Small businesses in West Virginia can compete with anyone, as long as they have good, stable internet connections and the right tools, according to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who helped bring Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” event to the northern panhandle October 3. The Gary E. West College of Business was an official Partner in promoting the event, which was free of charge and open to any business in the area looking to improve its presence on the Web.
Presenters from Google discussed an array of online tools businesses can use to view website traffic and improve their sites. They also helped participants understand advertising options and provided discount coupons for search advertising. Website development and a year’s free web hosting was also available to those who needed the service.
Throughout the presentation, Google staffers were everywhere, directing attendees and providing laptop-side assistance.
Dean Mike Turrentine and faculty members Annette Godown and Greg Chase represented the WCOB.