Mayor McNally rallies Youngstown Business owners to join him and accept Google's City Challenge to 'Get Your Business Online'.
Although 97% of Internet users are now looking online to find local products and services, 58% of American businesses still do not have a website. Through increased participation in the Get Your Business Online program, Mayor McNally and Youngstown City Council hope to close that gap.
Get Your Business Online provides small business owners with a custom domain name, web hosting and access to educational resources -- all free for one year. Since its debut in July 2011, the program has helped over 300,000 businesses successfully get online and start growing.
How To Get Your Business Online
Getting online may seem like a huge challenge, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, Google’s Get Your Business Online program makes it quick, easy, and free. It takes about an hour -- that’s less time than it takes to see a movie or do a load of laundry.
Here’s all you need to do:
Step 1: Go to GYBO.com.
Go to GYBO.com and create an account with Google, and their partner StartLogic -- that just means choosing a username and password.
Step 2: Choose a design.
Startlogic has done the hard part by creating the designs. You just need to pick the one you like best.
Step 3: Upload a photo or two.
Upload a photo or two -- don’t worry, you can change the photo later.
Step 4: Write a brief description of your business.
Write a brief description of what your business does, your hours, and how your customers can contact you.
Step 5: Choose a domain name.
Choose a domain name for your business -- something simple like joescoffee.com works best.
Step 6: Share on social media sites for a chance to win a $5000 grant!
Share on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook – Share your new website name and your story on social media sites. Include #YoungstownGYBO <Website Name> <Your Story> (see example below) to qualify for a chance to win a $5,000.00 Technical Assistance Grant from the City of Youngstown!