Forum Will Give PA Small Businesses Free Website and Online Tools for One Year
56% Of PA Small Businesses Have No Website
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced today that at his request, Google will host a “Get Your Business Online” event in Pittsburgh on April 10th and 11th.
At the ‘Get Your Business Online’ event, Google experts will help Pennsylvania small businesses create websites, advertise online and use other online resources to attract more customers for free. Local small businesses that attend the forum will receive a free professional website with a unique domain name that is hosted for one year without cost.
“I’m thrilled that Google will help Pennsylvania’s small businesses get online at this upcoming event,” Casey said. “I requested Google to bring this event to Pennsylvania because our small businesses will be the catalyst for our state’s economic recovery. Getting more Pennsylvania businesses online will open up new markets for them, drive up sales and at the end of the day create good paying jobs.”
The Get Your Business Online event will take place Tuesday, April 10th from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm and Wednesday, April 11th from 7:30 am- 2:00 pm at J. Verno Studios at 3030 Jane Street in Pittsburgh. More information on the event can be found here: http://www.gybo.com/pennsylvania/index
In November, Casey wrote a letter to Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, requesting that Google bring a Get Your Business Online event to southwestern Pennsylvania.
The full text of Senator Casey’s letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt is below:
Dear Mr. Schmidt:
I write to respectfully request that Google host a “Get Your Business Online” event in the southwest region of Pennsylvania. In today’s challenging economic environment Pennsylvania’s small businesses owners need every possible tool to sustain and grow their businesses.
I understand that Google has hosted these events in cities across the country and has generously offered hundreds of small businesses free assistance in website design, webhosting services, and customized domain names. This event would provide tools to small businesses that will allow them to reach out to more customers, grow revenue and potentially hire additional employees. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I am committed to providing resources that will help them grow and prosper.
I stand ready to assist Google in hosting an event in southwest Pennsylvania. Thank you for your continued efforts in assisting our nation’s small businesses.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator