What's the first thing we do when we want a quick answer to a question? We google it, right?
A new initiative called "Let's Put West Virginia on the Map" is helping get businesses online all across the state.
Senator Shelley Moore Capito is partnering with Google for the initiative.
Small business owners from all over the state, gathered for a free workshop in Charleston, where google representatives were on hand to teach businesses owner how to launch a free website, and provide them with the tools to do it.
Google representative Soo Young Kim said, " We found that half of U.S. small businesses don't have a website, and even fewer have listed their business on a search engine."
Senator Shelley Moore Capito added, "I know when I go to a city I'm unfamiliar with, that's the first thing I do. I go to my phone and look up a great place to eat, a great place to shop and so all of these businesses are going to be able to capitalize on that."
Google says business that are online are expected to grow twice as fast and hire twice as many workers than those that aren't.
If you missed the workshop, you can still get a free website for your business for up to one year. Go to www.gybo.com.
You'll get step-by-step instructions and well as some free tutorials.