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Youngstown launches challenge to get businesses online

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -
Youngstown kicks off a citywide challenge for businesses to go digital.  The city and Google are teaming up to get local businesses online, by helping them create their own websites for free.

The Get Your Businesses Online program provides owners with a website domain name, web hosting and educational tools to get the site up and running.

This program is aimed at growing local hiring and boosting bottom lines.

"Anyone who has ever looked for a service will go online on Google to see locally what type of product or service that they need and businesses have not maximized the advantage with that," T. Sharon Woodberry says, city economic development director.

The city is hosting a 60 day social media campaign to encourage businesses to log on.

A $5,000 grant will be awarded to a lucky business that creates a website and shares it through social media.
Interested business owners are asked to visit the city's website to get started.
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