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Congressman Neal Joins with Google for Western Massachusetts Small Business Workshop

April 12, 2013
Press Release
CONTACT: William Tranghese (202) 225-5601


Urges local businesses to get online
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, will join representatives of web giant Google at a workshop for small businesses in western Massachusetts that will teach them how to create, publish and maintain a website. The event is part of Google's national "Get Your Business Online" campaign to educate small businesses on the benefits of being online. Google has done events in all 50 states, and over 100,000 businesses have gone online through the successful program.

"In this age of smart phones, iPads and social media, Google has become the virtual yellow pages for millions of people. Going online has replaced the operator and using the phonebook. This innovative program is helping businesses in western Massachusetts to take advantage of the internet, create a website, and grow. I strongly urge our local employers to utilize this exciting opportunity being offered by Google," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.

The day-long workshop will begin at 9:00AM, Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Springfield Marriott, 2 Boland Way. Google expects between 100-200 local businesses to attend this free throughout the day. Congressman Neal will give welcoming remarks at 10:00AM.

The Massachusetts Get Your Business Online campaign is a Google led program dedicated to driving economic growth by providing local businesses the tools and resources to get online and grow by providing free, easy-to-build Intuit website, a free customized domain name and hosting for one year, free tools and resources. While 97% of internet users look online for local products and services, 62% of Massachusetts small businesses have no website. In this internet driven age, one of the best ways to help small businesses and the economy is to help local businesses increase their presence and visibility online.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

10:00AM         CONGRESSMAN NEAL to speak at Google's Massachusetts Get Your Business Online workshop
                        Springfield Marriott
                        2 Boland Way
                        Springfield, MA
                        (413) 781-7111
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