SMB Lounge : Google India to bring 500,000 Indian SMBs online for free

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Google India has launched 'India Get Your Business Online' - a nationwide initiative to help small medium businesses (SMBs) in India to get online with a free website, personalized domain and hosting. Google's goal is to help 500,000 SMBs in India to get online in next three years through this program, working with web hosting provider HostGator, in support with Federation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME) & ICICI Bank.
Small business owners in India can logon to to get a free, easy-to-build professional website with .in domain name and hosting for one year. They also get free tools and resources to succeed online. HostGator offers free support for one year through its toll free call centres 1800-266-3000. "SMEs are the future business leaders of India and their growth is a priority for the UPA government and its policies. We want to see India's SMEs grow to become recognized Indian brands, and a presence on the Internet is absolutely essential for this." Union Rural Development Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh. Highlighting Google's commitment to India, Nikesh Arora SVP & Chief Business Officer of Google Inc. said " We're committed to play the role of a catalyst to bring the benefits of the internet economy to SMBs in India. We have received tremendous response to this initiative in other countries and we're very excited to bring it to India and empower local businesses as more and more Indian users get online.

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