Google & ZeeBlu Celebrate Small Business Week!
According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), more than 50% of Americans either own or work for a small business and two out of every three new jobs created each year are from small businesses. Woohoo! To commemorate the amazing contributions entrepreneurs make here in the good old USA, way back in 1963 the SBA created Small Business Week. It’s happening this week, May 4-8, so…happy Small Business Week!
As you may know, ZeeBlu’s mission is: “To build, support, and sustain local business through digital marketing.” So, we are extremely excited to support Small Business Week! And…as an official Google Partner, we’re pretty psyched to see what Google’s up to. This week, Google’s giving away free stuff, doing contests and offering discounts for people who take action now. Here are some of the goodies Google’s giving out:
- Giving you a roadmap for how to show up on Google
- Offering 25% off Google Apps for Business, their professional online office suite
- Inviting you into the Google Small Biz Community
- Hosting a one-year free giveaway contest for domain names
- Offering a free website for a year through StartLogic.com
Kind of an “Oh, duh!”, but the numbers show that businesses with complete G+ local listings are twice as likely to be considered reputable. If you’re not sure how you show up, go to this page and type in your business name. If you’re not on there, here’s a step-by-step guide for how you can get on the map.
2. Invitation to the Google Small Biz Community
At the moment, there are 444,992 members in this small business Google+ group. This is a place where you can introduce yourself, ask questions, get found online, build relationships, run your business, learn how to work smarter, and more! Go to this page to join, free.
3. Google Apps for Business Discount
Google Apps is the super-cool online tool set we use everyday at ZeeBlu to do our most critical work fast and efficiently. Document sharing, instant backup and 100% version control are a few of the things that will help you forget about every other software productivity tool you’ve seen. Of course, you can use it for free as long as you want if you have a Google account. The main reason for paying is to get a branded version that uses your business domain name for email. Here’s the coupon link for 25% off.
4. Free Site Hosting and Domain Name Contest
Google is getting into the domains business, with Google Domains, in beta. If this is anything like Google’s other offerings, you won’t want to miss it. Go here to get on the bleeding edge of domain names. What’s even cooler is that you can get a free year of web hosting with StartLogic. You can see regular pricing, features, upgrades and all that good stuff when you scroll down on this page.
All in all, it’s shaping up to be an amazing Small Business Week here in Santa Barbara!