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Google Comes to Houston for Free Houston Small Biz Business Workshop

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If you've poured blood, sweat and tears (or even just two out of three) into growing your small business, but you need a little help establishing an online presence, you owe it yourself to check out the Google-sponsored Texas Get Your Business Online workshop at the Hobby Center May 5.

At this free event, you'll be able to work with Google reps to build your own website -- including a customized domain name, free web hosting for a year, a local business listing on Google Maps and tons of other training.

It seems like such a good deal that we don't quite understand why they invited U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, but they did.

"I want to foment high-tech in our Houston business community and further encourage women and minorities to embrace the power of technology and the Internet," the Congresswoman stated in a press release. "It is my belief that the next iconic American company can hail from the 5th Ward -- the hunger is there, and by increasing access to technology, exposure and other resources, we can help our small business grow and thrive."

If you can't make the event, you can still get a free website and other resources by checking out www.TexasGetOnline.com.

When: Monday, May 5 Morning session: 9 a.m.-noon. Afternoon session: 1-4 p.m.

Where: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 800 Bagby

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