Google To Help Tennessee Small Businesses May 19

Tennessee Get Your Business Online Event

Thursday, May 8, 2014

U.S. Senator Bob Corker Thursday announced that representatives from Google will host a Tennessee Get Your Business Online event in Chattanooga on Monday, May 19, from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza.

At the Tennessee Get Your Business Online event, Google experts will help small business owners create a free website, and those in attendance will receive a customized domain name, free web hosting for one year, a local business listing on Google Maps, and additional tools, training and resources. The Google experts will also help train business owners on how to reach more customers online. 

“As a former mayor and businessman, I appreciate the role small businesses play in communities across Tennessee,” said Senator Corker. “I am proud to partner with Google to host this event and hope local businesses will take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to kickstart and build their online presence.”

 The event, which is free and open to all Tennesseans, is designed to provide an easy and fast way for businesses to create a website and become more visible online. While 97 percent of Internet users look online for local products and services, 59 percent of Tennessee small businesses do not have a website or online presence.

“The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many Tennessee small businesses from taking the first step,” said Soo Young Kim, director of Google's Get Your Business Online program. “This program makes it fast, easy and free for businesses to get online."

Businesses unable to attend the event can still create a free website and access relevant resources by visiting www.TennesseeGetOnline.com.

Here is the schedule of events:

9 a.m. Event begins
10 a.m. Senator Corker delivers remarks
10:15 a.m. Senator Corker meets with small business owners
10:30 a.m. Senator Corker available to speak with members of the media
10:45 a.m. Senator Corker departs
12 p.m. Event concludes


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