Published on March 20th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
SC Businesses Get Online and On The Map
Mayor Steve Benjamin kicks off Google’s Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map program in South Carolina
[Columbia, South Carolina] – Mayor Stephen Benjamin and Google joined dozens of Columbia area small businesses to launch the Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map program in Columbia. At the event, Google experts helped small business owners create their own website and verify their listing on Google Search and Maps. Businesses also received a customized domain name, free web hosting for one year, free tools, training and resources.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Technology plays a critical role in driving their growth and creating jobs, we need to make sure every local business is embracing the web to reach customers whether they’re in the here in the Midlands, at the beach, in the mountains, or anywhere else in the world” said Mayor Benjamin. “This event will make it fast and easy for our world-class small business owners to embrace the power of online commerce.”
Google, joined by local partners including the City of Columbia and Columbia Small Business Development Center(SBDC), designed the program to drive economic growth by giving South Carolina businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow their business.
“With customers increasingly turning to technology to search for what they need, it’s important that local businesses can be found online when people are looking for them.” said Soo Young Kim, Head of Google’s Get Your Business Online Program. “We want small businesses to be online and on the map to continue shaping communities around the country.”
Small businesses need to be online because their customers are. While 97% of consumers look online for local products and services, 40% of South Carolina small businesses do not have a website. Businesses that are online grow 40% faster than those that aren’t.
Participating South Carolina businesses can go to www.gybo.com to get a free website as well as free tools, training, and resources to help their business succeed online. Google is partnering with StartLogic to provide its popular website offerings for free including an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name, and web-hosting for one year.