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, 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.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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