Learn how to get the most out of the internet and new technologies to grow and enhance your business at the Google Business Townhall Event!
Next month, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University, in partnership with Google, will host the first Google Business Town Hall, as a part of the Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map with Google Initiative, on November 30th at the American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter from 1pm-5pm.
Let’s Put Our Cities On the Map is part of Google’s Get Your Business Online program and aims to bring community members, business owners, and civic leaders together to help small businesses to utilize new technologies and tools on the web to improve their businesses. The program is being rolled out in selective Cities around the country.
“In Tallahassee, the new economy that is taking shape requires small businesses to operate on an increasingly completive national and even international stage,” said Mayor Andrew Gillum. “This reality requires leaders to be smarter and more innovative in how they run their business, and I believe our partnership with Google helps to develop the kind of skills they need to compete, and win in the 21st Century.”
The Town Hall will be an interactive event that engages small businesses and teaches them how to better use the internet as a tool, and how to harness web technologies to grow and enhance their operations. A December 2014 report compiled on behalf of Google concluded that just 37% of small businesses had a local listing on any search engine on the web. The company says its data shows that people are 38% more likely to visit a small business that’s listed online, and about 30% of people surveyed are more likely to consider buying something from businesses that have an online presence.
“Local businesses are the engines that drive our economy. Their success and growth are vital to our economic future. Helping them establish or enhance their web presence through Google’s Get Your Business Online program strengthens our community by connecting local businesses and customers so they can easily support each other.” – Keith Bowers, Regional Director, FSBDC at Florida A&M University
The program is free and available to all businesses. Space is limited and businesses must register in order to attend.