The free consultation was part of the national Get Your Business Online initiative, a two-day event full of free services sponsored by search engine giant Google and business software provider Intuit for small-business owners.
The initiative is meant to connect Google and Intuit employees with small business owners in various cities so they can provide step-by-step guidance for building a free website using Intuit’s Sitebuilder Plus service. In addition to providing the site free of charge, the program gives business owners a free domain name, free Web hosting for one year and free online tools and training to customize the site’s functions and increase its reach to potential customers.
Google has informally helped small businesses in 23 countries get online over the past few years and decided to bring the initiative to America last year. So far, approximately 150,000 businesses in more than 15 cities across the nation have taken part in the program, which will eventually reach cities in every state.
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