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Google’s Delaware Get Your Business Online program makes it easy for Delaware businesses to grow

Wilmington, DE – Google has announced "Delaware Get Your Business Online", in which it has worked with local partners to design the program, that will help drive economic growth by giving Delaware businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow their business. Increasing the number of small businesses online is one of the best ways to expand the Delaware economy.

"Delaware Get Your Business Online" is an easy and fast way for Delaware businesses to get online. For the next year, participating Delaware businesses can go to http://www.DelawareGetOnline.com to get a free website as well as free tools, training and resources to help their business succeed online. Google is partnering with Intuit to provide its popular Intuit Websites offerings for free including an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name and web-hosting for one year.

In addition, business owners from across Delaware are invited to the kickoff event at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts at 200 S. Madison St in Wilmington on April 20th, starting at 9:00AM. Participants will learn how to build their own website, as well as attend sessions devoted to growing and promoting their business online.

“While 97% of Americans look online for local products and services, 58% of US small businesses do not have a website or online presence,” said Governor Markell. “This new partnership will help our small businesses in Delaware grow.”

“This is a great opportunity for Delaware small businesses to get online,” said Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.). “Small businesses are a driving force of Delaware’s economy and this resource will help them grow and expand their business by reaching new customers on the Internet.”

“The Web is an increasingly important part of what it takes for a business to grow and be successful," Senator Coons said. "Getting online, though, can be daunting for business owners who lack the right tools and information. That's what makes Delaware Get Your Business Online such a useful resource for our small businesses, and I hope folks take advantage of the opportunity."

“Small business owners should have access to the tools they need to attract customers, create jobs, and grow their companies,” said Congressman Carney. “Being online is one of those important tools, but getting started can be a challenging process. This program is a tremendous chance for Delaware’s small business owners to ask questions, get helpful tips, and develop web-based strategies that will serve them well into the future. I encourage our small business owners to take advantage of this important opportunity.”

“The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many Delaware 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."

“As a leading provider of small business solutions, we have witnessed the growth small businesses have seen from getting online,” said Megan Bhattacharyya, Product Manager at Intuit. “We are excited to offer Intuit Websites for free to all the wonderful small businesses in Delaware and to help them create a customized presence that represents their unique brands.”

Both the website and event registration are currently available. For further information, please visit http://www.DelawareGetOnline.com
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