Posted: Aug 25, 2012 7:57 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Aug 25, 2012 7:58 PM
Dozens of small business owners are learning to build up their bottom line with the help of Google.
"If you're not online it's as if you don't exist."
Google and Senator Mary Landrieu pushing that message to the 64 percent of Louisiana's small businesses not online.
"It's time to focus on the most powerful businesses and those are the small businesses," says Landrieu.
97 percent of the population uses the internet to search and Google is hoping Friday's workshop will help build better small businesses. Participants in the workshop receive a unique domain name free of charge for one year as well as help from Google experts.
"It's a lot of technical stuff so you can leave the hardcore geek stuff to us and we'll make it easy for you to focus on your business."
Brian Fitzpatrick, a Google Engineering Manager says online is where people are looking for businesses.
Google now offers small businesses the opportunity to post interior pictures of their store on Google Maps.
"It's a really good example of how to give someone a taste for what your business is like before they even go."