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Google Nigeria Web Fair: Google connects 20,000 SMEs to Internet
Barely eight months after Google inaugurated its “Get Nigerian Businesses Online” project, the IT powerhouse has established online presence for over 20,000 small and medium enterprises in Nigeria. This was stated by Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan, Google Nigeria’s Country Manager in Lagos last Friday.
According to Ehimuan, the goal of the GNBO, which was launched in September 2011 to enable SMEs create free websites “is to make it easier for Nigerian entrepreneurs to grow their businesses by taking advantage of the power of the web.
“Over 20,000 sites have been created since launch, showing that SMEs in Nigeria are well aware of the opportunities presented by the Internet and are already benefiting from these,” she added.
Ehimuan said plans had been concluded to bring together thousands of business owners for the GNB0 2012 web fair billed for Lagos during the week.
The Google boss further added that during the fair, participants would learn how to create their own individualised websites with support from trainers and that the event was open to all SMEs that desire to gain online presence through the web.
She said entrepreneurs would enjoy enormous benefits by registering with GNBO, including access to a free and easy tool to create a fully functional business website; free gnbo.com.ng sub-domain name; free matching mobile website; free web hosting and free Google collaboration tools for up to 10 users.
Commenting on the fair, Adeola Aseez, Chairperson of Women in Management and Business Group said: “The Internet presents immense opportunities for the growth and expansion of small businesses in Nigeria. Google’s GNBO Web Fair initiative is an avenue for SMEs to build their online presence and grow their turnover and build their business profiles. I encourage all businesses without an online presence to take advantage of the fair.”