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Mayor to Host Two Workshops to Get Local Businesses Online
Long Beach Get Your Business Online

In anticipation of Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Mayor Bob Foster will host two Get Your Business Online (GYBO) workshops on Monday, November 25, at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Business owners who attend the workshop will have access to computers and free hands-on instruction in Pacific Gateway’s computer lab to learn how to set up an account and build their website.

 

Event details are:

 

Monday, November 25

8:00a.m. or 4:00p.m.

Pacific Gateway

3447 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807

 

Parking will be provided in the Pacific Gateway lot.

 

The Long Beach Get Your Business Online initiative provides business owners with the tools to create and host their own website completely free for one year. Today, the importance of being online is more crucial than ever. Businesses with a website are expected to grow 40% faster and are twice as likely to create jobs.

 

Google and Homestead, provide a selection more than 200 website templates to choose from, three clickable web pages, a custom domain name, and free web hosting for one year.

 

Computer space is limited. Interested individuals must RSVP to the Mayor’s office by Friday, November 22, by calling (562) 570-6801, or email gybo@longbeach.gov. Please provide your name, phone number and which workshop you would like to attend.

 

 

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“Get Your Business Online” Launches in Long Beach
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Mayor Bob Foster Encourages Long Beach Business Owners to ‘Get Your Business Online’

Google initiative offers businesses a free website for a year

 

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announced today an initiative to get Long Beach’s businesses online through Google’s Get Your Business Online (GYBO) program. The Long Beach GYBO program is a partnership between the office of Mayor Foster and Google.

 

“Businesses have to be where their customers are. Today, that means you have to be online,” said Mayor Foster. “Although 97% of Internet users are now looking online to find local products and services, 62% of businesses in California still do not have a website.”

 

Get Your Business Online provides business owners with a custom domain name, customizable web pages, web hosting and access to educational resources free of charge for one year. Since its debut in July 2011, the program has helped more than 135,000 businesses across the country successfully get online.

 

Over the next three years, businesses that make use of the web can expect to grow 40% faster than those that don’t, and are twice as likely to create jobs.

 

Long Beach business operator and co-owner Cynthia Longbrake of Murphy’s Pub in Belmont Shore recently put together her business’ first website www.MurphysPubLongBeach.com through the GYBO program.

 

“Our website opens my business to a whole new batch of customers,” said Longbrake. “Although Belmont Shore residents know about Murphy’s, there are Long Beach visitors who aren’t familiar with our unique location. People today rely more on their smartphones to find a place to grab a bite to eat or drink. It was well worth the investment of my time to set up Murphy’s website.”

 

“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.”

 

Interested business owners can visit www.LongBeachGYBO.com or call Mayor Foster’s office at (562) 570-6801 for further information on the program.

 

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