Proos encourages small businesses to get online

LANSING – State Sen. John Proos urged Southwest Michigan businesses that do not have an online presence to take advantage of a free program to give companies all the necessary tools to get started, including complimentary website hosting, designing and training.

“At a time when 97 percent of Americans go online to find products and services, nearly 60 percent of Michigan businesses do not have a website,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “This puts our locally owned companies at an enormous competitive disadvantage, resulting in lost business and lost jobs. I encourage all Southwest Michigan job providers to take advantage of this excellent, free opportunity to reach out to new customers by getting your business online.”

Michigan Get Your Business Online is a free program to increase the number of small businesses in the state with websites. It is led by Google with numerous business groups as partners, including Southwest Michigan First.

Also working with the program is Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect, which is a $3 billion public-private initiative, unveiled by Gov. Rick Snyder and business leaders in June, to help Michigan businesses get additional capital and assistance to grow without costing taxpayers.

“In addition to a free, professional website and a year of web hosting at no cost, the program is offering free events where entrepreneurs can get one-on-one advice and learn about online marketing,” Proos said. “The Internet can be intimidating for many people and these events are designed to help job providers through the process and set them up for success.”

To learn more about the program or to get your free website, business owners may visit the program’s website at

Those interested in attending an event can sign up to receive email notifications of upcoming events at