region small businesses. Today, Schumer announced that Google will host the event on November 14th at the Experiential Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy. Google has established a new national coalition, including businesses like Intuit, SCORE, and MeetUp, to give small businesses the technology, resources and expertise they need to get online. Google has hosted such events in other states, such as Texas, which offered hundreds of small businesses a free, easy-to-build, professional website, a free customized domain name and web hosting for one year, and a local business listing on Google Places. Schumer applauds Google for selecting the Capital Region for this event dedicated to driving economic growth by providing New York’s local businesses the tools and resources to get online and succeed.
“I am thrilled that Google has heeded my call and selected Troy for a ‘Get Your Business Online’ event, so that small businesses in the area can get the boost they need to get their businesses online, through free tools and resources like a customized professional website and more,” said Schumer. “Google’s mission to create partnerships on the federal, state and community level is an important one, and will help small businesses in the Capital Region get online quickly, easily and for free. Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy; they are prime creators of new jobs, and it is clear that there is a tremendous amount of untapped economic potential in helping America’s small businesses get online and get connected with new customers.”
Schumer highlighted the wide range of benefits that Google will bring to small businesses in the Capital Region through this event. Google’s search and advertising programs enable hundreds of thousands of small businesses to find customers, and their programs help websites earn money from their content and help non-profits solicit donations and volunteers. In particular, Google has demonstrated a focus on small businesses by providing tools they need to increase their presence and visibility online. A website that's easy to find translates into new customers and more sales of products and services.
New York small businesses stand to benefit a great deal from Google’s “Get Your Business Online” event, as about 97% of people in the US research local products and services online, yet 63% of small businesses have no website, and 23% of small businesses are digitally invisible. Schumer is confident that the “Get Your Business Online” program will give Capital Region small businesses the boost they need to grow and thrive.
New York Get Your Business Online will be a Google-led coalition dedicated to driving economic growth by providing New York’s local businesses the tools and resources to get online and succeed. Google offers small businesses free, easy-to-build, professional website and a free customized domain name and web hosting for one year. Google also offers small businesses a listing on Google Places, and other free tools and resources.
Schumer stated that this event means that local businesses will be given the opportunity to get online with the help of Google and their coalition partners. Schumer noted, based on Google Get Your Business Online events in other states, that small businesses can walk into these events offline and walk out online, with a website, a customized domain name, and more. In addition, Google will also hold workshops on running a business online and on search engine marketing.
The Center for Economic Growth, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce, and the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce are all scheduled to participate in the event, and are encouraging their member businesses to attend.
Businesses can either get online through www.NewYorkGetonline.com, or in person at the first launch event being held on November 14th at theExperiential Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.