Deal said the initiative is aimed at helping small businesses grow and find new customers. Participating businesses can go to www.georgiagetonline.com and develop a free site, as well as free tools, training and other resources.
State officials estimate that more than half of small businesses in Georgia do not have a Web site.
“One of the best ways we can help our economy expand is to help Georgia businesses increase their visibility online,” Deal said in a news release.
Google is partnering with Intuit, an online business Web site tool, to offer easy-to-build sites, a customized domain name and free Web hosting for one year for small businesses. Google’s director of small business engagement, Scott Levitan, said the program is aimed at businesses that have avoided building a Web site because they are worried it’s too difficult or expensive.
“The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many Georgia small businesses from taking the first step,” Levitan said. “This program makes it fast, easy and free for businesses to get online.”
Georgia joins a host of other states and 23 countries working with Google’s Get Your Business Online program.