City Rallies Business Owners to "Get Your Business Online"
The city of Palm Bay is partnering with the U.S. Conference of Mayors using Google in a yearlong initiative to get local businesses online. It is part of Google’s “Get Your Business Online” program, an effort to grow the local economy by bolstering business productivity.
Although 97% of Internet users are now looking online to find local products and services, 58% of American businesses still do not have a website. Through increased participation in the Get Your Business Online program, the city hopes to close that gap.
Get Your Business Online provides small business owners with a custom domain name, web hosting and access to educational resources -- all free for one year. Since its debut in July 2011, the program has helped over 135,000 businesses successfully get online and start growing. “The misconception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many 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.”
The city’s partnership in the program puts Palm Bay on a growing list of communities taking advantage of Google’s Get Your Business Online program this year. “Businesses have to be where their customers are,” said Mayor William Capote. “In 2014, that’s online. My goal is to encourage our local businesses to build an online presence that will help them grow.”
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce is also a great resource for finding local vendors for help in developing online presence. Several of the chamber’s members consist of web-savvy companies that offer marketing tools to help grow the small businesses in the area. Many are affordable and within budget for the small and startup enterprise. “We applaud the mayor’s initiative to help small businesses with website development and encourage our local companies to compare costs versus benefits to determine which options fit them the best,” said Victoria Northrup, president and CEO for the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Interested business owners can visit www.gybo.com for further information on the program or contact the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce at 321-951-9998 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.