Google is touring the country with a very cool ‘get your business online’ campaign. They are offering free websites, as well as seminars and tools for promoting and leveraging the web as a business tool. Having attended this workshop, it really is a good opportunity to learn new things and they are giving away $75 towards Adwords and Adwords Express! Oh, and free pens, cookies, M&M’s and other great things 🙂
Some helpful links for other small businesses looking to grow their business online:
These are just a few of the places to begin, and apparently there is a giant bank of people out there waiting to help you set up your Google places, Adwords, etc. accounts. It is always helpful, when trying to navigate the tricky world of online promotion, to get a little friendly assistance (read: be told exactly what to do and how).
Of course Google is doing this for a reason, i.e. driving advertising to its search engine and customers towards its tools; however, regardless of ulterior motives, as a small business owner it is very beneficial to have a whole day of FREE tools and information handed to you without obligation. Plus, local agencies such as Mercycorps, the Portland Business Alliance, SCORE, and more were all on-hand to offer additional advice and potential avenues for resources.
Check out a local event near you; hopefully you can walk away with some new direction!