Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announced an initiative this week to help Long Beach businesses increase their Internet visibility through Google’s Get Your Business Online (GYBO) program. The program is a partnership between Foster’s office and Google.
“Businesses have to be where their customers are. Today, that means you have to be online,” Foster said. “Although 97 percent of Internet users are now looking online to find local products and services, 62 percent 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, according to Foster’s office.
Long Beach business operator and co-owner Cynthia Longbrake of Murphy’s Pub in Belmont Shore recently put together her business’s first website, MurphysPubLongBeach.com, through the GYBO program.
“Our website opens my business to a whole new batch of customers,” Longbrake said. “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.”
Interested business owners can visit LongBeachGYBO.com or call Foster’s office at (562) 570-6801 for more information about the program.
“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.”
Source: City of LB