Google India has announced plans to help 50,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the North West Indian state of Gujarat get online by the end of 2014, and it is using the expertise of HostGator to help make it possible.
The campaign, called “India Get Your Business Online” is part of Google and HostGator’s nationwide initiative to help small and medium-sized businesses overcome the obstacles that prevent them reaping the rewards of the internet. Google will give businesses free websites that will make the recipients’ businesses accessible to the world. The search engine giant also revealed details of a small-scale project in which Google India and HostGator built and hosted 5,000 websites in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot, providing each business with Google+ pages, Maps listings, and free 24×7-customer support.
Indiagetonline.in is the tool set up to allow website creation and businesses can get online within just 15 minutes. Once their website has been created, they will get a free .in domain for one year courtesy of HostGator.
“SMEs are a key driver for economic growth of India, but very few businesses have been able to utilize the benefits of the internet effectively. Gujarat houses the largest number of SMEs in the country,” said Head of SMB sales at Google India, Suryanarayana K, to Information Week.
“These can benefit greatly by having a website for their businesses which will open up new markets for them. Google’s India Get Your Business Online initiative aims to boost the SME ecosystem by giving them a simple, effective and free platform to get their business online. We aim to get 50,000 SMEs online, which will dramatically change the business landscape and opportunities for SMEs in Gujarat.”
Google India and HostGator have currently developed 250,000 websites for SMBs across 8,200 cities and towns in India.