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MAYOR LUCIE TONDREAU RALLIES NORTH MIAMI BUSINESS OWNERS TO

North Miami, FL – 5/5/2014

"Get Your Business Online"

In a partnership with Google, Mayor Lucie M. Tondreau today has initiated to have City of North Miami businesses online through Google’s Get Your Business Online program.

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 Tondreau hopes 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.

“It is no secret that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and an integral part of our community. Businesses that are online grow faster and are twice as likely to create jobs,” said Mayor Tondreau. “Their stories of success are our stories of success, and that is why I am proud to launch this initiative in North Miami.”

“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.”

Mayor Tondreau’s announcement adds the City of North Miami to a growing list of communities planning to take advantage of Google’s Get Your Business Online program this year. “Businesses must be accessible and have a presence online in 2014," the mayor explained, "It’s just the way of the world now.”

Interested business owners can visit www.gybo.com for further information on the program.

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