Students Help Businesses Through Google Event

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 25, 2015 – Search engine giant Google knows the importance of customers being able to find businesses quickly and easily online. That’s why they’ve implemented “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map,” a program that helps business owners without a website build one in different cities across the country. High Point University students will be part of the Triad’s first “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” event to help local business owners through that process.

The event will be held at the High Point Chamber of Commerce, located at 1634 N. Main St., from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 28. The event is free and open to any local business owner who doesn’t have a website but would like to seek guidance in building an online presence. High Point University students from the Entrepreneurship program will be there to assist, along with Guilford Technical Community College’s Small Business Center and SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business.

Kathy Elliott, director of the HPU Entrepreneurship Center, said the opportunity for HPU students to help small business owners is ideal because many of the students are already involved in their own business ventures or plan to start a business someday.

Kathy Elliott

Kathy Elliott, director of HPU’s Entrepreneurship Center

“Our students understand the importance of online presence, and it’s exciting for them to be able to help local companies achieve that,” Elliott says. “We have a number of students assisting at this workshop who are already in businesses or trying to launch businesses. They recognize the importance of connecting with other like-minded entrepreneurs.”

“I’m excited to help small businesses develop a stronger presence, both here in the city and online,” says HPU student Hannah Rowell. “What’s wonderful about this partnership is that while we get to help members of our local community, they too will be helping us gain valuable website building skills as well as personal connections with someone who has gone down the same path we are embarking upon.”

Business owners are encouraged to bring their own laptop, though not required. Additional Triad “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” events are expected to be scheduled in the future.

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