Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced a partnership with Google to create free websites for small businesses throughout Florida.
The initiative, “Florida Get Your Business Online,” will, according to Scott, help drive economic growth by giving Florida businesses the tools and resources they need to create a website, find new customers and grow.
For the next year, Florida businesses can go to www.floridagetonline.com to get a free website. Google partnered with Intuit to provide its Intuit Websites offerings that include an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name and free web hosting for one year. The offer includes tools, training and other resources.
While 97 percent of Americans look online for local products or businesses, 68 percent of Florida small businesses do not have a website.
“The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many Florida small businesses from taking the first step,” says Scott Levitan, Director of Small Business Engagement at Google. “This program makes it fast, easy and free for businesses to get online.”
As part of the program, Google will provide free workshops to small businesses in Miami and Tampa.
The Miami training takes place on April 3 and April 4 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard. Training in Tampa takes place on April 5 at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 West Gasparilla Plaza.
Businesses can register for the free workshops at www.floridagetonline.com.
Source: Florida Realtors