Google experts set to help isle businesses with Web presence

A workshop that will include officials from Google, who will help small businesses take advantage of online opportunities, will be held March 19 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced the Google Small Business Workshop on Friday. Google experts will help small-business owners create their own websites with Homestead and teach business owners how to reach more customers online.

Schatz noted in his news release that 68 percent of Hawaii small businesses do not have a website or online presence.

“I’m partnering with Google for this Maui workshop because we need to support our small businesses and help them grow and expand in Hawaii,” Schatz said. “Our event with Google will help small-business owners improve their customer base by giving them the online tools to expand their reach.”

At the workshop, businesses will receive a customized domain name, free Web hosting for one year, a local business listing on Google Maps, free tools, training and resources.

“The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many Hawaii 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.”

Businesses can register for the workshop, which gets underway with registration at 9 a.m., at or call (800) 986-6852. Those unable to attend the event can still get a free website and resources by going to