The event is called Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map.
It’s aimed at helping small business owners understand how to reach customers through the internet.
Experts say 97-percent of consumers look for local businesses online, but less than 30-percent of small businesses report having a website.
Whitney Cox is with Google.
“It’s so important for businesses to be online, like I said 97 percent of consumers use the web to find local goods and services, so no longer do we turn to our computer throughout the day, now we turn to our phones.”
Cox said 10 Google experts will be available to help small business owners start a website, and get their business on Google Maps.
“If I need directions I turn to my phone, if I wanna read reviews I turn to my phone, if i’m waiting in line a the coffee shop I turn to my phone. So now our phones are indispensable shopping tools, and it’s so so important that businesses get online and reach customers in those moments that matter.”
The event is taking place at the Flint Institute for the Arts from 9am to 12 pm. Cox said the first half will be seminar, and the second will be workshop based. The event is free and registration can be found at https://events.gybo.com/events/246/register