Google wants to help the 55 percent of small businesses in Washington state it says do not have websites by offering them free hosting services and a free two-day tutorial on creating a website and online marketing.
On March 22 and 23 at Bell Harbor Conference Center on Pier 66, Google will kick off its Washington Get Your Business Online program, which provides a free website, customized domain name and hosting services for one year through a partnership with Intuit website-building software.
After the year, if a business keeps the services, it will pay $2 per month for the domain name and $4.99 per month for hosting. Companies that have already registered a domain name can move that name over to the Intuit/Google service.
During the conference, which 400 small businesses have already signed up to attend, Google representatives will have workshops for small business owners and employees interested in creating websites for their businesses.