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PORTLAND - How many times a day have you said or thought I'll Google that?

For businesses it's money. But without a website, it can mean lost revenue.

Google, in partnership with Governor Kitzhaber's office, the Portland Business Alliance and KGW.com, is helping small businesses get connected. It's part of Google's efforts to help business worldwide.

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So far, 100,000 small business owners in 23 countries have been helped.

Retired RN Kim Griffiths has a business, but not a website for her Monkey Scarlet Vintage clothing store.

I like monkeys and the name Scarlet and there you go ,said Kim Griffiths.

Hundreds of small business owners lined up Monday at the Ambridge Events Center on MLK Blvd. to get their own website.

Across the board, studies are showing once you do that and reaching and growing a lot faster than you would have otherwise, said John Ploumitsakos, director of small business advocacy for Google.

Thousand of templates make it easier and help take the fear factor out of designing a site.

You could in a matter of hours if not minutes have a website up and running, said Ploumitsakos.

Owners leave with a free three-page website for a year through Intuit and a month of free email support.

97 percent of people are looking online for local goods and services and so suddenly by being present and kind of, being on the map if you will, you're reaching a lot more of your consumer base said Ploumitsakos.

There is another web creating session March 26 th starting at 7:30 a.m. It runs until until 2 p.m.
at the Ambridge Events Center at 1333 NE MLK Blvd. in Portland.

You can register online or walk ins are welcome.

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