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Google Helps Small Businesses Connect Online

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Dozens of Eastern Iowa companies are learning to navigate the field of online advertising.

Some 50 plus businesses joined a Google seminar this morning at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, including Kristin Flood

"My goal was to get a little bit more information on social media. Be able to create a website that would hopefully attract customers, she said.

Flood is a registered nurse turned life coach.

Shes been at it for about a year, but she says things are more difficult in Iowa.

"The coaching industry is well known throughout the nation primarily in the bigger cities, but I think Iowa is a little slow in the coaching industry, Flood said, so she hopes to get her name out there.

Through the program "Iowa Get Your Business Online.

It's a Google seminar that teaches business owners like flood shortcuts in the internet world.

"The vast majority of people, 97 percent search online before they buy something, but yet for small businesses about 60 percent of small business don't actually have a website online, said program operations manager, Chris Russell.

They have the attention of Governor Terry Branstad who says the state's economy gains from healthy small businesses.

"This is the way more and more successful businesses are operating and it's important to get with it, he said, and flood says she's ready to get started.

"My hope is that'll be able to go home and create an awesome website that will at start to get on top on those search engines.

For small business owners who couldn't make it to the seminar today, Google officials say they can some information at this site.
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