Google urges Kentucky businesses to get online with free website program

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Google announced Tuesday the launch of Kentucky Get Your Business Online. Google worked with local partners to design the program, which will help drive economic growth by giving Kentucky 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 Kentucky economy.

Kentucky Get Your Business Online is an easy and fast way for Kentucky businesses to get online. For the next year, participating Kentucky businesses can click here 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.

Businesses simply limit their exposure to customers if they don’t have a website. Small businesses need to be online because that’s where their customers are. While 97% of Americans look online for local products and services, 71% of Kentucky small businesses do not have a website or online presence. In America today, no matter the size of the business, having a website is as vital as having a phone.

“The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many Kentucky 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 Kentucky and to help them create a customized presence that represents their unique brands.”

“We work with small businesses every day who want to expand into new markets or just increase their visibility,” said Becky Naugle, State Director Kentucky Small Business Development Centers. “Getting a website and building a strong web presence is one of the fastest ways for Kentucky small businesses to reach markets across the state and the world.” 

Kentucky Get Your Business Online was made possible by Google in partnership with the following organizations: Intuit, Meetup, SCORE, American Small Business Development Centers, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Greater Louisville Inc., and the Kentucky Small Business Development Centers. 

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