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CHARLESTON -- U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller has announced that Google, at his invitation, will hold a one-day workshop in Charleston next week to provide access to a free website and other tools designed to help small businesses in West Virginia establish an online presence.

This Google-led program, called "West Virginia Get Your Business Online," is dedicated to driving economic growth by providing West Virginia businesses with the tools and resources to get online and grow. It will give businesses access to a free and easy-to-build professional website from Intuit; a free customized domain name and hosting service for one year; a local business listing; and free tools, resources, and trainings.

The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, March 19 at the Clay Center's Walker Theater in Charleston.

The event is the latest in a series of small business events Rockefeller has hosted this year, part of a renewed emphasis on helping West Virginia's business owners expand their markets, find new opportunities, and create jobs.

"This is an exciting opportunity for West Virginia small businesses. One of the many things I've learned in talking with small business owners across West Virginia is that they face hurdles in getting online," Rockefeller said. "Helping West Virginia's small businesses grow and hire is one of my top priorities, and this is an extension of that effort. Establishing a successful website is another way to help companies grow and succeed, and I'm thankful Google is coming here to lend a hand."

"The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many West Virginia 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."

Small businesses interested in this event can find more information at the recently launched website WestVirginiaGetOnline.com, which is currently live and free to use. It also provides access to other tools that will be available at the workshop.

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