Are you ready for 'Grow With Google?'

Hank Hayes • Jul 30, 2018 at 8:30 AM

KINGSPORT – Google is bringing a “Grow with Google” tour to Kingsport in August.

The tour will be at the Kingsport Public Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 13.

What is Grow With Google?

The economic opportunity initiative aims to help job seekers and small businesses learn the digital skills they need to succeed through onsite instructional training led by visiting Google teams, presenters and coaches.

“Google is committed to helping Tennesseans thrive in the digital economy. We’re proud of our relationship with the state,” said Stephen Brokaw, Google community engagement manager. “Last February, we announced that we are opening a data center in Clarksville. In 2017, Google search and tools helped Tennessee businesses, website publishers, and nonprofits generate $2 billion in economic activity.”

What will happen at the event?

Google representatives will provide:

• Workshops focused on digital skills, coding, online safety, data analytics, improving online business presence – and more;

• Available one-on-one coaching sessions on Google Spreadsheets and other GSuite Tools, in addition to Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Google My Business, Gmail and Google Calendar; and,

• Onsite training for library, nonprofit and education professionals on how they can use Grow with Google’s free tools & resources to help small businesses & jobseekers in their own communities.

In addition to its host libraries, Grow with Google looks forward to building lasting partnerships with local organizations across the state including Goodwill Industries of Tenneva Area, Inc, the Kingsport Public Library, and the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE).

“Kingsport Public Library serves the community by providing opportunities for them to Gather, Learn, and Grow. By partnering with Google for ‘Grow With Google’ events, we are able to present digital skills workshops that will gather job seekers, small business owners and entrepreneurs together and provide a unique opportunity for them to learn and grow together,” said Chris Markley, manager of the Kingsport Public Library.

Goodwill of Tenneva Area, Inc. CEO and President Morris Baker noted: “Digitalization has transformed just about everything we do, from the way we work to our entertainment choices, and how we communicate with one another. It’s not just knowledge, work, smart phones, and laptops we’re talking about – it is the way to find jobs, run small business and foster entrepreneurship. Grow with Google is designed specifically to help people build these digital skills, which is why we are so excited to be a partner in bringing them to Kingsport.”

What else will attendees learn?

Said Brokaw: “A lot of our tools and resources are geared to help small businesses find customers online … any kind of company, whether you are a restaurant, or a brick-and-mortar (company) claiming your free listing on Google search so when people look for your business or look for hamburgers, that you will pop up and see a panel in Google search that you control that has a description of your business, your hours, your address, photos and claim your listing in Google maps as well. That’s how businesses are reaching customers online ... we will be having two different workshops. One is explaining how businesses can get found on Google search and maps. Another one is entitled: Reach customers online with Google … those are geared for the small business audience.”

To learn more about the free event and to register, visit g.co/GrowTennessee.

For more information, please visit Google.com/Grow.

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