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Google to Host Free Seminars for Small Businesses

Web major Google is moving forward with its efforts to help smaller outfits. After launching California Get Your Business Online, a program that offers California small businesses free websites and online training, it has decided to hold free training seminars for Los Angeles-area small business owners. The idea is to help them build and promote websites for their companies.

Participants will create and publish an Intuit website, learn the basics of using online tools to market and run their business, and learn how to promote their business through online marketing tools. The training seminars are scheduled for Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13.

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Google is working with small business groups across the state to help drive economic growth by giving California businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow their business.

For the next year, participating California businesses can go to www.CaliforniaGetOnline.com to get a free website as well as free tools, training and resources to help their business succeed online.

Meanwhile, our tech information service RMN Digital has launched Tech-Wise Knowledge Center, which will serve as a comprehensive online information hub for small and medium businesses (SMBs).

Google is partnering with Intuit to provide its Intuit Websites offerings for free including an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name and web-hosting for one year.

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Google also is partnering with several statewide and local business organizations including the National Federation of Independent Business/California, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Small Business Development Center, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Business Federation, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, the Latin Business Association, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce. SCORE is also a national partner on this project.

Google also will hold free training seminars March 14 in Irvine, March 15 in Bakersfield, and March 16 in Sacramento.

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