"There was a standing-room-only crowd in the ground-level conference room inside Chenery Auditorium on Oct. 21, 2011.
People who were late were turned away. People who found seats seemed to be enthused.
It was not a musical concert, a comedy show or a school performance.
It was more than 200 small business people attending either of two sessions to learn how they could: 1. Get their businesses online; or 2. Find ways to make their online presence count.
"I need a presence," said Cheryl Hartman, a certified public accountant from Union City who attended to learn how to set up a website for her 15-year-old business and "hopefully to generate revenue and attract new customers."
“Research shows that small businesses create two-thirds of all the new jobs,” said E.T. Michael Miller, director of online sales for Google in Michigan, which co-hosted the gathering. “But nationally, 63 percent of small businesses don't have a website and 59 percent here in Michigan don't have a website.”"
The bottom line is: small businesses NEED to CONNECT online!!!
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