Websites free for Virginia businesses
Virginia businesses now have a new, easy way to get online, thanks to Google.
Working with local partners to design the program, Google has teamed with Intuit to provide its Intuit Websites offerings for free, including an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name and web-hosting for one year.
Virginia businesses participating in Virginia Get Your Business Online also receive a local business listing on Google Places and free tools, training and resources to help them grow and succeed.
Small businesses need to be online because that’s where their customers are, say business leaders. While 97 percent of Americans look online for local products and services, 44 percent of Virginia small businesses do not have a website or online presence. The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many small businesses from taking the first step.
“Small businesses are missing out on a huge opportunity to reach new customers in Virginia and beyond,” said Scott Levitan, marketing director for Google. “Virginia Get Your Business Online will help make it fast, easy and free for Virginia businesses to get online.”
Businesses can get online either through Virginiagetonline.com, or in person through a series of Google-hosted events throughout the state. In Richmond, the events will be held September 23 and 24 at Centerstage. The program will be available online for a year.
Among the organizations that have worked with Google and Intuit on the project are Meetup, SCORE, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Merchants Association, the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, RichTech, and the Hanover Association of Businesses and Chamber of Commerce.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.
The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.
Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.
The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.
Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
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