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Mayor Don Plusquellic Rallies Business Owners to “Get Your Business Online”


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 04-03-2014



          Akron, Ohio (April 3, 2014) - In a partnership with Google, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic today announced a yearlong initiative to get Akron’s businesses online through Google’s “Get Your Business Online” program.

          Although 97% of Internet users are now looking online to find local products and services, 58% of American businesses still do not have a website. Through increased participation in the Get Your Business Online program, Akron hopes to close that gap.

          Get Your Business Online provides small business owners with a custom domain name, web hosting and access to educational resources -- all free for one year. Since its debut in July 2011, the program has helped over 300,000 businesses successfully get online and start growing.

          “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and businesses that are online grow faster and are twice as likely to create jobs,” said Mayor Plusquellic. “Their stories of success are our stories of success, and that is why I am proud to launch this initiative in our city.”

          “The misconception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many small businesses from taking the first step,” said Scott Levitan, Director of Small Business Engagement at Google. “This program makes it fast, easy and free for businesses to get online.”

          Akron now joins a growing list of communities planning to take advantage of Google’s Get Your Business Online program this year. “Businesses have to be where their customers are,” the mayor said. “In 2014, that’s online.”

          Interested business owners can visit for further information on the program.


For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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