By: Christy Ragle—
Research shows that 97% of consumers search the web to find local goods and services, but only 37% of businesses have claimed an online listing. The East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) wants to help businesses claim their listing and is offering a series of “Get Your Business Online” workshops in the region.
During each workshop, participants will learn about the importance of local search in reaching customers. East Central ISBDC advisors will walk participants step-by-step through the process of establishing an online listing. The sessions are in partnership with Google and aim to bring community members, business owners, and civic leaders together to help small businesses succeed on the web.
Area workshops run from 9-11 a.m. on the following dates:
February 11- Economic Development Group of Connersville & Fayette County
February 17- Jay County Chamber of Commerce (Portland)
February 18- Hartford City Chamber of Commerce
February 19- Richmond Innovation Center (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
February 22- New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce
February 23- Muncie Innovation Connector
February 24- Randolph County Economic Development Corporation (Winchester)
February 26- Union County Economic Development Corporation (Liberty)
March 3- The Refinery (Marion)
March 22- Pendleton Town Hall
April 4- Cambridge City Public Library
Before attending the workshop, participants should have a gmail account. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. A limited amount of laptops will be available for use during the program.
“Online search is becoming more important to your business presence every day. Local small businesses can stand out in online customer searches by taking a few simple steps,” said Peggy Cenova, Regional Director of the East Central ISBDC. “Businesses can leave this workshop with an established, accurate online presence that will make it easier for customers to find them online.”
To register, send an e-mail to email@example.com or call (765) 282-9950. For more information about East Central ISBDC’s efforts to get the area on the map with Google, visit www.isbdc.org/connect.
Christy Ragle handles public relations for East Central ISBDC