Google launches new program to offer free websites for Hispanic Small Business
Get Your Business Online con Google program provides Hispanic-owned businesses Spanish-language tools and resources to help them succeed online
MIAMI – Nov. 29, 2012 – Today Google is announcing its Get Your Business Online con Google, a program targeted at Hispanic owned businesses to get online. The platform is part of a statewide initiative aimed at helping the 58 percent of Florida Hispanic small businesses that do not have an online presence. To kick off the program’s launch, Google will host workshops in Miami, on Monday, Dec. 3 at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus Chapman Center.
“Google is excited to continue its commitment to small and medium-sized businesses by creating a program that is specially designed to reach Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs,” said Mark Lopez, Head of U.S. Hispanic Audience Sales. “Hispanic businesses in the U.S. have grown more than 44 percent in the past five years, making ‘Get Your Business Online con Google’ a natural next step to continue driving economic growth and empower Latino business owners to get online.”
Get Your Business Online con Google is an easy and quick way for businesses to get online. The program is now available in English and Spanish. For the next year, participating businesses can go to www.GYBO.com/Espanol to get a free website, 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.
The launch of the statewide effort to get Hispanic-owned businesses online is a continuation of Google’s successful 50-state tour of “Get Your Business Online.” The program was carefully designed to help drive economic growth by providing businesses the tools and resources they need to create a website, find new customers and grow their network. For the Spanish-language launch, the company worked with national and local partners, including the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDCN), Enterprise Florida, South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF), Chamber South, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Hialeah Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Neighbors and Neighbors Association.
“We are proud to partner with Google in recognizing the critical importance of getting Hispanic-owned businesses online and reaching them in Spanish too,” said Javier Palomarez, USHCC president and CEO. “The Hispanic business community is at the forefront of America’s economy, and this program will allow bilingual business owners to increase their online visibility and reach the 97 percent of consumers who search for products and services on the Internet.”
In addition to the Get Your Business Online con Google workshop event in Miami, the company will also host an event in Los Angeles on December 11. To participate in the events and receive in-person instructions on how to get and better promote their products and services online, business-owners can register online at http://www.gybo.com/español or call 1-800-986-4157.