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Coats Teams Up with Google to Help Hoosier Small Businesses

November 25, 2013

  11/26/13 Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today announced that representatives from Google will host a free tech workshop for Hoosier small businesses on Friday, December 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT at the Radisson Star Plaza on 800 East 81st Avenue in Merrillville.

At the Indiana Get Your Business Online event, Google experts will help Hoosier small business owners create their own websites. Businesses in attendance can receive a customized domain name, free web hosting for one year, a local business listing on Google Maps, free tools, training and resources. Google experts will be on hand to provide training on how to reach more customers online.

“Small businesses help fuel our economy and create more jobs,” Coats said. “I am proud to join with Google to bring this seminar to Indiana. This is an excellent opportunity for Hoosier business owners to receive tools and valuable skills free of charge from experts in online development.”


According to Google, 97 percent of Internet users look online for local products and services, yet 53 percent of Indiana small businesses do not have a website or online presence. This event is designed to provide an easy and fast way for Indiana businesses to launch a website and become visible online.


“The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many Indiana small businesses from taking the first step,” said Scott Levitan, Director of Small Business Engagement at Google. “This program makes it fast, easy and free for businesses to get online.”

More information and resources for businesses unable to attend the event are available at

2 Responses to “ Coats Teams Up with Google to Help Hoosier Small Businesses ”

  1. Thor on November 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Hi Andrew,

    Excellent points. Certainly it could have been hosted by some local businesses specializing in building websites.

    It was also interesting that Coats chose a company that is complicit in the capture, selling, and sharing with government agencies everything a company might give them (all data stored, every pass through, every search). They will make a profit off this you can be assured, I’m certain it’s all reflected in ‘the fine print’.

    As to your last point, it is spot on for the Senate. The founders could not imagine a day when Senators, who were supposed to pay attention to the course of America on the world stage, would turn their attention inwards to the people.

  2. Andrew on November 26, 2013 at 6:11 am

    I am a little bothered to see an elected official playing the part of sales representative for a mammoth such as Google.

    I agree there is a lack of presence of many small businesses on the Internet, but this doesn’t belong to the political Sphere.

    I wonder if Mr. Coats realizes that there are small businesses specializing in website presences that are going to struggle in trying to compete with the likes of Google. Google for sure is not doing this in the name of altruism, because when you bring up those sites and use those maps you are undoubtedly going to be seeing Google sponsored advertisements.

    I would like to see our elected officials focus on what we put them in office for — to get things done in politics. Leave commerce and such things to businesses.