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Google helps local small businesses

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Louisville, KY (WDRB News) -- If you want your business to be successful, you better be online. But it seems a lot of Kentucky businesses are not, so the biggest name on the web is helping local small businesses.

Goggle was in Louisville on Monday to help such local companies find new customers and grow their businesses.

More than a dozen representatives from Google were at the Henry Clay in downtown Louisville to assist some of Kentucky's small business owners to get online and have a website.

Eric Faust was there seeking help. He owns a business that restores classic cars and is in the process of expanding and wants to get the word out. But until now he has not had a website.  "I am new to the computer, but they gave me a good book and I hope to learn more about it," he says.

Faust apparently has a lot of company.

According to Google, while 97 percent of consumers look online for local products and services, a surprisingly high 71 percent of Kentucky's small businesses still don't have a website or online presence of some sort. The national average is 58 percent.

"What we hear from business owners," says John Ploumitsakos, director of small business engagement and advocacy for Google, "is that it is difficult, it is time consuming, and it is expensive to get online but what we are trying to show is that is not true."

Google representatives helped people like Michelle Hollis build a website, create a customized domain name, and offer free web hosting for a year. Hollis is trying to publicize a book she has written.

It is more than just building a website," says Hollis, "you have to understand how to bring people to your site and get you message out properly."

Ploumitsakos adds, We are trying to make it easy as possible to get a website and to teach them about different online tools that will impact their business in a positive way."

If you are a small business owner still without a website and missed Tuesday's Google presentation just go to www.kentuckygetonline.com/

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