LHU’s Small Business Development Center to Host “Get Your Business Online Week”

LOCK HAVEN, PA – The Lock Haven University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) invites business owners from Clinton and Lycoming counties to join them March 24-29 for “Get Your Business Online Week”.  The SBDC and Google have partnered to get businesses in Clinton and Lycoming counties online and growing. 

WHAT:          Get Your Business Online Week

WHEN:          March 24-29, 2014

WHERE:        Lock Haven University’s East Campus, 301 W. Church Street, Lock Haven, PA

WHO:             Small Business Development Center, (570) 484.2589

Today, 97% of Internet users look online for local products and services, yet 55% of American businesses do not have a website1.  Getting online is the fastest and easiest thing business owners can do to grow their business.  Over the next three years, businesses that make use of the web are expected to grow 40% faster than those who don't.2

Throughout the week, Google will be hosting free virtual workshops covering topics ranging from how to build a website to measuring results online.  Also featured will be an exclusive discussion with one of America’s leading small business experts, Melinda Emerson, affectionately known as the SmallBizLady.  The week’s activities will not only showcase the value of the Internet as a tool to help small businesses grow, but also provide an opportunity for localbusiness owners to connect and share insights.  Participants can look forward to a variety of sessions from Build a Free Website and Website Best Practicesto Measuring Success with Website Analytics.

Get Your Business Online Week aims to create momentum around getting businesses online and empowering business owners to utilize the power of the web to help their businesses flourish.  For more information on the week’s small business workshops being broadcast at the East Campus building of Lock Haven University, located at 301 W. Church Street, Lock Haven, please visit http://community.lhup.edu/sbdc/training.htm.

1 Google/IPSOS, Survey of businesses with less than 250 employees, October 2013.
2 BCG Report, "The Connected World: The $4.2 Trillion Opportunity," March 2012.

Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.